Lava Tunnels Boat Tour
Embark by boat with a local guide to one of the most astonishing snorkeling locations in the Galapagos Islands. A series of lava flows have created hundreds of arches and tunnels, both above and below the water. The striking geological formations are outdone only by the extraordinary collection of creatures that call this place home. The water is cool and still and an astonishing array of marine life is visible from above as you trek across the lava arches and bridges or from below as you snorkel in this unique habitat. The treacherous maritime entry into this maze of lava passages is not always possible, so it's best to visit between January and May.
Tour Highlights and Inclusions:
- Travel along the coast of Isabela by boat to Los Tuneles
- Visit a labyrinth of lava tunnels formed by the ocean
- Trek across natural lava arches and bridges
- Snorkel with an astonishing array of marine creatures
English Name: Lava Tunnels Spanish Name: Los Tuneles
Location & Geography: Los Tuneles are a network of lava tunnels that have been exposed to and subsequently flooded by ocean movements. On this half-day excursion you will hike along the lava formations before snorkeling through this unique marine environment.
Wildlife: Green Sea Turtles, White-Tipped Sharks, Various Rays, Black-Necked Stilts, Whimbrels, White-cheeked Pintail ducks, Lava gulls and Ruddy Turnstones.
Difficulty: Moderate: Light hiking over lava rock. Dry landing: small zodiac boat to dock. Openwater snorkeling from boat.
You will need: closed shoes, water, sunscreen, hat, wear your bathing suit.
|Start time: 8am (tide dependent)||Duration: Full-Day||Origin: Santa Cruz||Embarcation Point: Isabela Pier|
|Group Size: 5-8 people||Vessel Type: Motor Yatch||Activity level: Moderate||Total Tour Time: ~ 6 hrs (tide dependent)|