Travel Guide to Daphne Major Island, Ecuador

Daphne Major Island is located in the Galapagos Islands – the island hosts a treeless tuff crater that rises roughly 394 ft above sea level. While people can visit the island, the access can be limited. Preference is usually given to scientific research. There are a large variety of birds to watch for while sailing through the location.

Birds like red-billed- tropic birds, Nazca boobies, and blue-footed boobies can be found perching here. This place is used as a primary site for demonstrating the evolution of Darwin’s finches over a short span of about the past 40 years. Daphne Major Island leaves the visitors awestruck at sunset with its aesthetic view. The pictures bring out so much more of the beauty of the place. An astounding experience of snorkelling and bird watching can be done on the Galapagos Islands itself.

Nazca Boobies preening each other, Daphne Major Island, Galapagos Islands
Nazca Boobies preening each other, Galapagos Island

While travelling through the waters needs special permission, an exciting day at the islands is what most people look forward to. From sunbathing to getting glimpses of the blue-footed boobies, starfish, sea lions, tropical fishes and some occasional visits of sea turtles too!

Ecuador tourism offers several things to do in the Galapagos Islands such as snorkelling, bird watching and also sailing across the water bodies amongst the islands. Islands in Ecuador offer amazing locations for visitors to stay. Some to include in your travel itinerary would be Semillia Verde Boutique Hotel, Casa Natura Galapagos Lodge and so many more. You can find affordable accommodations which offer great services.

This island although is an attraction of its own, but that is not all, they have several other nearby attractions to offer its visitors too, and they are:

Metal shards from shipwrecks embedded themselves in the sand on North Seymour Island

Metal shards from shipwrecks embedded themselves in the sand on North Seymour IslandNorth Seymour Island is a UNESCO rated World Heritage site. The area offers tours which can come up to about INR 20,950 for a full day trip. This island has blue-footed boobies dancing on their own, gracefully enchanting visitors with every move. An entire day will be required if you visit this island to lounge on the beaches along with baby seals, see beautiful yellow iguanas and some majestic frigate birds. You might even get to see some nests of the blue-footed boobies! [Read more: North Seymour and Other Islands in Ecuador]

A sandy beach at Santa Fe Island, with black volcanic rock and a boat used for tours around the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.
A sandy beach at Santa Fe Island, with black volcanic rock

If nothing else, Galapagos tourism offers island-hopping like no other destination. You can visit all or any of the dozens of islands in the Galapagos. From the busy Baltra and San Cristobal Islands to Pinnacle Rock on Bartolome Island where you can see the world of islands spread out before you. Most of the islands and islets are also dive friendly and are amazing for swimming, snorkelling and diving.

A few precautions

Visitors might be asked to sign a few forms regarding their well-being. Being in moving boats that cross several points in the entire trip may cause nausea to quite a few travellers. If you are prone to seasickness, do bring some medicine along. And remember to stay well hydrated.

Read more: Other Islands of the Galapagos

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