Santiago Island is one of the Galapagos Islands. Santiago (Galapagos) is also known as "San Salvador Island" and as "James Island". It consists of 2 overlapping volcanoes, has land area approx 585 km2 (226 mi2) and hiest elevation 907 m (2976 ft). Most cruise ships anchor in Sullivan Bay - famous for its pahoehoe lava flow.
One of the best sites is Puerto Egas, west side of Santiago and south of James Bay. There is a long, lava shoreline where the eroded rock formations house a variety of wildlife. The tide pools contain Sally Lightfoot crabs, attracting other types of hunters. Marine iguanas bask in the sun. Following the trail Fur seal lions are also found. Puerto Egas is not only a lovely spot for taking pictures but also good for snorkeling and seeing a wealth of species of tropical fish.
Sullivan Bay is particularly fascinating for those interested in volcanology and geology. Walk over the uneroded, black lava flow with lava bubbles and tree-trunk molds in its surface. There are two small beaches where turtles come to nest. Cousin's Rock is a famous dive site situated off the east coast of Santiago. It's a triangular rock rising about 33 ft (10 m) out of the water and is made up of layers of volcanic rock. Chinaman's Hat (Sombrero Chino) is a small islet off Santiago's southeastern tip. A 52m-high volcanic cone, it's named for its resemblance to conical Asian hat.
Close to Santiago (to the southeast) is located the Chinese Hat Island - an excellent snorkelling destination.
Santiago Island cruise terminal
The following map of Galapagos Islands cruise itineraries shows the two main routes and all island stops (ports / landing sites) in the archipelago.
Santiago Island tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
Popular Santiago Island shore excursion destinations are:
- guided walks
- panga boat rides
- Playa Espumilla (beach)
- Bahia Sullivan (Sullivan Bay)
The small cruise ship Galapagos Majestic (IMO 9695999) ran aground at Santiago island's northern coast, Galapagos Archipelago, at around 9:30 UTC on...June 8, 2019
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