Isabela Island

Isabela’s shape and location, a north-south arc at the western edge of the archipelago, means an incredible natural phenomenon occurs on its shores.

Because of it’s size, location and diversity, Isabela Island has the most to offer out of the entire archipelago. From the smoking volcanic peaks, down through the luscious rainforest of the highlands to the smeltering lava plains and incredible fine white sand beaches that border the thriving turquoise sea… there is something for everyone.

Isabela is by far the largest island of Galapagos. At 4588 square km it accounts for over half of the archipelago’s total land area! It is also the tallest island with the tip of Wolf Volcano reaching 1707m. Isabela is in fact a series of six conjoined active volcanoes. The largest of these, Sierra Negra, is accessible from Puerto Villamil and provides the basis for one of our most popular tours.

Isabela’s shape and location, a north-south arc at the western edge of the archipelago, means an incredible natural phenomenon occurs on its shores. The easterly Cromwell current (Equatorial Undercurrent) collides with Isabela, bringing its nutrient-rich waters to the surface, creating an underwater wildlife haven of species as diverse as whale sharks, manta rays, hammerheads, green turtles, marine iguanas and even penguins!