Las Tintoreras, Galapagos

Close encounters with sharks in the lagoon

Las Tintoreras, Galapagos
  • Fauna abundance

  • Striking vistas

  • Difficulty

  • Snorkeling Quality


Las Tintoreras are a group of small islets just a few hundred metres from the shores at Villamil, only accessible by kayak or panga. The network of Tintoreras forms a patchwork over the stunning turquoise waters of the bay, and this natural shelter is a haven for wildlife.

At low tides, one shallow lagoon is famous for offering amazing views of sharks swimming near the surface - the water clarity is such that they often look like they are floating in air! Other species that call Las Tintoreras home include Galapagos marine iguanas and friendly (and noisy) Galapagos Sea Lions.

Depending on tide conditions and time of year, it may be possible to snorkel here. If this is important to you, speak to one of our Galapagos experts who can advise you on the best itineraries to choose to meet your requirements.

Photos of Las Tintoreras

Highlights at Las Tintoreras

  • Stunning turquoise waters - a real tropical scene
  • See sharks swimming at the surface in the low-tide lagoons

Possible Activities

Snorkeling, Panga Ride

Map of Las Tintoreras

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