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

November, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Mark A. Magers, CA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
"Puerto Lopez, Ecuador, but alas no Isla de la Plata"
Report Number 8601
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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

choppy, surge  
Water Temp
73   to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Followed DM  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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3 stars
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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
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