Are you a person that you like to explore marine life and perform water activities? What do you expect to visit the beaches of Ecuador. I recommend you and visit the beaches of the provinces of Manabí, El Oro, Guayas and Esmeraldas, during the month of June to September, months when hundreds of humpback whales reach the Ecuadorian coasts.
The natural and love show of the humpback whales begins with impressive swims in the sea by the males who try to attract the females to mate. They, after observing the acrobatics and songs of several male specimens, choose the strongest.
This natural spectacle receives tourists, journalists, researchers and the general public every year to observe the imposing presence of more than 6,000 humpback whales arriving from Antarctica. To mate and reproduce, in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean.
It is believed that the visit of this marine species to the Ecuadorian beaches is due to the freezing cold of the Antarctic waters and its predators such as the great sharks and killer whales. Because of these factors, humpback whales choose to look for safer and more temperate waters at the time of mating and breeding, since their offspring are born with a very thin layer of fat, which would not allow them to survive in icy waters.
Next, I will give you a list of the Ecuadorian beaches that are visited by the humpback whales and I will recommend some activities that you can do in them.
Salinas, Santa Elena
It is located 144 km from the city of Guayaquil, it is an extensive plain whose triangular shape occupies the southwestern part of Santa Elena. Its point is a coastal accident that goes into the ocean, is the most outstanding place on the Pacific coast, from Panama to the south.
This is an ideal place to practice water sports such as: snorkeling, sailing, diving, sailboard, beach volleyball, jet sky, surfing, deep-sea fishing, among others. You can also do the sighting of birds as: plovers, pelicans, seagulls, frigates, stilts or cormorants, or sea lions, located in the "Punta de la Chocolatera" next to the surfing area.
Puerto López, Manabí
The beach of Puerto López is located in the province of Manabí, it has a warm climate. Its temperature varies between 25 and 29 degrees Celsius. It is one of the most visited beaches for sighting.
During the season from June to September the area offers the possibility of admiring humpback whales (megaptera novcangliae), aboard yachts that meet all safety requirements.
Among its attractions are the beach of Los Frailes, the White Water Museum, the Cloud Forest of San Sebastian, the Archaeological Museum in Salango and the Island of La Plata. Its cuisine is based on seafood, dishes are prepared based on the oyster "concha spondylus" considered a sacred mollusk.
Isla la plata
The island of La Plata is part of the Machalilla National Park. This natural reserve is distributed along the coasts of the cantons of Jipijapa, Puerto López and Montecristi. The Isla de la Plata is also known as "the little Galapagos", since it is possible to see many of the same species that inhabit the Galapagos Islands.
In this tourist place you can also perform various activities such as: whale watching, and immersion diving since the island is surrounded by coral reefs for which its marine life is abundant and beautiful.
Puerto Cayo/ Manabí
Puerto Cayo is a parish located in the canton of Jipijapa, south of the Province of Manabí. Its climate is tropical oscillates between 25 ° Celsius with more intense winds in summer that go from south to east with a speed of 2,2 mts./seg.
In the vicinity of the beach of Puerto Cayo you can find waterfalls, trails, wet and dry forests, mountains and a rich biodiversity of terrestrial marine flora and fauna, and a cozy and exuberant scenic beauty.
Bahía de Caráquez, Manabí
Bahía de Caráquez is one of the most beautiful coastal cities in the country, located on a narrow peninsula of Manabí. The heart and soul is its boardwalk, which changes its character according to their different sections, from restaurants and craft kiosks to intelligent buildings and hotels.
All the geographical factors that surround this beautiful beach give it an impressive scenic variety where ecosystems such as the tropical dry forest, mangroves, and a surprising marine life are found.
One of the impressive natural spectacles of Bahia is its sunsets. In the afternoon, when the sun goes down, the sky is painted in different colors creating a magical landscape.
The tourism ministry (turismo.gob.ec) shares the following recommendations:
If you are a traveler or tour guide and you are going to enjoy this adventure on the Pacific Coast, consider the following recommendations:
-Tourism operators must have Tourism Registration and Operation License.
-Tour operators must have an insurance policy for all passengers.
-During Whale Watching, passengers must not stand up or change their location on the boat.
-In Whale Watching, passengers must not stand up or change their location on the boat.
-In Whale Watching, passengers will not be able to throw waste into the sea or fish.
I hope the information has been useful. If you have already been to one of these beaches during the whale season, tell us your experience in the comments. Do not forget to follow us on our social networks Facebook, Twitter, Instagram