Even though people usually equate the Galapagos with Ecuador’s best diving spots, there are also some wonderful dive spots off the mainland coast, the best of which is around Isla de la Plata, an island about a two-hour boat ride away from Puerto López. This island, which is part of the Machalilla National Park, offers various diving destinations where one can see the awe-inspiring beauty of the South Pacific.Isla de la Plata is home to a variety of animals, even some that can also be found in the Galapagos.
You can even find the famous spondylus oyster, which was used as a currency during Incan times. The island has something for everyone with scuba diving and snorkeling options for everyone, including more advanced divers. And if you are a fan of whales, make sure to visit from June to October, when dive trips can be accompanied with whale watching. This island is also home to many different forms of marine life and fish including the Giant Manta Ray Birostris, Mola Mola (Sunfish), Yellow and Grey Butterfly fish, Black Angel fish, Sting Rays, Sea Bass, and lots of Coral Reef, in all sorts of different shapes and colors.