Between June and October, around 7,000 humpback whales travel from Antarctica to Ecuador’s coast. They migrate to this area to mate and give birth in Ecuador’s warm Pacific waters. Machalilla National Park is ideally located for visitors to come and watch the humpback whales that have gathered near the coast.
- 4 hrs
- Available Days:
- Every day
- 8:30 AM, 9:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM
- Inquire for Transportation
- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
This whale watching tour leaves from the dock at Machalilla National Park and takes you to explore the open ocean. Your tour of the coastline will take between 3 and 4 hours. You’ll get to admire the beaches of Machalilla from a distance, and see the water around your boat turn an increasingly deeper shade of blue as you leave the sandy shores behind.
These whales are known for propelling their giant bodies out of the water and falling back with a giant splash, one of the memorable spectacles you might see on the tour. Scientists aren’t sure what humpback whales get out of this activity. It may be that they’re trying to shake loose detritus that sticks to their skin, but it’s possible they’re just showing off and getting some exercise.
Humpback whales travel in pods, and you may be lucky enough to see one of these family groups swimming near the surface of the water, spouting geysers of water from their blowholes.
As the only coastal national park in Ecuador, the Machalilla National Park sports protected beaches and tracts of dry forest. This makes it one of the best stops along the Ecuadorian coast.
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What to Bring
Waterproof jacket, sunscreen, waterproof camera, and sea sickness medication if you are sensitive.
Lifejackets, bilingual guide, and a snack.
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Similar things to do
Waters off the coast of Machalilla National Park team with fish. This is because of the Humboldt Current, which brings with it cold water and a huge variety of well-fed fish.
Within Machalilla National Park, you can set sail for Plata Island. This island has many of the same characteristics and endangered species as the Galápagos Islands. Observe some of them on this fun, full-day tour.