Floreana is best known for its colorful history of buccaneers, pirates, whalers, convicts, and colonists. In the early 1800s British whalers set up a Post Office barrel for letters to and from England. The practice has continued over the years, and even today visitors may drop off letters, without stamps, to be picked up by others and hand-carried to remote destinations.
Land Visitor Sight
Asilo de la Paz
Asilo de la paz is located about 30 minutes by bus from Velasco Ibarra town it was the first place visited by pirates, whalers in XVI XVII looking for food and water in the Galapagos.It has a beautiful panoramic view of the western side of the island and the only water resource on the island.
Dry / Wet Landing
An unofficial visitor site only visited under special arrangement. Visit the Wittmer pensionand small settlement of Puerto Velasco lbarra. It’s famous resident, Margaret Whitmer, arrived to Floreana in the 1930’s and just recently passed away. Today the pension is managed by her daughter. Here you can have your post cards stamped with one of four seals, sample the homemade wine. Items for sale include Floreana t-shirts and signed copies of her book, Floreana.
Marine visitor sights
The Devil’s Crown, located just off Punta Cormorant, offers some of the best snorkeling in the Galapagos. In fact, the only way to see the Crown is by water; it is termed a Marine Visitor Site, and no landings are allowed. Sometimes referred to as Onslow Island, this is an almost completely submerged volcano, and erosion has transformed the cone into a series of jagged peaks; as a result, this Site really does look like a devil’s crown.