Question Dive operator recommendation in Puerto Lopéz EC

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resnick

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Looking for a recommendation for a dive operator in Puerto Lopéz, Ecuador. My partner and I will be staying with a friend in Puerto Lopéz at the beginning of August and I would like to get a few days of diving in. I will be solo (neither my friend nor my partner are divers). I am an instructor in the US Midwest (cold water) and have been diving for 30 years, so I do not need someone holding my hand, but I like a divemaster who can take me and my buddy on a nice relaxed tour. I usually prefer a small operation, but it does not look like any of the boats in Puerto Lopéz are especially big and crowded. I would of course like to see Isla de la Plata, but closer-in diving would also be good. I will not be going to the Galapagos on this trip.

Who do you suggest?
 

Maus

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There are not many there I would recommend you Michel from Expolramar Diving.
 

DiveTheGalapagos

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So much of the coral closer to shore has been pretty much destroyed around Puerto Lopez. There are zero sharks. They've all been killed. Occasionally a stray whale shark appears. August is the ideal time to dive with mantas around here. Even some Galapagos dive guides I know come here to dive with mantas in August.

I would look at either Exploramar Diving (Michel sold the operation and is no longer there) or Mares. Machalilla Tours is very laid back. All 3 have permits for diving Isla de la Plata. Other sites are further away from Puerto Lopez, like Bajo Cope near Ayangue. Recently heard it was good around Isla Cayo, a rock beside Isla Pedernales in front of Puerto Cayo. Not sure PL operators are going up there yet, but you could ask.
 
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