Highlights and main attractions of Floreana Island
Floreana Island is the longest inhabited of the islands; its colourful past is brimming with tales of pirates, convicts and whalers, as well as the peculiar and mysterious ‘Galapagos Affair’. Home to about 100 Ecuadorians, the island was names after Juan Jose Flores, the first president of Ecuador who took possession of the archipelago during his administration.
Don’t let this fool you though; by no means is Floreana lacking in its natural wonders. In fact the Corona del Diablo (Devil’s Crown), home to seasonal visits from rays, sharks and permanent shoals of bright tropical fish, is rated the best dive site in the entire Galapagos National Park. The Devils Crown itself, a semi-circular rock formation formed from a semi-submerged volcano cone, also plays home to a whole host of birds, including red-billed tropicbirds, lava gulls and pelicans and a quick panga ride will introduce you to some of these winged locals.
This island bears a unique personality where its history has become the main attraction, even more than the lava fields, boobies and azure waters.