Manta is a mid-sized city located in Manabi Province, Ecuador. It is the 2nd most populous city in the province, the 5th most populous in Ecuador. Manta has existed ever since Pre-Columbian times and was a trading post for Mantas. According to 2001 census, the city had 192,300 inhabitants. The total city area of Manta is 60.49 km2 (23.36 ml2). The main economic activity of Manta is tuna fishing. Other activities include tourism and chemical industry with products from oils and margarine to cleaning supplies.
Manta possesses the biggest seaport in Ecuador. It was used upon the arrival of Charles Marie de La Condamine in Ecuador when leading the French mission to measure the equator's location in 1735. Condamine started his trip from Manta inland towards Quito.
Manta has the Eloy Alfaro International Airport featuring passenger airline service, and a major military base (Manta Air Base/Eloy Alfaro Air Base). Manta Air Base was used by United States' air forces between 1999-2009 to support anti-narcotics military operations and flights against Colombian drug trafficking cartels. The Ecuadorean government did not renew the lease.
Manta is recognized worldwide due to its international film festival. Also very significant in the city is the practice of water sports, including surfing, (the city was the host for 2004 Bodyboarding World Cup), water skiing, kitesurfing and scuba diving. Nearby Manta, Salinas was the site of 2009 ISA World Junior Surfing Games Ecuador. Surfing is very popular in Ecuador because of the steady, year-round climate. Manta has some of the most breathtaking beaches in South America. It was selected as the site of the 6th South American Windsurfing Championship. The city is renowned for its sport fishing and diving, with Black and Blue Marlin reaching the 1,000-pound mark.
Manta possesses one of Ecuador's most solid city economies. The main industries include fishing and tuna canning and processing. The processed tuna is exported to the U.S. and Europe.
Highlights: Quito, Machalilla National Park, Montecristi, Galapagos Islands
Port Manta cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Manta, Ecuador. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|Day||Ship||Arrival||Departure||Next Port of Call|
|26 August, 2018|
|Sea Princess||05:00||19:00||Callao, Lima, Peru|
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