Top 10 Beautiful Islands in Ecuador

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  1. Bartolome is one of the most beautiful islands in Ecuador you have to pay a visit! The Galapagos Islands' Bartolome Pinnacle located in Southern Patagonia, is a classic volcanic rock structure. The effort required to get to the viewpoint above the Pinnacle is completely worth it. You'll be rewarded with dominating views from every angle. Galapagos Penguins, pelicans, and boobies may be seen fishing in the seas near the little pier.

    When you arrive, you will trek to the top of the major peak and gaze out over the breathtaking iconic Galapagos image shown in all the publications and on the internet. The colors are beautiful, and the scenery is beyond anything you've ever seen!

    You may swim and snorkel around - the marine life here is incredible. You will get the opportunity to snorkel in the turquoise ocean with penguins, sea lions, marine turtles, and tropical fish. The bay is also a fantastic spot to swim, especially on hot days.

    Photo:  Travel.Earth
    Photo: Travel.Earth

  2. Santa Cruz is the largest and most populated of the islands. It is located between the islands of Anacapa and Santa Rosa, 19-25 miles off the nearby mainland coast between Ventura and Santa Barbara. The Charles Darwin Research Station may be found at Puerto Ayora, the island's major town. This UNESCO-designated site was erected in 1959. Its mission is to research and protect the valuable wildlife that lives on the islands. The institution is in charge of rehabilitating the endangered Giant Galapagos tortoise.

    Hiking routes abound throughout the island. There are also kayak rides and a little rocky beach. On the way out, you may view dolphin pods as well as seals. If you enjoy hiking or kayaking, it is well worth the trip.

    Painted Cave, one of the world's largest and deepest sea caverns, is located on Santa Cruz's northwest coast. Painted Cave is over 14 miles long and 100 feet broad, named after the colorful lichen and algae that cover its walls. A waterfall pours over the entryway in the spring. Inside the cave, kayakers may come upon seals or sea lions roaming alongside their boats. The Channel Islands have some of North America's finest archaeological treasures; all objects are safeguarded within the park. On the island, you may view the ruins of a dozen Chumash settlements. The largest of these communities, located near the eastern edge, is currently known as Scorpion Ranch. The Chumash mined enormous chert deposits on the island for tools to make shell-bead money, which they sold with mainlanders. At the interpretive visitor center near the landing pier, you may learn about Chumash history and see relics, tools, and displays on natural plants and creatures. Visitors may also visit the restored old adobe and outbuildings to see remains of the early 1900s ranching era.

    Photo:  National Park Service
    Photo: National Park Service
  3. If you want to mention the most beautiful islands in Ecuador, especially in Galapagos, you can definitely not miss San Cristobal Island. San Cristobal is a Galapagos treasure. San Cristobal is the quietest of the three main islands, which results in a lovely, relaxing, and tranquil atmosphere befitting of an island in the midst of the Pacific Ocean. In terms of geology, the island is also one of the oldest of the Galapagos Islands. Its name is derived from St. Christopher, the patron saint of seamen. The island is also known as Chatham Island, after William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham.

    For those who enjoy animals, there are a plethora of incredible experiences to be had here on San Cristobal. You'll be spoiled for choice whether you want to hang out with sea lions, study marine iguanas, or go snorkeling diving at Kicker Rock to see the complex remnants of a volcanic cone, stroll the paths to the appropriately called Frigatebird Hill, or frolic (slowly) with the legendary giant tortoises in the Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado nature refuge. There are also blue-footed boobies, red-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls can be seen. Less typically observed birds, such as yellow warblers and a variety of finches, can be spotted at several locations surrounding San Cristobal. Visitors may also witness white-cheeked pintail ducks, common gallinules, and the Chatham mockingbird.

    Photo:  Galapagos Unbound
    Photo: Galapagos Unbound
  4. Isabela, the archipelago's biggest island, was produced by the union of five young volcanoes. While these volcanic regions have huge lava fields and little vegetation, the southern highlands, and other areas are densely forested, including the rare red mangrove. It is located between the islands of Anacapa and Santa Rosa, 19-25 miles off the nearby mainland coast between Ventura and Santa Barbara. Many indigenous Galapagos live in Isabela Island, particularly in Puerto Villamil, the island's major town.

