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Black Turtle Cove - Santa Cruz

Galapagos Islands


Black Turtle Cove, located on the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island, is a mangrove estuary that can be accessed by taking a panga ride. Pristine and naturally secluded, the cove is a haven for unique and rare wildlife species and plants, and it was declared a turtles sanctuary. The cove's mangrove forest is a national park, comprised of three species of mangroves: black, white and red. You can encounter green sea turtles, sharks, rays, boobies, herons and pelicans. Boats turn their motors off here, so you can completely enjoy being in the middle of nature and hearing its sounds.

Difficulty: Easy

Disembarkation: No Landing

Interactions: Dinghy Ride

Highlights at Black Turtle Cove

  • Rich Marine Life
  • Mangrove Forest


Blue-Footed Booby, Brown Pelican, Darwin’s Finches, Galapagos Frigatebirds, Galapagos Green Turtle, Galapagos Lava Gull, Galapagos Lava Heron, Galapagos Marine Iguana, Galapagos Mockingbird, Galapagos Petrel, Galapagos Sea Lion, Galapagos Shearwater, Galapagos Sting Rays, Great Blue Heron, Nazca Booby, Yellow-crowned Night Heron