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his is the most spectacular site for snorkeling in Isabela Island. The water is shallow, calm and very clear – a sea sanctuary. A series of lava flows have produced unique geological formations, a series or arcs and tunnels underneath and above the water – a habitat for many local Galápagos Species. The entrance to the site is shallow and the waves can be strong, for this reason, the access can be complicated. The best time to visit the tunnels is between January to May.
Los Tuneles, also known as Cabo Rosa, is an uninhabited islet located 1 hour from Puerto Villamil, Isabela Island.
The tour starts either at 7:30 or 10:30 am from your hotel of stay in Puerto Villamil, Isabela. The first stop is Roca Union a small islet located in the open sea where you can catch sight of pelicans, blue-footed boobies and Nazca Boobies and, occasionally, sea lions resting on the rocks. Then we go to Finados, is snorkeling site, where you can swim next to sea turtles, white-tipped sharks (endemic to the islands), sea lions, lobster, penguins, trumpetfish and surgeon fish. With some luck, eagle and golden rays will come to this site too.
etting to Los Tuneles will take around 1 ½ – 2 hrs. Once there, the speedboat will navigate through various spots in and around the Lava Tunnels. Here you get the chance to do some more snorkeling and enjoy some short walks while observing the landscape and wildlife inhabiting the area. It is an exciting boat adventure to a very unique geological site, a snorkeling paradise. An extension of 800 meters and an average temperature between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius. A large quantities of seabirds you can also see there such as: Albatros, flamingos, blue footed boobies, the magnificient frigate birds.
A box lunch will be provided at midday. Return time to Puerto Villamil is estimated around 3:018 PM.