For travelers interested in geology, no visit to Isabela Island is complete without seeing Los Tuneles Cabo Rosa, ancient lava formations populated by diverse wildlife. On this 4.5-hour tour from Puerto Villamil, you’ll explore the lava tunnels and observe Galapagos species such as blue-footed boobies, sea lions, penguins, and albatrosses. Plus, you’ll have the option to snorkel in the crystal clear waters surrounding the tunnels. Lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
4.5-hour tour of Los Tuneles Cabo Rosa from Puerto Villamil with snorkeling
A perfect choice for families and those interested in geology
Snorkel in the crystal clear waters surrounding the tunnels
Explore the lava tunnels, home to blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, and penguins
The tour starts either at 7:30 or 10:30 am from your hotel of stay in Puerto Villamil, Isabela. The first stop is Roca Union a small islet located in the open sea where you can catch sight of pelicans, blue-footed boobies and Nazca Boobies and, occasionally, sea lions resting on the rocks. Finados snorkeling site is the next stop, where you can swim next to sea turtles, white-tipped sharks (endemic to the islands), trumpetfish and surgeon fish. With some luck, eagle and golden rays will come to this site too.
Getting to Los Tuneles will take around 1 ½ – 2 hrs. Once there, the speedboat will navigate through various spots in and around the Lava Tunnels. Here you get the chance to do some more snorkeling and enjoy some short walks while observing the landscape and wildlife inhabiting the area. A box lunch will be provided at midday. Return time to Puerto Villamil is estimated around 3:00 PM.
Wildlife to see: Galapagos Sea Lions, Marine iguanas, Lava lizards, Seahorses, Zayapas, Sharks, Killer Whales (not frequently), tropical birds, blue-footed boobies, Nazca Booby, Brown pelicans, Cactus finches.
IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to fulfill this tour, you must be at Isabela Island (Puerto Villamil) one day prior to departure.
We saw a sea horse, sea turtles and sharks along with lots of fish at the first snorkeling site. At the Tuneles site we saw Blue Footed Boobies. The second snorkeling site did not have much in the way of fish to see but was more of a site to view the lava formations. A good lunch of fresh tuna fish salad on rolls and fruit salad was provided. The guide, Darwin, was very helpful. He even helped each person who wanted to dive under to see the sharks swimming under the rock formations. I was amazed at the boat captian's skills with maneuvering the boat through the lava formations. Timing the waves and getting through the tight formations without so much as a single touch was a sight to witness.