I recently did the day tour of Isla Espiritu Santo and had such a good time. We were a group of 5 girls with our Captain Max and Eduardo as our guide. They were both super friendly and very informative. We set off in our life jackets and soon had to put on bright orange jackets to block out the wind - as the sun wasn't out and we were travelling fast it was actually quite cold. The tour consisted of a circuit around the island. We stopped a few times to look at different features of the island - rock formations etc. but the main highlight was when we went to see a sea-lion colony. We went in the boat and had a look, the youngest sea-lions are very curious and would swim up to the boat to check us out. We drove around the rocks and then got ready to swim with the sea-lions! We jumped in and Eddy dove down and got some star-fish from the rocks because he said that the sea-lions like them. So we swam along with the starfish in our hands and played with the sea lions. We weren't allowed to go too close to the rocks where the territorial machos hang out but there were plenty of sea-lions in the water to play with. We swam with them for just under an hour and then had to get going. Back in the boat we were cold and wet as we made our way to our next stop - lunch on the beach. The beach where we ate was stunning - clear, turquoise water, white sand and soft-pink coloured cliffs, there was no one else to be seen and to top it all off, the sun had finally come out.
We jumped out of the boat and sat on the sand as Eddy and Max prepared our lunch. We had ham, cheese and salad sandwhiches, ceviche and tostadas and drinks. It was all very nice and there was more than enough food. On the way back to La Paz we saw a humpback whale! We saw its tail a few times from a distance and then Max judged it perfectly and from quite close we saw it come up for breath - saw its back, fin and tail. Also forgot to mention that earlier we saw a manta-ray jumping out of the water, I'm not sure why they do it but it looks pretty funny.
Overall it was a really fun day, I would recommend this tour to everyone. The staff were fantastic and it was such a memorable experience. My only tip would be to get a wetsuit for swimming with the sea-lions, the water was pretty cold!
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