Punta Suarez is a remarkable location based off it's quantity and variety of wildlife. Enjoy the friendly company of sea lions at this location. The tiny pups have been know to greet your toes upon arrival. Take a walk further inland to view a colorful variety of marine iguanas. The trail continues up the western edge of the island where masked and Nazca boobies' nesting sites can be viewed. The trail also allows for the chance to see nesting blue-footed boobies, Galapagos doves, the cactus finch, albatross, and mocking birds. Further down the trail there is a blowhole amongst the black lava landscape that shoots up water like a geyser.
Gardner Bay offers a striking long white sandy beach where colonies of sea lions bath in the sun, sea turtles swim offshore, and mockingbirds bolding investigate any new arrivals to the area. Enjoy some snorkeling off Gardner Island where whimsical sea lions swim around visitors. There is also an abundance of tropical fish to observe. There is also an option to kayak for those who are interested.
Next, stop at Asylum of Peace which is a historical site where the pirate Patrick Watkins once lived in a cave here. There is also a freshwater spring here that served as a source of water for early settlers.
Punta Cormorant offers to amazing and unique beaches. One is an incredible green color due to the volcanic olivine crystals present in the sand. The other beach is made up of very fine white sand and is known as Flour Beach. This sand was formed by the erosion of coral skeletons. There is a hypersaline lagoon in the basin of Punta Cormorant which is home to flamingoes, pintails, stilts, and other wading birds.
Champion is the next stop and is know for its outstanding snorkeling full of prime underwater sea lion interactions. Dolphins frequent this location as well as humpback whales.
Chinese Hat acquired its name because of its unique shape that resembles the traditional shape of a Chinese Coolie's hat. Have the chance to view the fiery colored Sally Lightfoot Crab as well as marine iguanas sunning themselves on the rocks. Snorkel in the cove here and have a chance to see penguins as they dart pass.
Depending on the tide, you may have a chance to visit Black Turtle Cove which is covered with four species of mangroves. Observe spotted eagle rays and cow nosed or golden rays as they swim below.
Sullivan Bay is covered by a huge field of pahoehoe lava reaching all the way into the channel. Take a panga ride along the black rocky coast in search of the Galapagos penguin. Enjoy some excellent snorkeling along the lava flow and swimming with penguins and sea lions. Watch the sun set over Sullivan Bay and light up the tower-like Pinnacle Rock to the east.
North Seymour Island was lifted by seismic activity leading to its low, flat profile. There is a tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo trees above the landing here. Have the chance to view the courtship dance of the blue-footed boobies. A truly unique site to see. Up the trail a bit there is a nesting site for the frigates. The males can be seen inflating their large throat sacks to attract females.
South Plazas Island likes just off the coast of Santa Cruz and is one of the smallest but richest islands in the archipelago. It is rich with lush and diverse flora including green prickly-pear cacti and red sesuvium. There is a very healthy population of sea lions making their home here as well as unique birdlife such as Nazca and blue-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls.
Urbina Bay is the next stop that is home to the giant land iguanas who have vivid yellow skin making them very colorful. There are also giant tortoises on the coastal plain during the wet season before migrating to the highlands.
At the northern part of Isabela lies Punta Vicente Roca. An ancient volcano formed two turquoise coves with a perfectly calm bay inside. This calmness makes it an ideal spot for diving. Snorkeling here offers the opportunity to see sea lions, turtles, spotted eagle rays, and manta rays.
Punta Albemarle is the location of an abandoned radar station from WWII that can still be seen. It is also a prime nesting location for the flightless cormorant, and the largest marine iguanas also make their homes here.
James Bay offers some unique sites for this tour. There is a black beach with amazing eroded rock formations and there is a trail that goes along the rim of an extinct volcanic crater. A path leading south takes visitors to a series of crystal-clear grottos formed of broken lava tubes which is home to sea lions and tropical fish. This is an excellent place for watching fur lions as they rest on the rocks by the grottos.
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