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Floreana IslandEcuador

This first-settled Galápagos island is a haven for bird enthusiasts, with scenic hiking trails amid lush highlands and superb snorkeling sites.

Enjoy a Galápagos experience on Floreana Island (Isla Floreana). This hilly island features many of the archipelago’s famous residents, including giant tortoises and sea turtles. Floreana Island is the island first inhabited by humans. Whalers arrived in 1793, followed by a shipwrecked Irish sailor in 1807, Ecuadorians in 1832 and later an Austrian baroness.

Puerto Velasco Ibarra is the main entry point and the island’s tourist center. Sleepy sea lions often greet visitors arriving by boat to the town pier. Catch boats and tour buses from the town to the island’s coastal and highland attractions.

Cruise around the northern coastline to Cormorant Point, where you can mingle with sea lions, spot nesting sea turtles and watch flamingos at a lagoon. Visit Post Office Bay, the site of a makeshift mail box erected by the island’s earliest whalers. A short walk from here is a lava tunnel, accessible by climbing down a ladder.

Walk the trail that leads to a volcanic tuff called La Baronesa Lookout. Admire the views of red mangroves, Post Office Bay and Pajas Hill, looking inland. The lookout takes its name from the Austrian baroness Eloise Wehrborn de Wagner-Bosquet, who disappeared in mysterious circumstances in 1934. Nearby are the ruins of her former home.

Head into the heart of the highlands and visit Alieri Hill, which shelters nearly 50 different plant species. Peek inside pirate caves and get close to giant tortoises at Asilo de la Paz.

Be amazed by the vivid colors of the coral reef and fish while snorkeling at Devil’s Crown. Look up to see birds, such as boobies, frigate birds, pelicans and tropicbirds, swooping above the rocky cliffs. The offshore islets of Champion Island, Enderby Island, Gardner Island and Watson Island teem with green sea turtles and white-tipped reef sharks.

Discover Floreana Island on a day tour from Santa Cruz Island or include it on a multiday island-hopping excursion.

Top Hotels in Floreana Island

Floreana Lava Lodge
Floreana Lava Lodge
2.5 out of 5
Via a la Lobería, Puerto Velasco Ibarra, Floreana Island
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Nestled on the beach, this Floreana Island lodge is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Galapagos National Park.

4/5Very Good! (2 reviews)

"O hotel está mau cuidado, com aparência de abandonado."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 30, 2016

Floreana Lava Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Floreana Island

Chez Manany Galapagos Eco lodge
Chez Manany Galapagos Eco lodge
3 out of 5
Calle 10 y Calle K, Via al Embarcadero, Isabela Island, Puerto Villamil

Situated near the beach, this cabin is within 1 mi (2 km) of El Embarcadero Pier and Galapagos National Park. Concha de Perla Nature Park and Puerto Villamil ...

5/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)

"Chez Manany is a beautiful and thoughtful eco-lodge with pride of ownership. Mariana is so helpful and lovely. She was able to arrange tours at a much lower price than you can find online. Our 6 and 8 year old boys did not have any problem walking the distance to town and no bikes were necessary. ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 26, 2019

Chez Manany Galapagos Eco lodge
Apartamento Cerca del Mar
Apartamento Cerca del Mar
Puerto Ayora, Galapagos
The price is CA $104 per night from Nov 27 to Nov 28

Situated by the ocean, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Malecon and Galapagos National Park. Tortuga Bay Beach is 2 mi (3.2 km) away.

Apartamento Cerca del Mar
Cozy Room Inside the Galapagos Forest
Cozy Room Inside the Galapagos Forest
Pasaje Scalecia SN y Camino Viejo, SN, Santa Rosa, Galapagos
The price is CA $52 per night from Nov 27 to Nov 28

Situated in Santa Rosa, this aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Galapagos National Park and within 25 miles (40 km) of Los Gemelos Sinkholes and Rancho Primicias. ...

Cozy Room Inside the Galapagos Forest
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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