Galapagos Islands cruises pictures usually include Kicker Rock
Kicker Rock is also known as Leon Dormido, which means Sleeping Lion in Spanish. It derived this name due to its shape that is in reality the remains of the lava cone, corroded by the waves.
Situated off the western coast in the San Cristobal Island, the Kicker Rock site features two vertically aligned rocks that rise to 500 ft above the ocean. These then form a channel, small in size, which used to be easily navigated through by small boats (due to safety regulations this is now forbidden). It will just take around 3- 3.5 hours from Puerto Ayora and 1 - 1.5 hours from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Landing is just not possible owing to the sharp walls of the rocks, but there are various cruises that spend around an hour or so of their itinerary at this site to let you enjoy to the utmost. One can easily book these Galapagos Islands Cruises online easily in a reasonable budget.
Galapagos Islands tours visitor site - Kicker rock
Above the water, the cliff is inhabited by numerous frigates, tropic birds and boobies while under the water, you will enjoy the sights of elusive Galápagos sharks. Inside the water, the rocky and sandy bottom is filled with nudibranches that reach to around 19 meters. Travelers can also view colorful reef fishes, green sea turtles, white tip reef sharks, and spotted eagle rays that slide along the current. On the external edge, the channel slides down to a beautiful rocky reef at around 26 meters, before again dropping into the Pacific Ocean. This is a fabulous sight to view the hammerheads and Galápagos sharks, cruising along the currents.
Being both a cruise visitor site as well as a Galapagos dive site. Kicker Rock is perfect for both novices as well as advanced divers, the place is wonderful for scuba diving as the crystal water inside the sea gives a remarkable show of invertebrates and colorful tropical fish. One can also enjoy spectacular adventurous activities like diving or kayaking here. The possibility to kayak through the split of these two exquisite rocks is just out of this world.
- • Length: 600 meters
- • Landing: No Landing
- • Spectacular Rock Formations
- • Great Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, and Kayaking Options
- • Enjoy Dinghy Ride
- • View Frigatebirds, Hammerhead Sharks, Tropical Fish, Sharks, Turtles, Nazca Boobies, Blue-Footed Boobies
- • How to Visit: By liveaboard Cruise or Day Tour