Espiritu Santo Island
Most Wanted Adventure: Snorkeling with Sea Lions
Discover the incredible Espiritu Santo Island!
Espiritu Santo Island is one of the most requested adventures requested by travellers who visit La Paz, and with good reason, since swimming with sea lions is one of the most incredible experiences that you can live in La Paz.
We suggest a full day of exploring in the island, swimming and interacting with sea lions and other marine life, and getting to know this incredible island with spectacular beaches and movie-worthy rock formations.
Espiritu Santo Island is a paradise in La Paz that you cannot miss. Its main attraction is the Los Islotes Sea Lion colony, which has around 600 of these friendly individuals. Among them are dozens of puppies that are characterized for being especially playful and interactive with human visitors who enter their territory.
But regardless of this, the island is full of landscapes and unforgettable beaches that have not been disturbed by the massive increase of tourism, which allows travelers to enjoy virgin landscapes that make anyone fall in love with.
Our day, in addition to snorkeling with sea lions, includes a tour around the island, passing through the spectacular natural landscapes that characterize it, such as mangroves with many species of birds, pristine beaches, movie rock formations, and lot of marine life. It is common to see dolphins, mobulas, turtles, and whales along the way.
The day usually starts at 9.30 am at the fiscal dock in La Paz. Whenever the weather allows it, we will go to the Los Islotes Sea Lion Colony, approximately 75 minutes away by boat. Along the way with we will have chance to see dolphins, whales, or mobulas.
Once in Los Islotes, our guide will explain how to swim with sea lions in a safe and responsible way for us and for them. We will be in the water between 30 and 60 minutes and the goal is to enjoy this experience in a relaxed way. In addition to the sea lions, the rocky reef in the area is rich in marine life and we can find a large number of corals, fish or starfish.
Once the activity with the sea lions is over, We will go to eat at one of the incredible beaches of Espiritu Santo Island while we enjoy the beautiful landscape that surrounds us. We can also do a short hiking route to learn a little more about the environment that characterizes the island.
Finally, we will rest for a while on the beach before starting our way back. On the way back, we will make several stops at our favorite points on the island, so that you can get to know them, and if on the way back to La Paz we see dolphins or whales, we will take the opportunity to contemplate a while more these animals in their natural environment. We will be arriving in La Paz around 4 in the afternoon.
Duration: between 7 and 8 hours.
Requirements: Know how to swim, or feel comfortable floating and moving in the water with a life jacket. Respect the rules of the protected natural area.
Difficulty: It is not a day with difficult activities. It is important to consider that on the way some people get sick if there is some waves, and although there is usually no strong current in the water, it is essential to know how to move in the water and feel comfortable floating with a life jacket.
Minimum number of participants: 5 people. In case of not reaching the group, we will connect you with one of our collaborators.
- Trained guide and captain.
- Permits for the protected natural area.
- Water, lunch and drinks on the beach.
- Safety equipment on the boat, wetsuit (if necessary), mask and fins, towels.
- Alcoholic beverages.
- Land transportation
You must bring
- Environmentally friendly sunscreen.
- Swimming suit, comfortable shoes and waterproof wind jacket.
- Cap and sunglasses.