Española

Gardner Bay

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Located on Española Island, Gardner Bay consists of an extensive beach of whitish coralline sand with several colonies of Galapagos sea lions.

Here, we can also observe the endemic mockingbird of Española, usually in small groups defending their territories.

Snorkeling is recommended, especially around the small semi submerged tuff cone located in front of the beach. Where we could see reef white-tipped sharks, rays, sea lions and a variety of colorful reef fish.

It’s basically a day of sun and beach, along snorkeling and kayaking activities.

At certain rocky points of the shoreline, we can also see marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies plunging in the water, Sally light-foot crabs, and small coastal birds and wandering tattlers (vagabundos) and turnstones (vuelvepiedras).

  • Type of Terrain: Sandy
  • Physical Conditions Required: Low
  • Activities: 1-hour hike / 1 hour 45 min beach snorkeling / 30 min kayaking / 30 min glass-bottom boat
  • Highlights: Excellent for swimming and snorkeling along a wonderful and relaxing white sandy beach with colonies of sea lions, Hood mockingbirds, lava lizards, Galapagos hawks, and sea turtles. In front of the beach, there is a small islet, which is a good place for snorkeling among sea turtles, marine iguanas, rays, and colored fish. Travelers will also spot lava lizards and the colorful Sally light-footed Crabs or zayapas. Snorkelers often see many of the Galapagos marine species such as king angel fish, Creole fish, damsel fish, parrot fish, white-tipped reef shark, and many more.

Suggested Items:

  • bloqueador
  • camara
  • chaqueta
  • lentes
  • repelente
  • short
  • snorkel
  • sombrero
  • traje