Fernandina Island (Isla Fernandina), Galapagos Islands
The third largest island in the Galapagos, Isla Fernandina is an interesting place to visit. With a total land area of 642 sq km, this island also known as Narborough and is the youngest of the five big Galapagos Islands. With a remarkable and striking volcanic landscape, the last time an eruption occurred here was in 1995 and according to experts, this island has the greatest likelihood of erupting again, making visiting here a must to see a chance eruption.
Make a dry landing at Punta Espinosa, which sits directly across Tagus Cove on Isla Isabela, to see the largest colony of marine iguanas in the Galapagos. Here, literally thousands of marine iguanas can be found along the rocky coast, either sitting on a rock or swimming in the water in search of food. Called an ugly creature when spotted by Darwin during his stay in the Galapagos, these marine iguanas are the only lizards that are known to swim in the world. Elegant and graceful swimmers, these algae eating iguanas are a sight to watch as the change color from a blackish green to amazing blues and reds during mating season. Some other island natives here include the Flightless Cormorant, sea lions and Galapagos penguins.
There are two walking trails on Isla Fernandina, one of which leads you to a lava field, where you can spot various plant species growing and thriving.