So last week we had the incredible opportunity to experience whale watching. In true Ecuadorian fashion, we were able to experience this very raw and inexpensive which I love!
About 12 of us boarded a small fishing boat with bench seats and we were kind of crammed in like sardines although we all had life preservers!
We set sail from La Boca which is a short distance north of Crucita up the coast. Our captain and first mate were non English speaking Ecuadorians so the tour was a silent one but charming none the less. We went out maybe 5 miles until we started seeing water spouts. The boat quickly moves in the direction of the water spouts and you begin to see activity from all directions. Most of what we saw was distance away but even with the distance we saw the majestic size and grace with each time they surfaced. According to our friend Chris, we saw two different varieties: gray and humpback. We also saw them in pods of what we could count maybe 6 or 8 of them together. Truly spectacular! The price was $15 per person and to me the boat ride in and of itself was well worth that.
We also saw a sea turtle and some pelicans when we neared shore. They were waiting for a morsel from the local fisherman.
June to September is the time frame that you will see whales in Ecuador. I highly recommend this as an excursion if you visiting the country during that time frame.