Wildlife Tours in The Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands are home to some of the world’s most rare and wonderful creatures, meaning a wildlife tour on this fascinating archipelago is not to be missed.
With everything from giant Hammerhead Sharks to dainty Finches and friendly Sea Lions, the Galapagos Islands are a wildlife haven just waiting to be explored. Whether you are watching curious Marine Iguanas nibble on Prickly Pear Cacti on South Plaza Island or ducking below the waves to marvel at the kaleidoscopic tropical fish that surround Sombrero Chino, a Galapagos wildlife tour in this unique ecosystem will give you access to a place that is like nowhere else on earth.
Having played a pivotal role in Charles Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’, the Galapagos Islands are of vital importance for so many reasons, but primarily, for the part they play in safeguarding some of our most vulnerable wildlife. With a mixture of both inhabited and uninhabited islands scattered across the archipelago, it is easy to do some island hopping and discover all the delights on offer, each island having its own individual characteristic that sets it apart from its neighbours. If you fancy a spot of birdwatching head to Espanola where you will find a noisy colony of Waved Albatross, swelling in numbers to over 30,000 during certain times of the year. Or, how about looking for some Flamingos lounging in the lagoons of Floreana? For the ultimate avian adventure, you need not look any further than Genovesa, an island whose craggy cliffs and Palo Santo trees have become prime real estate for countless birds including Red-footed Boobies, Mockingbirds, Lava Herons and Short Eared Owls to name just a few.
Elsewhere, you will never run out of options when it comes to snorkelling and diving; move from one island to another to marvel at the various underwater volcanic uplifts harbouring all manner of marine life. A short day-trip from Santiago Island will take you to Bartolome, one of the best places in the Galapagos Islands for snorkelling. Make your way to Pinnacle Rock and you may be fortunate enough to swim with the Galapagos Penguins as they frolic in the waves. Meanwhile, off the coast of San Cristobal, playful Sea Lions await within the crystalline waters. Finish your wildlife tour catching a glimpse of possibly one of the most famous inhabitants of the islands – the Galapagos Tortoise. You may come across one as you wander the highlands or during a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz. Either way, meeting one of these gentle giants will certainly be a highlight of your tour.
- Look out for Blue-footed, Red-footed and Nazca Boobies across the islands
- Go diving with sharks off Wolf Island
- Snorkel with Rays, Reef Sharks, Sea Lions, Seahorses, Green Sea Turtles and more
- Learn about conservation projects at Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz
- Look for Galapagos Tortoises in their natural habitat