Daily Expedition Reports

Daily reports from our days in the field

  • Santiago Island

    As we woke up this morning, thin white streaks of cloud seemed to emanate from the east over the highlands of Santiago Island. Read More

    • Feb 23, 2017
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
  • Isabela Island

    Isabela is the largest Island in the Galapagos and one of the most active. Today we visited an area that used to be the ocean’s bottom and eventually uplifted. Also, the National Geographic Islander anchored in a bay used centuries ago by buccaneers. Sightings of land iguanas, penguins, sharks, sea turtles and sea lions, could not have been better today.. Read More

    • Feb 22, 2017
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
  • Urbina Bay and Tagus Cove. Isabela Island

    Our first excursion of the day was a hike at Urbina Bay. Our walk brought us over a wide range of terrain, and we were able to observe many of the pre-historic reptiles that Galapagos is known for, including the giant tortoise and Galapagos land iguana. After the hike, we jumped into the water to cool down and had a great time swimming and snorkeling with sea turtles on this black sandy beach.  Back onboard, our amazing chefs prepared a fantastic and traditional Ecuadorian meal for lunch. In the afternoon, kayaks, paddle boards and snorkeling were some of the options, allowing us to observe the unique wildlife of this area. Afterwards, we went for a hike to the top rim of Darwin Lake with a dramatic scenery of volcanic cones as the sun began to dip behind the horizon. . Read More

    • Feb 21, 2017
    • National Geographic Endeavour II in Galápagos
  • Bartholomew and Rabida Islands

    During the early hours of the morning the National Geographic Islander sailed into the protected anchorage on the northern side of Bartholomew Island. We awoke as the sun first illuminated the eastern sky and our ship gently rode its anchor in the calm waters. This morning our plan was to start the day with an invigorating pre-breakfast hike to the summit of the highest peak of Bartholomew Island. Read More

    • Feb 20, 2017
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
  • Fernandina and Isabela Islands

    After navigating from the central area of Galapagos, we arrived to the western realm. Our day began with a walk on Fernandina Island, which is the youngest island in the archipelago. We walked to a site called Punta Espinoza, located on the northeastern corner of this island. At the landing site we were greeted by a large group of Galapagos marine iguanas—as the morning was very sunny, lots of iguanas were warming up to go feeding on algae later on. Read More

    • Feb 20, 2017
    • National Geographic Endeavour II in Galápagos
  • North Seymour and Rabida Island

    National Geographic Endeavour takes us today to one of the most incredible islands in the Galapagos, we call it “The Bird Island,” or North Seymour. We have a dry landing on the rocky shore and then the opportunity to observe some sea lions, blue-footed boobies and frigate birds in courtship. In the afternoon we arrive to “The Red Island,” or Rabida, this is a great place for snorkeling and hiking, home of many tropical fishes and unique landscapes.. Read More

    • Feb 19, 2017
    • National Geographic Endeavour II in Galápagos
  • Genovesa Island

    The finale for this trip around the Galapagos archipelago was to visit Genovesa Island. This was one of the last places opened for tourists, so the behaviour of the wildlife is more accepting than any other one. It was f a day filled with large sharks, owls, boobies, and frigates, all of them at a close distance.. Read More

    • Feb 18, 2017
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
  • Santiago Island

    For centuries the Galapagos Islands were the hotspot for pirates, whalers, and buccaneers. The Island of Santiago, which is the one we visited today, was one of their favourites. Today we had a day full of unusual encounters with the wildlife, starting with Hammerhead sharks and ending with curious Flycatchers. We visited a few places around Santiago to round out our day of exploration.. Read More

    • Feb 17, 2017
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
  • Genovesa

    Located up in the northernmost part of the archipelago, quite distant from any of the central islands, this particular place is somehow extremely interesting, isolation has been the key here for sea birds and they are the most numerous inhabitants of the place. The early morning light gives as a very good opportunity to see the walls of the crater that collapsed a few million years ago. This place has a special kind of atmosphere, Nazca boobies, swallow tailed gulls and the very colorful red footed boobies together with the contrasting landscape, make it one of the very interesting sites to be explored around this enchanted archipelago. The white coralline beach and the red mangroves are the nesting place for red footed boobies. Read More

    • Feb 17, 2017
    • National Geographic Endeavour II in Galápagos
  • South Plaza and Santa Fe Island

    After breakfast, we had a dry landing on a flat uplifted island known as South Plaza. This visitor site looked very colorful from the beginning; red succulent plants, a forest of prickly pear cacti and when you looked carefully, you could see several land iguanas camouflaged under the shade of the cacti, either resting or feasting on pieces of the succulent cactus. The cliffs were full of Galapagos shearwaters, swallow tailed gulls and a few of the red billed tropic birds trying to make it into their nesting grottos. Read More

    • Feb 16, 2017
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

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