MARCHENA ISLAND (Bindloe)
Marchena island was closed to visits until a couple of years ago, so it is considered an off the beaten path visitors’ site in the Galapagos Islands. Consequently, it is a pristine island with one of the best snorkeling sites on the archipelago. Furthermore, interesting geology and a mysterious history surround this island
There are no land visitor sites on Marchena island, but the two excellent water-based sites more than make up for it. Marchena offers some of the best Galapagos snorkeling, and some amazing diving too.
Highlights and Wildlife: hammerhead and Galapagos sharks, moray eels, dolphins, sea lions, and sea turtles. Smaller Galapagos Fish also inhabit Marchena’s Espejo Point such as damselfish, parrotfish, cow-nosed rays, scorpion fish, grunts, surgeonfish, snappers, Galapagos fur seals, eels, and sharks
Activities: snorkeling, diving
Total Area: 50 mi2 / 80 km2
Population: 0 (uninhabited)