Espanola Island

Nov 04, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

We enjoyed a great day on Espanola, one of the oldest islands in this archipelago. We began with a pre-breakfast outing, kayaking along the coast. After, many of our guests decided to go deep-water snorkeling at Gardner Isle. We found several playful Galapagos sea lions and colorful schools of fish. This was followed by a visit to the beautiful white sandy beach of Gardner bay, a delight for photography and wildlife enthusiasts as you can easily spot sea lions, Espanola mockingbirds, and Espanola lava lizards.

In the afternoon, National Geographic Islander repositioned to Punta Suarez for more activities. An energetic hike was offered, and we observed waved albatross birds, Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, blue-footed boobies, and plenty of the colorful marine iguanas. What a fantastic day!

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Wilo Castaneda


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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