Floreana Island

Jul 02, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

Today was spent on Floreana Island. We began with a prebreakfast outing to Punta Cormorant where we found blue-footed boobies close to the shoreline, several of them with chicks. After breakfast, there was a wonderful Zodiac ride to Champion Islet, a paradise for seabirds such as swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropic birds, Nazca boobies, and Galapagos shearwaters.

After some birdwatching, we changed and jumped into the water. Snorkeling in this location is like being inside an aquarium! Large schools of colorful fish and playful Galapagos sea lions surround you; it was fantastic. In the afternoon we visited the historical site known as Post Office Bay, and our guests enjoyed exchanging the postcards left by previous visitors.

For those still eager to get back in the water, there were two rounds of kayaking and paddleboarding at Baroness bay, where Pacific green sea turtles rest. We’ve had a wonderful day.

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Vanessa Gallo


Vanessa Gallo’s grandparents arrived in the Galápagos Islands in 1936, making her the third generation of her family to live and work in this magical archipelago. She left the islands for the capital city of Quito for high school, where she discovered that learning foreign languages was one of her main interests. Coming from a family of naturalist guides, it was not a surprise that she also became one at the age of 17. Vanessa left the islands once again for Switzerland, where she earned a diploma in tourism and strengthened her language skills and knowledge of the travel industry. She has also travelled extensively to destinations including as Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Canada, the Canary Islands, Mauritius, and many European countries.

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Benjamin Ayala


Ben is a German-Ecuadorian naturalist guide who grew up on San Cristobal, the eastern-most island of the Galápagos Archipelago, home to the political capital of the province.

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