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A GNP certified guide is not required to visit this site.
Frigatebird Hill is a lookout point, with a panoramic view of Shipwreck Bay to the south and Kicker Rock to the west. You can reach it by hiking a well maintained, 2 mile trail leading from the visitor center (Interpretation Center).
From the center, it takes about 45 minutes to reach the top of the hill to get a spectacular view of the ocean, and see two species of Frigatebirds nesting at this important breeding site.
Along the way you’ll be hiking through a dry forest area containing cacti, and acacia trees and lava lizards. There are 3 vistas in all. One of them has a WWII Canon (seems a bit misplaced to me!), while at the top, is a statue of Charles Darwin.
A branch of the trail leads down to a calm, protected inlet at the base of Frigatebird Hill where you can swim and snorkel in only 10-20 feet of water. This is an excellent place for snorkeling, as it is calm, within walking distance from Puerto Baquerizo and does not require a guide. You’ll sea lions and many tropical fish hiding among the rocks and corals.