Espíritu Santo Island – a global treasure

December, 2018

If you haven’t visited Espíritu Santo Island – here’s one more reason you should. In November, the International Union of Concerned Scientists recognized this natural protected area as one of 15 new additions to its green list of best protected sites around the world. The archipelago, just a short boat ride from La Paz, was originally listed as a protected area in 2007, and was later recognized by the United Nations as a World Heritage Site for its rich biodiversity of flora and fauna.

Snorkeling around the island you can see scores of tropical fish on the coral reefs. Hawksbill turtles are frequently spotted, and a visit to the sea lion colony is a must for visitors to La Paz. Divers enjoy the many dive sites around the island, including a pair of shipwrecks. After spending time in the water and beaches, exploring one of the nature trails is the best way to get the most out of a visit to the island and to appreciate its unique habitat. Add in the hidden mangrove canals and archaeological ruins, and it is easy to see why Espíritu Santo is such an important site for protection and attractive destination to visit.

RED offers private and shared outings to Espíritu Santo Island. Our top naturalist guides know their way around in and out of the water, and can interpret the islands rich natural history. Come spend the day with us and see for yourself.


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