Isabella Island / Galapagos Islands

Marine iguana
Isabella island is the largest island of the Galapagos archipelago, which shape resembles a sea horse.
Tagus cave, on which walls pirates drew a map of their journeys, a small lake with pink flamingos and five volcanoes are among the places of interest tourists can visit. Sierra Negra has the second largest crater in the world – 10km/6mi in diameter, the volcano is active. Chico has fascinating lava formations and astonishing unearthly landscapes.
The main dive sites are Puerto Coca, Manta City, Cape Marshall and Punta Vicente Roca.
Cape Marshall dive site is usually rarely visited because of its remoteness and strong currents. However, here an exquisite drift diving with pelagic fish along vertical volcanic walls covered with black corals is possible.
Vicente Roca’s Point is located at the north- western part of the Isabella Island. The remnants of Ecuador volcano create picturesque harbors, where one can find an abundance of marine life that appeared thanks to warm Cromwell current.
Location:The largest island of the Galapagos islands located at the west of the archipelago, eastern Pacific Ocean, 1000km/620mi to the west of the South American continent
What to see:Here it possible to find the largest population of elephant turtles, penguins, sea lizards, sea turtles, hawks, frigates and flightless cormorants. Among the marine dwellers it is possible to find whitetip sharks, Galapagos rock basses, surgeon fish, sunfish, sea lions, marble wrasses, sailfin groupers and schools of hammerheads. Giant mantas come to the cleaning station usually escorted by schools of bright grunts, barracudas and salema fish. Mobula rays’ schools can be seen during the warm season from December to May.At Vicente Roca’s Point there are sea lions, turtles, mola-mola fish, pufferfish, marlins, Galapagos penguins and Galapagos bull sharks. Among sea fish it is possible to encounter anglers, electric rays, sea horses and Ogcocephalus darwini. Together with a naturalist guide, the visitors will have an opportunity to observe sea iguanas during feeding, flightless cormorants and swim with hundreds of sea turtles.

Depth: 10-35m/32-114ft

Currents: 1-3knots

Visibility: 5-25m/16-82ft

Season for diving: Warm season is from January to May, when the temperature varies from 20-25C/68-77F. Cold season is from June to November, when the temperature ranges from 19-23C/66-73F.

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