Bucanero Cove

Buccaneer's Cove - Santiago Island

Pirates once scoured this bay for food (mainly tortoises) and water, but it is now the domain of sea lions and some fur seals that made this spectacular landscape their home. Look for two unusual rock formations that have eroded to look like “the monk” and “the elephant.”

Charles Darwin camped here for nine days in 1835, spending nearly half his time on shore at this one island. It is no longer a landing site, but a panga ride can be rewarding, with views of brown noddies, pelicans, herons, swallow-tailed gulls, and boobies, as well as the sea lions and fur seals.

Snorkelling is still allowed from the panga.