Adventure Cruises in Kicker Rock

Your adventure cruise to Kicker Rock, Galapagos will be full of exciting activities and wildlife encounters. Kicker Rock is the perfect destination for active individuals who like to get up close and personal with native landscapes and incredible animals.

Kicker Rock, also known as Leon Dormido, is on San Cristobal Island northeast of the island's main port of Puerto Baquerizo. It resembles a sleeping lion when viewed from the south, which grants it its native name. Kicker Rock is one of several visitor sites on the island.

The landscape at Kicker Rock is an attraction itself. This area of the island formed from volcanic activity as recent as a few centuries ago. The incredible rock formation soars 152 meters upward from the Pacific ocean. There is actually a small channel between two rocks that create Kicker Rock, and that's why small ship cruises are ideal for this area. Your crew will guide you to an unbelievable view.

Top things to do and see at Kicker Rock

The snorkeling at Kicker Rock is second to none. Guests can't get enough of the mesmerizing view of the clear water brought to life by sea creatures. There’s no safe mooring spot, but your crew will secure the yacht for your safety so you can explore the sea life in and around the channel.

Take a dinghy ride around Cerro Brujo for even more impressive views including caverns and the unique flora and fauna around Kicker Rock.

The exquisite white sand of Manglesito beach beckons you. Enjoy a relaxing soak in the sun when your fun in the water is complete. It’s the perfect way to end your visit.

Potential wildlife sightings at Kicker Rock include hammerhead sharks, sea turtles, tropical fish, rays, blue-footed boobies, eagle rays, and sea lions.

Top Tips for visiting Kicker Rock

  • A camera is absolutely essential or you’ll never be able to truly explain Leon Dormido to folks back home. If you want to use your cell phone, we recommend that you bring a waterproof protective sleeve to avoid potential water damage. Wildlife fans may want binoculars to get a closer look at Kicker Rock animals you won’t see anywhere else in the world.
  • A comfortable outfit that you can layer for sun protection and sensible shoes are a fantastic idea, as well as blankets or towels for your time on the beach.
  • Snorkeling gear is usually provided onboard, but if you have your own set it’s worth bringing it to ensure a good fit

Best time to cruise to Kicker Rock

The weather in Kicker Rock is simple to understand. December through May is the warm or wet season and June through November is the dry season. Depending on what you plan to do on your Galapagos small ship cruise, one time of the year may be more suited than the other, but the weather is generally beautiful year-round.

You don’t have to plan ahead to choose the best time to visit Kicker Rock Island to see wildlife. Most of the animals that frequent the area are there all year. For adventure activities, however, there is a reason for the season. Visit Kicker Rock in December through May, the warm season, for ideal hiking and beach conditions. Snorkeling is incredible in the dry season (between June and November) thanks to the crystal clear water. The water temperature is also slightly warmer in the dry season.

Where do Kicker Rock cruises depart from?

Our Kicker Rock adventure cruises push off from San Cristobal before sweeping you away to the sleeping lion. If your visit to Kicker Rock is in conjunction with a longer trip, please check your cruise itinerary for the most accurate details.

To reach San Cristobal, you must fly into the Quito or Guayaquil airports on Mainland Ecuador and then continue with a domestic flight to San Cristobal. Your guides will meet you there and show you to the ship for the start of your magical Galapagos journey. We’ll give you some time to settle in and learn the ropes before departing.

Our reservations team can help you book your next adventure cruise to the Galapagos Islands. Contact us today.

Kicker Rock Reviews

  • 9.3 Superb
  • 6 Verified Reviews
  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Anna Marie S
  • United States United States

beautiful rock that made great photos. loved the snorkeling at Isla Lobos although the water was rather turgid.

Diving Kicker Rock in April on the Yolita

  • 10.0 Exceptional
  • Tjeerd D
  • Netherlands Netherlands

Kicker rock was not just beautiful at sunrise it was great to snorkel through the gap !

Diving Kicker Rock in April on the Nemo II