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Rábida, also called Jervis Island, is a bird-watcher's delight. Some of the rarest species are in abundance, such as 9 varieties of finches, large billed flycatchers, Galapagos hawks and brown pelicans. The dark red sand beaches and a horde of snoring sea lions make for spectacular snorkeling. When you land at the beach, you will be stunned by the stark red sand (the result of very porous iron-rich lava rock). A short trail will take you to a lagoon just behind the beach where flamingos and pintails can frequently be seen. There are also many other birds that can be spotted here, including brown pelicans, Galapagos hawks, penguins, finches, and flycatchers. The mixture of beautiful landscapes and diverse flora and fauna make this little island below Santiago a rewarading stop.
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Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Volcanic Wonders$97508May 26, 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, …
North & Central Islands$58455May 28, 2024Enjoy an extensive adventure into the unique world of the Galapagos on this incredible 5-day journey. Admire the incredible natural beauty of this …
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, …
West & Central Islands + Genovesa$94908Jun 16, 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 …
Central East Islands$81955Apr 10, 2025Set sail on a 5-day cruise from Baltra to San Cristobal aboard Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise in the Central East Galapagos Islands. Explore Santa Cruz's …
Central East & Southern Islands$129958Apr 10, 2025Explore Central East & Southern Islands on this 8-day cruise aboard Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise. Visit Baltra and meet giant tortoises. Enjoy …
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 …
Private Charter - Central East & Southern Islands Aboard Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise$2469058Apr 10, 2025Explore Central East & Southern Islands on this 8-day private cruise aboard Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise. Visit Baltra and meet giant tortoises. Enjoy …
Private Charter - Central East Islands Aboard Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise$1557055Apr 10, 2025Set sail on a 5-day private cruise from Baltra to San Cristobal aboard Hermes Ultra Luxury Cruise in the Central East Galapagos Islands. Explore …
Northern Islands$39454Jun 4, 2024Embark on this 4-day voyage scouting the central and northern islands of the Galapagos. Satisfy yourself with the majesty of the exceptional …

Top Things To Do On Rabida Island

Snorkeling - There is good snorkeling right off of the red beach where you'll likely see playful sea lions - just keep an eye on the large males, as they can get defensive of their territory and agressive on land and in the water. There is even better snorkeling a few hundred meters down from the beach where cliffs provide purchase for small coral and tons of tropical fish. If you're lucky, you may see a Green Turtle or even a shark!

Hiking - There is an excellent, picturesque hike that goes from the beach, up into the Palo Santo forest where numerous species of birds, reptiles and plants can be spotted. 

Hang on the Beach - The Sea Lions keep constant company for beachgoers. Explore the brackish lagoon just behind the beach where you may spot pink flamingoes. 

Rabida Island Facts and Highlights

  • Rabida Island is famous for its stunning red sand beach, which provides a striking contrast against the turquoise waters of Pacific.
  • The island's harsh volcanic terrain and red cliffs create a dramatic landscape. The high amount of iron in the lava is the reason for the island's distinctive red color.
  • Rábida is one of the best places for visitors to observe pelicans nesting up close. Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies inhabit the island's red cliffs. A diverse array of wildlife can also be found in its shores, including sea lions and marine iguanas. Visitors will also be able to get a glimpse of its endemic species, such as the Galapagos dove and the Galapagos hawk, the archipelago's apex predator.
  • The turquoise waters around Rabida Island are teeming with marine life, including colorful fish, sea turtles, and even reef sharks, making it a popular destination for snorkeling and diving.
  • Rabida Island has played a crucial role in several conservation efforts in the Galapagos, including the eradication of invasive species, such as the goat and rat, resulting in the restoration of native fauna and flora.
  • The island's unique geological formations that make the Galapagos Islands so distinctive, with visitors able to see volcanic cones, craters, and lava formations.
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