Isabela island perhaps is the least developed island out of the three main islands; no ATM, dirt roads, and good luck with finding a taxi. On my departure day, I was told to walk to the wharf, it’s only 10 minutes walk, but that was not a pleasant thought when my toes are bleeding and my arms were burning after my climb of volcanic Sierra Negra (Black Mountain).
Many of the rare or unique animals such as pink flamingo and giant tortoise are in or near Isabela island; I didn’t get to see all of them. I made the mistake of having paid an entire week accomodation in Puerto Ayora so my one night in Isabela cost me more than I wanted to pay. The advice given to me was to book one night in Puerto Ayora then find a last-minute cruise/yacht but somehow it escaped my mind. Never mind, everything happens for a reason or a lesson. I did meet interesting and fun people on my diving trip instead.
Los Tuneles is a unique environment where lava flows have created arcs and tunnels underneath and above water.
The tour included snorkelling – swimming with a giant tortoise, checking out the sleeping sharks in their cave, and saying hello to a teeny weeny seahorse.