Tagus Cove, Galapagos

Follow in the footsteps of buccaneers!

Tagus Cove, Galapagos
  • Fauna abundance

  • Striking vistas

  • Difficulty

  • Snorkeling Quality


Tagus Cove is a sheltered deep-water bay on the western coast of Isabela Island, overlooking Fernandina Island. This natural anchorage has been a popular destination for ships since the 1800s, and when you come ashore you can see ancient graffiti left by whalers and buccaneers.

A steep (but thankfully short) hiking trail then takes you up to the salt water Darwin Lake, formed inside a volcanic cone. How did salt water get all the way up here? Scientists think tsunamis caused by eruptions or landslides on Fernandina may have deposited seawater originally, and then evaporation has made it even more salty over time.

From Darwin Lake, a series of 160 steps takes you to a stunning viewpoint where you will not only enjoy amazing views over the Galapagos, but may also see some unique wildlife, such as Galapagos Hawks, Vermilion Flycatchers, and species of Darwin's Finches.

Your panga ride along the shoreline back to your ship gives a great opportunity to see Galapagos Flightless Cormorants, Galapagos Penguins, Galapagos Martins, and the friendly Galapagos Sea Lions.

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Highlights at Tagus Cove

  • Graffiti left by pirates and whalers of old
  • Saltwater Lake Darwin, high above the tide line
  • Stunning vistas and land and marine wildlife

Possible Activities

Hiking, Snorkeling, Panga Ride

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