Floreana Island

May 22, 2018 - National Geographic Islander


We visited Punta Cormorant on Floreana at 6:15 am, landed on a sandy beach and saw blue-footed boobies, flamingoes, fly catchers, lava lizards and walked a gravel path to a flour like white sandy beach used for sea turtles as a nesting site.

Later we came back on board to have breakfast and after we went to explore Champion Islet on our Zodiacs. In Galapagos, we have four species of mockingbirds, today we tried our luck in finding the Floreana or Charles mockingbird that is in danger of extinction. Champion Islet is a nice place to spot many types of sea birds such as noddy terns, Nazca boobies, red-billed tropicbirds, petrels, sea gulls and colonies of sea lions playing in the water.

Snorkeling was also fabulous around the islet and we had several young Galapagos sea lions play with us throughout the activity.

In the afternoon we moved to visit Post Office Bay, here we went through the mail; to find postcards to deliver as tradition dictates while some guests preferred to stay at the beach for snorkeling with sea turtles.

Kayaking was sensational with spotted eagle rays, sea turtles, seas lions and iguanas along the route.

After all this excitement, we had wine tasting and dinner waiting for us.

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Fabian Bucheli

Naturalist

Fabian Bucheli studied at the German School in Quito, graduated from the University of California with a bachelor of science in administration, and earned a master’s degree in international management from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. He has studied in Germany, France, Belgium, and Austria and is fluent in German, French, English, and Spanish. He has always been in love with nature and conservation. Explaining abstract concepts became second nature as a teaching assistant in biodiversity and evolution (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) while working towards a PhD in environmental risk management.

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