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The islands of Daphne Major and Daphne Minor lie between Santa Cruz and Santiago, and are famous for the Galapagos finch research that has taken place here.

On Daphne Major several kinds of Galapagos finch can be found, including the cactus finch and small, medium and large finch. Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies and red-billed tropicbirds can also be found nesting on the island. Underwater, divers can observe sea turtles, eagle rays, sharks and sealions. 

The tiny island of Daphne Minor is completely barren, yet is home to some of the Galapagos’ most endearing species, including blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, Galapagos martins, frigatebirds and short-eared owls.

Tourist visits to the Daphne Islands are strictly restricted by Galapagos National Park authorities, and a special permit is required for landing.

Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: small ground finch, medium ground finch, large ground finch, cactus finch, swallow-tailed gull
  • Where: Central islands, Galapagos Islands