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“Phosphorescence and turtles; go in the evening”

Laguna de Manialtepec
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Manialtepec Lagoon Bioluminescent Evening Boat Tour
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Owner description: Lagoon a few miles away from Puerto Escondido featuring lush plant life and pristine beaches.
Reviewed July 12, 2012

We were staying in Puerto Escondido at the Hotelito Swiss Oasis; the hotel supports the Escondido economy by recommending local people with whom to do eco-tours.We elected to do a baby turtle release and the lagoon visit. Job (not sure about the spelling), a fellow who lives at the lagoon, arrived to pick us up at 6:40 pm and we were off to Playa Delfin (Dolphin Beach), a twenty five kilometer long beach a ways north of Escondido, to release turtles. After the turtle release, which probably took about two hours or so, we were off north again to the six kilometer long Manialtepec Lagoon, a body of water surrounded by mangrove swamp vegetation, its tropical climate lending itself to a diverse ecosystem. Dozens of migratory bird species such as herons and ducks make Manialtepec lagoon their home at various times of the year. Job told us that, in addition to birds and fish, crocodiles live here. We, and six other people, boarded the small tour boat and headed out on the cloudless night to tour the lagoon and see the phosphorescence created by the water’s phytoplankton. Beside the boat, we could see streaks of bright silver zipping hither and yon; these were fish. Running our hands through the water produced long streaks of brilliant white and silver; resting in the lagoon, our hands appeared white and skeletal because of the phosporescence. Encouraged by Job, several people jumped in and swam, their bodies making white and silver patterns in the dark – fabulous. We were told that, in the rainy season, the area is completely dark and the falling rain makes the entire lagoon shine brilliantly against the black background. That would be amazing to see. Recommended. The cost per person was 500 pesos (about $38). See more info and pictures here: http://lmaclean.ca/2012/04/puerto-escondido-markets-turtles-and-phosphorescence/

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Reviewed June 19, 2012

Well worth a visit. Something to do that's different!

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Reviewed June 6, 2012

We went on an early morning (8 a.m.) paddle boarding tour with Kiko from Eco-Adventures Puerto Escondido. The lagoon is so quiet, peaceful and beautiful. Paddling was easier than I thought and it was a great workout that didn't feel like a work out at all. I don't think we saw a single other person, just lots of birds and fish jumping. This is the way to see the lagoon.

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Reviewed May 23, 2012

excellent tour guide! a different day from the usual. a FULL day that was enjoyable -informative, beautiful.

Thank annieh46
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Reviewed May 16, 2012

Interesting birdlife, although we went in the middle of the day - I think there would have been more during sunrise or sunset time. Need to take a boat trip to get around - Don't bother venturing there by yourself.

Thank AussieDizzle
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