Rabida Island in Galapagos

Rabida Island offers you impressive turquoise waters, red sandy beaches, and beautiful lush green highlands.

Red Sand Beach in Rabida


rabida island in galapagos

There is a Flamingo lagoon behind the island's red sand beach. It is frequented by sea lions and Pelicans and Boobies nest in the vicinity.

So far nine species of finches have been spotted here.

Rabida (also Jervis) is located south of Santiago Island and is often considered to be the geographic center of the Galapagos Islands.

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This Island is also known by its English name of Jervis Island in honor of a British admiral whose name was John Jervis. It is located 5 km south of Santiago Island and is famous for its unique red ground.

Rabida Island is uninhabited and when you visit it you will enjoy a unique and fascinating natural beauty and wildlife.

Upon arrival you will have to make a wet landing on a red sandy beach surrounded by sea lion colonies hundreds of brown pelicans and boobies.

Jervis Island is the perfect spot for birdwatching admiring wonderful birds in their natural habitat.

Visit the saltwater lagoon, where sometimes large numbers of pink flamingos, finches and boobies can be observed around a colony of sea lions.

The red color of the ground on Rabida Island is due to the oxidization of lava but some others say that it's because of dead corals.

The Island has a walking trail that you will have to climb zigzagging between Galapagos Cactus and Palo Santo trees that also cover the Island's main volcanic peak.

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The trail goes all the way to a cliff overlooking Rocky Cove, where you will come to an unforgettable sunset sight in the late afternoon.

Rabida Island is a good place to practice snorkeling as well. You will find three species of Galapagos Dolphins here.

The most frequently seen is the bottled nosed dolphin and if you are lucky you will also see the spinner and common dolphins.

See also green sea turtles, marine iguanas, and fur seals in the surrounding waters and sometimes and if the time is right (around June of every year) you will come across humpback whales.

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When climbing the trail there will be certain spots that will provide you with amazing panoramic views. See reddish colored cliffs in contrast with the blue ocean below as well as the impressive sight of the volcanic peak which is almost 370 mts high.

You will be impressed by the turquoise waters, red sandy beaches, beige rock substrate, and lush green highlands.

Visit Rabida Island in Galapagos and admire its spectacular natural beauty and exotic wildlife.

Recommended Reading

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides). Click to order from Amazon

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)

With 250 photos and tons of great information, this is an essential addition to your pre-Ecuador and -Galapagos reading!

There are better guides if you are only interested in the islands, but for a combination trip taking in Ecuador as well, it's hard to beat.


Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands. Click to order from Amazon

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Small enough to fit into your pocket, yet containing comprehensive information and pictures of all the species you will encounter in the islands, this book is a must-have for nature lovers.

Let's face it, Galapagos is largely about the wildlife. This book will NOT disappoint, and you'll have a great memento of your time with the seals, penguins and tortoises!


Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World. Click to order from Amazon

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World

Definitely NOT a tourist's guide, but if you're like me, and find the history and geography of the islands irresistible, then this is a title you ought to invest in.

Stunningly illustrated, and painstakingly researched, those of you who have been there will be enchanted again -- and those of you who have not will begin planning your trip!


Moon Spotlight Galapagos. Click to order from Amazon

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If you're a seasoned Galapagos regular, then you will probably prefer something weightier.

But for first-timers looking for simple, down-to-earth advice on where to go, what to see and the best shopping and eating on the islands, this is the book for you.

Small, well-priced, and reliable!


Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire. Click to order from Amazon

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire

The 10th anniversary edition of this photographer's tour of the Galapagos Islands is a stunning book, worthy of anybody's coffee table.

This is a perfect post-trip talking point -- a great way to remember what you've seen, and spread the word amongst your envious friends!


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