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Kicker Rock - San Cristóbal

Galapagos Islands


A famous landmark near San Cristobal Island, Kicker Rock is a stunning rock formation. Being the remains of a vertical tuff cone, it rises almost 500 ft above the water. It draws its name from its shape caused by erosion, which some see as a shoe, and some see as a sleeping sea lion, hence the Spanish name, Leon Dormido. It's a great spot for snorkeling and diving, where you can encounter tropical fish, Galapagos sharks, marine iguanas, sea turtles and rays. Above the water, you can see blue-footed and masked boobies and frigate birds.

Difficulty: Easy

Disembarkation: No Landing

Interactions: Dinghy Ride

Highlights at Kicker Rock

  • Shore Birds
  • Astounding Rock Formations


Belted Kingfisher, Blue-Footed Booby, Brown Pelican, Darwin’s Finches, Galapagos Frigatebirds, Galapagos Green Turtle, Galapagos Marine Iguana, Galapagos Petrel, Galapagos Sea Lion, Galapagos Sharks, Galapagos Shearwater, Galapagos Sting Rays, Nazca Booby