Isabela Island

Jul 25, 2018 - National Geographic Islander


Today we explored the large sea-horse shaped island of Isabela. In the morning, we hiked at Urbina Bay at the base of Volcan Alcedo. We had 3 walk options to choose from: a long rocky hike, a photo walk, or a slightly faster paced nature walk. Back on the beach, we swam, snorkeled and the kids played in the surf. As we returned on board we had fun jumping from the ship!

We navigated during lunch to Tagus Cove where we were offered several different activities. The snorkeling was super, with sightings of penguins, cormorants and even a rare horn shark. The kayakers and paddleboarders had calm conditions and lots of wildlife. In the late afternoon, a group of hikers climbed up for a spectacular view of Darwin’s Crater Lake and two Zodiacs cruised along the shore. We had fabulous views of penguins both in the water and on land, splashing sea lions, and large resting marine iguanas among many other creatures. What an amazing day we have had, once again!

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About the Author

Lynn Fowler

Expedition Leader

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, and one of seven children, Lynn grew up in various university towns where her father was a professor of physics. Lynn obtained her B.A. in biology from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, followed by a master’s degree in zoology from the University of Florida, which encompassed a study of marine turtles in Costa Rica. She arrived in Galápagos in 1978 and became one of the first female naturalist guides working for the Galápagos National Park.

About the Photographer

Antonio Adrian

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Antonio is Ecuadorian, although he was raised in Catalonia. He has been a naturalist in the Galápagos since 1994. He studied sciences in a boarding school in England for two years, and he spent four years in medical school in Spain. He then dropped out, to follow Darwin’s footsteps around the wide world.

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