Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay

Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay

Galapagos Beach at Tortuga Bay
4.5
6:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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6:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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6:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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6:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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6:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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6:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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6:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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6:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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  • Krysten J
    Washington DC, District of Columbia29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss this lovely stroll and serene beach!
    Use the restrooms at the entrance and bring your own water! The front desk tells you it closes at 5 but it seemed to be open until 6 pm. You are sometimes not allowed to swim at the first beach due to riptide so allow yourself another 20 minutes to get to the second beach. A beautiful place worth the 2 kilomerer walk. The walk is lovely and shaded and the beach is worth seeing!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 June 2023
  • Brad
    Canada114 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Long Walk
    This is a wonderful beach but man it was a long walk in the sun and heat. As just about everyone has said bring lots of water. We are near 60 years old and it was exhausting to get there and back. We flagged a taxi to get back to our Airbnb. Another option is hire a driver to take you to El Garrapatero Beach.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 1 July 2023
  • SJB3000
    Coatbridge, United Kingdom1,864 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, but you work for it.
    Its a beautiful walk. Paved in the last 2 months. It takes 45 minutes to the beach then 20 along the beach to the marine iguanas. Take plenty of water, little shade, very hot 12,000 steps round trip. New toilet at park gate.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 July 2023
  • Chemtrailer
    Canada404 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice hike and iguanas
    A good day trip. You have a choice in how you want to do it: walk both ways (about an hour each way) or take a boat either from Puerto Ayora or back (~25 mins). There are no amenities so be sure to use the baños while you register at the park entrance. Take snacks and lots of water ..... Beach towels etc. If you do wish to use the boat then the ticket "booth" is the small kiosk right infront of the big supermarket, the "Proinsular" in Puerto Ayora. Price is $10/adult each way. If you plan to walk out, spend the day and then take the boat back to PA, be sure to buy your ticket before you leave because during high season there may not be enough room on the boat for you. This "boat" is not the yellow water taxis that you see everywhere. This is a private commercial company. It's a single boat that fits back and forth. For example it heads out at 11:00, then back at noon, then out at 1:00pm then back at 2:00pm and so forth. About a half dozen kayaks are available for rent at Playa Manya. The view along the non-swimable Playa Brava is quite spectacular. The second beach is pleasantly secluded and good for safe family swimming although the water visibility isn't the greatest. Lots and lots of marine iguanas.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 December 2023
  • Brendan S
    Arlington, Virginia2,040 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    More than a beach
    Tortuga Bay can be accessed via ferry or hike. The hike is more interesting, but requires a 3+ mile walk up hills and over a long stone path through desert flora and over a beach exposed to the sun. I made the mistake of not bringing enough water as there is none in the Park. The beach has an area where marine iguanas nest, and birds of all kind run, swim and fly on, in and over the beach. The bay is sheltered with calm water. You can rent a kayak for $10 and in <1 hour paddle through the mangroves. I saw sharks, iguanas swimming and perched on shore and sea turtles popping up to breathe. Even close to shore there were baby sharks swimming in a foot of water. It’s a good place to swim as the water is calm and a comfortable temperature.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 December 2023
  • CatchBooker
    New Mills, United Kingdom287 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Beach I’ve Visited.
    Been to Aruba twice. Oahu, Kuaui, Maui, Jamaica, Barbados (not Turks & Caicos though) and this may be the best beach I’ve ever been on. Kayaked in the bay, went snorkelling and had a giant tortoise swim directly underneath me. Lots of black iguanas on the beach. The only thing that ruins this place (as always) is people. Only visited Santa Cruz, Floreana and Isabela but this might easily of been the most beautiful place. Incredible place.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 January 2024
  • AB
    Utah12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Baby hammerheads!!
    Tortuga bay is a must see if you are on Santa Cruz. It opens at 6am and closes at 5pm so keep that in mind because if you’re walking it takes around 45 mins to an hour to get there. You have to walk down the whole walking path and then once you’re on the beach you go right and walk to the end and through the trees to get to the bay. The water taxi is about 30 mins and costs $10 each way. I enjoyed the walk so if you’re able, give yourself enough time and do that. One of the coolest things you’ll see is in the shallow water of the bay, baby hammerhead sharks!!! The water is pretty murky, we brought our snorkels but didn’t even use them cause it’s really hard to see anything. Just walk along the shallow water and you should be able to see some baby hammerheads swimming really close to shore. It was definitely a highlight of our trip!!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 May 2024
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AB
Utah12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Tortuga bay is a must see if you are on Santa Cruz. It opens at 6am and closes at 5pm so keep that in mind because if you’re walking it takes around 45 mins to an hour to get there. You have to walk down the whole walking path and then once you’re on the beach you go right and walk to the end and through the trees to get to the bay. The water taxi is about 30 mins and costs $10 each way. I enjoyed the walk so if you’re able, give yourself enough time and do that.

