An Introduction to the Galapagos Islands

Aug 25, 2020Blog

Most people wouldn’t say no to a vacation trip to the Galapagos Islands. Ardent deep sea fishing fans may be familiar with the islands’ unrivalled reputation as a destination for blue marlin fishing trips, but when it comes to the general public, most don’t really know much about the islands.

An Intro to the Islands

Don’t feel bad if you aren’t ready for a pop quiz on the islands. In the overall span of history, the Galapagos Islands largely remained unknown until only fairly recently.

“The Galápagos Islands, located roughly 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, remained a closely-guarded natural secret for millions of years. Over that time, the archipelago evolved into a home for an all-star cast of plants and animals,” the folks at Travel and Leisure tell us.

“Sometime in the 1800s, some swashbuckling pirates and intrepid explorers started arriving in the Galápagos Islands. The most famous early visitor was Charles Darwin, a young naturalist who spent 19 days studying the islands’ flora and fauna in 1835. In 1859, Darwin published On the Origin of Species, which introduced his theory of evolution — and the Galápagos Islands — to the world,” they say.

The unique aspects of the Galapagos Islands that inspired Darwin’s theories are also what make the archipelago an appealing destination for modern travelers. These same rare characteristics have also earned the 19 various in the archipelago the unusual distinction of being named a double World Heritage site, with both land and sea earning protection.

The Galapagos Islands are a bucket-list destination for good reason: Thanks to a lack of natural predators, friendly wildlife such as playful sea lions and gigantic sea tortoises let visitors get up close and personal,” the adventuring experts at the Travel Channel say, “Each island boasts its own unique landscape, ranging from barren black, volcanic rocks to swaths of white sand beaches melting into gemstone-blue waters.”

A marlin fishing trip is a great way to learn more about the Galapagos Islands! To get your education started, contact us for information on the best options for blue marlin fishing, striped marlin fishing – and more!

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