Charles Darwin might not have mentioned it, but Galápagos is a slice of heaven for photography. Talk about enchanting volcanic landscapes, lush vegetation, amazing coastline, and year-round warm weather. And, oh, the wildlife -- a whole different class of breathtaking species of fish, reptiles, mammals, bugs, fish, and birds you won’t find elsewhere.
Nestled just a few miles off the coast of Ecuador, Galápagos Islands is a collection of eighteen islands and a bucket-list destination for any discerning photographer. There’s a ton to see, do, and, of course, shoot (with your camera!)
If you’re an avid photographer, then you probably have what it takes to capture stunning photographs of the island’s wildlife and more. However, don’t forget these essentials:
- Bring at least 2 decent cameras, preferably ones with DSLR body and fast-focusing
- Lenses - Fast zooming is the name of the game here. Two 100-400mm lenses or Micro 4 systems will do you good.
- Camera accessories - Have plenty of batteries, SD cards, lens cleaning cloth, filters, tripod, and other accessories
- Underwater shooting gear - if you are planning to take marine photos, bring a waterproof camera, underwater housing, and the run of the mill accessories
- Water smartphone case
Photography Guide to the Galápagos Islands
Santiago - Head over here if you want to snap fabulous photos of elegant ghost crabs, sea turtles, sea lions, Sally Lightfoot crabs, and an assemblage of marine iguanas. Landscapes and lava are also worth a shot.
Espanola: This island is the go-to for photographers looking to get shots of marine iguanas and albatross.
Mosquera: The place is teeming with both land & marine iguanas, as well as Sally Lightfoot crabs, sea lions, and plenty more aquatic life.
North Seymour: You’ll find frigate birds aplenty and large colonies of blue-footed boobies.
Fernandina: Have your camera handy to capture amazing landscapes, lava, marine iguanas, and some lava cactus.
Santa Cruz: Be ready to shoot fantastic shots of blue-footed boobies and diving pelicans. They are truly breathtaking.
South Plaza: Go atop the cliffs to get panoramic views and shots of gulls, boobies, and other flying tropical birds. If you fancy snorkeling, South Plaza is your best shot to photograph sea lions, crabs, and more.
Genovesa - Popularly called Tower, this island is a paradise with frigates, red-footed boobies, and other avians reigning the sky.
Remember 95 percent of these inhabited islands is pure National Park. So, you have plenty of photography ground to cover. If you’re a marine-focused photographer, Galapagos Islands underwater is the place to be. There are myriads of species of rays, whales, dolphins, sharks, and eels that will provide you will hours and hours of snapping.