Galapagos Rabida Island

Galapagos Rabida Island is located south of Santiago Island. The landing site is a dark red coral beach which is inhabited by sea lions.


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You will have ample opportunities for swimming and snorkeling with them sea lions and other Galapagos marine animals.

Rabida Island also know as Jervis Island is located south of Santiago Island

It is one of the most volcanically varied Islands of this Archipelago.

Geologically consisting of eroded hills and lava emitted from spatter cones that have resulted in Island's striking colors. A visit begins with a wet landing on the deep maroon colored northern beach.

Marine iguanas and sea lions are often seen resting in the shade of the caves nearby. Behind the beach is the salt brush home where the brown pelicans make their nests.

Galapagos Rabida Island may be the only opportunity visitors have to see pelicans nesting up close. On the cliffs above the pelicans, blue footed and masked boobies can be seen.

Rabida Island has an area of 4.9 km2 and a maximum altitude of 367 meters. The high amount of iron contained in the lava at Rabida give a distinctive red color to the sand of its beach.

Flamingos and White Cheeked Pintail Ducks live in a salt water lagoon close to the beach, where brown pelicans and boobies have built their nests. Nine species of Finches have been reported so far at Galapagos Rabida Island.

Galapagos Rabida Island Visitor Site:

Rabida has a distinctive look, with its reddish beach, cliffs, and steep slopes of volcanic cinders.

A noisy colony of sea lions lives on the beach, and a short trail inland is a good place to observe land birds such as finches, doves, yellow warblers, and mockingbirds.

Hidden behind a narrow strip of green salt bush is a briny lagoon where flamingos may be found, sometimes even nesting.

These large pink birds live in shallow saltwater lagoons. Feeding 7-12 hours a day primarily on the pink shrimp larva and water boatman that give them their color.

Snorkeling along the rocks at the east end of the beach may reveal many of the reef fish common to these waters, and the ever-present sea lions.

Galapagos Rabida Island is also home to a sea lion bachelor colony that is waiting for their turn to take over the colony.

As you walk into the Island you come to an arid zone of Rabida where palo santo trees grow.

Rabida Island offers the most diversified volcanic rocks of the entire Galapagos Archipelago

On 1971 the Galapagos Islands National Park successfully eradicated goats from Rabida.

This introduced species hurt the natural environment and led to the extinction of several native creatures including geckos, land iguanas, and rice rats.

Continuing up the rocky red cliffs a short 15-20 minute walk leads to a cliff overhang with a fantastic view of the cove with the ocean, lagoon and scarlet cliffs.

As you return back to the beach, Rabida Island offers very good snorkeling opportunities with sharks and manta rays that are commonly seen around.

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