Galapagos

Diving Tours

The diving sites of the Galápagos Islands belong to the best of South America and even the whole world. There are animals in such profusion and variety that you won´t find any other place where you can see them so close that you won´t mind a low visibility. 

Not just reef fish and schooling fish, also sea turtles, schools of hammerhead sharks, whales, whale sharks, manta rays, moraines, penguins and many unique endemic species like Galapagos Marin iguanas will be seen in a dive cruise around the Galapagos islands. 

Every dive is guided by well-trained and experienced dive master guides and instructors. Galapagos is adventure diving, it is like an underwater expedition. If you are an experience Open Water diver, we kindly invite you to joing us in a memorable and life time expedition!

     
 
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Galapagos West Islands

 

Isabela

Isabela Island constitutes almost half of the entire surface of the Archipelago. It is nearly 100 miles long and offers a remarkable  diversity of habitats. Shaped like a seahorse and with volcanoes over 5000 feet of altitude, it is also the place of birth of vast mangrove extensions.

Villamil Port

Is known for its migrant birds - especially waders,  over 20 species have been reported here. The surrounding  vegetation is dense and without trails, but the road to the  highlands and the open beach do give reasonable access to the  lagoons. The small port of Puerto Villamil is where most of the 
island's inhabitants live.

Wall of tears

This is a historic part of Isabela because during the years 1946 to 1959 there was a penal colony on the island; during  this period prisoners were punished forcing to built a wall with enormous blocks of lava about 100 long and 7 meters high. You can rich the top of the wall of tears trough some steps, where you can have a panoramic view of the place. In the place you can still see the concrete foundations where the americans had their wooden houses in the Second World War.

Breeding Center Arnaldo Tupiza

Is where giant tortoises are reared on Isabela. It is located 1.5 kilometers from Pto.  Villamil, this important center has a captive breeding program for tortoises from the populations of southern Isabela.  In total there are 330 tortoises between juveniles and adults.

Tintoreras

The islet is located south of Puerto Villamil. It has a small bay of calm turquoise waters, where you can appreciate sea lions, sea turtles,  marine iguanas, rays, etc. The bay is connected to the crecive of crystal clear water, that's shallow and when the tide is low the entrance closes In this crevice, you can see how reef sharks swin along with other small fish and sea lions.

Chico Volcano

Is reached, comprising a group of small craters, their activity consisting of several different fumaroles.  In another area, called the "Sulphur Volcano" the visitor can admire large quantities of sulphur as it has been  deposited by the continuous action of fumaroles.

Sierra Negra Volcano

Is located in the southern portion of Isabela,  the Sierra Negra volcano is below the Perry Isthmus and above the  Cerro Azul volcano. Sierra Negra is considered to be the oldest and  largest volcano on Isabela, which caldera measure about 5 miles by 6 miles across.

Moreno Point

When you land on this island you understand why the Spanish  Bishop that discover the Islands said: “It was as if God had decided to rain stones”. When he first set foot on a lava field he struggled to find fresh water and in desperation was reduced to chew on cactus  pats to quench its thirst. More than three centuries later a young Naturalist saw beyond the lava. Charles Darwin was amazed by the colonization of plants and the start of life over this terrain.

He  thought this process could easily compare to the origin of life in our planet. The mystery of mysteries… The pioneer cactus growing over the country of lava is contrasted with stunning oasis. Where lava  tunnel roofs have collapse, brackish water accumulates o give life to  greater flamingoes, moorhens, black-necked stilts and Galapagos  Martins.

 

Elizabeth Bay

Is the only place of the Earth where old tropical mangrove forests and penguins can be conjugated on the  same sentence. The ecosystem is also the residence of spotted eagle  rays, sea turtles and a nursery for fish and marine invertebrates.  With the outboards off and using only our oars for speed, we will enjoy this serene array of life.

