RABIDA

ISLAND

The red island: Result of the oxidation on the moment of its formation this island offers red landscapes with small craters, cliffs and a red beach. Here, hundreds of sea lions formed a settlement together with a nesting colony of pelicans. Flamingos in the back inhabit a small salty lagoon.

It is an unpopulated island.

A red sand beach with a large sea lion colony, Palo Santo forests, endemic cacti, and the only Galapagos site where the nine Dawin’s finches are found.

SITES OF VISIT

RABIDA

ISLAND INFORMATION

Age: 0.7 – 1.5 million years

Area: 3 mi2 / 4.9km2

Maximum Elevation: 1,204 ft /367 m

DESCRIPTION

Also known as Jervis Island in English, Rabida is one of the most diverse in terms of volcanic activity as it lies at the very heart of the archipelago’s volcanic origin.

It is an island comprised of lava poured out of scoria cones, which are very rich in iron oxide and magnesium (typical of Galapagos basaltic lava); that when exposed and as it rusts, gives the island its astounding, unearthly reddish color.

Rabida in itself has an abundance of landscapes and marine life. The trail for visiting the site is somewhat short, requiring about 45 minutes of walking. We can also go around the shoreline in a dinghy to spot fur seals, pelicans, blue-footed boobies and Nazca boobies.

Excellent place for swimming and snorkeling, you could see white tipped sharks, rays and sea lions, and other different species.

  • Disembarking: Wet landing.
  • Type of Terrain: Red sandy beach.
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • Duration: 1:30 hour hike, 1 hour snorkeling / kayaking (extra fee), 1 hour dinghy ride.
  • Physical condition required: Low.
  • Highlights: In this deep red beach, surrounded by cliffs and steep slopes of volcanic cinder cones, we will find a noisy colony of sea lions. The island is a birdwatcher’s delight.

Interested to visit this island? Available itineraries:

GALAPAGOS LEGEND

ITINERARIES

B

WEST

4 Nights / 5 Days

Thursday – Monday

CORAL I & CORAL II

ITINERARIES

A

CENTRAL

3 Nights / 4 Days

Sunday – Wednesday

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