Espanola Island Tour

Espanola Island Tour

Located two hours from San Cristóbal, Española is the southernmost island and one of the oldest in the Galápagos archipelago. The island's flat profile is extremely dry with only a few inches of rain per year. Despite the dry climate the island is one of the world's only known nesting sites for the Waved Albatross.

Featured in:Bird Watching, Boat Tours, Guided Tours, Snorkeling
9 hrs
Available Days:
Wed Thu Sat
7:00 AM
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Mobile Ticket Included
Offered in English, Spanish

From April to December this island is covered with these adorably clumsy birds. Blue-Footed and Nazca Boobies as well as many other bird species. Another unique species found only on Española Island is the Green and Red Marine Iguana. Quite often you will be greeted by these colorful reptiles. A visit to Gardner Bay for some open water snorkeling completes this island visit.

Location & Geography: Española Island is located two hours southwest from the port of San Cristóbal. It is the southernmost island in the Galápagos archipeligo and at over 4 millions years, one of the oldest. The island has a very flat profile which receives less than three inches of rain per year. Because the island is so old, it has a number of sandy beaches and coves that are ideal for Sea Lions.

Terrestrial Wildlife: Galapagos (Waved) Albatross, Blue Footed Boobies, Nasca Boobies, Red Billed Tropicbirds, Galapagos Hawks, Sally Light-foot Crabs.

Marine Wildlife: Sea Turtles, Sea Lions, Green and Red Marine Iguanas, Hammerhead Sharks, Galapagos Sharks, Rays, Pelagic Fish and Reef Fish

Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous due to terrain and exposure : Exposed improved path, sand and rocks. Wet and dry landings from motor yacht to zodiac to dock & zodiac to beach, and open water snorkeling.

Start time: 7am Hotel Pick-up
Duration: Full-Day
Origin: San Cristóbal
Embarcation Point: Main Pier
Group Size: 12 maximum
Vessel Type: Motor Yatch
Activity level: Moderate
Travel Time: 4 hours round trip

What to Bring

Wind breaker, sun glasses, sun cream, swim suit, waterproof camera, change of clothe, closed shoes, and water.

What's included

Sea transport, naturalist guide of the National Park Galapagos, snorkeling gear, and lunch.


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