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An active volcano with rugged slopes and surreal lava formations, Fernandina is home to a huge population of marine iguanas, and you may also spot Galapagos penguins here.

In addition to marine iguanas, you may also see land iguanas, sealions, Sally Lightfoot crabs, Galápagos penguins and flightless cormorants.

The island is the third largest, and youngest, in the Galapagos, and also the most pristine of the volcanoes. its constant change of volcanic state mean it is probably the least visited island. Visitors can take a short walk around the peninsula or venture inland to the edge of a lava flow.

There are some good dive sites on Fernandina at Punta Espinosa and Punta Mangle, where divers can mingle with Galapagos penguins, sea horses and sea turtles, plus a variety of sharks and rays.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: flightless cormorant, Galapagos penguin, land iguana, marine iguana, Sally Lightfoot crab
  • Where: Western islands, Galapagos Islands

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Wildlife of Ecuador & the Galápagos

Combine two of South America’s finest wildlife destinations – the Amazon rainforest and the Galapagos Islands. View the outstanding variety of wildlife on walking trails and by boat from a luxury eco-lodge in the Amazon jungle, and cruise the unique Galapagos archipelago for close-up wildlife encounters.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,975 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Amazon & the Galapagos

Take a look at the fantastic wildlife of Ecuador with three days in the Amazon jungle in a private reserve, taking guided boat trips and enjoying bird’s eye views from the canopy walkway. A week’s cruise around the Galapagos Islands tops off the trip with close bird and marine life encounters.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 16 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £9,195 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Galapagos & Ecuador in Style

Take a journey to the enchanting cloud forests of the Andes, staying in a unique biodiversity reserve, and viewing the varied wildlife from walking trails or a rainforest canopy. A luxury naturalist-led cruise in the Galapagos Islands offers emerald waters, rugged coves and a remarkable number of endemic species.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £8,995 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

8 day deluxe Western Islands cruise

A comprehensive voyage of discovery covering the western islands, discovering pristine island environments and an amazing wealth of wildlife. Landings include Rábida, one of the most colourful islands in the archipelago, home to Galapagos penguins, sea lions and some of the rarest birds in abundance.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration exc. flights: 8 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £4,285 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

8 day First Class Galapagos Highlights

Spend a week exploring in depth some of the larger islands in the Galapagos, including Isabela, the largest of the archipelago and home to flamingos, Galapagos penguins, green turtles and land iguanas. Discover a host of unique bird species, including magnificent frigatebirds and iconic blue-footed boobies.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration exc. flights: 8 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £4,075 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour