North Seymour Island is named after Lord Hugh Seymour, an English nobleman. The island was formed by submarine lava uplifted. It is home to about 2,500 land and blue-footed sea lions. There are also large numbers of common noddies, frigatebirds, blue-footed bobies, and sea lions. You can see both marine and land iguanas along the coast, as well as the largest colony Magnificent Frigatebirds.
Isabela Island, which measures 120km long and is uniquely shaped like an ocean-horse, is the largest Galapagos Islands island. It is the only island that is inhabited. According to the last census, there were approximately 2,200 residents living in the southern part of the island. Six different shield volcanoes, from North to South, formed the island. They erupted continuously and eventually joined together to create the entire island. Isabela, the archipelago's most active island, was the last to erupt from Wolf Volcano in May 2015. Isabela is home to a variety of wildlife, including the pink iguana and wild tortoises. There are 6 volcanoes nearby.
Vicente Roca Point's geological formations are truly remarkable. It is a great spot to see many bird species, including Nazca boobies and blue-footed boobies. You can either snorkel or paddle a dinghy, panga or kayak on the water. The Cromwell Current is a source of cold water and nutrients in the western portion of the island. It is possible to witness a variety of animals, including whales, dolphins and sea lions, in their feeding frenzy. Sometimes, fur seals may be seen.
Fernandina Island is home to no foreign species. It is therefore one of the most beautiful island ecosystems in the world. It is the archipelago's westernmost island and one of its most active islands. With lava fields reaching to the ocean, the volcano "La Cumbre", dominates the landscape. Cromwell Current flows to the west, providing cold water and nutrients that are ideal for the Galapagos Penguins and Flightless Cormorants who nest here.
Tagus Cove, located in the upper west corner of the island, was named after an English warship that passed the islands in 1800. Many sailors and pirates made this a popular spot. Volcanic rock even has their names and those of the ship inscribed. The island has many characteristics that are a result of volcanic activity, including large volcanic rocks and small balls of petrified rainfall. The trail leads to Darwin Lake via a tuff cone.
Urbina Bay is located a little further south than Tagus Cove. Urbina Bay is a fascinating site because of the volcanic and tectonic activity that caused the island's uplift. The corals and reefs below the surface rose with it. They can still be seen, but they are starting to decline due to the air exposure. You may see giant tortoises and land iguanas near the coast.
Elizabeth Bay is a visitor spot on the route to the southern part of Isabela Island. It is surrounded by mangroves and islets. Mangroves are a wonderful place to watch many birds, and you can see sea turtles feeding and resting at the lagoon.
Moreno Point is located at the South Western tip of Isabela Island. It is home to rare species that are only found in the area's barren lava flows. There are many activities that can be done, including a hike, a trip on a panga to see different seabirds and geological features, or snorkeling to see the vibrant underwater world.
Two volcanoes are located in Sierra Negra, which is the South of the Island. They are the oldest of Isabela's volcanoes. You will see different types of vegetation, geological zones, and even the possibility of being inside the caldera where petrifiedlava is present. It is easy to reach Volcano Chico, and you can walk on the lava flows that have been there since the 70's.
Isabela Breeding Center was named after Arnaldo Tupiza. This is an area where Galapagos Tortoises can be bred to release them into the wild.
Santa Cruz is a popular tourist destination. It is home to approximately 12,000 Galapagos residents and has the longest paved road throughout the archipelago. It is important to eradicate all non-native animals and plants that destroy native and endangered species. Although there is no evidence of volcanic activity, it does not mean that there is none. Santa Cruz is a Spanish word meaning holy cross. However, its English name comes directly from the British vessel Indefatigable.
Charles Darwin Research Station is involved in many research projects. It also provides assistance to researchers, governmental agencies, and institutions, including the Galapagos National Park. Many of the research results are published in popular scientific journals, magazines, and online. The research station plays an important role in education in Galapagos. The Giant Tortoise Restoration Program, which has been in operation for many years, includes all stages of the giant tortoise's life cycle: eggs, hatchlings, and adults.
Your cruise is officially over. We hope you enjoyed your Galapagos Cruise! We will transfer you to the Baltra Airport for your departure to mainland Ecuador. Enjoy safe travels