We enjoyed a wonderful family Spring Break trip on the Flamingo with our two young teenagers and adult son. Ecoventura put several families together on the boat. The 7 teens and one 8 year old all got along very well together, as did the adults. The cabins were cozy and comfortable with plenty of room for belongings. Our three children shared a three-person cabin that was quite comfortable. The food was excellent, including both gourmet delights and kid-friendly choices (hamburger, pasta, chicken nuggets).
The captain, crew, and guides were terrific, accommodating all of our needs and wants. The captain allowed the teens to jump into the water from the top deck which they really enjoyed. (The day that sharks were circling the boat, he did not allow this.) Ivan and Jorge were excellent guides, imparting their extensive knowledge in an engaging way. Conservation of this special place was stressed and encouraged. Ecoventura had arranged for our group to meet with 8 students who are members of a local Ecology club. We participated with them in a science project, had a delicious lunch at their educational facility, and met them again in town where they gave us a tour and talked to us about life on Santa Cruz Island. This was a very tiring day, but an excellent experience for our kids.
The morning and afternoon hikes were paced well to allow for wildlife viewing without rushing although many of the hikes involved scrambling over uneven and loose lava rocks. For snorkeling, wet suits were needed and provided along with masks and snorkels of good quality. Snorkeling started with easy/calm water places and progressed to more challenging areas through the week. Beginners were assisted by the guides and crew in zodiaks stayed with the snorkelers to allow people to leave the water whenever they chose.
We are very glad we chose Ecoventura for our trip. We saw all the birds and animals we had hoped to see and had a “wonderful time in paradise.”