Urbina Bay

The hotspot under the Galapagos generates intense volcanic activity. The west islands are the youngest and most active of the Archipelago. Located in the center of Isabela, Alcedo Volcano is remainder of how volatile this Islands are. On the west shore line of Alcedo lays  Urbina Bay. The landmass of the inlet was uplifted in 1954. More than ¾ of a mile of shoreline were created, and many coral reef extensions where exposed to air as the upheaval rose the  seabed.

The brand new land became a perfect nesting terrain of the most beautiful land dragon. The land iguanas of Isabela are the  largest in the Galapagos and in Urbina the colorful population offers a great example of their growing potential. The impressive yellow, orange/brown iguanas roam the low lands looking for flowers, fruits, leafs an shoots of their favorite plants. Also, when the rains arrive is  possible  to see giant tortoises sharing the land with the other primitive looking reptile. Urbina is miniature reminder of a Jurassic time.

Tagus Cove

Named after a British warship which anchored here in 1814, this cove  is located to the west of the island and it is usual to take a panga trip  below the high cliffs. Here there is an opportunity to see penguins as  well as marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs and sea lions. As with  many sites blue footed boobies are in abundance. After a dry landing one, can climb up the trailto oversee Darwin's Lake.

This is below the slopes of Darwin Volcano and is, surprisingly,  a salt water lake above sea level. It is said that the salt water is drawn  up from below by adsorption through the porous volcanic rock of  which this part of the island is formed. The trail also has a monument to a sailor who was lost at sea and there is a large amount of graffiti carved into the rock sides of the cove. Originally the names of ships that called at the  island it has, in later years, degenerated into painted graffiti which, despite attempts to stop it,  is still occasionally inflicted upon the rocks.

Albermale Point

Human history has left its footprint on this small corner of the  Galapagos.  Punta Albemarle, the farthest north point of Isabela, was one important US radar station to prevent any Japanesse  attempt of destroying the Panama Channel. A small and deteriorated  building is the reminder of the boredom and routine that rusted the mind of the juvenile navy officers. The soldiers were in charge of the  three-week shifts where they never saw any action. Nevertheless, the wild life gives the best example of constant struggle for survival, a  fight were only the fittest continue.

The recent lava flows are the  nesting ground of the only flightless cormorant in the world and the basking terrain of the largest marine iguanas of Galapagos. Because  not many boats visit this site the cormorants, that are very shy birds, display as they built their bulky nest we seaweed with total  indifference to human presence. As the morning advances the  iguanas give a show of adaptation as they wonder in to shoreline to feed on green and red algae. With this fantastic setting you can only  be reminded that the only constant of the Islands is change.

Vicente Roca Point

Offers an overwhelming diversity of geological  formations. Located on the southwest end of Ecuador Volcano only a few miles south of latitude 0, the area is an outstanding example on how the Islands were formed and how the forces of change have  transformed the landscape and shaped the wildlife. Vicente Roca is the home of tuff cones and lava dikes and is fertile ground for erosion and the disaster of collapse. We will look at the dramatic structures  from our dinghies, as we also enjoy watching the Galapagos penguins, brown noddies, blue-footed boobies and other marine life.

When the waters are calm enough the snorkel is fascinating. The walls of the tuff cones are full of colorful invertebrates and rich algae blooming give us a great chance of watching numerous sea turtles feeding.

Marshall Point

FERNANDINA

Only 30,000-100,000 years old Fernandina is the youngest island of the Archipelago. This immature shield volcano is less than an instant in the geological time scale. Not even your wildest imagination can give you a better setting to experience the start of life on an island.  The whole Island is cover with hostile worthless lava.

Espinoza Point

The shoreline is teeming with life. Reptiles, birds and mammals all coexisting, singing and sexing.  It is a living museum with piles of marine iguanas, playful sea lions, hard working flightless cormorants, dwarf penguins, busy Sally light-foot crabs and much more. Don’t forget to look around because Galapagos Hawk is always on the hunt. The site is a true cradle of evolution. Snorkeling  with turtles, iguanas, cormorants and plenty of fish is the best way to refresh after the lava walk.

