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Interactive Galapagos Islands Map

TRACING DARWINS FOOTSTEPS

Lying 970 km (600 miles) west of the Ecuadorian coast, at the Equator line, the Galapagos Islands consist of 6 main islands 12 smaller islands and over 40 small islets. Use the interactive Galapagos map below to click on each island for a description of landing points and typical wildlife found there, or use the following reference table.

Galapagos Island Map Santiago - Galapagos Fernandina - Galapagos Santiago - Galapagos Santa Cruz - Galapagos Isabela - Galapagos San Cristobal - Galapagos Genovesa - Galapagos Española - Galapagos Santa Fé - Galapagos Rabida - Galapagos San Cristobal - Galapagos Española - Galapagos Fernandina - Galapagos Santa Fé - Galapagos South Plaza - Galapagos Seymour - Galapagos Bartolomé - Galapagos Isabela - Galapagos Genovesa - Galapagos Floreana - Galapagos Floreana - Galapagos Santa Cruz - Galapagos Rabida - Galapagos Marchena Island

Galapagos Island Name Galapagos landing sites & typical wildlife sightings Galapagos snorkel site
BARTOLOME
  • Pinnacle Rock, dry landing on trail / wet landing on beach : the classical Galapagos landscape, a steep trail leads up to panoramic views, small beach below. See: Galapagos Penguin, Sealion, Boobies (blue-footed), Green sea-turtle nesting. Back to top
ESPAŅOLA
  • Gardner Bay, wet landing : Long white-sand coral beach. See: Sealion, Green sea turtle, Marine iguana, Wader birds. Back to top
  • Punta Suarez, dry landing : Cliff-top trail rich in wildlife. See: Sealion, Marine Iguana, Boobies (blue-footed, nazca), Galapagos Hawk, Darwin Finch, Waved Albatross. Back to top
 
FERNANDINA
  • Punta Espinosa, dry landing : trail through beach, lava flow & mangrove lagoons, with volcano backdrop. See: Marine Iguana, Galapagos Hawk, Sealion, Flightless Cormorant, Galapagos penguin, Wader birds, Land Iguana, Green sea turtle. Back to top
FLOREANA
  • Devils Crown, no landing : 100m wide crater for snorkeling or panga ride. See: White-tipped shark, Green sea turtle, Spotted Eagle ray, Tropical fish. Back to top
  • Post Office Bay, wet landing : beach with post-office barrel. See: Sealion, Boobies (blue-footed), Greater Flamingo. Back to top
  • Punta Cormorant, wet landing : Trail leads past lagoon to nesting beach. See: Greater flamingo, Sealion, Wader birds, nesting Green sea turtle. Back to top
GENOVESA
  • Prince Phillip Steps (Barranco), dry landing : Cliff-top trail. See: Sealion, Fur seal, Marine Iguana, Frigate bird, Boobies (red-footed, Nazca), Short-eared owl, Sharks (white-tipped, Galapagos, hammerhead). Back to top
 
  • Darwin Bay, wet landing : sunken crater than form natural harbor. See: Boobies (red-footed), Frigate bird, Golden Ray, Sealion, Marine Iguana, Darwin Finch. Back to top
ISABELA
  • Puerto Villamil, dry landing : small town close to various visitor sites - white-sand beach (See: Marine Iguana, wader birds) , mangrove wetlands (See: Flamingo), tortoise breeding centre (See: Giant tortoise), tintoreras (See: White-tipped shark, Marine Iguana, Sealion), Sierra Negra Volcano (See: Galapagos Hawk, Darwin Finch). Back to top
 
  • Bolivar Channel : all yachts visiting the western side of Isabela will cruise up this channel. See: Bottlenose Dolphin, Whales (Brydes, Orca, Whale Shark). Back to top
 
  • Tagus Cove, dry landing or no landing : trail leads up to Lake Darwin or panga ride along the cliffs. See: Flightless Cormorant, Sealion, Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos Penguin, Marine Iguana, Boobies (Nazca), Golden Ray. Back to top
  • Urbina Bay, wet landing : Trail through black sand beach and lava outcrops. See: Marine Iguana, Giant Tortoise, Land Iguana, Flightless Cormorant. Back to top
 
  • Elizabeth Bay, no landing : panga ride along the coast. See: Galapagos Penguin, Boobies (blue-footed), Marine Iguana, Flightless Cormorant, Sealion, Green sea turtle, Rays (Spotted Eagle, Golden). Back to top
  • Punta Moreno, dry landing : loop trail across lava field. See: Flightless Cormorant, Galapagos Penguin, Marine Iguana, Green sea turtle. Back to top
 
  • Punta Vicente Roca, no landing : panga ride along coast. See: Galapagos penguin, Boobies (blue-footed), Green sea turtle. Back to top
 
