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Snorkeling in Urbina Bay - Diving - Ecuador

Urbina (also known as Urvina) Bay, a visitor site on Isabela Island, is famous because of a relatively recent (1954) geological event, which caused a mass of land to uplift out of the water of the shallow bay. It was noticed by passing fishermen who were attracted by the stench of rotting marine life: the land was pushed out of the water so fast that the fish, lobsters and other sea creatures could not escape.

Most visitors simply hike around the uplifted area: you can see coral formations and may spot a giant tortoise or land iguana if you’re lucky. Some tours, however, will allow you to snorkel in the bay. The water is choppy and murky, but you have a decent chance of seeing a green sea turtle or Galápagos penguin swimming around if you’re lucky and patient. You stand a better chance of seeing fish at other sites. If you venture out into the bay itself, you may see some jacks or other large fish.


Here are other activities in and around The Galápagos Islands that may be of interest: Land-Based Galápagos Tours , Snorkeling in Galápagos, The Devil's Crown, Galápagos Dive Sites, Isabela Dive Sites, Scuba Iguana Galapagos, San Cristobal Dive Shops, Rabida Island Snorkeling, Dive Sites In San Cristobal and Galápagos Islands Diving.

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