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Fernandina Island

Galapagos sea lions

Fernandina is just over 100,000 years old and is the youngest of the Galapagos Islands. Volcanically it is also the most active, with eruptions still occurring every few years, most recently in 1995.

The highest point is 4,900 feet. Its land area is 248 square miles. It is comprised a single huge volcano, which is still active. In 1968 the central crater collapsed by 1,000 feet in a matter of days, causing earthquakes on the island.


There is only one visitor site on Fernandina: Punta Espinosa.


The point is known for one of the greatest concentrations of the endemic marine iguanas, which are found by the thousands. Also, flightless cormorants, Galápagos penguins and sea lions are common here.

There are several territories encompassing both sides of the point, and the loud barks of several resident bulls blend with the hard pounding of the surf to add a dimension of sound to the experience.

Starting in this area and continuing out to the-tip are the flightless cormorants, nesting on the open rocks just above the high tide line. Occasionally, an adult will come out of the water bearing a piece of seaweed for the nest. This is a great place to sit and watch; there usually is something very special going on - sea lion pups interacting, sea turtles, rays, shore bird activity, etc.

After your visit, you will probably can enjoy the snorkeling at one of several locations in the Island, depending on the waves and currents.

A dry landing brings you to two trails: a 250m trail to the point and a 750m trail to recently formed lava fields.

Here you can see various pioneering plants, such as the Brachycereus cactus, as pahoehoe and aa lava formations.



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