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“Friendly staff in the office - but guide didn't speak English - whale watching was excellent”
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MontaniTours
Ranked #8 of 16 things to do in Montanita
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed August 22, 2013

We booked a whale watching tour with MontaniTours for $35 each (rather than going to Puerto Lopez to book the tour which is $25 but a $2.50 bus journey each way). We decided not to go to Isla Plata as well (an extra $15) which I think was a good decision as the weather was awful the day we went.
The whale watching was excellent - but despite being told the guide would be able to speak English, he didn't. There was a Dutch family with us too who had expected information in English too... We got to see the whales really close up and got some fantastic photos. Altogether we were on the water for about 2.5 hours and stopped at an island to snorkel. Our boat (there were about 5 others) was the only one to drop us off on Isla Salango which was really nice.
We got a bottle of drink and a sandwich at the end which was nice and the crew on the boat were really kind - especially when we got sea-sick (it's very choppy).
One other downside to be aware of was that because we didn't book the full day trip including the visit to Isla Plata we had to wait in Puerto Lopez for an hour and a bit - there's not much there, but there are some shops and places to get something to eat, so it was ok.
The transport to and from Puerto Lopez was really good - a minibus with a really good driver who drove very safely and was very friendly. We were glad to get him on the way back too, because on other occasions when we have just booked a half day tour when there is a full day tour available we have been shoved in a shared taxi to get back.

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Reviewed August 17, 2013

They helped me organize a few side trips in the area with great insight and resourceful staff. THANKS GUYS!!

1  Thank TylerWylde
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

MontaniTours is the only place I would use to book outings with in Montanita. Leslie, Jorge, Ishi are the best. They always find exactly what you are looking for, and give you a great deal. They know everyone and everything about Montanita and beyond. We booked zip lining, cabs to and from Guayaquil, and the best snorkeling trip through them. They have so many other excursions. I just wish we had more time!

2  Thank Robyn B
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

These guys have helped me organize several trips with groups large and small. They are always accommodating, organized, and professional. They've organized whale watching, jungle horseback riding, waterfall excursions, bird watching expeditions, and they have great ideas and are very friendly and helpful.

1  Thank ecviany
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

the people working at this tour company don't just want to sell you a tour but let you experience all that ecuador has to offer. the information they provide is true and helpful. all that was promised was provided and the price was right. Also the girls working there are hot.

2  Thank BillKlein2013
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