Isabela and Fernandina Island

Dec 12, 2017 - National Geographic Islander

We woke up early in the morning on a pre-breakfast activity to search for cetaceans on the upper deck of the National Geographic Islander.

We spotted a few Galapagos fur seals, a couple of ocean sun fish and many pelagic sea birds soaring the surface of the calm ocean around Isabela Island. After breakfast, we crossed the equator line and had a celebration welcoming us across the hemispheres.

Soon we suited up to go deep water snorkeling, and zodiac riding along the coast of Isabela Island. During the snorkeling outing, we spotted a few of the pacific green sea turtles, sea lions, cormorants and even Galapagos penguins underwater.

During the zodiac ride, we could see a colony of Galapagos fur seals, plenty of marine iguanas perched on the rocks, blue footed boobies and Nazca boobies.

After lunch, we landed on Espinoza Point, found on the youngest of the Galapagos Islands, Fernandina. On Fernandina we saw the largest colonies of marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, and mother sea lions with their pups.  

After a wonderful hike on these young lava fields.  We returned to the National Geographic Islander to continue our exploration among the enchanted archipelago.

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Jonathan Aguas

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Jonathan was born into one of only a handful of families that reaches back five generations in Galápagos, in the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, on San Cristobal Island. He first left the islands when he won a highly-coveted scholarship to finish his studies in the U.S.  This was the start of his life-long passion for science and languages. He earned a bachelor’s degree in integrative biology from the University of Florida and later spent time in Europe, where he learned French. He is now fluent in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

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