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Getting to Isla Isabela (Albemarle)

The island is not frequently visited by smaller boats – only a handful of live-aboard cruises navigate its shores. This is because most of the best visitor sites are on the west side of the island, reached only after a long passage (over 200km) from Santa Cruz. Independent travelers wishing to visit Isabela for day tours can take speedboats or flights from Puerto Ayora and Puerto Baquerizo Moreno to Puerto Villamil.

Health and safety


  • Comprehensive travel insurance to cover theft, loss and medical problems is highly recommended.
  • Some policies specifically exclude dangerous activities such as scuba diving, motorcycling, skiing and even trekking: read the fine print.
  • Check that the policy covers ambulances or an emergency flight home.
  • Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
  • If you have to claim later, make sure you keep all documentation.
  • Paying for your airline ticket with a credit card often provides limited travel accident insurance – ask your credit card company what it is prepared to cover.
  • Worldwide travel insurance is available at www.lonelyplanet.com/travel-insurance. You can buy, extend and claim online anytime – even if you’re already on the road.
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