MARCHENA
  • Punta Mejia, no landing : snorkeling, kayaking or panga ride. See: Green sea turtle, White-tipped shark, Rays. Back to top
  • Playa Negra, no landing : snorkeling, kayaking or panga ride. See: Marine Iguana , Dolphins. Back to top
NORTH SEYMOUR
  • Dry landing : Gentle trail leads across flat island and back along coast. See: Land iguana, Sealion, Boobies (blue-footed, nazca), Darwin Finch, Marine Iguana, Frigate bird. Back to top
 
RABIDA
  • Playa Rojo, wet landing : Red sand beach and mangrove lagoon. See: Greater flamingo, Boobies (blue-footed, nazca), sealion, Galapagos Hawk, Darwin Finch, Frigate bird. Back to top
SAN CRISTOBAL
  • Interpretation Centre, walk from Baquerizo Moreno : loop trail includes the centre and Cerro de las Tijeretas. See: Frigate Bird, Darwin Finch. Back to top
 
  • El Junco Lagoon, trek from Baquerizo Moreno : Fresh-water lake in highlands. See: Frigate bird, other water birds. Back to top
 
  • La Galapaguera, trek from Baquerizo Moreno : tortoises roam in their natural habitat. See: Giant Chatham tortoise. Back to top
 
  • Isla Lobos, dry landing : Small island with short trail. See: Sealion, Boobies (blue-footed), Frigate bird, Marine Iguana. Back to top
 
  • Punta Pitt, wet landing : Eroded crater with green-sand beach. See: Boobies (Blue + red footed, Nazca), Sealion, Frigate bird. Back to top
 
  • Kicker Rock, no landing : panga ride around offshore rock formation. See: Boobies (blue-footed, Nazca), Frigate bird, Manta Ray, Bottle-nose Dolphin. Back to top
  • Cerro Brujo, wet landing : white coral beach. See: Sealion, Boobies (blue-footed, Nazca), Frigate bird. Back to top
SANTA CRUZ
  • Charles Darwin Station, walk from Puerto Ayora : Research station with various captive species and reproduction projects. See: Giant tortoises (various sub-species, adults and babies including Lonesome George), Darwin Finch, Land Iguana. Back to top
 
  • Highlands, taxi and trek from Puerto Ayora : various ranches to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. See: Giant tortoise. Back to top
 
  • Los Gemelos Twin Craters, taxi and trek from Puerto Ayora : short walk to two large collapsed craters. See: Darwin Finch and other highland bird species. Back to top
 
  • Black Turtle Cove, panga ride : network of mangrove lagoons. See: Green sea turtle, White-tipped reef shark, Ray (spotted eagle & Golden), Sealion, Wader birds. Back to top
 
  • Cerro Dragon, dry landing : short trail to lagoon. See: Land Iguana, Marine Iguana, Greater Flamingo, many bird species. Back to top
  • Las Bachas, wet landing : white-sand beach with salt-water lagoon. See: Boobies (blue-footed), Marine Iguana, Green sea turtle, Black-tipped reef shark. Back to top
SANTA FE
  • Barrington Bay, wet landing : Arid-zone vegetation and Opuntia forest. See: Land iguana, Sealion, Boobies (blue-footed, nazca), Darwin Finch, Marine Iguana, Green sea turtle, Eagle ray, Galapagos Hawk. Back to top
SANTIAGO
  • Puerto Egas, wet landing : Trail to collapsed lava-tube grottos. See: Galapagos fur-seal, sealion, Galapagos Hawk, Marine Iguana. Back to top
  • Playa Espumilla, wet landing : Golden sand beach and Mangrove lagoons. See: Green sea-turtle nesting, wader birds. Back to top
  • Sullivan Bay, wet landing : Vast lava field. See: Galapagos Penguin, Lava Lizard. Back to top
 
  • Sombrero Chino, wet landing : small islet with short beach trail and volcanic cone backdrop. See: Sealion, Marine Iguana, Lava Lizard. Back to top
SOUTH PLAZAS
  • Dry landing : Trail leads through Opuntia Cactus to cliff-top. See: Land iguana, Sealion, Boobies (blue-footed, nazca), Darwin Finch, Marine Iguana. Back to top
 

Dry landings are made at a dock; wet landings are made on the beach from the small panga speed-boat (i.e. you will get your feet wet); no landing means that you will explore the site from aboard the panga boat.

Galapagos snorkel sites may vary depending on the day-plan of your guide and Galapagos National Park regulations which are subject to change.

The list of Galapagos animals on each island is not intended to be a complete list – we detail only the most common fauna at each site. While every effort has been made to provide accurate and current information in the Galapagos map no specific wildlife sightings can ever be guaranteed, and each description is subject to change.