It was a very calm morning as we navigated to Punta Vicente Roca. From the observation deck, we enjoyed the view of many rays splashing. As we arrived, we got out the Zodiacs to explore the coast of this magical place. The geological formations are impressive, and the wildlife on the coast made it even better. Penguins posed on the rocks for our pictures, flightless cormorants dried their wings after a successful fishing, turtles popped their head out of the water to take a breath, and much more. We could not wait to snorkel in this place. In the afternoon, we visited Fernandina Island. The temperature was perfect for a walk on Punta Espinoza. What an impression it made to see so many marine iguanas at once. We had to watch our steps carefully; they were everywhere!
National Geographic Islander II
Our expedition is almost ending, and we spent our last day visiting the unique island of Santa Fe, located in the southeastern portion of the archipelago. Our morning started with multiple activities. While kayaking in Santa Fe Bay, guests were followed by playful Galapagos sea lions. Meanwhile, part of our group took a hike on a rocky trail to search for Santa Fe land iguanas. With its pale coloration, the species is exclusive to Santa Fe Island. Early in the morning, we found the iguanas emerging from nests as they got ready for the warmth of the sun. Finally, we were ready for breakfast! The morning had just started, though, and after breakfast we prepared for snorkeling. We were surrounded by sea lions in this calm bay. In the afternoon, we landed at the most beautiful white sand beach, Cerro Brujo. This was the first site that Charles Darwin landed the H.M.S Beagle on San Cristobal. Galapagos sea lions were sound asleep along the beach, and we enjoyed our last swim in the calm waters.