Floreana Island

Mar 13, 2018 - National Geographic Islander


Today we followed Charles Darwin steps and visited one of the islands he set foot on, Floreana Island. This island is an inhabited island with a couple hundred residents which main economic activity is agriculture; however, our visit was on the National Park area of the island where the stars of the show were sea birds, turtles among other wildlife and a wooden box that took us back in time.

In the morning we had a beautiful early hike to Cormorant Point; we encountered blue-footed boobies dancing, flamingoes marching and turtle trails and nests. The morning continued in the water with a spectacular snorkel around Champion Islet, we swam with playful sea lions; we saw rays, sharks, and multiple fish such as parrotfish, razor surgeons and a stone scorpionfish.

In the afternoon, we moved to a new location in Floreana Island and went back in time at Post Office Bay. This place has the oldest postal system in the South Pacific Ocean and our guests got to send their mail here and be part of the tradition at Post Office Bay. The history says that any sailor passing through here could collect mail addressed to the location they were sailing next and hand delivered the post cards, that way all sailors around the world could stay in contact with their relatives. The rest of the afternoon continue on the water again but this time above water on kayaks, paddle boards and zodiacs spotting sea lions, sea birds, turtles and rays as the sun went down once again in magical Galapagos Islands!

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Gianna Haro

Naturalist

Most of Gianna´s memories seem to be dreams, made on flawless white sandy beaches with black lava rock contours and gorgeous turquoise ocean waters. Most of it happened while barefoot, in an enchanting place that some people regard as an ideal natural laboratory, the Galápagos Islands. For her it was home. Gianna grew up going to the beach nearly every day, snorkeling in crystal clear waters, playing with wild flowers, having sea lions steal her ice cream, observing marine iguanas, and identifying invertebrates. The latter was by no means technically accurate—she dubbed each new discovery with its own made-up scientific name. At some point during those early years, being an observer became an innate ability and she knew she wanted to be a biologist. 

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Ixora Berdonces

Naturalist

Ixora was born in the Galapagos Islands, back when the streets were made of sand and gravel. Void of TV and tablets, her childhood friends and pristine natural surroundings made for an inspiring upbringing. She was always drawn to the ocean and her local environment, with her first adventures taking place underwater, in mangrove estuaries, and perched in treetops. Not surprisingly, she was scuba diving before the age of 12 and led her first diving trips as a Dive Master in the Galapagos Marine Reserve when she was 18. 

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