Mangle Point

Is a new destination opened up for 2012. Fernandina Island has no foreing species  living on it and therefore it is one of the world's most pristine island ecosystems.  This island is dominated by volcano "La Cumbre" which gave birth to the islands  and has lava fields reaching the ocean. Some of the attractions are the flightless Cormorants nesting side. This area provides great opportunities to see the Galapagos Hawk. Flightless Cormorant, marine iguanas sea lions, Sally Lightfood Crabs.

Galapagos East Islands

 

San Cristobal

Interpretation Center

This site is educational information about Galapagos evolution and animal life in the islands.

El Junco

El Junco Lagoon, the only freshwater lake in the Galapagos  Archipelago, home to many birds. Located on the top of San Cristobal, 19 km from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. It is a good  place to watch the changes in the vegetation covering the  islands, six feet deep inside a small crater which in turn is  located within the caldera of an extinct volcano.

Cerro Colorado

After a bus ride of 45 minutes to reach Cerro Colorado, you can see giant Galapagos tortoises in their natural habitat

Kicker rock

The eroded structure has vertical walls of over 450 feet and has a great numbers of sea birds nesting and resting on it. We will  circumnavigate the rock to admire its magnitude, soon after that we  will jump in the water to swim with Galapagos sharks, sea turtles and eagle rays and drop offs full of colorful fish and invertebrates.

Ochoa beach

This is a beautiful white color beach with calm waters, safe bathing and good place for snorkel. This is a great place for landscape photography
It is home to blue-footed boobies, firgates, gulls and pelicans, at sea you can see rays turtles, sea lions and tropical fish. In the area the is considerable colony of sea lions  Also flamingos can be seen ocasionally. It is possible to observe tow spicies of crabs  on the beach ghost crabs and hermit crabs.

Cerro Brujo

Or "Witch Hill" is one of the first sites visited by Charles Darwin, Cerro  Brujo is a beautiful white coral sand beach where brown pelicans, blue-footed  oobies, sea lions, and marine iguanas can all be found. The beach is a large and  wide making ideal for walking and with great opportunities for bird watching. You  can see Blue Footed boobie, Brown Pelicans, Frigate Birds, Herons, and more.  Other animals at Cerro Brujo are Sea Lions, Mocking Birds, Lava Lizards.

 

La Galapaguera

With one of the longest hikes (4 miles), the trail goes up the  slopes of San Cristobal's well eroded shield volcano, taking  guests through the arid zone. Along the way, one can spot some of the last individuals of the San Cristobal giant tortoise  population living in the wild – here they were hunted almost to extinction during the late 19th century. After the  invigorating hike, enjoy a swim to cool off.

Loberia

A 10 minute bus ride from Puerto Baquerizo you will find La Lobería. La Lobería is home to  a large colony of sea lions. There are normally dozens of sea lions there at any time. Low  tide is one of the best times to visit to see the mother sea lions teaching their pups to swim. In addition to the sea lions, Yellow Warblers, Frigate Birds, and several of the species of the Darwin Finches live here, and you may see some marine iguanas. La Loberia also has interesting flora incluing button mangrove, white mangrove, chala, palo santo,  cotton, Tiquilia, morning glory and other species of the littoral zone as the cacho de chivo, whose seeds is the main source of food for several species of finches.

Pitt Point

We do a wet landing late in the afternoon to climb a tuff cone and enjoy the sunset.  This point is closest to mainland South America. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, frigate birds and  storm petrel nest in the area.  The ochre color beach is perfect for a  relaxing plunge after the walk. 

Kicker Rock or Sleeping Lion

The eroded structure has vertical walls of over 450 feet and  has a great numbers of sea birds nesting and resting on it. We will  circumnavigate the rock to admire its magnitude, soon after that we will jump in the water to swim with Galapagos sharks, sea turtles, and eagle rays and drop offs full of colorful fish and invertebrates.

