Kicker Rock, Galapagos

One of the most photographed sites in Galapagos

Kicker Rock, Galapagos
  • Fauna abundance

  • Striking vistas

  • Difficulty

  • Snorkeling Quality


Kicker Rock (or Leon Dormido, "sleeping lion", locally) is an iconic feature of Galapagos geology, and is one of the most popular photograph opportunities in the archipelago.

Kicker Rock is the remains of a volcanic "tuff cone". Tuff cones are formed when hot magma meets cold seawater, and the resulting explosion forms the rocky structure seen today. Over countless years erosion has caused a split, opening a narrow channel that small boats can sail completely through, and offering an amazing view as you sail around this 490ft tall monolith!

As you navigate around the rock you will see Galapagos Blue-Footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, and Frigatebirds as they launch themselves from their roosts in the cliffs high above.

Marine life here is plentiful, and you may spot hammerhead sharks, green turtles and a whole variety of tropical fish, particularly if your boat includes a snorkeling stop here as some do.

Photos of Kicker Rock

Highlights at Kicker Rock

  • The towering rock above, home to many sea birds

Possible Activities

Panga ride, Snorkeling

Map of Kicker Rock

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