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Sea Lion Island
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You must be accompanied by a GNP certified guide to visit.
|The small island is separated from the mainland by a shallow channel only 300 meters wide.
There are no strong currents, which makes it an excellent diving and snorkeling spot for young people and novice divers. You can swim with playful sea lions, and watch marine Iguanas, turtles and colorful fish all in 20-30 feet of water. The water is occasionally a bit murky of there is a big swell or if there is a lot of wind, but visibility is generally good.
Isla Lobos is an important nesting site for blue footed boobies, frigates and and other marine birds. It is also inhabited by a large number of sea lions from two different species. Most tours to this location combine a 1 hour land tour and an aquatic tour during which you have a good chance of swimming with sea lions and seeing rays, turtles and marine iguanas in the water.
For land tours, remember to bring suitable footwear. The ankle-breaking 850 m trail from one end of the island to the other is mostly over rough rocky terrain and boulders of lava rock, which is difficult and dangerous in flip flops. The trail passes through three areas: dry brush, a sandy area and an area with large volcanic rocks that have been rounded off by the ocean.
Along the trail, you can expect to see blue-footed boobies, frigate birds and different species of marine Iguanas. One end of the trail is a popular rest area for the sea lions, where you’ll likely see a large herd, seeking shelter under the trees.