Lobos Islands

After a dry landing on Isla Lobos, we walk on over very rocky terrain. To your surprise red balloons will soon bound you, great and magnificent pirates nest on this small flat Island. Frigate birds with their magenta and green iridescent feathers  decorate the saltbushes. The island is also the nesting ground of blue-footed boobies. Don’t miss the chance of swimming with sea  lions; a few sea creatures are as playful as these marine mammals.

Galapagos South Islands

 

Barrington Bay

Is one of the most picturesque inlets of all visitor sites of the Galapagos. The white sand on the seabed reflects the light to turn the calm waters  turquoise. A small forest of gigantic prickly pear cactus grows on a  peninsula that keeps the bay sheltered. All the before mentioned are suitable conditions for a large sea lion colony. Santa Fe is an ancient extinct volcano and it has been isolated from other island long enough to have an endemic land dragon. Paler in color than its relatives, the Barrington terrestrial iguana has a primitive morphology. Galapagos Hawks, mocking birds, finches and endemic  rice rats make company to yellowish monster. The snorkeling won’t disappoint you. 

Plazas

A two-hour navigation north will take us to  South Plaza. The dry  landing takes you to a brilliant combination of life and colors. Land  iguanas wondering through bright red carpet weed, Swallow tailed  gulls nesting around the overhang tops and red-billed tropicbirds and  shearwaters flying with dancing displays. Mind the pirates of the sky; they will strike if you drop your guard. 13 acres of beauty Hectare   is  one of the best spots in the archipelago to see land iguanas and swallow-tailed gulls, both indigenous to the Galapagos. There are  iguana nests scattered all over the hill.

The sheer cliffs of the southern shore are a perfect bird habitat, making it an unparalleled  bird observatory for especially swallow-tailed gulls, Audubon  shearwaters, and red-billed tropicbirds.

Santa Fe

Snorkelling in the rocking coast of the island to see a variety of fish and sea turtles. Wet landing. You can see colonies of sea lions, land iguana, frigate bird, Galapagos doves lizards lava, on the island you can see a forest of giant cactus and Palo Santo trees.

 

Floreana

Alieri Hill

we land on Puerto Velasco Ibarra to ride on a ¨chiva¨(endemic transportation) to visit the highlands of Floreana.  On the way to the humid zone we stop to climb Cerro Alieri. A good  number of steps will take us to a breathtaking view. A fantastic  landscape decorated with liquens and epiphytes.  landscape decorated with liquens and epiphytes. The mysteries of this  Island are hidden in the pirates cave.

Asilo de la Paz

At Asilo de Paz we will engage with the fascinating story of the Wittmers, Doctor Ritter and Dora, and the famous Baroness and her three lovers. Charles, Floreana and Santa María are the official names of the Island that holds an overwellminly rich human history. 

Loberia

La lobería (sea lion roockery) and swim or snorkel of the beach. It is a refreshing end to a wonderful day.

Cormorant Point

Lays on the northern shore of Floreana and is the house of greater flamingos and sea turtles. On one side, the point is partially flooded with a brackish lagoon where flamingos nest and feed. Whimbrels, herons and stilts  are other common shore and migratory birds of the wetlands. On the
other side sea turtles use every corner of a white sand beach to deliver their eggs. You often see stingrays and reef sharks from the  shore and if you are lucky turtles ending basking.

Champion Islet

This small piece of land is one of two sea turtles. On one side, the point is partially flooded with a brackish places were the Floreana mocking bird survives after its extinction on  the big Island. While trying to find the rare bird from our dinghies, we will enjoy a beautiful landscape full of fairy tale cactus and terracotta rock formations. Soon sea lions will invite us to enjoy the water. The  snorkeling around the island is extraordinary, lots of fish, rays, sharks  and the playfulness of the Galapagos sea lions.

