The first excursion of the trip will be to Black Turtle Cove, which is situated in the northern part of Santa Cruz. Surrounded by mangroves, this islet is only accessible by dinghy. The shallow cove here is a safe haven for young marine life including black-tip and white-tip reef sharks, sea turtles, and a variety of rays.
Darwin Bay's fabulous white sand coral beach is the start to a half mile trail that winds through marvelous mangroves packed with land birds. Take pleasure in the opportunity to spot Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls. Further down the path are tidal pools where whimsical sea lions swim playfully in the pristine waters.
Rabida Island is one of the most colorful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago. Its famous maroon sandy beach and stunning lookouts provide exceptional and rare landscapes. Some of the most scarce species of birds are in abundance here, such as nine varieties of finches, large-billed flycatchers, Galapagos hawks, and brown pelicans making it a birdwatcher’s delight. This is a great snorkeling site if you choose to indulge.
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