Galapagos Islands Floreana - Uncover the secrets of the past

Galapagos Islands Floreana - Former island for pirates

Speedboats from Santa Cruz Island do not travel daily to Island Floreana. Hence pre-booking your day tour is essential to make sure that you get to Floreana Island as planned. You can also get there with a diving day boat. 

Punta Cormorant is a crescent-shaped beach on Island Floreana with flour-like soft sand. The sand comes from eroded hermatypic coral thus giving it a perfectly smooth texture. During the months from December to March, the beach bustle with breeding and mating activities. The Pacific green Galapagos turtles mate on the shores while turtles and the blue-footed Galapagos finches bury their eggs in the soft fine sand. Stingrays also frequent the shores to hide from their predators. A trail will bring you to a lagoon where large groups of flamingos, white-cheeked pintails and many other magnificent seabirds gather. Flamingos and pelicans on the island build mud pie like nest which can be quite a rare sight.

Punta Cormorant is also one of the best diving spots on the southern side of the Galapagos Archipelago. The underwater volcanic formation is located in between 2 volcanic tuffs and is home to extraordinary marine biodiversity.

Corona del Diablo, also known as the devil’s crown, is another excellent place to snorkel and dive. The name comes from its half-submerged volcanic crater with a beautiful offshore coral reef. Here is where you can swim among sea turtles, colourful coral fishes as well as sharks.

A Mysterious Island

Galapagos Islands Floreana was well known to pirates, whalers and European emigrants for its fresh water source which flows down from the 450-meter peak of Mt. Asilo de la Paz. Floreana Island is one of the few habitable islands among the Galapagos Islands. The island is known to have hosted several eccentric and intriguing people in the past such as a baroness with three lovers, pirates, criminals and even a dentist who pulled out all his teeth along with a series of mysteries.

Currently, there are around 200 inhabitants on Floreana Island. The Wittmer family emigrated from Cologne to Floreana in the early 20th century. Since the 1950s, they have been running a guest house with a restaurant on the island. Today they also own a cruise company with three luxurious Galapagos islands cruise under the TipTop series and Nortada, a diving cruise.

Here at Post Office Bay, the historic barrel that has served as a post office in the archipelago for over two centuries. Lonely sailors, away from home for years at a time, would stop at Floreana to restock their supplies of food and water. The homesick sailors devised a clever solution – they left letters in a makeshift ‘post box’ on Floreana, and when passing ships stopped on the way back to their home port, they would pick up all the letters destined for that place and deliver them.
To this day, the system is alive and well – each year thousands of visitors continue to leave letters for loved ones, and search for letters to bring home and deliver. To keep the tradition alive, hunt for a letter destined for a town near you and hand deliver it.

Floreana Island at a glance

Area: 173 km2
Highest elevation: 640 m
Population: approx. 170 inhabitants

Ways to get there: cruise ship, speedboats from Santa Cruz and San Cristóbal
Tourist infrastructure: small lodges

Floreana Island Tours

Diving with a whale shark

Galapagos Dive Tour: Compact Santa Cruz Return

Duration: 5 - 7 days
Highlights: World Famous Dive Sites, 6 Dives, 5 Islands, Mosquera and Daphne Islands, Charles Darwin Station, Santa Cruz Highlands, Sharks - Rays, Sea Lions

A minimum of 6 Dives in 6 Locations. 5 Islands with Santa Cruz Highlands & Charles Darwin Station

From 1320,- USD
Price per person
Wittmer Statue on Floreana Island

Galapagos Island Hopping: Settlers Trail

Duration: 7 - 10 days
Highlights: Santa Cruz Island, Floreana Island, Pirate Cove, Giant Tortoises in the Highlands, Land Iguanas in Plaza Sur , History of the early settlers, Charles Darwin Station, Bartolomé Island

