Isabela Island (Punta Vicente Roca), Galapagos Islands
Isabela island is shaped like a sea horse and is the largest of the Galapagos islands, located at the western edge of the archipelago. Located on the southeastern coast of Isabela, Puerto Villamil is the main settlement. The island has active volcanoes including Volcan Cerro Azul and Volcan Wolf. It also boasts rich animal, bird and marine life.
Punta Vicente Roca is located at the mouth of the "sea horse's head" that forms northern Isabela. It is a small promontory with two coves which lie on either side of the eroded remains of a tuft, or volcanic ash cone, which make up the point. Facing the ocean is a bay, shielded from the open swells.
The area is a popular scuba-diving sitr with abundant ocean life. On the other side of the point is a secluded cove, accessible from the sea only through water-filled subterranean passages. Sea lions, and large numbers of blue-footed and masked boobies inhabit the point and the sheer cliffs, and flightless cormorants can be seen along the shoreline.
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – U.S. dollar2 (USD)
Language – Spanish
Population – 2,200 approx
Land Area – 4,640 km²
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style
Time – GMT minus five hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 593
Port Location – The port is located at Puerto Villamil, at the south-eastern tip of the island.
Transport Links – Flights to the Galapagos are relatively easy to arrange and depart from Quito and Guayaquil on a daily basis for the Isla Baltra airport, about two hours by public transport from Puerto Ayora, the main settlement of the Galapagos, on the central island of Santa Cruz.
On arriving into Baltra, all visitors are immediately transported by bus to one of two docks. The first dock is located in a small bay where the boats cruising the Galápagos await passengers. The second is a ferry dock which connects Baltra to the island of Santa Cruz via the Itabaca Channel.