Buccaneers Cove & Puerto Egas

Feb 21, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II


After breakfast, our day started with different activities as we explored the western realm of Santiago Island. The first options of the day were kayaking, paddle-boarding, snorkeling and glass-bottom boat rides.

It was perfect day for water activities—a bit cloudy, but nice temperature outside. Snorkeling and kayaking along the coast were especially excited, due to some friendly sea lions that approached our guests. There were many fish on the surface feeding including the elusive yellowtail mullets, and the stunning king angelfish, amongst others. Our glass-bottom boat outings were also very exciting. The water was especially clear and we had a chance to see a lot different species of fish, including a Galapagos shark, and dozens of marine invertebrates such as sea stars, sea urchins and sea cucumbers.

After lunch in the afternoon we arrived at Puerto Egas, where we offered snorkeling outings and a nature walk along the coast. As we disembarked, we had the chance to see one of the most important predators in the Galapagos Islands, a Galapagos hawk, flying above our heads. While we walked around, we observed amazing volcanic formations, known as the Grottos, and we enjoyed watching a small group of Galapagos fur seals resting on the lava flow. Our guests who chose to snorkel from the shore saw lots of tropical fish, sea lions, sea turtles, and sharks.

After such an exciting day, we returned to the ship for some relaxation time before starting to prepare for recap, briefing and dinner. This was a fantastic day of exploration in Galapagos!

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About the Author

Gustavo Barba

Naturalist

Born on mainland Ecuador in 1977, Gustavo was very attracted to nature from the time he was a child and he spent time learning several subjects related to the natural sciences. In 2003, he earned a degree in tourism management at Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial in Quito, and later became a certified national guide in Ecuador, having experience in the Amazon and Ecuadorian Andes since 2004.

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