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Adventure Cruises in Floreana Island
Floreana Island Cruises are exciting and full of life. It’s a little island with many names, but by any of them, it is an amazing adventure cruise destination. Floreana is officially called Santa Maria. Its English name is Charles, but guests from all over the world know it as Floreana: the home of Post Office Bay and the Devil's Crown formation. That's a mystery that's intriguing and educational to explore. The main attraction for adventure activities on Floreana is snorkeling. It's known as possibly the best in the Galapagos, a very big claim considering the quality of snorkeling in all areas in the Galapagos Islands.
Top things to do and see in Floreana Island
Snorkeling in the Devil's Crown is world renown. The spot gets its name from a geographical formation- a volcanic crater that the waves have eroded over time in such a way that the northern and southern sides jut from the water like spikes on a crown. The coral reef in the middle is full of Floreana marine life. Guests routinely see sharks, rays, and a host of tropical fish. Your small ship cruises crew will stop so you can frolic in the waves among the animal inhabitants.
Post Office Bay is a charming attraction and a show of community and tradition. Whalers in the 18th century began the custom of leaving notes in a wooden barrel that served as an unofficial mail box. Today, visitors leave postcards and dig through the leavings for pieces to bring home. The beach itself is lovely and the perfect spot for a short hike or snorkeling. Your crew will make a wet landing so you can explore Post Office Bay.
Punta Cormorant is an amazing location where guests can see a large flock of flamingos against the unusual backdrop of the 'green beach.' A high composition of olivine crystals in the sand gives the striking color. In contrast, the white coral Four Sand Beach stands out. Other birds seen frequently at Punta Cormorant are common stilts and white-cheeked pintails. Guests can enjoy a dinghy ride or short 2km hike at the site. The boat will make a wet landing here.
Top Tips for Floreana Island
- Bring your sailing gear for the dinghy ride at Punta Cormorant if you have some. The crew has equipment as well, but a pair of sunglasses and proper head covering will help protect you from the elements. Once you make land, you’ll need a comfortable pair of shoes to walk around the island, especially if you plan to hike. A small pack is another great idea to store your supplies and clothing layers in case of a change in weather.
- As usual, your smartphone or a camera is important to have on hand so you can share the sights of Floreana with everyone back home. If you’ll be bird watching on Floreana, a bird guide is a handy companion for identifying species.
- It’s always recommend that you keep plenty of water on hand for hydration and sunblock to protect your skin from the bright sun close to the water.
Best time to cruise Floreana Island
It's essential to plan ahead to choose the best time to visit Floreana Island to see wildlife, and it's also a good idea to learn about the seasonal weather conditions for hikers and snorkelers as well. The warm season in Floreana starts in December and goes through May. The dry season goes from May to December.
Visiting Floreana by a small ship cruise from July through December means you'll be there in the dry season. While the weather in Floreana is pleasant year round, Floreana in June through November is the best time for snorkeling thanks to the warm water temperatures and high water visibility. The warm season is best for hiking because of the seasonal bright, blue sunny skies.
Anytime you visit Galapagos you'll see plenty of wildlife. If you'd like to see the birds in breeding season, spring is the best time to plan your trip to Floreana.
Where do Floreana Island cruises depart from?
International guests must first fly to Ecuador. There are two airports: one in the mountains called Quito and the other, Guayaquil on the coast.
Currently, our Galapagos small ship cruises depart from Baltra, and guests must take a domestic flight or arrange alternative transportation to Baltra. Please confirm this before you depart. Your cruise itinerary will clearly state your departure point.
Fancy a trip to Floreana Island in the Galapagos Islands? Contact our reservations team today.
Floreana Island Reviews
- 9.3 Superb
- 18 Verified Reviews
Amazing. One of the best snorkeling experiences, and a beautiful beach.
Diving Floreana Island in March on the Eden
Snorkeling the Devil’s Crown is great - water is crystal clear
Diving Floreana Island in December on the Estrella del Mar
I will say that I have difficulty remembering exactly which island was which. I enjoyed all the excursions to all the islands, no complaints at all. The snorkeling was my favorite part. I wouldn't have changed a thing about the itinerary.
Diving Floreana Island in February on the Estrella del Mar
Fabulous with snorkeling and seeing eagle rays and sharks. On land flamingos and a fabulous beach with sea turtles.
Diving Floreana Island in March on the EcoGalaxy
There were two stops here, one was a great beach and one was a tortoise reintroduction place
Diving Floreana Island in December on the Anahi
Beautiful water for snorkeling although annoying to have to stay with the guide rather than just floating with the current. Post Office Bay visit rather boring.
Diving Floreana Island in April on the Yolita
Enjoyed the visit to the historic post office and then a walk to a beach with many sting rays, reef sharks and sea lions
Diving Floreana Island in May on the Solaris
The flamingos and post office were unique and fun. I didn’t expect to see flamingos in the wild!
Diving Floreana Island in May on the Infinity
Lots of Fregatte birds and also flamingos. And many rays at the beach. Everything exciting.
Diving Floreana Island in April on the Xavier III
Great to be snorkeling with sea lions here in shallow water.
Diving Floreana Island in April on the Nemo II
Great to see flamingos in nature, and turtles mating in sea.
Diving Floreana Island in November on the Reina Silvia
Very cool. With great snorkeling possibilities! Flamingos too ;)
Diving Floreana Island in December on the Monserrat
More sea lions, iguanas and some sting rays on the beach
Diving Floreana Island in January on the Cormorant
Great. Snorkeling and the nature walk was great.
Diving Floreana Island in February on the Cormorant