What are the Tintoreras Islets?
Las Tintoreras are small islets that stem from volcanic outbreaks. Due to its distinct formations, it is home to heaps of endemic species like the Galapagos penguins, brown pelicans, white-tipped sharks, sea lions and many more. The famous marine iguanas love to use these islets as nesting and sunbathing spots. This tour gives you the opportunity to experience the mesmerizing underwater world of Isabela and you will encounter lots of endemic species in their natural habitat.
The tour begins at the Agora Office. From here you will be picked up and brought to the pier. Once at the dock, you will embark on the boat and receive a warm welcome from the crew. While you find your best seat, your guide will give you a short overview of the itinerary and you receive your life jackets. The boat will bring you to a very special snorkelling spot. The ocean can be quite ruff around the island, however, the rock formations act as a natural shelter for this amazing snorkelling spot. Within this natural pool will be able to observe a vast diversity of marine life. For example, iguanas might pass you to reach their feeding area or massive sea turtles are taking a rest in the calm water. Centuries of volcanic activities formed wide crevasses in the underwater world which are now populated by small reef fish, sea stars and colourful crabs.
After this fascinating first stop, the boat will further navigate between the islets. Keep your eyes open to get a glimpse of the popular Galapagos Penguins. These swimming torpedoes are very fast and also infamous for hiding on the rocks. The second islet is a very common nesting spot for the marine Iguanas. Hence, you can most of the time see huge piles of Iguanas laying on top of each other. Additionally, white tip sharks, octopuses and sea turtles are often resting in the channel which allows you to take great pictures. There is even a deserted beach full of sea lions who love to play in the water and communicate with each other. Though be aware not to access the beach because you would interrupt the hustle and interfere too much with wildlife. Keep in mind as cute as baby sea lions might seem, mature ones are quite dangerous. After some refreshments and snacks, you return back to Puerto Villamil.