Darwin Island – The last pieces of heaven left on Earth


Darwin Island or Isla Darwin is one of the smallest islands in the Galapagos Archipelago. The island is named in honor of Charles Darwin. The island has no dry landing sites and the only accessible way is to visit the place through a helicopter. The main attraction of the island is found in the Pacific ocean which is full of amazing marine life. The exceptional underwater life of the Darwin Island is an important reason that trips to Galapagos are so famous and are the most favorite vacation spot for divers and adventure freak across the globe. Darwin Island is also considered as one of the Seven Underwater Wonders of the World. Darwin island is also known as Culpepper Island named after the famous naturalist and English Lord Culpepper.


It was not until 1964 when the first visit to the island was done through a helicopter. Darwin Island is in real, a remain of a dead volcano which is 165 meters above sea level. It is only inhabited by sea birds. This island is rarely visited by tourists other than master divers. Darwin Island is a delight for divers as the place is brimming with a spectacular variety of marine life. The marine life at Darwin is diverse with large schools of fish. The island’s waters attract Whale Sharks from June to November, as well Hammerhead, Galapagos, Silky and Blacktip sharks. In addition Green Turtles, Manta rays and dolphins can be found.


Darwin has a large number of inhabitants birds living on the island. The vast variety of seabirds that live here including Frigate Birds and Red-footed Booby birds and the Vampire Finch.


The main attraction of the place is the Darvin Arch. Darwin Arch is a natural rock arch which is located less than a kilometer from the main Darwin Island and is a well known landmark for the few visitors to the island. This arch is home to various endemic birds. Darwin Island is the only island in the archipelago where the Sooty Tern breeds.

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