One of the coolest things you’ll see is in the shallow water of the bay, baby hammerhead sharks!!! The water is pretty murky, we brought our snorkels but didn’t even use them cause it’s really hard to see anything. Just walk along the shallow water and you should be able to see some baby hammerheads swimming really close to shore. It was definitely a highlight of our trip!!
Written 21 May 2024
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Erica G
Orange, TX89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I wouldn’t mind coming here for vacation because it’s very nice and relaxing and peaceful and pretty for people to come here
Written 8 May 2024
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kathy h
San Diego, CA174 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
So many sights to see with morning sunrise and the blue footed boobies to the sunset and the sea lions surfing in the waves. Every turn is an adventure
Written 29 April 2024
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Mktpro99
West Palm Beach, FL1,312 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Beautiful bay with many exotic animals nearby. These islands are not to be missed. Lots of walking, sometimes over coral/stones.
Written 22 March 2024
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Larraine K
37 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Really not that impressed given all the hype.
The ferry costs 40 dollars and they pack you in like sardines and will give you a life jacket if you ask for one.
Once on the island you can see lots of iguanas to the right of the main beach but that’s about it very disappointing
Written 11 March 2024
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CatchBooker
New Mills, UK287 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Been to Aruba twice. Oahu, Kuaui, Maui, Jamaica, Barbados (not Turks & Caicos though) and this may be the best beach I’ve ever been on.

Kayaked in the bay, went snorkelling and had a giant tortoise swim directly underneath me. Lots of black iguanas on the beach. The only thing that ruins this place (as always) is people.

Only visited Santa Cruz, Floreana and Isabela but this might easily of been the most beautiful place. Incredible place.
Written 30 January 2024
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Michelle A
New Berlin, WI, United States43 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
The white sand was definitely gorgeous but we walked for so long in order to get to the area for swimming and kayaks. It was one of our last days so we had already seen many other areas of the islands that included turtles and fish just as this did. I can see if being a great place for locals but as a visitor from the US, the boat tours we went on were a much more valuable experience. My kids (13 and 10) were exhausted by the time we got back to the road and as a result, so were the adults.
Written 26 January 2024
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Christopher H
Mississauga93 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Let me start from the beginning. We paid for a tour from 9am until 12pm for myself, my girlfriend and my 2 children that are age 6 and 7. The boat was 45 mins late leaving. We were given life jackets to wear, non of which would pass a safety inspection because the zipper was broken on all of them. We mentioned it to the boat worker and was told they were fine. I run a boat tour company in Canada so I know they are not fine, in fact it’s very dangerous and if something happens and the boat sinks, someone will die. It’s happened before in Galapagos, yet it’s still carelessly overlooked and accepted. We arrived in the beach just after 10am, 1 hour later than expected.

The beach itself is breath taking. Endless white sand, mangroves, simply stunning to see. Tons of marine iguanas to see, herons, pelicans, even a blue footed boobie and no trouble to get close to them for photo opportunities. The water itself just off the beach was murky. Snorkeling was pointless, you couldn’t see much of anything, however I went out a ways and was able to catch an obscured glimpse of a baby hammerhead, a baby white tip reef shark, and 2 small eagle rays. A very short glimpse and they disappeared into the murky water and not seen again.

At 11:30 the boat returned, and the tour operator worker, Alberto, started to yell at us that it was time to go. He started to grab our things and walking toward the boat, yelling at us to hurry up while we were still in the water with our children. It was very frustrating because we didn’t know which of our things he had taken, or if we were leaving anything behind, and all the while yelling at us to hurry up. We scrabbled to gather our things, being unable to find them, causing great anxiety for us in what was supposed to be a relaxing day. We rushed to the boat and when we got there,,, not one person on the boat was familiar to us. None of them had come to the beach on the boat that we came on. As the boat was pulling away at 11:45 I shared my disgust for the fact that we paid for a 3 hour tour, got less than 1.5 hours, and was rushed back to the boat potentially having left behind half of our things because Alberto had been so pushy. Alberto simply said you can stay for about hour if you like, but the boat had already pulled away from the rocks. If I had been home in Canada, he would have been going for a swim. He completely ruined our day.

When we arrived back at the dock in Puerto Ayora, he tried to grab our things and get us to go for something to eat but I told him we were going home to eat. We hailed a cab, and he jumped into the box of the truck and rode all the way to our Airbnb at which point he got out when we got out. I’m not sure what his expectations were, if he thought I was going to tip him or feed him, but I said have a nice day and we proceeded inside. I’ve never had such a horrible experience in my life on vacation. So much so, that I cancelled all my tours with the company that paired him with us and decided to book the rest of the tours directly myself. When I contacted the tour company, Magic Tours, they said they would refund my money IF I kept my other tours with them. I said no thank you, I’ll take the 80 dollar loss rather than risk the same nonsense with another $2000 worth of other tours.

If they had apologized and refunded the money for the tour, instead of putting stipulations on a refund I might have kept my tours with them, but the attempt to extort my money told me everything I needed to know about the integrity of Magic Tours. Instead they tried to pass the buck and blame the boat owner, instead of taking responsibility for the guy they paired us with and simply issuing a refund.

Buyer beware, do your research and book the tours directly with the boat owner or tour operator, not an agency like Magic Tours
Written 10 January 2024
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Brendan S
Arlington, VA2,040 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Tortuga Bay can be accessed via ferry or hike. The hike is more interesting, but requires a 3+ mile walk up hills and over a long stone path through desert flora and over a beach exposed to the sun. I made the mistake of not bringing enough water as there is none in the Park.

The beach has an area where marine iguanas nest, and birds of all kind run, swim and fly on, in and over the beach. The bay is sheltered with calm water. You can rent a kayak for $10 and in <1 hour paddle through the mangroves. I saw sharks, iguanas swimming and perched on shore and sea turtles popping up to breathe. Even close to shore there were baby sharks swimming in a foot of water. It’s a good place to swim as the water is calm and a comfortable temperature.
Written 22 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

kathy h
San Diego, CA174 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
So many sights to see with morning sunrise and the blue footed boobies to the sunset and the sea lions surfing in the waves. Every turn is an adventure
Written 21 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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