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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 2022-2023

10 Luxury Cruises Visiting Espanola Island, Galapagos for 2022-2023

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Luxurious Southern Galapagos Cruise$57906Oct 13, 2022On 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$771010Sep 30, 2022Spend 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$508904Sep 30, 2022Drop 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 …
Private Charter - Southern Islands Aboard Camila$540004Oct 1, 2022Discover the Galapagos Islands' magnificent splendor aboard the new M/T Camila on a four-day sailing expedition. It's easy to spot marine turtles, …
San Cristobal, Española & Floreana$34104Sep 30, 2022The 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 …
Southern Islands$35804Oct 1, 2022Board the brand new M/T Camila on this spectacular 4-day sailing expedition and discover the breathtaking beauty of the incredible Galapagos Islands. …
Southeastern Islands Cruise$42504Oct 8, 2022This 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. …
Galapagos Origin Southern Islands$87508Oct 9, 2022Explore the Galapagos Islands on an 8-day Southern Islands cruise aboard the luxurious M/V Origin yacht. Kayak, stand up paddle board, and snorkel …
Private Charter - Beyond Darwin's Footsteps Aboard Grace$1340008Oct 4, 2022Close encounters with nature highlight this 8-day private Galapagos cruise onboard the Grace. The islands are teeming with animals that are eager to …

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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