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You must be accompanied by a GNP certified guide to visit.
|Kicker Rock is one of the most spectacular landmarks in the Galapagos Islands. Two volcanic rocks tower 140 meters tall, making tour boats look quite insignificant.
When viewed from the south, the formation looks like a sleeping lion, hence the Spanish name León Dormido, while from another side it looks more like a boot, hence the English name Kicker Rock. Apart from its scenic beauty, this location is also an excellent dive site.
Small craft can navigate through the narrow channel between the two rocks. The channel goes down 19 meters to the sea bed and it attracts an incredible array of sharks and brightly-colored tropical fish, including the Spotted Eagle Ray, Hammerhead sharks and the Galápagos shark.
This is probably the best place to see the Galápagos shark. The currents around the rocks and in the channel are quite mild, making it safe for intermediate level divers and snorkeling.
Above sea level, the Kicker Rock formation is a nesting site for hundreds of frigate birds and blue footed boobies.
From Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, it takes about an hour by boat to get to the rocks, so this is a perfect day trip excursion from San Cristóbal. Travel time from Puerto Ayora is about 2.5 hours depending on the vessel and conditions.