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Wolf Island (Isla Wolf), Galapagos Islands




Hammerhead Shark while scuba diving at Isla Wolf Sitting roughly 100 km northwest of the main Galapagos Island chain, Isla Wolf along with Isla Darwin are said to be among the best diving destinations in the Galapagos as well as in the world. A truly superb dive site, this tiny island of 1.3 square kilometers, is a 14 hour journey by boat. However, the rewards of coming here are well worth the effort, as you are not only treated to some spectacular underwater scenes, but you also get the chance to come meet a huge variety of endemic Galapagos birds.

Named in honor of Theodore Wolf, a German geologist, Isla Wolf small as it is, is home to a number of red-footed and masked booby colonies, marine iguanas, frigatebirds, swallow-tailed gulls and fur sea lions. The island is also the native habitat of one of the 13 species of finch found in the Galapagos. The Sharp Beaked Ground Finch, also known as the Vampire Finch, is called by this name because it jumps onto the back of its prey such as red-footed or masked boobies and pecks their flesh to feed on their blood.

Alternatively known as Wenman Island, some of the best sights here can be found underwater, where one can swim with schools of friendly dolphins, dangerous-looking hammerhead sharks, huge whale sharks and giant manta rays. Among the other fish found here are Galapagos Grunts, Amberjacks, Trumpet Fish, Hogfish, Butterfly Fish, eels, Coronet Fish and Marbled Rays. On a good day, you can even see sea turtles lithely swimming with the graceful marine iguanas.

An incredibly exciting dive zone for those who enjoy the marine world, scuba diving and snorkeling is an amazing experience here. Night dives can also be arranged, but dotn forget to ask your tour guide first.

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