A Travel Guide To Rabida Island In Ecuador

Rabida Island is part of the Galapagos Archipelago in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The beautiful island is dotted with tiny volcanic craters. It was originally called Jervis Island, named after British Admiral John Jervis. 

The island is known for the rich red colour of its beaches and rough volcanic coastline. The abundant iron oxide and magnesium turn the island an unearthly reddish colour when exposed to the air. Home to lagoons and flamingo rockeries, it has no human population

Things to do in Rabida Island

A Galapagos Hawk in the Galapagos Islands.
A Galapagos Hawk in the Galapagos Islands.

Rabida Island is an ideal place for snorkelling, swimming, and scuba diving. In the water, you can see white tipped sharks, sea lions, rays and other marine species. It is also an excellent destination for birdwatchers. The steep slopes and cliffs of the island are home to the Galapagos hawk, pelicans, white-cheeked pintails, boobies, and nine species of finch.

On the beaches, you can see colonies of loud sea lions, brown pelicans, marine iguanas, and flocks of vibrant pink flamingos. It is also a popular destination for hikers.

More Tips to Make Yor Trip Amazing

Sea Lions relaxing on a lava beach on Rabida Island in the Galapagos
Sea Lions relaxing on a lava beach on Rabida Island in the Galapagos
  • Try visiting in the off-season, during winter, when the crowds are less and you can have a more relaxed time.
  • Don’t forget to use sunscreen, sunglasses, and your swimwear. If you plan to go snorkelling or scuba diving, take along an underwater camera to photograph the exciting marine life.
  • If you’re travelling in the winter, take some woollen clothes, as the nights can get chilly.

Read more: The other Islands of the Galapagos.

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