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Other than researchers and a few divers, the two Daphne islands (Major and Minor) between Santa Cruz and Santiago are generally off-limits to visitors. The tuff cone of Daphne Major has been the site of scientific research of the Galapagos finch populations. It is also home to blue-footed boobies and an endemic palo santo forest. With special permission from the National Park, this could be an exciting yet rare stop on your Galapagos trip. Otherwise, you'll have to appreciate it from afar and from the pages of the famous book written about the Darwin Finches that reside on this island called "The Beak of the Finch."  

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Daphne Island Facts and Highlights

Daphne Island is one of the more remote islands in the Galapagos archipelago, making it a truly unique and off-the-beaten-path destination. Here are some facts and highlights to help guide you during your visit. 
  • Daphne Island is home to a variety of seabirds including blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, frigatebirds, and storm petrels. Birdwatchers can observe these fascinating species up close and marvel at their unique behaviors.
  • The island's volcanic cliffs and rugged coastline offer breathtaking views of the surrounding ocean and neighboring islands. 
  • Daphne Island, like most of the archipelago's territory, is part of the Galapagos Islands National Park and is a protected habitat delicate ecosystem.
  • Daphne Island is a popular destination for scientific research and has been the site of numerous studies on seabird behavior and ecology. 
  • The waters surrounding Daphne Island are teeming with marine life, making it an ideal destination for snorkeling and diving. Swim with sea lions, sea turtles, and a variety of colorful fish.
  • Despite its small size, Daphne Island is home to a variety of unique plant species, including cacti and endemic shrubs. 

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