Wildlife on Rabida Island
Rabida Island is a birdwatcher’s paradise with nesting boobies, frigatebirds, and herons. The Blue-footed Booby is the island’s most famous bird, having adapted to Rabida’s harsh environment. With this adaption, they could place themselves on rocky outcrops where they would not sink when diving for food but also allow them access to get enough food while they stay in their homes.
Frigatebirds nest on rocky outcrops throughout the islands and hang far overhead on branches, posts, or wires to catch insects. Flamingos are abundant on Rabida Island, quieting as you approach but vocalizing if you get too close or shock them. Feeding on algae and tiny fish, they favor shallow waters. Other birds include Nazca boobies, bridled terns, red-billed tropic birds, masked boobies, flightless cormorants, and Galapagos doves.
Rabida has a dwarf forest with peculiar flora and fauna, such as Cordia subcordata, the giant 200-year-old mangrove tree found only on Rabida Island. This island is also home to endemic species of Galapagos penguins, large populations of sea lions, and marine iguanas. These iguanas are famous for their unique behavior and have become one of the symbols of the islands. You can observe them from a distance on the black sand beach or on a boat tour, which will allow you to get closer to these exciting animals.
Rabida is probably one of the hottest spots to snorkel. The main highlight here is sharks. Seeing the large and wide variety of sharks here is impressive. Some highlights are silky sharks, dogfish sharks, and hammerheads. You should also be prepared to see plenty of sea turtles and a huge variety of fish species.
Visiting Rabida Island
Situated in the middle of the Galápagos Islands archipelago, Rábida Island is located to the south of Santiago. A multi-day island-hopping cruise is the best method to get to the island. Travelers can depart from San Cristóbal and Santa Cruz Islands.