    Punta Vicente Roca and Elizabeth Bay are well worth a visit for their excellent diving and snorkeling. Swim with green turtles, white-tipped sharks, and massive seahorses. Along the Tagus, we can observe sea turtles, eagles, rays, sea lions, and, if we’re lucky, dolphins swimming in the vicinity. Pirates and whalers came through here in the past, and some of their names are still engraved into the jagged rocks. Puerto Villamil, one of the Galapagos' few human communities, is located in the island's south. It has some basic tourist amenities, such as hotels and restaurants. The Wall of Tears, which was erected by inmates, serves as a mournful reminder of the island's past as a penal colony.

    Photo:  Nature Galapagos & Ecuador
    Photo: Nature Galapagos & Ecuador
  5. Espanola Island, also known as Hood Island, is the archipelago's southernmost island and one of its most popular owing to the magnificent variety and overwhelming abundance of fauna that welcome tourist. It is believed that Espanola Islands is one of the most beautiful islands that is not to be missed when you visit Ecuador. It is located in the archipelago's far southeast and, together with Santa Fe, is one of the oldest, dating back around four million years. Gardner Bay in the island's eastern outskirts and Punta Suarez on the island's western extremity are both popular tourist destinations.

    Gardener Bay is a famous tourist destination for swimming and snorkeling. Its unique white sand beach is the ideal cushiony ground to rest your weight on while thoroughly resting your mind and body. It is also a sea-lion colony, and if you visit between October and December, you may see Green Sea turtles offshore.

    Punta Suarez has a beautiful assortment of animals that is well worth investigating because it is arguably the greatest tourist destination in the Galapagos Islands. The 2 km long trail is home to beautiful sea-lions at play, Espanola Lava lizards, a plethora of colorful sea-birds such as the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos Dove, Hood Mockingbird, large-billed Flycatcher, Large-cactus Finch, Swallow-Tailed Gull, American Oystercatchers, Red-Billed Tropicbirds, and a large number of huge marine Iguanas Fur Seals and Franklin's gulls are also occasionally observed on this isle.

    Photo:  GoGalapagos
    Photo: GoGalapagos
  6. Genovesa, one of Ecuador's beautiful Islands, has several distinguishing traits that make it one of the most intriguing sites to visit in the vicinity. It is located in the eastern Pacific OceanVisitors yearning for unique, unusual, and thrilling experiences flock to this small but geologically diverse location in the region. If you want to wander off the main path, you might like the numerous beautiful natural wonders that can be found in Genovesa.

    Activities on Genovesa Island are comparable to those seen elsewhere in the Galapagos archipelago. However, considering the incredible variety of birdlife on Genovesa Island, one of the most unique hobbies is bird watching. Even people who do not consider themselves to be bird watchers will likely find this activity on Genovesa Island to be rather unique.

    Snorkeling is a popular activity for visitors to Darwin Bay, especially because the marine life here may include the chance to see hammerhead sharks. Divers enjoy visiting the Darwin Bay marine visitor site for the same reasons. If you don't spot any hammerhead sharks, you could encounter starfish on the rocks, as well as white-tipped reef sharks or rays. After you've finished snorkeling, walking, and perhaps diving, Darwin Bay is a great place to rest on the beach and take in the views and sounds of this beautiful island.

    Photo:  Fragata Yacht
    Photo: Fragata Yacht
  7. Floreana Island is such a beautiful and gorgeous island. It is located in the southeasternmost island in the archipelago Floreana was the first human-visited island. Despite this, without a supply of fresh water, the surviving population is less than 200 people today. The majority of the population lives at Puerto Velasco Ibarra, a tiny hamlet on the island's western shore. There are a few hotels and restaurants, but tourist amenities are minimal.

