Española Island Tour
Located approximately 2 hours south of San Cristóbal lies the Island Española. The flat profile of the island is unexpected, as Española is an island of volcanic origin like Santa Cruz or Isabela. Through the ages (the estimated age is 3.3 million years) the crater eroded to today’s appearance. The long and sometimes quite rough boat ride (at least north to south direction) is worth it from the moment you arrive to Punta Suárez.
What to see on Española Island
- Green-reddish marine Iguanas
- Galápagos Sea Lions
- Española Mockingbird
- Galápagos Hawk
- Different kinds of finches
- Blue-footed boobies
- Nazca boobies
- Waved albatross
Details of the Española Island Tour
For divers: From $317.00 per person
For snorkelers: From $274.00 per person
The gear has to be fitted the day before (pick up from the hotel 5:30pm).
Important: This tour cannot be done every day. Please contact us in advance and ask about availability!
The endemic green-reddish marine Iguanas and the Galápagos Sea Lions welcome you already at the small stone pier, constructed for a dry landing with the zodiac. The hiking trail is 1.6km long and shows you many endemic species as e.g. the Española Mockingbird, or the Galápagos Hawk. Different kind of finches, Blue Footed Boobies and Nazca Boobies can be found. Nesting season for the waved albatross from April to December is especially fantastic. They mate, nest and raise their chicks only on Española Island, touching no other land despite ocean-crossing flights. Another highlight on the way is “El Soplador”, a 25m water fountain produced by ocean waves hitting with great pressure the cracks in the island’s cliff, spouting up through a lava tunnel.
After lunch you navigate to “Bajo Gardner” for diving or snorkeling. Bajo Gardner is a shallow area between Isla Gardner and Isla Osborn. It’s just a small protuberance which is the starting point for the dives. Currents used to be strong and the visibility good. The site offers a lot of activity in general:
Eagle rays, golden rays, barracudas, bat fish, turtles, sea lions, white tipped sharks, Galápagos sharks and sometimes even hammerheads!
Departure Time: 7:30
Departure Location: Main pier, Puerto Baquerizo Morena
Arrival Time: Around 17:00
Arrival Location: Main pier, Puerto Baquerizo Morena
We are really much looking forward to your questions and inquiry.
- Lunch onboard
- Naturalist Guide (English and Spanish speaking) for the snorkelers
- Dive Guide for the divers (max. 5 divers per guide)
- Dive Equipment for the divers
- Snorkeling Equipment (Mask, snorkel, fins, wetsuit)
- Snacks / Fruits
Although most things are included in our tours we would like to give you some advice on what to bring to your Española Island Tour.
- Sun Protection (Sun cream and a cap or hat)
- Wind-proof jacket or sweatshirt
- Refillable water bottle
For sure, you can also bring your own dive equipment if you want to. In that case, please ask about the need of adapters for the regs.
If you are just interested in this land tour, just fill out the little box to the right (on mobile below) and click on “Enquire now“. If you are interested in other land tours as well as in diving, then please fill out the following reservations form. This will help us to directly design a first offer for you.