Tour de los Tuneles – Lava Tunnels Tour

– boat trip to the lava tunnels, great snorkeling, chance to see penguins, sharks, turtles, variety of fish, a seahorse, and best of all, manta rays!

-$80 day tour.

Puerto Villamil, Isabela, Galápagos Islands
Starting our tour at Puerto Villamil, Isabela, Galápagos Islands

We were collected by taxi at our hotel and then were taken to meet the rest of our tour group and guide and were given our snorkelling equipment. We then were driven by taxi to the port where we boarded our boat. We headed out about half an hour before we got to our first stop. We circled around a rock of fascinating colours, which was covered in blue footed boobies.

Lava Tunnels Tour, Isabela, Galápagos Islands
Lava Tunnels Tour, Isabela, Galápagos Islands

We continued our journey enjoying sailing across the calm big blue sea. We passed many turtles swimming close to the surface or coming up for air, and even a couple mating. They are truly beautiful creatures and mesmerising to watch.

In the distance, we could see manta rays jumping out of the water. We changed direction and headed over to try and find them. We sailed over, cut the engine and waited. Around the boat we could see these absolutely giant manta rays, like huge blankets gliding through the water. They can grow up to 6 metres in diameter, so they really are quite gigantic, and I can imagine, quite menacing if you came across them in the water!

Lava Tunnels, Isabela, Galápagos Islands
Lava Tunnels, Isabela, Galápagos Islands

We then carried on our journey to the lava tunnels. These are a collection of impressive arches and tunnels that were created by lava flows. You can walk around these deep rock pools that are home to an array of marine life. When we went, the water was so clear, we could see quite deep down and had fantastic views of the fish, and we caught sight of a turtle and a couple of sea lions swimming around.

After a walk around and a few photos, we got back on the boat and on our way to another stop, we passed a rock where lots of cute little penguins were resting. We then were taken to another place around some rocks, which again attracted a great variety of sea life. Here, we dived in and went snorkelling. We saw lots of beautiful colourful fish, a couple of turtles, some rays and some white-tipped reef sharks hiding in caves in the rocks. Our guide even knew the exact spot where we would see a sea horse!

We got back on the boat, had our lunch and then sailed back along the coast. The view was fantastic – the cost and mountains on one side, and the wide open sea on the other. We made small stops along the way if anything caught our eye, perhaps another turtle or ray.

All around Isabella Island, the sea is teeming with marine life. The water was beautiful and calm and it was the perfect sunny day to be speeding along on a boat. This was a brilliant trip and we did see a lot. However, we only dived once, so this wasn’t the best tour we did in terms of snorkelling and the variety of marine life that we saw. However, this was the only occasion we saw manta rays and they really were the highlight!

Penguins, Isabela, Galápagos Islands
Penguins, Isabela, Galápagos Islands

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