Elizabeth Bay (Isabela), Galapagos Islands Cruise Port
Cruising to Elizabeth Bay on Isabela Island in the Galápagos, which straddles the Equator, means getting in touch with your wilder side. Isabela Island itself is the largest within the archipelago, with an area of almost 1,800 square miles; at around one million years old, it's also one of the area's youngest islands. Most of the island’s volcanos are still active, and its geology diverse; thanks to Isabela’s interesting makeup, there are more species of tortoise here than on any of the other islands in the Galápagos. Elizabeth Bay is located on the Isabela’s east coast and is made up of multiple islets (smaller islands) that are a bird watcher’s paradise. Other types of wildlife are also plentiful, and many cruises offer shore excursions by panga or dinghy to view animals of the land, sea, and air. Below are a handful of our favorite experiences for the cruise port of Elizabeth Bay, Isabela Island, Galápagos:
- While the animals are the primary draw in Elizabeth Bay, the red and black mangroves in the lagoon are a sight to behold. These trees are tolerant to saltwater and have adapted to life in harsh coastal conditions; the mangroves in this lagoon are also part of the resting and feeding area for sea turtles.
- Thanks to the clear waters that surround the bay, snorkeling is a popular activity. You'll get to swim among schools of fish (such as pompanos), and you might also spot a whale shark or two.
- To explore the area and maybe do some whale-watching, sea kayaking is a great way to spot the shore animals without disturbing them or running into other tourists. Kayaks are also able to get to areas that the larger boats can't to provide spectacular photo opportunities.
- The visitor site is the place for checking out the rich marine animal and bird life found in this part of the island. Among the many creatures you'll see are penguins, brown pelicans, lava herons, sea lions, green sea turtles, and more.