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Española Island - Galapagos

About Española

Española Island is located at the extreme southeast of the archipelago. Relatively flat with small hills, a group of geologists found signs of volcanic activity in the 1980s. Vegetation on the island includes many thorny plants and native animals include the waved albatross, marine iguanas, and lava lizards.

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Española Visitor sites:


Suarez PointSuarez Point

This area is great for spotting blue-footed boobies, albatrosses and Nazca boobies. A beautiful site on the ocean front, the large waved albatrosses use the cliff as a launching pad. The famous attraction is the magnificent blowhole, spurting water high into the air. This site presents wonderful photograph opportunities. More about Suarez Point

  • Highlights: Hood mockingbird, Nazca boobies, waved albatross, red-billed tropicbirds, lava lizards, Galapagos hawk, blue-footed boobies, blow hole, amazing landscape
  • Possible Activities: Hike (1.9 mi/3 km)
  • Type of Landing: Dry Landing
  • Difficulty: Difficult

*Activities will be operated according to each boat itinerary.

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Osborn IsletOsborn Islet

This small island to the southeast of Española Island is a marine visit where you can enjoy fantastic snorkeling and swimming.

  • Highlights: Colorful fish
  • Possible Activities: Snorkeling and swimming
  • Type of Landing: No landing
  • Difficulty: Easy

*Activities will be operated according to each boat itinerary.

Gardner BayGardner Bay

Gardner Bay, on the eastern side of the island, is the breeding site of nearly all of the world's 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. It has an ample white sandy beach with a myriad of sea lions, perfect for relaxing. Its rocky shores make this site a great place for diving and snorkeling. More about Gardner Bay

  • Highlights: White sandy beach, sea lions, mockingbirds; snorkeling: colorful fish, sea lion nursery
  • Possible Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride, kayaking, short hike of (0.6 mi/1 km)
  • Type of Landing: Wet Landing
  • Difficulty: Easy

*Activities will be operated according to each boat itinerary.

Española Pictures

Gardner Bay
Gardner Bay
Suarez Point
Suarez Point

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