Post Office Bay

Adventure, survival, mystery and murder are the main ingredients for this island has left a legacy of pirates, whalers, scientific expeditions and intense stories of slay and constant ambiguity. After a wet landing we walk a very short distance to be  part of the most important Galapagos tradition. Later we will Kayak or ride our dinghies to the west. We will go through a small set of islets with a sea lion colony, boobies and mangroves. Finally, following our ride we will land at the  Baroness lookout. On top of this eroded spatter cone we will embrace the vivid obscurity of the human history of “Las Encantadas”. 

 

Española (Hood)

Hood is the oldest Galapagos Island, the Queen. Her Majesty has travel 100 miles away from the volcanic hotspot; she sets an example of splendor and wisdom.

Suarez Point

When landing on its western tip, on Punta Suárez, it is difficult to digest the beauty and the overwhelming amount of life. It takes a few minutes to understand that you are not  dreaming and that the marine iguanas are really covered with fiery  colors, sea lions leisurely wander around you, blue-footed boobies and Sally light-foot crabs coat the rocks with their intense grace. The long walk leads you the finest illustration of ancient sea bird colony.

The endless cliff shaped by strong wave action and the force of the  wind is the home of the only tropical albatross of the Earth. This mythical elegant glider shares the precipice with many others sea birds like the tropicbirds, the sallow tailed gull, the Nazca booby.

Gardner Bay

Depending on weather conditions, either at the end of the morning or early in the afternoon, we will snorkel  around Its calm waters and attractive landscape give you a great experience above and below water. Located on the north coast of Española  Gardner Bay has tranquil  white sand beach. The fine grains of sand make perfect terrain for a  soft walk and a relaxing late in the afternoon. Don’t get me wrong, you won’t be alone, sea lions and Hood mocking birds will keep company.

Galapagos North Islands

 

Charles Darwin Station

Here you will learn how the magic is done behind the scenes. This NGO celebrates 50 years of scientific work, and it is responsible, in a great deal, for the conservation status and the restoration of the Galapagos. An important partner in the duty of preservation of this pristine archipelago is the National Park Service and they run the tortoise breeding centre. At this facility you will meat our conservation Icon Lonesome George, the last remaining animal from the species of Pinta Island.

Travelers will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station; here they can admire the giant tortoises that are part of the breeding program. Land iguana, lizards lava and the big Opuntia cactus.

Highlands Primicias

At Rancho Primicias, a reserve for giant tortoises,  we exchanged our running shoes for rubber boots so we could walk through the tall grass looking for wild tortoises. You also can see the lava tubes.

Highlands El Chato

The El Chato reserve is divided into two areas; Caseta and Chato. The trail begins at Santa Rosa, 22 km from Puerto Ayora, with the Caseta route being the more challenging. The reserve allows visitors to observe giant tortoises in the wild during the dry season, and is also a good place to spot short-eared owls, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, Galapagos rails and paint-billed crakes.

Highlands Twin craters (Gemelos)

 At 1800 feet the greenery offers the opportunity to admire the remnant of a Galapagos mature forest. The Daisy trees of the genus  Scalesia decorate  a couple of extraordinary geological formations. Known as “Los Gemelos”, this collapse craters and its surroundings are the home of many Darwin’s finches, mocking birds, vermillion flycatcher and a wonderful diversity of indigenous plants.

Tortuga Bay beach

Interesting walk to the Turtle Bay beach, perhaps the most  beautiful beaches in Galapagos we can swim and snorkel observing colinies of marine iguanas, pelicans, Darwin's finches sharks, sea turtles, the incredible forest of giant cactus and the nesting of marine iguanas.

Black Turtle cove

There is no landing site in Black Turtle Cove, which is normally visited by panga (small boats) ride. The cove has many little inlets and is  surrounded by mangroves, where you can see lava herons and pelicans. The main attraction is in the water: marine turtles are sometimes seen mating schools of golden lustard rays are often present, and white tipped sharks may be seen basking in the snallows. It makes a very pleasant change to visit a marine site in a panga instead of walking.

