Walk to the top of Bartolomé’s volcanic cone for a stunning view of Pinnacle Rock and the surrounding white sand beaches. You may also have the opportunity to swim with Galápagos penguins.
North Seymour Islet
This tiny uplifted seafloor is home to sea lion colonies, blue-footed booby and frigate bird nesting colonies. Snorkel among tropical fish and reef sharks at the base of the cliffs.
Follow a path along a series of tide pools and underwater caverns in search of Galápagos fur seals, marine iguanas, sea lions, and Sally Lightfoot crabs.
Walk among swallow-tailed gulls, red-footed boobies and Nazca boobies and keep a look out for hunting short-eared owls. Ride Zodiacs, kayak along the caldera, and snorkel among large schools of parrotfish.
Isla Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz is home to the Charles Darwin Research Station, a breeding station for endangered native species. Learn about the Darwin Foundation and their giant Galápagos tortoise breeding program. Visit “Lonesome George,” the last surviving tortoise of his kind. Later, travel into the highlands where wild tortoises forage.
Spend the early morning on the lookout for dolphins; whales; sea turtles; and the unusual ocean sunfish, the Mola mola. Explore caves and hidden lagoons by Zodiac, and snorkel among sea turtles.
Discover Punta Espinosa; the largest marine iguana colony in the Galápagos is found here. Brightly colored Sally Lightfoot crabs scamper among the rocks and sea lions play along the coast against the dramatic backdrop of volcanoes.
At Champion Islet, snorkel among sea lions in clear waters, or peer into an underwater world in a glass-bottom boat (Endeavour only) while keeping an eye out for the endangered Floreana Mockingbird. Visit Post Office Bay—if you see a letter addressed to someone who lives near you, the tradition is to deliver it by hand.
Sombrero Chino Islet
This charming volcano is named due to its resemblance to a “Chinese Hat”. Take Zodiac rides, kayak or go ashore to admire the volcanic landscape, and snorkel in an area often frequented by penguins, sea lions and small reef sharks.
Land on the bright red volcanic sand of a charming beach. Snorkel among the friendly Galápagos sea lions, and take a scenic hike into the island to search for hawks and other land birds.
San Cristóbal Island
Visit Punta Pitt with its fascinating geology, where all three booby species of the Galápagos can be found along the cliffs. Visit the port of Baquerizo Moreno, home to one of the largest sea lion colonies in the archipelago. Swim, snorkel, kayak, and stroll along the beach at Cerro Brujo.
See Darwin’s finches, boobies, and waved albatross on this birder’s paradise. Walk among vivid green and red marine iguanas, and observe sea lions up close on a pristine white-sand beach.
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