Bartholomew Island, Galapagos
Bartolome Island is located in Sullivan Bay off James Island. Bartolome has two visitor sites on the island. The island also includes a spectacular climb to the summit of the island, which reveals first a variety of colorful volcanic formations of Bartholomew and second the immense black lava flows on nearby James Island.
Daphne Island, Galapagos
Daphne Island is a large tuft cone that has been eroded by the constant crashing of the waves around its base. The vegetation is sparse, and ground cover is minimal consisting of only a few shrubs. Thousands of blue-footed boobies nest within the islands two small craters.
The National Park service restricts visitors allowed to visit Daphne and it is a select few that are able to visit this special place. Visitors venture up a steep trail to the crater rim. Finches, masked boobies, short-eared owls and Galapagos martins are visible along the way. Red-billed tropicbirds nest in the cliffs near the summit. Magnificent frigatebirds build their nests in the little vegetation that occurs on the Island's slopes and near the crater rim.
|Highlights:||Intense bird watching opportunities including nesting blue-footed boobies, masked boobies and tropicbirds|
|Animals:||Finches, masked boobies, short-eared owls, Galapagos martins, red-billed tropicbirds, frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies, great blue herons|
Darwin Island, Galapagos
As it is the furthest north of the Islands, the Humboldt Current has little effect here and the waters are warmer than in the south; as such there are more corals here than the other Islands. The quality can be overwhelming. Darwin's Arch sits just above the surface on an underwater plateau and the steep barnacle covered walls drop off to the deeper ocean. The water it is thick with hammerheads and on the ridge side there are large schools of fish.
|Highlights:||Quality of diving|
|Animals:||Creole fish, rainbow chub, big eye jacks, Moorish idols, mackerels, blue and gold snappers, Mexican hogfish, cornet fish, trumpet fish, parrotfish, Panamic green morays, turtles, flounders, octopuses|
Española Island, Galapagos
Española Island is located at the extreme southeast of the archipelago and it has two important points of interest. The first is Punta Suarez. Punta Suarez is a rocky point that sustains one of the most impressive and varied colonies of sea birds in Galapagos. High cliffs rise up from the sea, for spectacular views of soaring birds and a famous blowhole where water spouts from 50 to 75 feet into the air. The second is Gardner Bay, which is located at the eastern coast of Hood Island and provides an excellent beach for swimming and the opportunity to observe the Galapagos sea lions.
Fernandina Island, Galapagos
Fernandina Island is an active shield volcano and is the youngest of the Galapagos Islands. The immense shield of Fernandina volcano provides an impressive backdrop for Punta Espinosa, a narrow stretch of sand and lava rock extending from the base of the volcano into the sea. Renowned for its large colonies of marine iguanas, it is also home to a number of unique Galapagos species including the flightless cormorant, penguin, sea lion and marine turtle. Fernandina's recently formed harsh slopes can be appreciated by taking a trail inland to the edge of a large AA lava flow (type of lava flow).
- Baroness' Observatory
- Champion Islet
- Cormoran Point
- Asilo de la Paz
- Devil's Crown
- Post Office Bay
- Puerto Velasco Ibarra
Floreana Island, Galapagos
Floreana has four important points of interest. The first is Punta Cormorant. Punta Cormorant has one of the best flamingo's lagoons in the Galapagos. A variety of shore birds and numerous and unique species of plant life are also available to view in the area. The second point of interest is Devil's Crown. Devil's Crown consists of the picket fence-like remains of small volcanic cone, which has been eroded away by the sea, creating an interior habitat ideal for several different types of coral and marine life. It is a perfect spot for snorkeling. The third and fourth points of interest are the Post Office Barrel (wooden barrel placed on Floreana in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship in order to communicate by mail) and the spectacular Lava Cave.
Genovesa Island, Galapagos
Genovesa Island is located at the inner part of Darwin Bay. This area contains an abundance of frigate birds and other interesting seabirds. Behind the small beach filled with nesting areas for frigates, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls are a number of tide pools. At high tide it is likely that the trail will be covered with water. Continuing on the trail past the tide pools, excellent views of the cliff formations along the coast, as well as an idea of the dry interior of the island can be had.
- Albermarle Point
- Cape Marshall
- Elizabeth Bay
- Moreno Point
- Puerto Villamil
- Las Tintoreras
- Roca Redonda
- Sierra Negra
Isabela Island, Galapagos
The island's seahorse shape is the product of the merging of six large volcanoes into a single landmass. On this island Galapagos Penguins, Flightless Cormorants, Marine Iguanas, pelicans and Sally Lightfoot crabs abound. At the skirts and calderas of the volcanos of Isabela, Land Iguanas and Galapagos Tortoises can be observed, as well as Darwin Finches, Galapagos Hawks, Galapagos Doves and very interesting lowland vegetation.
Marchena Island, Galapagos
Named after Fray Antonio Marchena. Has an area of 130 square kilometers (50 sq mi) and a maximum altitude of 343 meters (1,125 ft). Galapagos hawks and sea lions inhabit this island, and it is home to the Marchena Lava Lizard, an endemic animal.
Mosquera Islet, Galapagos
Located between North Seymour and Baltra is the small island of Mosquera. The island consists is a long narrow stretch of white sand, rocks, and tide pools. Created by geological uplift the island has a flat look to it rather than the conical shape of the volcanically formed islands. Mosquera is a grea