Las Grietas

Isla Santa Cruz (Indefatigable)

For nice swimming and snorkeling, head to this water-filled crevice in the rocks. Talented and fearless locals climb the nearly vertical walls to plunge into the water below. Take a water taxi (per person US$0.80 from 6am to 7pm) to the dock for the Angermeyer Point restaurant, then walk past the Finch Bay Hotel, then past an interesting salt mine, and finally up and around a lava-rock-strewn path to the water. It's about a 700m walk from the dock.

Keep an eye on any valuables that you leave on the rocks.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Isla Santa Cruz (Indefatigable) attractions

1. Punta Estrada Beach


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5. Charles Darwin Research Station

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6. Tortuga Bay

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7. Playa Mansa

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