This morning we landed at the magnificent island of Fernandina, the most western island in the Galapagos. We encountered a wide variety of wildlife while we walked on a Pahoehoe lava field mixed with sandy terrain. We saw hawks, marine iguanas, cormorants, pelicans, lizards, and more! The morning did not end there. The snorkel of the day was fantastic! We swam with countless marine iguanas and turtles; we even saw a penguin and cormorant in the water. What a wonderful morning, packed with learning and wildlife encounters. In the afternoon, we sailed to Vicente Roca and enjoyed a Zodiac ride. We observed the exquisite geology and lots of penguins and blue-footed boobies, along with a large colony of fur seals. Our equator crossing was the most fun part of the day, as crazy pirates arrived on board to greet our guests in celebration of the crossing.
National Geographic Endeavour II
Santiago Island is a fascinating place. Visited by sailors during the 1700s for giant tortoises, food, and fresh water, it has many unique characteristics. Colonies of marine iguanas on the coast and fur seals by the grottos are highlights for all visitors. In the morning, we had a great Zodiac ride in Buccaneer Cove where we observed a colony of Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, and blue-footed boobies. Snorkeling and glass bottom boat rides were fantastic, and guests really enjoyed them. For our afternoon excursion, we sailed National Geographic Endeavour II to the southwest side of the island, to a place called Puerto Egas. On our nature walk we had the opportunity to observe fur seals swimming in the lava grottos, marine iguanas basking along the coast, and American oyster catchers with their hatchling looking for food along the rocky shore. We could not ask for more!