Watch Cute Sea Lions Snuggle and Snooze

Galapagos Islands Animals, Galapagos Marine Life, Santa Cruz Island

Love cute sea lion videos? (Me too!)

Keep reading – and you won’t be disappointed.

nursing sea lion pup

Famous Galapagos Sea Lions

In Puerto Ayora, you can see them on the seaside deck.

The sea lions love to soak up the sun, nurse their young, and cuddle with each other right on the deck.

We’re not talking about a separate deck just for the sea lions. You share space with them!

Eating breakfast a few feet away from a sunbathing sea lion is how most guests start their day. It’s amazing!

sea lions sleeping It’s a photographers (and animal lovers) dream come true.

Cute and Cuddly Sea Lions

The deck at Aventura Lodge on Santa Cruz island is a very unique place. Visitors enjoy the company of Galapagos sea lions up-close and personal. It’s easy to see why the sea lions at Red Mangrove’s Aventura Lodge have become famous.

They’ve been featured on AFV (America’s Funniest Videos), Fox News, The Dodo, and GMA (Good Morning America). This recent spotlight has come from a viral video captured by photographer Clark Little while visiting Red Mangrove. How famous are they? The video has been watched millions of times, across YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. Just on Americas Funniest Videos it has been watched almost 2 million times (1,934,755 views) via link from GMA Facebook page.

Here’s what AFV had to say about these guys:

“Well if you want a lesson on the best ways to relax, these sea lions can show you how! After a long day of swimming around and hunting for fish, these exhausted sea lions settled down for a nap in the most adorable way! These sea lions cuddle together for an afternoon nap in a deck chair in order to unwind from their long hard day. They just look like any other adorable couple just hanging out and chilling by the ocean!

Sea lions have officially reached super cute status and these two just won the cutest couple of the year award from us! If these two sea lions cuddling together for a nap doesn’t make you want to head straight to the beach with your best friend, nothing will!” ~

Galapagos Sea Lion Video by Clark Little

Watch full-length video on YouTube As you can see, the sea lions feel very much at home on the deck.

More sea lion snuggles on Instagram.

Why Sea Lions Love Red Mangrove

The staff work hard to clean up after the sea lions and make sure they’re comfortable. Seems the sea lions have it pretty good, they get a free all-access VIP deck pass at this 4.5-star resort. (I’d keep going back too!)

At Red Mangrove they feel it’s important to welcome the sea lions because it was their space first.

Galapagos animals are famous for being unafraid of humans, and it would be a shame for anyone to alter that. Some of these adorable animals were born at Red Mangrove. To watch sea lion moms nurse their young, help them up the stairs, and snuggle together is a special treat.

A Galapagos Sea Lion Helping Her Baby Up the Stairs at Red Mangrove

Just watching the way sea lions move is funny. In this next video, you’ll hear my daughter laughing as a sea lion makes its way across the Red Mangrove deck.

Galapagos Sea Lion Entertaining Red Mangrove Guests

Why Guests Love Red Mangrove

Guests love the sea lions and other animals that visit Aventura Lodge! Children are especially delighted to see them, many parents with young children prefer staying on land and taking a land based tour.

If longer boat rides between islands are not possible due to health concerns, a stay at Aventura Lodge may make visiting the Galapagos (and seeing its unique animals) possible.

Once you’re in the Galapagos, only one short water taxi ride is required to get there. And once there you can see so much from the deck! It’s possible to see sea lions, marine iguanas, many kinds of seabirds, finches, a variety of skates swimming by, Sally Lightfoot crabs, and many other Galapagos animals.


View from the deck at Aventura lodge


There is a lot to see on Santa Cruz Island, such as Los Gemelos, the giant tortoises at Charles Darwin Research Center and Tortuga Bay, just to mention a few. And don’t forget about the shopping.

Have you stayed at Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge? Are you planning a stay? Please tell us about it by commenting on this post. Or, just tell us what you love about Red Mangrove’s famous Galapagos sea lions.

Meet the Author

Hi, I'm Dena Haines! I'm an traveler, photographer and Canadian entrepreneur. I'm a partner at Storyteller Media, a content marketing company for travel brands. I blog at GringosAbroad (Ecuador travel) and Click Like This (How to Use a GoPro).

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