Los Roques, Venezuela’s Caribbean National Park – The Margarita Island Alternative

Imagine this…

The sun filters through the warm blue-green waters. The only sound you hear is your own breathing.  From the depths, a large barracuda glides by, and then a squirrel fish and a red snapper. You swim deeper to get a better look at the dazzling colors of the beautiful yet fragile Cabecera de Los Roques barrier reef. You are taking a fantastic voyage into one of the world’s most spectacular locations for scuba diving and snorkeling. You are experiencing one of the few eco-diving destinations in the world today.

Making This Marine Adventure A Reality

Let Angel-Eco Tours introduce you to all the natural glories that Los Roques archipelago has on offer. Los Roques are the southernmost of the Caribbean islands and arguably the most spectacular. Boasting over 50 islands surrounding a huge lagoon, Los Roques feature pristine white sand beaches and a variety of wildlife, including iguanas, salamanders and black lizards. Located 70 miles north of Caracas, and less than a one-hour flight from Margarita Island or the mainland, Los Roques archipelago is one of the largest “Sea Parks” in the Caribbean.

With our eco-alliance partners on Los Roques, Angel-Eco Tours can arrange a wide variety of activities, including:

Or you can just relax on the beautiful deserted keys around Gran Roque.

Rich Marine Life

The rich variety of the marine species in the archipelago would impress any scuba diver. Los Roques’ coral reefs are exceptionally varied environments where fluctuations in temperature, small areas of rough and calm waters, and bright and shady areas where an abundance of nutrients are generated.

Some species of fish, such as the surgeon fish, angel fish and the spotfin butterfly fish, have adapted especially to the coral reef. Should you choose to scuba dive at Los Roques, you would encounter a diverse array of fish, parrot fish, barracudas, nurse sharks, various species of rays and manta rays and enormous screens of plankton.

If you were to dive in the crystal blue waters on a undersea scuba diving adventure or even with snorkel, you would also see a complex underwater ecosystem of sea grasses. This ecosystem is the home of hundred of species of fish, as well as mollusks, turtles, snails and the queen conch.

A Vacation Destination for the Birds

The islands are also a bird watcher’s paradise. Species include masked, red-footed and brown boobies, sooty terns, brown noddies, laughing gulls and brown pelicans.

Of the 92 species of birds that have been recorded in the Los Roques archipelago, 50 migrate from North America to escape the harsh winter. Because of its location, Los Roques National Sea Park is ideal as a resting and feeding ground for the birds.

Customized Scuba Diving Vacation Packages

If you want a Caribbean island vacation away from the cruise ships and crowded resorts, the Los Roques archipelago customized scuba diving vacation package from Angel-Eco Tours is for you.

Scuba diving packages are available upon request. Many travelers add this package on to another Angel-Eco Tours trip. If you don’t want to scuba dive you can enjoy the island on a boat trip, snorkel, swim, kayak, windsurf or simply relax.

‘Catch your Dream’ – Fish / Relax in Paradise

For individuals or families.

Los Roques, the jewel of the Caribbean, has been regarded as a fisherman’s paradise for decades. It is word famous for fly-fishing for bonefish, one of the fastest and most beautiful fish in the sea. Many fishermen from all over the world, dream of one day catching a bonefish.

However, for most people a bonefish trip is too expensive and can be too ‘hardcore’. Hardcore fishermen will pay a lot of money for the privilege of a few days chasing these silver bullets. And its intense, sometime 10 hours fishing, under the hot Caribbean sun. We believe that we have found the perfect balance of a holiday, where those who want to catch bonefish can do so, and those who want to relax can relax. And you, our clients can choose how you balance your stay.

We want to offer a new program for family, friends and individuals – a “Catch your Dream.” Fish / Relax Program.

As Paul Stanley, the President of Angel-Eco, recently wrote – “On a recent trip some weeks before the pandemic struck, a friend, who is an avid fisherman, my brother, a beach “bum” and myself spent three days / two nights in paradise. We visited three small islands, close to Gran Roque, over the three days and my good friend convinced me to fish with him at each of the locations where we were dropped off each day.

During those few days I fished just using a simple spinning outfit and I caught around 10-11 different species of fish, culminating in one special catch of the day, a nice sized bonefish! I was told that this particular fish is an angler’s dream. Understandably really after the fight that it put up, even better than the two Spanish mackerels, snappers and barracuda that I had caught prior to that. I was literally hooked; I had a blast. After that last catch I stopped fishing, as I felt I had done it all. I then enjoyed the luxurious sunshine and beautiful azure waters – of course washed down with a nice refreshing beer (maybe two!).

We can adjust the program to cater for Dad or Mum, who may be serious fishermen/fisherwomen, or for the kids, who simply want to cast a line with the (very) good chance of catching something. They will be hooked for life, as I was! We can mix and match; visiting some of the most pristine beaches in the Caribbean, snorkeling, scuba diving and, of course, fishing! And you decide how serious, or how relaxing, you want your stay to be.

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