Snorkelling at Los Túneles
Isabela Island

Snorkelling at Los Túneles

A maze of submerged lava tubes formed by Isabela Island’s numerous volcanoes, Los Túneles is refuge to sea turtles, reef sharks, mantas, seahorses, and numerous other species. Snorkelling here is akin to swimming in a giant aquarium.

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Swim with sea lions
Urbina Bay

Swim with sea lions

Sea lions are abundant across the islands and are generally fearless around humans. Go for a swim on any of San Cristobal’s beaches and you’re bound to encounter a colony sunning on the beach or playing in the water.

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Penguins and Pinnacle Rock
Bartolomé Island

Penguins and Pinnacle Rock

Pinnacle Rock on Bartolomé Island is one of the most recognisable landmarks in the Galapagos. Climb its 114m summit for views before heading down to the beach to see -- and swim -- with the diminutive Galapagos penguin.

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Walk with giant tortoises
Santa Cruz

Walk with giant tortoises

The endangered giant tortoise is making a comeback on the Galapagos thanks to a concerted conservation effort. Head to the highlands of Santa Cruz to see these gentle giants shuffling around the hills.

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Birdwatching on Genovesa Island
Genovesa Island

Birdwatching on Genovesa Island

Horseshoe shaped Genovesa Island is your prime destination for a bit of birdwatching. Created from a collapsed caldera, the island is home to Nazca and red-footed boobies, magnificent frigate birds and more.

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Get the inside story on Galapagos conservation
Santa Cruz

Get the inside story on Galapagos conservation

The Charles Darwin Research Station is the Galapagos Islands’ conservation headquarters, where giant tortoises, iguanas and other endangered species are bred for reintroduction into the wild. Although the exhibits are a little dry, the Station is a great starting point for your journey into Galapagos wildlife.

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Dive with sharks at Darwin Island
Darwin Island

Dive with sharks at Darwin Island

Tiny Darwin Island, at the remote far north of the archipelago, is one of the world’s premier scuba locations. Rarely visited by short tours, these quiet waters teem with whale, Galapagos and silky sharks, hammerheads and more.

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Hike Volcán Sierra Negra
Isabela Island

Hike Volcán Sierra Negra

Dominating Isabela Island is the rumbling Volcán Sierra Negra. A 5 mile hike affords great views, plus a chance to spot various endemic bird species.

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Sea kayaking on Española
Española Island

Sea kayaking on Española

Kayaking is a great way to explore the marine environment without getting too close to the wildlife. There are various designated spots but Española Island, with its mangrove forests and coral beaches, is especially good.

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