DEVIL’S CROWN: FLOREANA ISLAND
The Devil’s Crown, located off Floreana Island, consists of a peculiar ring of jagged rocks rising out of the water. Hence its name comes from its crown-like shape: they form a circle and are quite pointed when seen from afar. A different version of its peculiar name is the idea that only the Devil could wear something so uncomfortable.
In ancient times, this peculiar site was a volcanic crater that over the years became inactive and eroded until it left the rocks it has today. As a result of these conditions, it is considered one of the best spots in Galapagos for snorkeling.
DEVIL’S CROWN FACTS
So what makes it special for diving? Due to the rocks that form the “crown” it is an attractive place for small fish, which attracts large marine animals.
Those who have the opportunity to dive and snorkel at Devil ‘s Crown are fascinated by the abundant marine life. Even if you are more adventurous you can swim and snorkel on one side of the rocks, the water is deep and the current is fast. On this side you may encounter hammerhead sharks, or white tip reef sharks, sea turtles and even manta rays.
One of the most outstanding fish here is the famous Moro Idol fish, as well as angelfish and a great variety of labrids, blennies and other common Galapagos fish.
Another outstanding feature is the large colony of sea lions which have made their home on the rocks and along the nearby shore. You are more likely to see them in the shallower parts and in the center of the rocks.
Keep in mind that swimming, diving or snorkeling at Devil’s Crown has a certain degree of difficulty. Currents can be strong and treacherous and if you get tired you will not be able to stop to catch your breath, you will have to call the panga.
Either way, Devil’s Crown is one of the most beautiful places in Galapagos to witness marine life.