Sailing the Galapagos Islands and Birdwatching

by Grahame
(Cairns, Australia)

My friend and I are sailing the Galapagos Islands in our own boat and are bird watchers.

Can you tell us how we might go about this e.g. what places can we and can't we visit, do we need permits for certain places and days etc.

Any information would be welcome.

Thanks you, Grahame Finnigan

Your Answer


I would recommend you to visit first Santa Cruz Island in Galapagos, then pay a visit to the Galapagos National Park to ask for information and any permits needed.

Its main objective is the protection and conservation of the insular and marine ecosystems and their biological diversity for the benefit of humankind, local communities, science and education.

The Galapagos Park Service has designated over 50 official land sites spread throughout the Islands, totaling less than 1% of the National Park area.

Galapagos National Park authorities collect an entrance fee ($100 per person) from all park visitors, allowing access into the park and marine reserve.

Galapagos Birdwatching

As for birdwatching in Galapagos I would suggest you to visit the following Islands:

See this useful page, Galapagos Birds to learn more about all the birds in Galapagos.

The Galapagos Islands are unique, recognized worldwide and both, the Galapagos National Park service and the Marine Reserve reflect the compromise to preserve this important legacy for humankind.

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