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Rabida

Take Your Binoculars and Look for Darwin’s Finches

Rabida Island has a second name: Jervis Island. Jervis was an 18th century British admiral, a patron of Horatio Nelson, who sailed to the Americas on numerous occasions, though ironically enough not to the Galapagos.

Goats were introduced to the Galapagos - and to Rabida Island in particular - by colonists and they caused havoc with the local wildlife, leading to the extinction of native species of land iguana, gecko, and rice rat. In 1971 the National Park Service decided to eradicate the goat from Rabida, and slowly the ecosystem is recovering. It’s therefore a fascinating case study in how man can influence - for the worse and for the better - the sensitive ecological balance in these islands.
 
Rabida has a substantial population of bachelor sea lion, but the main attraction on the island is the birds. The flamingo are plentiful, and so too are the pelican, booby, and white cheeked pintail. Walking across the island and using binoculars, you can also spot nine different species of finch.
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Accommodation:
MV Origin
Galapagos cruising took a great leap forward when the MV Origin was launched. This state of the art vessel moves swiftly between the islands, maximising your time for exploring, but it is incredibly fuel efficient so as to reduce its environmental impact.
Accommodation:
Santa Cruz II
The finest ship sailing in the Galapagos, the Santa Cruz II is a state of the art expedition vessel ideally suited for exploration in shallow waters. This small cruise ship has superb facilities - not least two hot tubs for relaxing on the deck.
Accommodation:
Silver Galapagos
The Silver Galapagos is the smallest ship in Silversea’s family of exclusive cruise ships. There are 75 crew onboard to service the 100 guests, and the national park certified guides will lead you on an action packed programme that includes hiking, snorkeling, and Zodiac safaris.
Accommodation:
Mary Anne
Discover Darwin’s enchanted Galapagos from the decks of the Yacht SS Mary Anne. This elegant and surprisingly speedy sailing ship is square rigged and really cuts a stunning figure as she sails between the islands, and she has been carefully designed to be environmentally friendly.
Accommodation:
Evolution
The Galapagos Evolution is a classical cruiser with an array of modern comforts. She is small enough to give passengers a personalised and intimate experience, yet large enough to contain everything you need to make this trip through the archipelago special.
Accommodation:
Galapagos Safari Camp
Galapagos Safari Camp offers a truly authentic island experience, bringing the magic of African safari to the Pacific islands. Adventure is at the heart of this camp, but luxury and comfort have certainly not been compromised. This is a stylish camp in an iconic Galapagos setting.
Accommodation:
La Pinta
La Pinta is a truly luxurious yacht; the ideal choice for travellers seeking to cruise the Galapagos in style. The yacht’s extensive crew are on hand to cater to your every need, and the facilities on board are exceptional.