Isabela Bay Tour with Las Tintoreras
On this tour you may find yourself staring at Penguins or face-to-face with the most playful and delightful Galapagos native, the Sea Lion. The emerald waters of Las Tintoreras abound with marine life including the internationally renown Galapagos Penguins and Blue-Footed Boobies. Sea Turtles are also common residents of this area. A brief walking tour across A'A' lava flows provides additional up-close encounters with Marine Iguanas, resting White Tip Sharks, and new-born Sea Lions. An openwater snorkel in the bay completes this very popular marine adventure.
Tour Highlights and Inclusions:
- Look for Galapagos Penquins on the rocks or feeding in the water.
- Snorkel from the boat in the emerald waters of Isabela bay.
- Take a moderately strenuous hike through other-worldly lava formations.
- See nesting Blue-Footed Boobies dive-bombing their prey.
- Visit a Marine Iguana colony and see Sea Lion pups up close.
English Name: Isabela Bay Tour with Las Tintoreras Spanish Name: Las Tintoreras
Location & Geography: Las Tintoreras is approximately 10 minutes south of Puerto Villamil by boat. The A'A' lava formations create a protected bay that is ideal for various marine species. A large crevice in the lava forms a channel that is popular for White-Tip Sharks and the surround Mangroves are ideal habitat for breeding Marine Iguanas and Sea Lions.
Terrestrial Wildlife: Blue-Footed Boobies, Frigatebirds, California Sea Lion colony, Marine Iguana colony.
Marine Wildlife: Sea Lions, Marine Iguanas, White-tip Sharks, Large Rays, Sea Turtles, Pelagic and Reef Fish
Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous due to terrain and exposure : hiking over uneven terrain, rocks and unpaved trails, dry landing transfer from motor yacht to zodiac to dock, open water snorkeling from boat.
You will need: closed shoes, water, hat, sunscreen, snorkel gear, wear bathing suit.
|Start time: Depends on tides||Duration: Half-day||Origin: Isabela||Embarcation Point: Isabela Pier|
|Group Size: 16-20 maximun||Vessel Type: Motor Yatch||Activity level: moderate||Total Travel Time: Land 2 hours; Water 1.5 hour|