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Studded with volcanic cones, Floreana is one of the oldest islands in the Galapagos – its volcano has long been extinct. It has a luxuriant vegetation, with soil rich in nutrients, and a diverse landscape of flora. The submerged crater of Devil’s Crown is one of the best snorkelling sites in the Galapagos.

The island's relatively abundant vegetation provides nesting areas for tropicbirds, shearwaters and noddies; flamingos live in its lagoon, and there are several sea lion colonies.

Some of the potential landing sites and highlights around Floreana Island are shown below.  There are two kinds of landing: a “dry” landing, where you step from the panga (dinghy) that takes you ashore directly onto rocks or a jetty, and a “wet” landing, where the panga edges into a sandy beach, and you step out into knee-deep water and wade ashore.

Baroness Viewpoint

Baroness Viewpoint

This viewpoint is a fantastic place to absorb the atmosphere of the Galapagos. Once inhabited by an indulgent baroness and her three lovers, this island has an intriguing history – legend has it that she was involved in a fascinating murder mystery. Easy trails allow you to exploring the island and see its flora and fauna at a relaxed pace.

  • Location highlights: Great view, Intriguing history
  • Activities: Walking (Approximately 1km hike)
  • Landing conditions: All times: Wet
  • Physical demand: Gentle

Devil’s Crown

Devil’s Crown

One of the best snorkelling sites in the Galapagos, this volcanic crater has been eroded by wave action, leaving the northern and southern sides sticking out of the water and creating currents between them. The coral reef in the middle attracts a great variety of marine life, and offers excellent snorkelling.

  • Location highlights: Coral reef
  • Activities: Snorkelling
  • Physical demand: Challenging

Post Office Bay

Post Office Bay

In the 18th century, whalers passing through the islands placed a wooden barrel on Floreana to use as an unofficial mailbox. The tradition continues today as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through mail that has been left by others and take it to deliver in their home country.

  • Location highlights: Barrel Post Office, Sandy beach
  • Activities: Walking (Approximately 1km hike)
  • Landing conditions: All times: Wet
  • Physical demand: Gentle

Punta Cormoran

Punta Cormoran

This site has a large lagoon where birds such as common stilts and white-cheeked pintails are seen along with flamingos. The island has highly distinctive beaches: Green Beach takes its name from its colour, which is due to a high concentration of olivine crystals in the sand, while Four Sand Beach is composed principally of white coral.

  • Location highlights: Large lagoon, Green-coloured beach
  • Activities: Panga ride, Walking (Approximately 2km hike)
  • Landing conditions: All times: Wet
  • Physical demand: Gentle

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: red-tailed tropicbird, South American sealion, Sally Lightfoot crab, green turtle, lava lizard
  • Where: Southern islands, Galapagos Islands

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

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

4 day deluxe Eastern Islands cruise

A short trip to four of the Galapagos’ remarkable islands - San Cristóbal, Española, Floreana and Santa Cruz – to see marine iguanas, sealions and marine birds aplenty. Walking trails and panga (dinghy) rides along the rugged coastline afford spectacular views of the islands’ unique landscapes,

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration exc. flights: 4 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £2,175 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 £3,695 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

8 day Superior Southern Galapagos sailer

This trip visits the archipelago’s smaller islands, exploring them by panga (dinghy) and on foot. You’ll discover noisy sealion colonies leisurely wandering around, fiery coloured iguanas, blue-footed boobies and Sally Lightfoot crabs surrounding the rocks, and a wealth of colourful birdlife.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration exc. flights: 8 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £3,110 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
Recommended cruise vessels:

Anahi

Anahi is a power catamaran yacht, which provides great stability, and is the ideal vessel for passengers with little or no experience at sea. Eight cabins equipped with portrait windows, air-conditioning, lower berths, and a private bathroom, provide comfortable accommodation for Galapagos cruises.

Mary Anne

The elegant Mary Anne is an environmentally friendly ship with an astonishing 1,000 metres of canvas sail. She accommodates passengers in 12 well-appointed cabins, all with air conditioning and private facilities. On board there is a lounge and bar area, solar deck and outdoor dining area.

Nemo II

The Nemo II is a first class sail catamaran accommodating a maximum of 12 passengers in six tastefully designed cabins, each slightly different in size and configuration. There is a common area both inside and out, as well as a small sun deck complete with lounge chairs, and a small bar.