As a contributor to this blog and the director of the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association, I do my best to stay on top of what’s happening in the islands. One way I attempt to......
Floreana’s history is as colorful as the tropical fish that make their home along its coast. Home to one of the oldest settlements in the Galapagos, it attracted pirates, whalers and infamous settlers long before tourism became its biggest draw. Featuring the famous post office barrel, visitors can still carry out the long-held tradition of dropping off and picking up letters to be mailed or carried to remote destinations.
While it is one of the smaller islands in the Galapagos, Floreana also is one of the oldest. With soil rich in nutrients, the island supports a wide variety of native and introduced Galapagos flora. Wildlife viewing is abundant throughout the island, as well. Punta Cormorant features two diverse beaches—the landing beach, with green-tinted sand from its olivine crystals, and carbonate beach, a popular nesting site for green sea turtles. Between both beaches is the salt lagoon, a popular spot to see flamingos, pintails, stilts and other birds. Devil’s Crown, an eroded volcanic cone, is a roosting site for boobies, pelicans and frigates, as well as an amazing spot for Galapagos diving cruises and snorkeling with sea lions.