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Floreana-the sixth-largest island (173 km2) with the fourth-largest population-has three visitor sites on its north coast, each of which provide unique opportunities to learn more about Galápagos history, coastal flora and fauna, and marine ecology.
The first visitor site, Post Office Bay, is a white-sand beach with a makeshift post barrel serving as the infrastructure of an old-fashioned yet functional mail service. Cruise passengers can leave un-stamped letters and postcards for future visitors (from the same home town or country) to personally deliver. Also nearby are the remains of a canning factory, a lava tunnel, and a soccer field.
The second visitor site is Punta Cormorant. Visitors begin their tour on a brown-sand beach-tinted green due to its composition of olivine crystals-inhabited by sea lions and crabs. A short distance up the beach is the first trail, which leads to a promenade overlooking a lagoon filled with flamingoes and other wading birds, such as white-checked pintail ducks, black-necked silts, American oystercatchers, willets, and whimbrels. Another trail follows the perimeter of the lagoon through the island's distinctive mangrove and Palo Santo coastal vegetation to a white-sand beach where green sea turtles often lay their eggs.
The final visitor site, Devil's Crown, is the best snorkeling site in the archipelago. This half-submerged volcanic cone serves provides ideal habitat for a variety of sea creatures, including white-tipped reef sharks, sea lions, sea turtles, rays, moray eels, and large schools of colorful tropical reef fish.