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Rabida – also known as Jervis – is one of the most colourful and varied islands in the Galapagos archipelago, with several different types of lava. It is famed for its beach of maroon sand and stunning viewpoints over exceptional landscapes.

The island is a delight for birdwatchers, with some of the rarest bird species in abundance, including nine varieties of Darwin’s finches, large-billed flycatchers, Galapagos hawks and brown pelicans. It is also a great place for snorkelling.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: Galapagos hawk, brown pelican, white-cheeked pintail, Galapagos penguin, Galapagos sealion
  • Where: Central islands, Galapagos Islands

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

5 day First Class Northern Galapagos cruise

An exploration of the some of the Galapagos’ smaller northern islands, exploring lagoons filled with flamingos on Santa Cruz, colonies of sealions at Rábida and thousands of marine birds on Genovesa. There are plenty of opportunities to view the exceptional wildlife on hikes or panga rides.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration exc. flights: 5 days
  • Price exc. flights: From £3,570 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour

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
Recommended cruise vessel:

Santa Cruz II

The Santa Cruz II is an elegant vessel, which carries 90 passengers in 50 modern cabins. Air conditioned throughout, facilities across the five spacious decks include indoor and outdoor dining, a lounge bar, library, a gym and two hot tubs overlooking the ocean. Activities include kayaking and snorkelling.