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Tortuga Bay Beach - Santa Cruz

Galapagos Islands


Tortuga Bay Beach, located on the south side of Santa Cruz Island, is a gorgeous white sand beach named after the black sea turtles that have a nesting site here. The beach is one-hour walk from Puerto Ayora and it is open from 6am to 6pm. It is a perfect place to just sit back, relax and enjoy the sun, but also for walking, swimming, snorkeling and kayaking. You can spot marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs, brown pelicans and even flamingos. Below the water, you can observe tropical fish and various shark species, like white-tip reef sharks and tiger sharks.

Difficulty: Moderate

Disembarkation: Dry Landing

Interactions: Hiking ,Snorkeling ,Swimming ,Beachcombing

Highlights at Tortuga Bay Beach

  • Birdwatching
  • White Sandy Beach
  • Snorkeling in Calm Waters of the Bay


Blue-Footed Booby, Brown Pelican, Darwin’s Finches, Galapagos Dove, Galapagos Frigatebirds, Galapagos Green Turtle, Galapagos Lava Heron, Galapagos Lava Lizard, Galapagos Marine Iguana, Galapagos Mockingbird, Galapagos Petrel, Galapagos Shearwater, Galapagos Sting Rays, Greater Flamingo, Vermilion Flycatcher, White-cheeked Pintail, Yellow-crowned Night Heron