Behold the incredible biodiversity on Isla de Margarita by cruising through a lagoon in a national park and then browsing the exhibits in a marine museum.
Depart from the pier and drive due west to the narrowest part of Isla de Margarita. Upon arriving at La Restinga National Park, you will board a small boat and cruise across the lagoon toward a mangrove forest, where seagulls, pelicans and parrots often nest. Created in 1974, the national park boasts three main ecosystems that support a variety of creatures.
Clams and oysters thrive in the roots of the mangroves, several species of endangered sea turtles nest on the beaches, and rabbits, deer and ocelots live in the semi-desert region. But don’t limit your viewing to the land, as more than 100 species of tropical birds have been spotted flying about, including the rare blue-crowned parakeet. Your guide will point out animals as you cruise along, but don’t hesitate to ask about the fauna and flora.
In time, you will disembark and drive to a nearby marine museum on Macanao peninsula. While one of its main attractions is a whale skeleton, there are plenty of other species that reveal the amazing biodiversity of Venezuela’s marine life, including sharks, sea stars and brain coral. Nautical knots and model boats are also displayed, giving a full picture of the importance of the sea in the island’s development.
After browsing the exhibits, you will drive back to the pier in El Guamache.
Please note: This tour includes just over 1-hour of moderate walking with a few steps to negotiate. Guests must be agile enough to enter and exit the small boats with limited assistance. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those guests with mobility concerns who are to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Light-weight clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; insect repellant; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes with a rubber sole are recommended.