Isabela Island

Mar 20, 2019 - National Geographic Islander


We enjoyed a great day at the western part of the archipelago. The morning was spent at Urbina Bay. Exploration on land came in the form of an extended hike and a shorter nature walk. We observed Galapagos land iguanas, Darwin finches, nesting Galapagos mockingbirds, and Alcedo giant tortoises. There was time for a nice swim at the black sandy beach. Then we repositioned National Geographic Islander toward Tagus Cove. Here our guests enjoyed a wonderful snorkeling along the tuff cones, swimming with Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants, Galapagos marine iguanas, and playful Galapagos sea lions! Fantastic! Tagus Cove is a must-do for kayaking and paddleboarding. We finished the day with a panoramic tour off the cove by Zodiac, which made for excellent viewing opportunities of the area’s wildlife and breathtaking scenery. Galapagos is surely a once-in-a-lifetime experience if there ever was one!

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Wilo Castaneda

Naturalist

Wilo was born and raised in the Galápagos Islands. From an early age, he was fascinated by outdoors activities, and excelled at basketball, cycling, swimming, and snorkeling. In 1999, he trained to become a Naturalist Guide for Galápagos National Park and in 2002, he trained to become a Diver’s Guide for the Galápagos Marine Reserve. He has since worked as a guide on board various ships, gaining an intimate knowledge of all the island’s most-visited sites. Wilo enjoys scuba diving with large schools of hammerhead and whale sharks all around the archipelago. 

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