This has been on my bucket list for a long time and I went with a small group through the Smithsonian. We flew in to Balta and immediately got on the Coral II for 3 days around the islands. We had a naturalist from Ecuador AND a naturalist from the Ecuador Parks Dept. Between the two we were well informed. We went in Aug. which it their winter - a wetsuit was really not needed but I grew up swimming in the Atlantic. The winds are high so the water is rough so take your Bonine daily (we were some of the few that did not get seasick and I usually do very easily). The snorkling was wonderful seeing many fish, playing with the sea lion young ones, and saw plenty of sea turtles nibbling on the underwater flora. On land we saw Blue Footed Boobies, sea lions, Christmas Iguanas, Albatross (one was only about a day old with mother), etc. This was a great adventure and I would easily do it again!
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