Las Tintoreras | Bay Tour of Isabela Island

Las Tintoreras | Bay Tour of Isabela Island

While on Isabela Island, we opted to go on the Tintoreras excursion. After a short boat ride on a small fisherman boat (15-20 ft), we arrived at Las Tintoreras, a series of smaller islands in front of Puerto Villamil. The bay tour included seeing the infamous Galapagos penguins, a short hike to canales de las tintoreras and marine iguana colony, and open water snorkeling with sea turtles. We started off by circling the islands and hearing about the second tiniest penguins ever. It’s never a guarantee to see the wildlife, but fortunately we spotted a couple on Penguin Rock (more photos here).
Galapagos Penguins | Galapagos Penguin Pictures.
After Penguin Rock, we docked and ventured onto the island for a short hike to canales de las tintoreras (shark canal) where we observed resting white tip sharks.
Las Tintoreras | Bay Tour of Isabela Island.
Las Tintoreras | Canal with White-Tip Reef Sharks | Isabela Island.
White tip shark | Canales de Las Tintoreras | Isabela Island.
White tip shark | Canales de Las Tintoreras | Isabela Island.
Galapagos sea lion swimming in Canales de Las Tintoreras | Isabela Island.
Galapagos sea lion swimming in Canales de tintoreras | Las Tintoreras | Isabela Island.
Galapagos sea lions swimming in Canales de tintoreras | Las Tintoreras | Isabela Island.
Galapagos Marine Iguana | Isabela Island.
The terrain here is truly unique! The jagged lava rocks are covered in a white moss on one side so that depending on the direction you’re looking, the island can look completely different. On top of that, it’s a favorite breeding ground for Galapagos marine iguanas. Since we were there during breeding season, the rocks were covered with them.
Las Tintoreras Lava Formations and White Moss.
Las Tintoreras Lava Formations and White Moss.
Las Tintoreras Lava Formations and White Moss.
Galapagos Marine Iguana Colony | Galapagos Island Animals | Bay Tour of Isabela Island
Galapagos Marine Iguana Colony | Galapagos Island Animals | Bay Tour of Isabela Island
Galapagos Iguana Colony | Bay Tour of Isabela Island
Galapagos Iguana Colony | Galapagos Island Animals | Bay Tour of Isabela Island.
Galapagos Iguana Colony | Bay Tour of Isabela Island.
Galapagos Iguanas | Galapagos Island Animals | Bay Tour of Isabela Island.
Galapagos Marine Iguanas | Galapagos Island Animals | Bay Tour of Isabela Island.
Galapagos Marine Iguanas | Bay Tour of Isabela Island.
Galapagos Marine Iguanas | Galapagos Island Animals | Bay Tour of Isabela Island.
This guy got a little too much sun.
Galapagos Marine Iguanas | Bay Tour of Isabela Island
A beach where sea lions frequently breed:
Galapagos Sea Lion breeding beach | Galapagos Island Animals.
Great Blue Heron:
Great Blue Heron | Bay Tour of Isabela Island.
Great Blue Heron | Las Tintoreras | Bay Tour of Isabela Island.
Great Blue Heron | Las Tintoreras | Bay Tour of Isabela Island.
Las Tintoreras | Bay Tour of Isabela Island.
Afterwards, we went to a snorkeling location, climbed over a few rocks, put on our gear, and hopped in. The water was calm and quite deep where we stopped and within the first few minutes we sighted a few Galapagos turtles! Sometimes you can also see rays, sea lions and white-tip sharks here. Galapagos Turtle | Galapagos Island Animals | Bay Tour of Isabela Island.
Galapagos Turtle | Galapagos Island Animals | Bay Tour of Isabela Island.
Galapagos Turtles | Galapagos Island Animals | Bay Tour of Isabela Island.
Snorkeling Galapagos Starfish and Sea Cucumber| Galapagos Island Animals | Bay Tour of Isabela Island.
Snorkeling on Isabela Island | Galapagos Fish | Galapagos Island Animals.
Galapagos Sea Lions at Las Tintoreras | Isabela Island.
Galapagos Sea Lions at Las Tintoreras | Isabela Island.
Galapagos Sea Lions at Las Tintoreras | Isabela Island.
Photos taken with a Canon 5D Mark III & 70-200 mm / 2.8 L lens with IS and an iPhone5 with a griffin waterproof case.

Tips for your Bay Tour of Isabela Island & Las Tintoreras:
  • Bring water, sunscreen, hat, bathing suit, closed toed shoes for hiking. The terrain is sometimes uneven and rocky.
  • Optional* Bring a long lens for wildlife photography and a waterproof case or underwater camera for snorkeling photos.

Have you been snorkeling before?

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This Post Has 12 Comments

    1. Thank you so much, Claire. :) It is such a lovely place to go for a swim, and I love that you see so much marine life… although I was okay with not running into the white tip sharks while snorkeling. :) Thanks so much for stopping by!

    1. They are! well.. most of them.. but they do act a lot like dogs. some of them that are more dominant can act aggressive.. while others are more friendly.

  1. You win! Beautiful pictures above and below water. I always have a hard time taking portraits, human or pet, much less scaly wild animals. Bravo, guys! Beautiful work!

    1. Thanks Margo! I used to shoot tons of portraits and weddings… so I feel like they come much easier to me than landscapes do. I have been loving all the landscape photos that you take on your blog. Maybe we should swap some tips!

  2. I’ve never been snorkeling before but I love the underwater shots the best!!!!! :)

    1. You should try it! It’s scary at first.. at least for me, but I think around the 3rd or 4th try I felt much more comfortable and could focus on enjoying it.

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