Our first full day of adventures started on North Seymour, known as a bird paradise for seabirds like the frigates and blue-footed boobies that nest here at this time. The dry zone of palo santo (incense trees), a few cacti, and the grass on this small, dry island make it an ideal place for birds to land.
The second part of our adventurous day took place on Rabida Island. Here we practiced snorkeling and observed the wonders of the underwater world in the Galapagos. Many species of fish, turtles, and invertebrates were found during our first underwater session. Later, we landed on red mineral sand that is rich in iron for a visit to observe American flamingos and ducks. At sunset, we enjoyed the views and sea lions on the beach before we returned to National Geographic Endeavour II.