Isabela Island
Isabela Island
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Mike S
Venice, CA208 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Although a 4 hour round trip by 30 person speed boat, Isabela Island is well worth a visit for the spectacular wildlife (blue footed boobies, huge tortoises, sea otters, flamingos) and decent snorkeling.
Written 4 October 2023
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dianedinky
Dunfermline, UK1,353 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Not as busy as Santa Cruz and very little in the way of souvenir shops but...this is your picture perfect Galapagos Island that you dream of. Golden sands are lapped by clear blue waters and there are plenty of marine iguanas to be seen. I hardly saw any sea lions but maybe they were all in Santa Cruz and San Cristobal?!
Not only a lovely place to stay as a base but the boat trips from Isabela give you wonderful opportunities to view blue footed boobies and the Galapagos penguins (we saw many) as well as sea turtles and lovely bird life in the wetlands.
A beautiful island with its own highlights.
Written 20 June 2023
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Andreas_Schwalbach
Schwalbach, Germany162 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
We stayed some days and first at all we have to point out that Boat Taxi travel from Santa Cruz takes never 2h but 2,5-3 hours in a nutshell boat. Sitting outside waves come over every minute and you get totally wet for at least 2,5h. Also immediately after departure everybody gets a plastic bag guess why. After 15-20min the first get seasick. Very tough wave and not pleasant at all, more scaring. Some time ago a boat had engine problems. Another boate came and the catain and his help got on it, leaving the tourist at high pacific. it tourned out that the captain had no boat license and waa drunk.
In the tunnels at our stay an accident happend with 1-2 death and some blessed. Now the tunnels are closed.
The expedition to vulcano Negro is a tough walk about 5-6h and 17km! Be sure you can make that. Also the weather is often not that good at this high.
Everybody has to decide which risk he will take.
Written 25 May 2023
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Ian D
London, UK129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Okay….seals, iguanas, flamingos, more iguanas, turtles, bird life. A small but thoroughly exciting place to spend time. We stayed in an hotel overlooking the sea and sunsets. We walked to all the restaurants, bars and many attractions. Apparently there is no atm so we took enough cash but I think I’d check that. Rubbish WiFi at times but that adds to the charm and honestly gives us all a break. We visited as the last part of our trip and the third major island in the Galápagos arriving by public speedboat and we really enjoyed our time there.
Written 29 January 2023
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Debora D
Ottawa, Canada1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
I stayed at Cuatro Hermanos (mary_jaramillo@live.com) - clean, safe, affordable, and only 5 minute walk from the beach and within walking distance of many of the sites. The hostess was phenomenal and exceptionally welcoming. Meals there were delicious. Be sure to visit Concha de Perla and take a trip to Los Tuneles, and the Tortoise Centre
Written 23 January 2023
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Judith B
New York City, NY31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
ever changing terrain--mysterious highland moss covered jungles, sudden desert like terrain and then crystal clear water enveloped with sea life, sea lions, iguanas, sea turtles, Unsurpassable beauty. (read Jodi Piccoult's "Wish you were here" novel and you;ll feel like you are living the book.
Written 20 January 2023
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Peter
Rotterdam, The Netherlands75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
When I first arrived at Isabela Island, I almost regretted it. Sandy roads and almost no people in sight (except for, of course, a few tourists). But it quickly changed when I found a nice place to spend the night (Cerro Azul) and booked a tour at Tortuga Tours, located in the main square of Puerto Villamil. The girl who helped me there was named Lady and she was sweet and funny and really took her time for me. After I was done with my activities I met her again and she told me she was going to play some game on the beach. I joined her a little later to watch the game. Then I walked around Puerto Villamil a bit more and it surprised me how lively it had become. People were all relaxing or enjoying themselves by playing soccer or basketball. The atmosphere on the island was so amazing, I fell in love with it.

Of the three islands I've visited in the Galapagos (the others being San Cristóbal and Santa Cruz), this one pleasantly surprised me the most. :-)
Written 11 May 2022
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jbwhitehouse
Dallas, TX1,845 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We did a tender ride around Punta Moreno and then took about a mile walk over a very rocky lava rock field. Watch your step. We saw both prickly pear and candelabra cacti growing in the lava cracks. Fascinating. We saw sea grass and ventured on to a pool with fish and large Green Pacific Sea turtles. Very enjoyable.
We also went on a walk at Urbina Bay. Though it rained, it was very rewarding to see land iguanas and many Giant Land turtles as well as finches.
Written 8 April 2022
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julielp
Bloomington, MN419 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
We came here through Lindblad Expeditions and it was an incredible experience! To see the sea lions on the beach, the unique birds in the trees and in the air, and the land and sea iguanas, really makes you realize that this is one of the few places that man has not destroyed. These animals rule this place and WE are the visitors. I'm glad the islands are a national park and there are limits as to how many people can visit in a day and how long they can stay. Nothing in my life compared to this experience, and I have traveled the world!
Written 27 February 2022
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MartaPrzygodzka
Szczecin, Poland65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
It is a very relax island but with so much to do. We loved los Tuneles and stunning beaches.. and we can’t wait to come back to see even more.
Written 30 November 2021
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