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Galapagos Islands Isabela

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Isabela is the largest island in the Galapagos, and at just a million years old, one of the youngest. Because of its size and the distance between its attractions, it also is one of the least visited. Those who have the time to take in its many treasures are greatly rewarded by the island’s many natural wonders.

Shaped like a sea horse, Isabela provides visitors with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the spectacular marine mammals of the Galapagos —especially whales and dolphins. Scuba diving tours through subterranean passages off the coast lead to a secluded cove abundant with marine life. The waters around Isabela are the best in the Galapagos for whale watching. The Cromwell Current upwelling creates a nutrient-rich feeding ground attracting a wide variety of species including humpback whales, sperm whales and orcas.

newly discovered tortoise species in the galapagos islands.In addition to the many marine mammals of the Galapagos found here, Isabela is home to more land tortoises than any of the other islands. Tourists also are likely to encounter blue-footed boobies, Galapagos penguins, marine iguanas, marine turtles and even the rare Flightless Cormorant.

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Galapagos Islands (Isabela) - Sea Lions
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Orchilla Surf Trek: Isabela Island, Galapagos
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"Isabela Island, Galapagos 2010"
"Isabela Island, Galapagos 2010"
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