Punta Espinoza, Fernandina Island
The lone visitor site on this island, and raved to be one of the most spectacular in all of the Galapagos, is Punta Espinoza, where you can get a close up look at marine iguanas, sea lions, nesting flightless cormorants, and if you're lucky, Galapagos penguins, and hawks. The Galapagos cormorants are notable as the only species of cormorants that have lost the ability to fly in exchange for an evolutionary advantage at diving, at which they are experts. Galapagos Penguins are the only penguins to live close to, and even north of the Equator.
In a small inlet off the shores of Fernandina’s coast is Mangle Point. Here, you will delight in the opportunity to snorkel among gracefully diving penguins and the playful sea lions. Although there is no landing, this site does offer breathtaking views of the island.
Fernandina Island Facts and Highlights
The westernmost island of Fernandina, neighbor to the magical island if Isabela, is also the one with the most volcanic activity, giving visitors a magnificent show from time to time. Here are other facts about the island:
- Fernandina Island is the youngest and most pristine of all the Galapagos Islands, having been formed from volcanic activity less than a million years ago.
- Its remote location and lack of human development have helped to preserve its raw beauty and unique wildlife.
- Fernandina Island is home to a variety of endemic species, including the famous flightless cormorant, marine iguanas, and Galapagos penguins.
- Punta Espinoza is the only visitor site on Fernandina Island and is a favorite amongst visitors, offering unparalleled opportunities to see the island's wildlife up close.
- Fernandina Island is home to two active volcanoes, lava fields, and other amazing geological features. Learn about the impact of volcanic activity on the local ecosystems.
- The coastline of Fernandina Island is home to extensive mangrove forests, providing a vital habitat for a variety of marine life.
- Fernandina Island is part of the Galapagos Islands National Park. Learn from your naturalist guide as they teach you about conservation efforts and the importance of preserving this delicate ecosystem for future generations.