Balandra Bay Half Day Trip
ITINERARY AND DURATION
- Tour schedule:
09:00 – 12:00
13:00 – 16:00
- Hotel transfer to Marina. Snorkel kit delivery. Departure from Marina Palmira to the destination.
- Visit to Isla Gaviota, El Merito, San Rafaelito.
- Lunch at Balandra Beach and leisure time.
- Boarding the boat and returning to La Paz.
THE TOUR INCLUDES:
Our tour package includes transportation between your hotel and Marina Palmira, which is the starting point for our adventure. We'll also provide you with a bracelet that grants entrance to protected natural areas, a certified guide who will lead you through the experience, lunch and non-alcoholic drinks to keep you fueled up, and a snorkeling gear set that includes a mask, snorkel, and fins.
Frequently Asked Questions
It’s a boat ride where you can visit a resting area for a group of sea lions (San Rafaelito), and usually, we make a stop there for snorkeling. During the journey, you will also see colonies of birds on Gaviota and Merito Islands. The boat will then take you to a beach near Balandra Beach, where you can relax for the day. Arriving by sea is one of the best ways to secure a spot at Balandra Beach.
We include the complete snorkeling equipment, the guide, the captain, the boat, water, soft drinks, fruit, snacks, and box lunch (individual lunch).
Yes, the sea lions are usually always there. However, depending on the season, you may or may not be able to swim with them. From June to August, it’s the mating season for the sea lions, so during these months, you can still visit them, but only to watch them. Swimming with them is not allowed to avoid disturbing them during this important time for them.
The main thing to do is to visit the emblematic mushroom-shaped rock that characterizes this special and famous beach. Taking photos (not included) is a must to share this moment with everyone. It’s suggested to take a short hike to a viewpoint to have an incredible panoramic view of the place, again perfect for memorable photos. Finally, you can enjoy the calm waters, relax, walk around the surroundings, or rent a kayak or paddle (not included).
There are several differences between going with us and going on your own, and both options have their merits, depending on what you’re looking for. First, there’s the matter of access. If you go by car, there’s a controlled schedule, and the first access is at 8 am. But to enter, you have to arrive earlier and wait in line, which can take 1-2 hours during peak season, and there’s still no guarantee of finding a spot since capacity is limited. On the other hand, going by sea means you don’t have to wait in line to enter, saving you time. During the boat ride, you’ll also be able to enjoy more natural attractions and even swim with sea lions in San Rafaelito if you choose.
Second, Balandra Beach is a protected natural area where construction is prohibited, which means that there are no services available. If you go on your own, you’ll need to come prepared with your own food, drinks, and an umbrella for shade since there are only a limited number of umbrellas available. Additionally, there are no restaurants or stores nearby to buy food or water if you get thirsty. With us, you don’t have to worry about any of that since everything is included. We provide food and drinks, as well as a table, chairs, and umbrella, so you can fully enjoy the place without any hassle.