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In the far eastern Galapagos, Española (also called Hood Island) is the southernmost island in the archipelago. Not inhabited by humans, the birdlife on this island is unparalleled. Most notably are the seabirds that visit the various sites, often after spending months without touching dry land, such as the waved albatross.

10 Cruises Visiting Espanola Island, Galapagos for 2023-2024

10 Luxury Cruises Visiting Espanola Island, Galapagos for 2023-2024

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Luxurious Southern Galapagos Cruise$59496Apr 27, 2023On this 6-day luxury Galapagos cruise aboard one of the best yachts in Galapagos, the Ocean Spray catamaran, you'll see giant Galapagos tortoises, …
Classic Galapagos$794010Mar 31, 2023Spend 10 days exploring the legendary Galápagos Islands aboard a classic, 96-guest expedition ship, the Endeavour II. Actively experience the …
Southern Islands$51454Apr 5, 2023This 4-day trip highlights white sandy beaches and abundant wildlife. Enjoy hiking, snorkeling and exploring the Southern Islands on your cruise …
Private Charter - San Cristobal, Espanola & Floreana Aboard Petrel$547904Mar 31, 2023Drop off a postcard in Post Office Bay as you travel through San Cristobal, Espanola and Floreana with your private group of up to 16 guests aboard …
San Cristobal, Española & Floreana$36694Mar 31, 2023The Petrel stops at Post Office Bay, where you can mail a postcard from San Cristobal to Espanola and Floreana. During this four-day tour, get to …
Southeastern Islands Cruise$44904Apr 8, 2023This cruise may be short on days but it's big on amazing wildlife, such as the Galapagos giant tortoise, marine iguanas, and playful sea lions. …
Private Charter - Southern Islands Aboard Galapagos Horizon$540004Apr 1, 2023Discover the Galapagos Islands' magnificent splendor aboard the new Galapagos Horizon on a four-day sailing expedition. It's easy to spot marine …
Private Charter - Beyond Darwin's Footsteps Aboard Grace$1470008Apr 4, 2023Close encounters with nature highlight this 8-day private Galapagos cruise onboard the Grace. The islands are teeming with animals that are eager to …
Beyond Darwin's Footsteps$85008Apr 1, 2023This 8-day adventure aboard Grace offers close encounters with wildlife. The islands are full of creatures that love to interact with visitors. …
Central Islands Cruise$89908Apr 8, 2023Discover the highlights of San Cristobal, Española, Floreana, Santa Cruz, Santiago, and Genovesa islands on this incredible 8-day adventure aboard …

3 Best Espanola Island National Park Visitor Sites

Gardner Bay – For most of the year, the sea lions and sea lion pups are the main attraction at Gardner Bay. But from April until December, this white sandy beach is the nesting site for nearly all of the 12,000 remaining pairs of waved albatrosses. Other than a small colony on Isla de la Plata by Ecuador’s mainland, the world’s entire waved albatross population can be seen here. There are also three species of finches here and occasionally a giant tortoise.

Suarez Point – Here, explorers will be astounded as they watch the endemic albatrosses launch themselves off of the cliff and take flight. But the site is known for more than just the birds – a blowhole on the cliff’s edge blasts water into the air as the waves crash into the bottom of it. This blowhole has become a popular attraction at Suarez Point.

Osborn Islet – The tranquil white sands of this site make it an ideal home for sea lions and their pups. You can swim, kayak, and snorkel right in their company as they glide through the water.

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