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Cruises visiting Urvina Bay & all Urvina Bay cruises for  2019-2020

Currently we have no major cruise ships visiting Urvina Bay in the 2019-2021 seasons.

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Urvina Bay (or Urbina Bay) is located at the foot of Alcedo Volcano, on the west coast of Isabela Island, the largest of the Galápagos Islands. They are a remote archipelago of equatorial volcanic islands situated in the eastern Pacific Ocean, about 955 km west of mainland Ecuador, of which they are a province. Urvina Bay is one of the best and the most recent example of geological uplift in the Galápagos. In 1954 the shoreline rose nearly 4.5 metres, and moved 1200 metres further out to sea, exposing giant coral heads and stranding fish schools, sharks, sea turtles and lobsters on what was now the shore.

It was followed by an eruption of Alcedo a few weeks later. The islands form a national park, and a biological marine reserve, where wildlife is the most notable feature. Seasonally Urvina Bay provides a nesting area for many of the Galápagos creatures. Female tortoises journey down from Alcedo to lay their eggs in the sand. Galápagos penguins, flightless cormorants and brown pelicans nest in the area as well. Then there’s the Galápagos Cotton, an endemic plant historians believe the Incas brought to the islands, while naturalist theorize it floated across from Peru. Other highlights of this site include marine iguanas and some of the largest land iguanas in the islands.

If you arrive in Urvina Bay early enough to see the golden sun rising over Isla Isabela, you will see a cool mist hanging in the air high on the southeast side of Alcedo Volcano. Also seen are a few old lava flows reaching down the slopes through the Palo Santo trees. During an eruption of Alcedo in 1954, Urvina Bay was uplifted 10 meters from the sea floor. This results in the ability to catch a glimpse of some huge boulder-like formations on land that are really coral formations.

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South America (Eastbound) Cruise
Urvina Bay cruises from Urvina Bay 2019-2020-2021
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$2,931