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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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Galapagos Wildlife in Española Island

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Land Birds Cactus Finch    
Land Birds Dark-billed Cuckoo - -
Land Birds Galapagos Dove - -
Land Birds Galapagos Flycatcher - -
Land Birds Galapagos Hawk    
Land Birds Galapagos Mockingbird - -
Land Birds Hood Mockingbird    
Land Birds Large Ground Finch - -
Land Birds Large Tree Finch - -
Land Birds Mangrove Finch - -
Land Birds Medium Ground Finch -  
Land Birds Medium Tree Finch - -
Land Birds San Cristobal Mockingbird - -
Land Birds Sharp-beaked Ground Finch - -
Land Birds Short-eared Owl - -
Land Birds Small Ground Finch    
Land Birds Small Tree Finch - -
Land Birds Tyrant Flycatcher - -
Land Birds Vegetarian Finch - -
Land Birds Warbler Finch   -
Land Birds Woodpecker Finch - -
Land Birds Yellow Warbler - -
Sea Birds American Oystercatcher - -
Sea Birds Black-necked Stilt - -
Sea Birds Blue-footed Booby -  
Sea Birds Brown Noddy - -
Sea Birds Brown Pelican - -
Sea Birds Cattle Egret - -
Sea Birds Flamingos - -
Sea Birds Flightless Cormorant - -
Sea Birds Galapagos Penguin - -
Sea Birds Galapagos Petrel - -
Sea Birds Galapagos Rail - -
Sea Birds Greater Flamingo - -
Sea Birds Great Blue Heron - -
Sea Birds Great Frigatebird - -
Sea Birds Herons - -
Sea Birds Lava Gull - -
Sea Birds Magnificent Frigatebird - -
Sea Birds Moorhen - -
Sea Birds Nazca Booby -  
Sea Birds Paint-billed Crake - -
Sea Birds Pied-billed Grebe - -
Sea Birds Red-footed Booby - -
Sea Birds Red-billed Tropicbird -  
Sea Birds Ruddy Turnstone - -
Sea Birds Sanderling - -
Sea Birds Semi-palmated Plover - -
Sea Birds Striated Heron - -
Sea Birds Swallow Tailed Gull -  
Sea Birds Waved Albatross -  
Sea Birds Whimbrel - -
Sea Birds White-cheeked Pintail - -
Reptiles Galapagos Green Turtle   -
Reptiles Galapagos Snake-biserialis - -
Reptiles Galapagos Tortoise - -
Reptiles Lava Lizard - -
Reptiles Land Iguana - -
Reptiles Marine Iguana    
Mammals Dolphins - -
Mammals Galapagos Fur Seal - -
Mammals Galapagos Sea lion    
Fish/Marine Galapagos Shark - -
Fish/Marine Hammerhead Shark - -
Fish/Marine Ray - -
Fish/Marine Sally Lightfoot Crab - -
Fish/Marine Tropical fish - -
Fish/Marine Whale Shark - -
Fish/Marine Whitetip Reef Shark - -
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