 

Dragon Hill

The site visit Dragon Hill is located in the northwest of Santa Cruz Island, and consists of a path that runs for three diffrent enviroments is junst 1,600 mts in length. It gets this name because in 1975, was one of the only place in Santa Cruz  Island where there were land iguanas healthy state.

Bachas beach

This are organic white sand beaches located on the northern shore of Santa Cruz Island and they are the most important nesting site for the green Pacific sea turtles of the  Galapagos. Named Las Bachas after the American military occupation on Baltra during the  Second World War, the place is a peaceful a beautiful introduction to the Enchanted Islands On the shore is easy to encounter marine iguanas, sally light foot crabs, blue footed boobies diving and, in a nearby lagoon, we often find grater flamingos, black necked stilts and other shore birds. Visitors are welcome to swim or snorkel from the beach.

Carrion Point

Snorkel with White tipped sharks, eagle and marbled rays, scorpion fish, sea turtles and sea lions.

Whale Islet

This is a cove of green sand at the base of Dragon Hill. The beach contains a arge amount of olivine crystals, the same that originate from volcanic materials, little turtles can be seen.

Eden Islet

A beautiful islet off the coast of Santa Cruz, the mangrove forest along the coast and the marine species, you can see such as spotted eagle rays and matbled rays curious juvenile brown pelican.

Mosquera Islet

A small islet resulting from an uplift of sand, made up of coral reefs and rocks. It boasts one of the largest sealion colonies in the Galapagos archipelago, it is a visitor site on many cruise itineraries due to its proximity to the airport on Baltra island there are ocassional reports of Orca whales seen praying on the sea lion colony. It is also home to many sea birds. There is a very nice beach on Mosquera and since Island is mainly flat there is an easy trail leading past the sea lion colony and a nesting area for Lava Gulls. You can also spot marine iguanas, blue footed boobies and sally light food crabs. It is a fun snorkeling site, just swimm off of the beach, there’s a good chance snorkelers will be joined by one of the numerous sea lions who live at this Island.

 

North Seymour

Guests will encounter swallow-tailed gulls, sea lions, and blue-footed boobies. This site has the largest colony of the magnificent frigate bird. Travelers will also spot both the marine iguanas and the land iguanas. Visitors can also observe the endemic species of holy stick (palo santo). Depending on the season, guests can see the very peculiar courtship dance of the male frigate birds with their inflatable red pouches.

Sullivan

The genesis of the islands is easy to acknowledge at  Sullivan Bay. The coiled shiny structures of the pahoe-hoe lava appear as if they were formed yesterday. Located on the east shores of James Island these 131 years old lava flow has intact driblet cones. Older cinder cones were flooded by the rivers of lava and are a great example of aging igneous rocks. The contrast of colors and shapes of the basalt, and the distinction of rust and shine of its surface will take you back you of Mars, if you’ve been there before.

Bartolome

It’s a volcanic island in Galapagos. Passengers will see volcanic formations such as lava bombs, spatter, and cinder cones. After hiking to the summit you can enjoy a great view of the surrounding islands, including Pinnacle Rock’s eroded tuff cone. It has a volcanic cone that is easy to climb and provides great views of the other islands. On the way to the summit, you’ll see colonies of marine iguanas, lava lizards, tiquilla,and various cacti. You can snorkel with the penguins, sea turtles, white-tipped reef sharks, and other tropical fish. The bay is also an excellent place to go swimming.

Rabida

The volcano-formed beach is dark red and is often occupied by sea lions. It’s considered the geographic center of Galapagos because it has the most diverse volcanic rocks on the islands. You’ll hike to a salt water lagoon, where flamingos can sometimes be found. July through September is a good time to observe brown pelicans nesting on the salt bushes. You can take a ride along the reefs in a dinghy, as well as snorkel.

Egas Port (Santiago Island)

Most of the landscape is tuff-stone layers and lava flows. You can observe hunting herons, great blue herons, lava herons, yellow-crowned night herons, and oyster catchers.  Passengers will see marine iguanas grazing on algae beds alongside red sally light-foot crabs. There is a colony of fur seals swimming in deep cool-water pools.  Port Egas is a perfect spot not only for taking pictures but also for snorkeling with many species of tropical fish.

