Concha de Perla, Puerto Villamil

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Get up close and personal with marine life when you snorkel at Concha de Perla. Cross over a wooden bridge through a mangrove forest, keeping an eye open for iguanas and other land animals as you approach the lagoon. A large rock formation in front of the lagoon keeps the waters here especially calm, making this area great for children and those new to snorkeling. The clear water makes it easy to see the marine life such as sea lions, sharks, many types of fish, turtles, and more. Use our Puerto Villamil trip itinerary builder to visit Concha de Perla on your trip to Puerto Villamil, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • On the side of the access to the pier of Puerto Villamil, a boardwalk of 200 metres takes you to Pearl shell, a small inlet of the sea at the end of the mangroves. As it is ornately by all rocks, does not reach the reef and the waters are extremely calm. Ideal for snorkeling, the amount of fish that is. A dozen sea lions are the permanent inhabitants of the place, they are pulled to sleep on the runway and when you neglect are cooling swimming with you. You can spend hours there because it has no waste. It has a small pier with coat racks to make things (nobody you get what is not theirs) and two staircases to reach the water. When it begins to rise the tide, come the turtles. A turn, eat and at high tide the sea again. The water is transparent. We were in July, when the current of Humboldt, which is cold, is recontra installed in Galapagos. And among sea lions to be slipped a Penguin. But to that, could not overtake it.
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  • This beach is a treasure to the entrance of Isabela. At first I could not believe that there was a nice natural pool formation and that it was as accessible; It is to go all day if they like to mess with mask and snorkel to the water. Marine life is everything, and they played us several friendly lobitos also. Recommended ultra!
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  • The best activity to do in Isabela Island without having to pay for a tour! It has a short path to go to the area or not deep water in wich you can do some snorkel. You'll see lots of native animals o...  more »
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  • After you walk down the dock through the mangroves, you are offered up beautiful views of the lagoon area then out into the Ocean. Seals lounging all around, like h ousr pets. The visibility was really poor for me today, though there was some fish and other sea life to enjoy.
  • Great lagoon to snorkel for free just off the harbor. It is connected directly to the harbor so what you see in there is always changing. No guarantees what you will see at any given time. The four times we have been there the water has been crystal clear and is not very deep. We have seen a Penguin, iguanas, seal lions, rays, and assortment of fish. The walkway to the lagoon is beautiful and well maintained. There is a well maintained deck with two sets of stairs into the water. Each time we have gone down there we have step around or over iguanas and couple of times sea lions on the path and on the deck. There are benches and places to hang your stuff. The view from the deck is great even if you don't snorkel.
  • Here you can see sea turtles (to the right where the water flows out) and sometimes sea lions to swim with. Check also the inflow of water (straight ahead) where a lot of reef fish are. Obviously, bring your snorkeling gear ;)
  • Beautiful and free. You can see lots of animals if you're lucky
  • Nice place to swim inside the town

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Where to stay in Puerto Villamil

As the largest town on the island and a jumping-off point for Galapagos explorations, Puerto Villamil offers plenty of places to stay. The main coastal road has the greatest concentration, including a nice selection of boutique hotels with swimming pools, spas, and excursion booking desks. Meanwhile, a pleasant set of simpler hotels and guesthouses still offers good views along the coast. Move a bit inland to find a scattering of hotels and bed and breakfasts, offering either resort-style luxuriousness or a budget-friendly simplicity.
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