    The island has a rich history that visitors may learn about. Whalers, pirates, and other adventures have traveled through Floreana since the 1600s. In the nineteenth century, a crew of whalers established a wooden barrel near Post Office Bay. Seamen might leave letters with addresses on them here. Whenever one of them was leaving the island, they would take any letters that they could deliver by hand with them. This early message system allowed those at sea to stay in touch with loved ones back home. Visitors at this historic landmark can still join in the practice of delivering other passengers' mail.

    Several indigenous species are only waiting to be discovered. Cormorant Point has a green-tinted beach and a picturesque lagoon with a huge flock of pink flamingos. Sally Lightfoot crabs, green sea turtles, and joint-footed petrels are among the other animal species found in this area. Devil's Crown is a short boat journey from the island. Because of its coral reef, this volcanic cone, which is semi-submerged under the water, is a popular snorkeling and diving destination. It is home to a plethora of colorful fish, sea lions, penguins, and dolphins.

    Photo:  Civitatis
    Photo: Civitatis
  8. Plaza Sur Island is one of the most colorful and beautiful islands in Ecuador. Plaza Sur Island lies east of Santa Cruz Island. Despite its tiny size, Plaza Sur is home to a diverse range of vegetation and wildlife. A variety of seabirds, including swallow-tailed gulls, frigatebirds, and blue-footed boobies, soar overhead. Male blue-footed boobies flaunt off their blue feet while performing a bizarre dance to lure ladies. This is due to the fact that the blue tint on their feet indicates excellent health and powerful genes.

    Because the mating seasons of marine and land iguanas coincide, a rare species of hybrid iguanas can be found. Its main draw, however, is the large number of sea lions that may be spotted nesting on the rocky shoreline. Marvel in wonder at one of the archipelago's greatest sea lion populations.

    During the wet season, the rocky floor is covered in Sesuvium, an indigenous plant that appears like a green carpet. During the dry season, however, it becomes crimson, creating a dramatic contrast with the surrounding blue waters. The presence of green and red prickly pear cactus here just adds to the vibrant color pallet. Organise an island hopping day excursion from Santa Cruz to see the island. Alternatively, select a cruise plan that visits the archipelago's middle or eastern regions.

    Photo:  Galapagos Pro
    Photo: Galapagos Pro
  9. Fernandina Island is the youngest geologically in the Galapagos archipelago, located in the eastern Pacific Ocean, approximately 600 miles (965 kilometers) west of EcuadorThe La Cumbre volcano, the most active volcano on any of the islands, produced the island. The most recent eruption occurred in January 2020. The volcanic activity has stripped the island of its vegetation. Only mangroves and lava cactus have survived in such harsh environments.

    Punta Espinosa, located on the island's northeastern extremity, is Fernandina's sole tourism attraction. You'll notice the site's jet-black, desolate environment, and lava flow as you walk around it. This area's nutrient-rich water attracts a plethora of marine species. This makes it an excellent location for spotting manta rays, hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, and dolphins. Here you will also discover the world's largest colony of marine iguanas. It is located west of Isabela, making it the archipelago's westernmost island.

    Photo:  Metropolitan Touring
    Photo: Metropolitan Touring
  10. Santa Fe is not only one of the most beautiful islands in Ecuador but also an excellent alternative for anyone looking to fully relax. It located in the eastern Pacific Ocean, approximately 600 miles (965 kilometers) west of EcuadorTake a trip around its flat, lifeless environment, discovering unspoiled nature and spotting rare species. The island is also well-known for its vegetation, particularly the Opuntia echios cactus. This Galapagos unique plant, often known as the Galapagos prickly pear, thrives in deep woodlands. There are also popular diving and snorkeling areas where you may frequently see rays, sharks, and sea turtles.

    Most visitors come to observe the unique Santa Fe iguana, the Galapagos' biggest iguana species. It is related to the land iguana but has a few distinguishing characteristics, such as a deeper hue. There will also be plenty of playful Galapagos sea lions lounging on the turquoise Barrington Bay beaches. The Galapagos hawk, Santa Fe rice rat, and Galapagos mockingbird are among the other unique species found here.

    If you are looking for a unique island to spend your time, beautiful Santa Fe Island always welcomes you!

    Photo:  Galapagos Insiders
    Photo: Galapagos Insiders

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