Mantaraya Lodge

Mantaraya Lodge is a cozy Mediterranean-style hotel, located 2.5 kilometers from Puerto López beach (5 minutes by car), in the heart of the Machalilla National Park. It is the perfect place to relax and enjoy activities such as: snorkeling, kayaking, horseback riding, bike rides and excursions to Isla de la Plata, visits to the communities of Salango and Agua Blanca, or simply enjoying the beautiful beaches of Puerto López like the light sand beach of Los Frailes. The lodge has a swimming pool and outdoor jacuzzi, games room, TV room and bar-restaurant. In the cheerful restaurant, guests will enjoy the delicious flavors of Ecuadorian cuisine in our restaurant. We have a wide range of seafood prepared in the unique style of the area. This is the perfect base for Whale & Manta trips!

The lodge features 15 spacious rooms fully equipped with private bathroom and air conditioning. Additionally, we have rooms with a balcony or panoramic windows with a privileged view of the surroundings.

Room Types:

3 double rooms

5 triple rooms

6 family rooms (capacity: 4 people)

1 large family room (capacity: 6 people)

Diving with Mantas (Aug + Sep - best time)

Visits to “Los Frailes” beach

Daily tours to Isla de la Plata.



Bird watching

Whale watching (Jun-Oct)

Visit to the communities of Agua Blanca and Salango

Hikes, bikes and horses too!


Mantas & Whales (Aug-Oct)

Thanks to the abundant nutrients the Humboldt current brings, June – October is not only high season in for Whale Sharks in Galapagos, but is also when thousands of Humpback Whales migrate to the coast. August & Sept on the coast is the season for what scientists say is the largest population of giant Pacific Manta Rays in the world.


Dive with Mantas offers packages of 4-7 nights. On the way out to the dive site, they often stop to watch and photograph Humpback whales breaching, fin slapping, etc. It is very common to see mothers and calves here. Diving tends to be a full day, so add extra days for all the other wonderful activities in this region.
This is the 5 Day / 4 Night itinerary: (best time Aug-Oct)

Day 1: Transfer in to Puerto Lopez. Get settled into your hotel and meet with your dive operator for equipment and briefings.

Day 2: Travel to the Manta dive site spotting Humpback whales on the way.

Day 3: Travel to the Manta dive site spotting Humpback whales on the way.

Day 4: Travel to the Manta dive site spotting Humpback whales on the way.

Day 5: Transfer out. Depending on where you are transferring to and, time permitting, you can avail yourself of any number of additional activities on the coast.