An Introduction to The Galapagos Islands
Isabela island: "Home of the Giant Tortoises"Isabela island being the largest of the Galapagos islands, it is rightly so the most intriguing of the lot. The island is estimated to being 1 million years old and has 6 volcanoes of which 5 are active. Visitors to this island marvel at the geology the island has to offer. Enjoy the structure of the Bolivar channel and the bay of Urvina. Amazing is the abundant wildlife that is on offer in this majestic island such as the giant tortoises, hundreds of bird species, iguanas, penguins and much more. Be sure not to miss the breeding centre for tortoises. To add to the breathtaking flora and fauna, the island is equipped with sandy beaches and quiet lagoons make this island a complete Galapagos experience.
Bartolome Island: ``The Snorkeling Paradise``Bartolome Island is located from the east of the Sullivan Bay. It is a small but very beautiful island and it is home to the renowned Pinnacle Rock, a significant landmark of the archipelago. The rock is formed as a result of underwater volcano eruption. It is possible to reach the site via a 600 meter track encompassed with breath-taking views of the heritage site. It is a ideal location for those who love to take photographs. The island offers snorkelling opportunities as well as wildlife viewing such as penguins, turtles, white-tipped sharks and a large species of fish.
Santa Cruz: ``The Lava Tunnel Island``Santa Cruz is by far the most attractive island for visitors. It makes up for its relative small size by being one of the islands which act as a home base where you can enjoy the island and explore to your hearts fulfilment. Santa Cruz is certainly the most popular urban centre in the Galapagos and also the most cosmopolitan. In addition to all that, it offers plenty of beautiful beaches and a wide range of the most exotic wildlife. Plenty of activities are on offer in this island. Go snorkelling in Tortuga Bay, Las Grietas or Punta Estrada. These beaches are the most popular in all underwater activities in the Galapagos. If you are more of the active type, you can try surfingin these beachesideally in Tortuga. Make sure you head to the Darwin’s research Station when you are not indulging in any water activities. At the station you will learn more about the effort put in place to preserve the endangered turtle population of the islands. Around Santa Cruz, you will find lava tunnels which are a sight to behold.
Fernandina Island: ``The Rocky Island``This unique island is found to the east of the Isabela Island and it is known to being the least visited of the islands. The active volcano contributes to the island having scares vegetation and an almost surreal scenery. It however boasts of a healthy colony of ,b>marine iguanas, penguins and cormorants. Here you will catch a glimpse of the sea lions basking on the waterline. Although it is not advisable to walk on the lava fields, you will not miss a moment to take in the beautiful landscape from a safe area.
Genovesa Island: ``The Bird Island``One of the most interesting islands in the Galapagos is Genovesa Island. The island is made up completely of shield volcano. This island boasts of the magnificent great Darwin Bay which formed out of series of volcanic eruptions. The island is also home to a salt water lake situated at the centre. Be sure to take a dive at both locations and get up-close with seals, sea lions and hammerhead sharks. This island is also home to an incredible variety of bird species Because of this, the island is popularly referred to as Bird Island. Birds to see among others are storm petrels, Blue-footed Bobbies, Gulls, Mockingbirds e.t.c.
Seymour Island: ``The Iguana Haven``This Island commonly known as Baltra, is the location of the Galapagos airport and military base. It is a small island renowned for the intriguing population of the Blue-footed Boobies that live on the island. While on the Island be sure to be entertained by the famous courtship dance of the boobies and marvell at the other exotic birds that inhabit this paradise. On the coastlines you will meet the always joyous and playful sea lions and the captivating marine iguanas and seize the moment to take in the spectacular view of the lava rocks that through the years have surrounded the coast. It is a paradise in every aspect and rightly so. Baltra offers the perfect full Galapagos experience wit hits portfolio of intriguing wildlife ,marine life and geographical beauty.
San Cristobal: ``The Sea Lion Colony``This island is made up of volcanoes which joined together. The island has a national park and is equipped with a airport which is used for flights in and out of the Galapagos. The islands last eruption occurred centuries ago. Animals which can be seen in the island among others are the California sea lions, hammerhead sharks Blue-footed bobbies, mockingbirds, turtles, whales and American Oystercatchers.
Santa Fe: ``Home of the Giant Prickly Pear Cactus``Santa fe has some of the most beautiful coves in the islands. It has a turquoise lagoon with Sandy beaches. It is the oldest of the islands and its only untill recently that the islands volcanic origins were determined with the help of satellite imagery. A Santa Fe experience will include visiting the sea lions on the beach and watch the bulls fight for the right to be annointed the Beach master. On top salt bushes, you will see the Galapagos Hawks. The ocean is clearly seen as an expansive area from this island. Dont miss a chance to view the Prickly pear cactus found in Santa fe and it rightly so lives up to its name wit hits enormous trunks the size of trees.
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