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Nameless Island & Playa Palmas Snorkeling Tour

Palmas and Nameless Island Tour - Galapagos AlterNATIVE

Enjoy the scenic ride along the west coast of Santa Cruz past Tortuga Bay and other isolated beaches. Visit Nameless Island, approximately 90 minutes west of Puerto Ayora to view Blue-Footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Frigate Birds and Gulls as well as Sea Lions resting on the rocks with Sea Turtles and Rays in the waters below. After casting a few lines to see what is biting, you will then cruise back to the coast of Santa Cruz for some snorkeling near Playa Palmas. After snorkeling in the protected bay you will have lunch onboard which may include fresh ceviche (if the fish were biting). A wet-landing, or snorkel at Playa Palmas completes this tour where you can explore the shoreline, relax on the beach or participate in some beach clean-up (if you so choose).

Tour Highlights and Inclusions:

Las Grietas sign - Galapagos AlterNATIVE Las Grietas Reflections - Galapagos AlterNATIVE Playa palmas welcoming waters - Galapagos AlterNATIVE

English Name: Nameless & Palmas Beach         Spanish Name: Isla Sin Nombre (Pan de Azucar) y Playa Palmas

Location & Geography: Nameless Island is a volcanic islet off the coast of Santa Cruz. Playa Palmas is a secluded beach on the south west coast of Santa Cruz that is accessible only by boat.

Tour Description: This tour starts with a water taxi from the Puerto Ayora main pier to your awaiting motorboat. Next, enjoy the scenic ride along the west coast of Santa Cruz past Tortuga Bay and other isolated beaches. Manta Rays and whales can sometimes be seen from the boat during the appropriate season. Nameless Island is the first destination which is located approximately 90 minutes west of Puerto Ayora. Blue-Footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Frigate Birds and Gulls all use the small island as nesting areas. Sea Lions often rest on the shore and Sea Turtles and Rays can also be spotted in the waters nearby. It is prohibited to disembark on this island.

This tour can be designed as a sportfishing charter if your group is interested, either way a few lines will be cast to see what is biting. You will then cruise back to the coast of Santa Cruz for some snorkeling in the azure waters near Playa Palmas. Snorkeling along the rocks in the small bay allows for sightings of Sea Lions, Sea Turtles, Rays and a variety of other sea life. Lunch is onboard which may include fresh ceviche (if the fish were biting). A wet-landing, or snorkel at Playa Palmas completes this tour where you can enjoy the coastal wildlife, relax on the beach or participate in some beach clean-up (if you so choose).

Avion Wildlife: Blue-Footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Frigate Birds and Gulls.

Marinelife: Sea Lions, Sea Turtles, Manta Rays, Whales, Sharks and various reef fish.

Difficulty: Moderate: Open-water snorkeling - snorkeling from boat or zodiac; wet-landing at Las Palmas - boat to zodiac to beach; Beach Snorkeling at Las Palmas

You will need: hat, water, sunscreen, swimming & snorkel gear, sandals and bug spray for the beach.

Fresh Ceviche onboard - Galapagos AlterNATIVE Playa palmas snorkeling - Galapagos AlterNATIVE Playa Palmas beach clean-up - Galapagos AlterNATIVE
Start time: 9am pick up Duration: ~ 5 hrs Origin: Santa Cruz Embarcation Point: Puerto Ayora Main Pier
Group Size: 10 (private charter) Vessel Type: Motorboat Activity level: Moderate Total Cruising Time : 3 hours

 

 

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