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Just across the Bolivar Channel from Isabela Island, Fernandina is the westernmost island in the archipelago and therefore geologically the youngest. It's difficult to say which is the most remarkable characteristic of this island -- it's geological features like an active cone-shaped volcano or is its hearty inhabitants who eke out a living on the black lava. Land mammals have never been introduced to Fernandina, and reptiles like marine iguanas, birds like the Galapagos Hawk, and playful sea lions dominate the lava rock landscape and coastline. Watching over the island is the caldera of La Cumbre Volcano, a particularly active volcano throughout the 20th century, with its most recent eruption in just 2005. Volcan Sierra Negra recently erupted in 2018. Contact us for help planning your tour to Fernandina Island in Galapagos.

10 Fernandina Island Galapagos Tours & Cruises for 2024-2025

10 Best Fernandina Island Luxury Tours & Cruises for 2024-2025

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Volcanic Wonders$97508Jun 23, 2024On this comprehensive 8-day tour of the Galapagos Islands aboard the M/V Origin, see unusual wildlife such as marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, …
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Western & Eastern Islands$94908Jun 22, 2024Join the M/C Elite on a spectacular 8-day small ship cruise of the Galapagos Islands. Visit San Cristobal, North Seymour, Santa Cruz, Isabela, …
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West & Central Islands + Genovesa$94908Jul 14, 2024Enjoy an exceptional trip to the West & Central Galapagos Islands as you sail across one of the most magical destinations in the world. Discover the …
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Western Islands$81955Apr 6, 2025Set off on a 5-day Western Islands Galapagos cruise aboard the Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise. Begin at Baltra and sail to Bachas Beach for wildlife …
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Northwestern Islands$129958Apr 3, 2025Embark on an 8-day Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise in the Northwestern Galapagos Islands. Explore unique wildlife, including giant tortoises and lava …
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Private Charter - Western & Eastern Islands Aboard Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise$2754059Apr 6, 2025Embark on a private 9-day Western & Eastern Galapagos Islands trip aboard the Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise. Discover Bachas Beach, Tagus Cove, Urbina …
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Private Charter - Western Islands Aboard Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise$1557055Apr 6, 2025Set off on a 5-day private Western Islands Galapagos cruise aboard the Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise. Begin at Baltra and sail to Bachas Beach for …
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Classic Galapagos$613510Jun 21, 2024Spend 10 days exploring the legendary Galápagos Islands aboard a classic, 96-guest expedition ship, the Endeavour II. Actively experience the …
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Private Charter - Western Islands Aboard Ocean Spray$932906Jul 13, 2024Experience Galapagos penguins, Elizabeth Bay, and more on a cruise through the Western Islands aboard Ocean Spray. Enjoy hiking, snorkeling and …
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Private Charter - Northwestern Islands Aboard Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise$2469058Apr 3, 2025Embark on a private 8-day Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise in the Northwestern Galapagos Islands. Explore unique wildlife, including giant tortoises and …
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10 Best Fernandina Island Cruise Ships for 2024-2025

Ship NameMax PassengersFromSummary
Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise20$8195Hermes Mega Catamaran defines the future of Galapagos’ luxury cruising through a perfect balance of comfort, unparalleled service, and memorable …
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Archipel I16$3095The 16-passenger twin-hulled Archipel I catamaran combines comfort and space onboard for the optimal experience on its naturalist and diving cruises …
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Santa Cruz II90$5734Combining luxury, amenities, and many social areas, the recently remodeled 90-passenger Santa Cruz II reigns in the Galapagos as one of the most …
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Corals36$2506These twin motor yachts will take you on an authentic Galapagos adventure in comfort and style. Panoramic windows, a sun deck, and a shadow deck …
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Galapagos Legend100$2584With four decks, this cruise ship is one of the biggest boats in the Galapagos, offering plenty of amenities and features onboard, but still managing …
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Alya16$4700Alya catamaran offers luxury cruises to the Galapagos Islands. Accommodating just 16 passengers, the Alya boasts 9 spacious cabins with private …
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M/C Elite16$9490Perhaps the most luxurious small yacht in the Galapagos, the new Galapagos Elite set sail in Summer 2019. It has reinvented luxury, comfort and class …
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Grand Majestic16$7045Grand Majestic is the only modern mega-yacht cruising the Galapagos. This elegantly sporty yacht is the fastest in the Islands and offers …
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Isabela II40$4256This 40-guest vessel, with 20 outside cabins plus an owner's suite, offers an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere for experiencing the Galapagos Islands. …
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EcoGalaxy16$4300The beautiful EcoGalaxy is a new, eco-friendly Galapagos catamaran. Built in 2014, she provides leisurely excursions, optimal comfort, attentive …
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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.

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