Darwin Island



Darwin Island

Darwin Island (also known as Culpepper Island, after the famous naturalist and English Lord Culpepper) was named after Charles Darwin. Its exceptional marine life is one of the driving factors in why the Galapagos is considered one of the Seven Underwater Wonders of the World. It is the northern-most island, North West of Isabela on the Wolf-Darwin volcanic ridge. Darwin and Wolf Islands are by far the most remote in the archipelago. Large schools of Hammerhead Sharks and Whale Sharks frequent the waters around the island formed of the massive tip of a mostly subsurface, 1.6 million year old, extinct volcano that rises over 1,000 m above the sea floor.

Darwin Island






Darwin Island is inhabited only by sea birds and is rarely visited by tourists, but is a highly sought after diving destination well-known for its diverse and abundant marine wildlife including sea turtles, manta rays, dolphins, large schools of pelagic fish species, and several species of sharks. The tiny island is landmark by the impressive stone arch formation, known as Darwin Arch. This arch is home to many endemic birds including the Sooty Tern (Sterna fuscata) breeds whom are only found on Darwin.




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