Rabida is the eleventh biggest island of the Galapagos and covers an area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 square kilometers). The island rises to 1,204 feet (367 meters) which is relatively high for the area. Rabida's composition is dominated by scoria, a particulate material created by explosive eruptions when hot lava meets sea water. Scoria has high levels of iron that gives it a red color, hence the visitor is presented with a spectacle of tall red cliffs and a red beach. Red sands and teal waters characterize this island and its single volcano, that resulted in the island's formation, is extinct.
The Ecuadorian name Rabida dates back to 1832 when it was named after a Spanish convent. The English named it after Admiral John Jervis.
A small lagoon behind Salt Bush that line the beach is one of the best places to see Flamingos while a herd of Sea Lions also makes its home here. A short walk will lead you to the top of the trail where you can take fabulous photos of the clear waters and volcanic peaks. There's also great snorkeling. Keep near the rocks and keep your eye out for sharks and rays.
|Area:||1.9 square miles (4.9 square kilometers)|
|Maximum Altitude:||1,204 feet (367 meters)|
|Geographic Features:||Dark red beach.|
|Getting There:||Private tours|
|Major Sites:||Red Beach|
|Observations:||Wet landing and difficult walk.|
|Flora:||Opuntia Cactus, Palo Santa, scrubby brush.|
|Fauna:||Flamingos, Galapagos Hawks, Penguins, Pelicans, Sea Lions.|
|Activities:||Hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving, bird watching, tours.|