Chinese Hat

This small islet is located near the south-east of Santiago. It's shaped like a Chinese hat when is seen from far. This ilands consisting of a cone type "Splash" (lava ejected as dorplest and falling close to where it came out, which forms a cone angle) that forms the top, and lava tubes thet run down to the coast. In the west you can see lava formations which are an indicator that the flows were formed under the sea and have been raised towards the exterior , reason why coral heads on lava can be seen. This visit provides an excellent opportunity for the interpretation of geologic features such as lava tubes and lava flows.

Buccaneer cove

called because it was a popular place for 17th & 18th century buccaneers to careen their vessels. The cliffs and pinnacles, which are used as nesting areas by several species of seabirds, are the main attraction these days. This is bes appreciated from the sea, but it is possible to land in the cove, where there are beaches.

Espumilla beach

Can be reached with a wet landing. The swimming is good here, and by the small lagoon behind the beach you can see various wading birds including, at times, flamingos. A 2km trail leads inland through transitiona vegetation where there are various finches and the Galapagos flycatcher.


Genovesa

Darwin Bay

After 6 to 7 hours of navigation you will wake up to the beautiful cacophony of one of the largest tropical sea bird colony of the planet. The cliff tops are decorated with frigate birds, redfooted boobies, Nazca boobies, swallow tailed gulls, tropic birds and  many other pelagic animals.

Darwin Bay  is the  home of many nesting sea birds. Following a wet landing and with the early morning  light you will blend in with the red-footed boobies displaying for potential mates as they collect nesting material. The great frigate birds inflate their gulag sacks hoping to attract a female while others play their favorite game: piracy. Darwin’s finches, Galapagos doves and mocking birds stroll the ground to find seeds and insects. The red mangroves, cactus and saltbushes contrast with the blue sky and the dark basaltic walls.

Price Philips Steps

The steep ascend takes you 100 feet above sea level, to be welcomed by the elegant silhouette of red billed tropic bird and the aerobatic Galapagos shearwater, both interact with the precipice on fast approaches. The lava rock trail takes through the endemic dwarf incense tree forest, to find more red footed “lancers” nesting and many of their gannet like relatives, the Nazcas, loudly claiming the floor as their residence. The Palo Santo forest is dormant most of the year, to awaken in the rainy season and contaminate the air with a refreshing aroma. As you exit the latent trees your breath may cease by the panorama of thousands of storm petrels flying erratically beyond the lava flows. This is the perfect scenario for the island predator to make a successful kill.

The short-eared owl, known elsewhere around the world as a nocturnal predator, in Genovesa hunts  in bright daylight. More cat than owl, waits patiently outside lava tunnels and crevasses to capture the stormy petrels as they leave their houses after feeding their young. Snorkeling on Tower offers a view of a wide variety of tropical fish.

Marchena

Mejia Point    

Is one of the best sites in the Archipelago to snorkel. The calm and clear deep blue water of the north west coast, and the dark hostile topography of the location give the sensation of witnessing the beginning of our planet and its underwater world.  Apart from great fish diversity, when we snorkel we often see rays, reef sharks and sea turtles.

Black beach 

Navigating southwest for 45 minutes to  Playa Negra  is always an  exciting experience. More than once in the past we have seen bottle nosed dolphins, other cetaceans or feeding frenzies. After an early afternoon snorkel around recently formed lava grotto were marine iguanas feed, we will start a 5 to 6 hour sail to the west. As we get further away from the island the sea floor changes dramatically and we enter deep water, an oceanic drop-off.

The Cromwell current,  which arrives from the west from the very profound waters, brings richness to the surface and generates an superlative upwelling. As a result, there are positive effects throughout the marine food chain  and we have a good record of cetaceans and other ocean wonderers on this navigation. Whales or dolphins are never a guarantee, but we will we do our best to find them. 
    

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