Turtle, Ecuador

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  • Amazing trip,

    I have been to many amazing destinations but this trip really was fantastic. The variety of marine life and the way we were able to interact with the marine mammals was so rewarding. Our two naturists were extremely knowledgeable about the sea, wind and animals, this enabled us to see not only the wildlife expected at this time of year but also two blue whales. Highlights of this trip was seeing grey whales, blue whales, fin whales, minke whales, humpback whales, sea lions, whale sharks, mobula rays, too many birds to mention and lots and lots of cactuses. We snorkelled with whale sharks and sea lions, went rock pooling, beach combing, kayaking and drank lots of cocktails.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    So difficult to say, both snorkelling with the whales sharks and with the sea lions was amazing but seeing the blue whales was too (and the humpback whales). Lela explained that we would have a better experience with the grey whales at Porto Chale instead of Magdelena bay as there were quite a lot of boats in the bay. This was the right decision as were were the only boats and were surrounded by 40-50 whales.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Lela is just a lovely, knowledgeable, caring, compassionate person who did everything possible to educate the group and make sure each and everyone of us had a great trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    My only advice would be to make sure you don't take the flight (which in this case was the group flight) which has a 6 hour 40 minute layover in Mexico City. Two flights to San Jose Cabo departed before ours and we would have had more than enough time to catch either of them.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you love marine life, birds, beautiful scenery and great cocktails then you will love this trip.
  • Sea of Cortez, Whale Sharks and Grey Whales

    Fabulous holiday. Beautiful part of the world and a great Eco holiday provider Eco Panterra

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Snorkelling with whale sharks. Such a privilege to join their world for a few moments. A wildlife experince that is truly spiritual

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Leila was fantastic. Very enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable. Nothing was too much trouble. She went out of her way to ensure that everyone felt comfortable and was included. We had a couple of days of unexpected bad weather which meant the intended day trips and expected whale watching could not take place but Leila ensured the days were full.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It's a wildlife trip - so you are at the hands of Mother Nature! I booked this trip to snorkel with whale sharks and my wildlife experience for this activity exceeded my expectations. I enjoyed the tranquility of the boat and being away from mobile phone signals. I didn't like the grey whale birthing lagoon experience as I felt a few whales were being hunted/ hounded by all the tourist boats but accept this was not the normal encounter. The boat was clean and the crew exceptional. The food that came out of a small kitchen was exceptional and they catered for all requirements. The cabins are very very small but for me it wasn't a problem because I only slept there. The bunks were comfortable but only one person could be in the room getting dressed etc at one time. The first day is very long. The layover at Mexico City was 6 hours and then you have 2.5 hours bus trip to the boat, many of us had been travelling over over 36 hours before we arrived at the end destination. Exodus should include use of premium lounge in the ticket to make this more bearable. We arrived at 03.30 and very few outlets were open. It's a long way to go for 7 days.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you could negotiate with Panterra, 3 night camp at Grey Whale Lagoon before the 7 nights on the boat it would be an exceptional wildlife holiday. Once you have packed, take half of the clothes out - you won't need them. I would have liked more snorkelling opportunities but that might just have been due to the weather we had and day itineraries being improvised around the conditions. This was first time this trip was offered. I hope Exodus continue to offer it
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