Cormorant Point (Floreana), Galapagos Islands Cruise Port

It’s the dream of many an explorer to visit the Galápagos Islands. A source of wild natural beauty and historic and scientific significance because of Charles Darwin’s work on evolution that took place here, this archipelago of volcanic islands contains more distinct species of flora and fauna than any other place on earth. Despite its name, cruising to Cormorant Point (Punta Cormorant) on Floreana Island won’t result in making contact with many cormorants, which is a species of aquatic bird; however, you will find quite a lot of flamingos. Made up of two distinct beaches, visitors – whether interested in Darwin’s theory of natural selection or just curious about a place in the world far different than any other – will come away with an experience of a lifetime. Here are some of our favorite experiences while visiting the cruise port of Cormorant Point on Floreana Island in the Galápagos:
 
  • The landing beach is made up of olive-green sand composed of volcanic material featuring magnesium, iron, and silica. Here you'll find playful sea lions, green sea urchins, and vegetation unique to this part of the island such as the Floreana Daisy.
     
  • Walk a bit further to find the white sands of Flour Beach, composed of finely-crushed coral. Here you'll find the flamingos as they wade through muddy water in search of shrimp (which is what makes their feathers bright pink). Bird lovers will also be thrilled to spot pintail ducks, stilts, sandpipers, and shore birds. Flour Beach is also where you can find nesting green sea turtles and watch rays hang out in the shallow waters.
     
  • Nearby Devil's Crown is considered one of the best diving and snorkeling sites in the Galapagos. The coral reef in its center of this eroded islet is teeming with different types of marine life.
     
  • Post Office Bay is the historic place on Floreana Island to send post cards without a stamp. The system was put in place more than 200 years ago as a method for whalers to contact home via mail; they'd drop their letters in a wooden barrel, and passing ships would deliver them to their intended port.

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