Galapagos Explorer - 5 Islands - Stay with the descendants of the first settlers

From 1460,- USD
Price per person

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Diving with a whale shark

Galapagos Dive Tour: Compact Santa Cruz Return

Duration: 5 - 7 days
Highlights: World Famous Dive Sites, 6 Dives, 5 Islands, Mosquera and Daphne Islands, Charles Darwin Station, Santa Cruz Highlands, Sharks - Rays, Sea Lions

A minimum of 6 Dives in 6 Locations. 5 Islands with Santa Cruz Highlands & Charles Darwin Station

From 1320,- USD
Price per person
Wittmer Statue on Floreana Island

Galapagos Island Hopping: Settlers Trail

Duration: 7 - 10 days
Highlights: Santa Cruz Island, Floreana Island, Pirate Cove, Giant Tortoises in the Highlands, Land Iguanas in Plaza Sur , History of the early settlers, Charles Darwin Station, Bartolomé Island

Galapagos Explorer - 5 Islands - Stay with the descendants of the first settlers

From 1460,- USD
Price per person
Isabela Island beach

Galapagos Island Hopping: Santa Cruz - Isabela

Duration: 8 - 12 days
Highlights: Floreana, Seymour, Las Tintoreras, Giant Tortoises in the Highlands, Land Iguanas on Seymour, Blue Footed Boobies and Frigatebirds, White Sand Beaches, Penguins at the Equator

Galapagos Pro invites you to explore the gorgeous Galapagos Islands, where nature dominates the landscape

From 1490,- USD
Price per person
Ikala Galapagos Hotel

Galapagos Island Hopping Deluxe: Santa Cruz and Isabela

Duration: 8 - 10 days
Highlights: Ikala Galapagos Hotel, La Casa de Marita , Giant Tortoises in the Santa Cruz highlands, Land iguanas on Seymour, Blue-footed boobies and frigatebirds, White sand beaches, Penguins at the equator, Hike the volcano, Expert nature guides, Luxury excursion boats

Luxury abounds in the gorgeous Galapagos Islands, where nature dominates the landscape

From 1940,- USD
Price per person
Golondrina I

Galapagos Island Cruise on a Budget

Duration: 8 - 14 days
Highlights: 5 Routes to Choose, Magical Landscapes, Selection of Hand-Picked Cruises, To and From Baltra Island, Includes Quito Hotel, Includes Domestic Flight, Includes Cruise, Includes All Meals During Cruise, Includes All Excursions, Includes Transfers, English Speaking Guides, Individual Tour Connections

Enjoy the perfect Galapagos experience with a short cruise on a basic ship.

From 2030,- USD
Price per person
Albatross couple

Galapagos Cruise: Southern Albatross Route

Duration: 7 - 7 days
Highlights: Post Office Bay, Punta Suarez, Snorkelling the Devil's Crown, Albatross Island - Española, Return flight to Guayaquil, Sea Lions, Return flights to Guayaquil

See the unique Galapagos albatrosses on Española during this journey through the southern archipelago.

From 2220,- USD
Price per person
Sea Lions

Galapagos for Divers - Daily Tours

Duration: 9 - 14 days
Highlights: World Famous Dive Sites, Different Sites Every Day, Night Diving, Optional Land Excursions, Rays, Iguanas and Sharks, From East to West, San Cristóbal to Isabela, Huge Hammerhead Shark Swarms

World class diving sites and pristine beaches. The Galapagos Islands are primed for ticking things off your bucket list.

From 2490,- USD
Price per person
Rio de Janeiro

South America Tour with a Galapagos Cruise

Duration: 21 - 33 days
Highlights: Rio de Janeiro, Christ the Redeemer and Sugarloaf, Stunning Iguazu Falls, Tango in Buenos Aires, Lima - the capital of Peru, Inca capital Cusco, Unique Machu Picchu, Quito - UNESCO World Heritage Site, Galapagos cruise

Discover the best of Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, and a Galapagos cruise

From 6360,- USD
Price per person