Floreana Island and Champion Islet

Jul 29, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Guests onboard the National Geographic Endeavour II spent the day exploring Floreana Island and its neighboring islet, Champion. We began the day with an early morning walk at Punta Cormorant. Guests interested in photography accompanied our photo instructor, Juan Carlos Avila. At this site, guests observed the American flamingo. After breakfast, we disembarked for a Zodiac cruise around Champion Islet in search of the exceedingly rare Floreana mockingbird. Our snorkeling excursion at Champion was excellent. Guests swam with juvenile Galapagos sea lions and many species of tropical fishes, including schools of the beautiful king angel fish.

In the afternoon, guests had the opportunity to participate in various excursion around Baroness Bay, including kayaking and stand up paddle-boarding. We were pleasantly surprised when a flock of flamingos appeared right at the shoreline. There were 11 individuals, including a smaller juvenile. Guests also observed the yellow morphotype of the Pacific green sea turtle, a juvenile black-tipped reef shark, and a diamond stingray. After the outing, we travelled directly to the beach to the Post Office Barrel. Guests learned about the fascinating human history of this mysterious island and, as the tradition goes, deposited their post cards into the barrel to be hand delivered to them at their homes; some guests even picked up some post cards to deliver themselves.

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Alexandra Widman

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Alexandra grew up on the southeast coast of the United States. She has a deep love for the ocean that stems from her childhood spent surfing, kayaking, diving and fishing on the Intracoastal Waterway. Alexandra has lived on San Cristóbal Island for the past 6 years, having fallen in love with Galápagos the moment she arrived as a fledgling marine ecologist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in marine biology and a master’s in environmental science and management from the University of California Santa Barbara.

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