Fernandina and Isabela Island

Sep 30, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II


We navigated all night under the stars, before arriving to the western region, the most remote of the archipelago. The magnificent silhouettes of the young volcanos of Fernandina and Isabela surrounded us. Fernandina is the youngest island in Galapagos, and its last volcanic event was only a few months ago.

In the morning, we visited Punta Espinoza, located east of Fernandina Island. This is one of the last pristine places on earth, it is full of life, with one of the highest densities of marine iguanas in the archipelago. We also spotted the Galapagos flightless cormorant. This is a rather large bird with very short wings, an expert diver that feeds on fish, octopus and eels.

In the afternoon, we had a Zodiac ride along the coast of Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela Island, where we saw blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, Galapagos sea lions, marine iguanas, Galapagos penguins, Pacific green sea turtles, sharks and brown noddies. Later on and with the sunset, we celebrated the crossing of the Equator line onboard our ship, tasting some wine and looking at the sunset. Great finale! This has certainly been an unforgettable day in paradise cruising with National Geographic Endeavour II.

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About the Author

Africa Berdonces

Naturalist

Africa grew up in the Galápagos Islands where she spent her childhood exploring with her family, surrounded by exquisite nature. She took her first scuba diving lesson with her father off the coast of Sombrero Chino Island when she was just 12 years old. That first dive opened up a new and unexplored part of the natural world to her. Africa became enchanted by local marine life and went on to become a divemaster, working as both a dive guide and naturalist in her beloved islands.

About the Photographer

José Guerrero

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

José Guerrero Vela is an Ecuadorian permanent resident of the Galapagos. His mother was born in the islands and his grandfather was one of the first generation of teachers in the Galapagos, which has always inspired him to promote education as the main path to protect the archipelago.

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