What makes a vacation to the Galapagos Islands so special? You might think the answer is the marlin fishing. Others might say it is the history and the association with Charles Darwin that makes Galapagos travel so meaningful. Countless others would answer that it is an opportunity to see the amazing wildlife on a Galapagos tour.
We think the correct answer to the question of what makes a Galapagos Islands vacation so special is “all of the above.”
Marlin Fishing in the Galapagos
The waters off Isabela Island and San Cristobal Island, two of the 19 islands that make up the Galapagos Archipelago are home to some of the best marlin fishing in the world.
Striped marlin are drawn to the waters off San Cristobal Island by the abundant supply of sardines, squid, tuna and other tempting sources of food. San Cristobal is in the eastern reaches of the archipelago.
Isabela Island is known not for the sheer number of blue marlin that swim in its waters, but for the impressive size of the marlin. Isabela is located to the west, at the other end of the archipelago.
Wildlife in the Galapagos
Isabela Island, with almost 1,800 square miles and a little more than 60 miles in length, is the largest of the Galapagos Islands. There is a small population of around a few thousand people who live on the island. The wildlife population is, perhaps, more abundant. In addition to the giant blue marlin that can be found in the waters surrounding Isabela, the island is home to some of the birds the Galapagos are famous for, such as blue-footed boobies, Galapagos hawks, finches and pelicans as well as cormorants, herons and doves. Other famous inhabitants include penguins and giant tortoises. You can also see iguanas – in the water and on land – plus rays and sea turtles. The island also boasts several active volcanoes.
If your dream is to travel to the Galapagos for some unforgettable striped, black or blue marlin fishing, we can make sure you have plenty of time to explore the islands and their wildlife, too. For more information, please contact us.