At the geologic center of the archipelago,
Rabida presents a different "look"
from the other islands, with its reddish
beach and cliffs, and steep, sloping volcanic
cinder-cones. A noisy colony of sea lions
lives on the beach, and a short trail inland
is a good place to observe land birds, including
finches, doves, yellow warblers and mockingbirds.
Hidden behind a narrow strip of green saltbush
is a briny lagoon where flamingoes are often
seen, sometimes nesting. Snorkeling along
the rocks at the east end of the beach reveals
many reef fish common to these waters.