Devil’s Crown is a Galapagos site that is nearby to Floreana Island. It is near to the Punta Cormorant visitor site, and it is considered to be one of the best places to snorkel in the Galapagos Islands. The Devil’s Crown is recognizable for being a sort of circle of rocks that stick out from the water. They look a bit like a crown, hence the name given to this spot. The site is known to have been a volcanic crater. This makes it a superb place to snorkel and dive because marine life lives among the rocks that can be found there. Here we will cover everything you need to know about Devil’s Crown Galapagos including what to do there, how to visit, best time to go, wildlife and our own Insider recommendations for your Devil’s Crown tour.
Devil’s Crown snorkeling is among the best snorkeling in Galapagos. Aside from its fabulous opportunities for snorkeling, the other thing to do here is to go diving. Remember that if you want to dive here you will need to take a live aboard Galapagos cruise that is allowed to offer diving in the Galapagos – because not many are, and also note, not all of these boats will have Devil’s Crown on their itinerary.
At Devil’s Crown you can expect a very wet landing. This is because the site is off the coast and there is no land here. You’ll be getting out of your boat directly into the water – either by jumping or easing yourself in – whatever your snorkeling guide says.
Devil’s Crown can only be visited from a Galapagos Islands cruise. It used to be possible to visit on a day tour, but this is now no longer allowed. This means that if you are on a land-based tour to the Galapagos Islands you will not be able to visit this spot. Make sure your cruise tour does include this site in its itinerary, cruises such as the Cormorant yacht or the Seaman Journey cruise are some of the top cruises visiting Devil´s Crown as part of their routes in the islands.
Devil’s Crown is great to visit all year around, and the underwater life is always colorful and fascinating. The wildlife differs little between the seasons, so are likely to enjoy a very interesting visit whenever you go.
It is worth noting however, that the seas can sometimes be rougher during the cooler season, between the months of July to December. In particular, the seas are at their greatest chance of being roughest between September and October. This is likely to make snorkeling a little harder during these months, and the water is also colder in the cooler season (take or hire a wetsuit perhaps). On the other hand, there are some advantages to going in the cooler season in that the marine life does tend to be richer, due to the Humboldt current that arrives in the Galapagos Islands during these months. Yet the waters tend to be not quite so clear during these months as in the warmer season due to the currents.
The snorkeling at Devil’s Crown revels an exciting array of marine life. To start with, there are a lot of reef fish, which make snorkeling here a bright and colorful experience. Some of the types of fish that you might see include Surgeonfish, Parrotfish, King Angelfish, wrasses and the Moorish Idol fish. If you scan the depths and can see the bottom you may catch sight of a sea star. Occasionally sea lions will swim in the water with snorkelers, so watch out for that – it can be a really fun experience.
Other exciting underwater life to keep a look out for include sea turtles, white tipped reef sharks, manta rays, spotted eagle rays, or even hammerhead sharks. While you might not see all of these amazing creatures on every trip to Devil’s Crown, this snorkeling spot does not usually disappoint visitors, and it is often possible to see a variety of creatures going about their lives under the water.
One important point to note is that not all Galapagos cruises stop at Devil’s Crown. Even if a cruise visits nearby Floreana Island it is not possible to assume that it will also visit Devil’s Crown. If you want to be certain of visiting this site, it is worth checking the itinerary and also confirming with us that your Galapagos cruise will stop here. Another important point to note that the currents can be a bit strong at this snorkeling spot, so it is best to be confident about your swimming skills if you
plan to snorkel or dive here.
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