Highlights and main attractions of Rabida Island

Although one of the most volcanically diverse islands of the Galapagos, this is not all that makes Rabida Island unique; this little island also provides visitors with some fantastic wildlife opportunities, and may be the only chance you have to see brown pelicans nesting at close range.

If flamingos are one of your priorities whilst on the islands, there is probably no better place then Rabida’s lagoons to tick them off your hit-list.

Where is Rabida Island?

Location and Activities

Caves nearby are often used as lounging areas and sunshades by wildlife such as sea lions and marine iguanas. It is behind this beach where you may have the chance to see pelicans nesting, depending, of course, on season. Other birds, such as the blue-footed, and nazca boobies, can often be seen on the cliffs above where the pelicans nest.

A small salt water lagoon a short way along the trail is where you will often see Bahama pintail ducks, common stilts and, let’s not forget, a flurry of fantastic, pink flamingos whilst they feed.

A walk up the rugged red cliffs to a cliff overhang will give those interested in the geography of the island a better view of the cove below, the lagoon and the surrounding scarlet cliffs before heading back to the beach for some last minute snorkelling before continuing on your adventure.

Whilst not featured on all cruises, if you have a particular interest in visiting Rabida, speak to one of our team experts, and we will do our best to include it in your Galapagos journey itinerary.

Geologically, eroded hills and lava erupting from spatter cones have created a strikingly coloured landscape, and your first landing on Rabida will lead you to a deep maroon coloured beach to the north of the island.


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