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Dive Review of Exploramar Diving/Hosteria Mandala in
Other Locations/Puerto Lopez, Ecuador

Exploramar Diving/Hosteria Mandala: "Puerto Lopez, Ecuador, but alas no Isla de la Plata", Nov, 2015,

by Mark A. Magers, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 8601.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving GBR, Saba, Montserrat, Dominica, Barbados, Cuba, USVI, Belize, Honduras, Mexico, HI, WA, CA, RI
Closest Airport Getting There Drive from Guayaquil

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 73 to 75 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 10 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Followed DM
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments We signed up for a day of diving with Exploramar, hoping we would get to make the trip to Island de la Plata, the poor mans Galapagos. Turned out they needed two more divers to make that trip, so we didnt get to go. We were indeed disappointed, but when you have only one day to dive in a specific spot, you take what you can get. The upside of that is that we were the only divers on the boat, so got plenty of attention, and some good local intel from the divemaster, Alessandro.

First dive was to a spot maybe 15 minutes from the shop called Whale Rock at Isla Salanga we cannot verify the rock looks like a whale. The vi ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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