Rabida is one of the smaller islands in the Galapagos, but that doesn’t mean it is one of the least entertaining to visit. Indeed the scenery is some of the most dramatic you could find anywhere, with impressive cliffs that welcome you as you land by Zodiac. From here you’ll see the beaches that have dark red sand, coloured by iron ore and often home to ghost crabs and young sea lion pups. It’s a magnificent, unique sight regardless of whether you get to see any wildlife, so as ever on your Galapagos cruise be sure to have your camera close at hand.
As you leave the beaches behind, you’ll explore the charming inland which is dotted with coastal vegetation, including the prickly-pear cactus plants with their distinctive yellow flowers. On these flowers, you’ll often see the common cactus finch, which Darwin finches and lava lizards can be spotted on the floor as they hunt for food on this tranquil, beautiful island destination. Rabida has some of the best lagoons in the Galapagos for spotting flamingos too, so be sure to hunt them out.
Rabida Island is 6 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT -6).