Daily Expedition Reports

Daily reports from our days in the field


  • South Plazas and Santa Fe Islands

    Today we explored two islands in the central area of the archipelago. We went to South Plazas during the morning and observed Galapagos land iguanas, Galapagos sea lions, and several species of seabirds. During the afternoon, we sailed to Santa Fe Island, and today nature showed us once more that it could be unpredictable. We had an interesting combination of weather and got to experience sunshine, clouds, and heavy seas. These conditions only added to our adventure and the result was a fantastic day.

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  • Bartolome and Sombrero Chino

    The central islands of the Galapagos Archipelago are varied in colours and landscapes. This morning we visited Bartolome with its iconic views over Sullivan Bay, and it is known a small colony of Galapagos penguins live in the area. A challenging hike to the summit of this tiny island was on schedule in the early morning, and later we enjoyed the sea and the sand of the surroundings.

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  • Santa Cruz

    The economic center of the islands is the most populated, and the most dynamic of the group. We visited the Charles Darwin Research station where science and conservation programs are carried out to protect an important legacy for humanity. One of the most significant is that of the Galapagos giant tortoise captive breeding program, which intends to recover devastated populations from near extinction. Presently, this center holds five different species which otherwise would not have a chance to survive. The eggs produced here are incubated, and the babies are reared until they are about five years old (as pictured) and can return to the island and survive on their own.

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  • Cerro Dragon, Guy Fawkes & Daphne Major

    Today we anchored at Dragon Hill, located in the northwestern region of Santa Cruz Island. During the morning, we walked along Dragon Hill and observed a beautiful landscape with dunes covered by a carpet of succulent sea purslane. On the opposite side of the dune is a brackish water lagoon that is home to several species of coastal birds. Today we saw white-cheeked pintail ducks, black-necked stilts, and further along the path we found a few land iguanas. 

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  • Floreana Island

    It’s early morning, another opportunity to explore this paradise. We have on our agenda an early disembarkation on Floreana Island. Floreana is one of the inhabited islands of the Galapagos. It has a rich human history, as this was the place visited by Charles Darwin in 1835 and the colonization of the islands begun here.

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  • Santa Cruz Island

    Passengers of the National Geographic Endeavour II spent a full day exploring the island of Santa Cruz. Having the largest human population in the archipelago, guests had a unique opportunity to gain a deeper insight into how humans interact with and utilize the incredibly unique and fragile environment of the Galapagos Islands. Santa Cruz has been the historical economic hub of the Galapagos province due to extensive development of the tourism industry. Centrally located, Santa Cruz Island allows visitors easy access to surrounding visitor sites. The establishment of the Charles Darwin Foundation in 1959 has caused Santa Cruz Island to develop as a scientific hub for the archipelago as well, with an active international and local research community.

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  • Española Island

    It was our first full day of exploration on the islands. This island is the oldest of the group with so many things to see.

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  • Floreana Island

    Today we spent the day exploring the northwestern coast of Floreana Island. During an early morning pre-breakfast excursion, we landed at Punta Cormorant where we hiked around a brackish water lagoon and had a chance to see American flamingoes and blue-footed boobies up close. Later on in the morning after our ship repositioned, we snorkeled and went for rides on the  glass-bottom boat around Champions Islet after exploring the shoreline aboard our Zodiacs. During the afternoon we repositioned to Post Office Bay, where after delivering our postcards, we had a chance to kayak and paddleboard in a mangrove area teeming with young sharks, rays and sea turtles.

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  • Española Island

    Today we experienced a new environment full of surprises as we explore Española Island. Turquoise waters surrounded us as we entered the water to experience this undersea world. Young Galapagos sea lions swam among us, blowing bubbles and grabbing our fins in their mouths, showing us how to properly play in this setting. Large schools of razor surgeonfish swam below us, with marbled stingrays tucked in among the rocks with brightly colored cup coral covering the rocky substrate. 

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  • San Cristobal Island

    San Cristobal Island is one of the oldest islands in the Galápagos. The age can be seen on the old rocks that we find around and the amount of erosion on the landscapes and cliffs on shore. Punta Pitt is a clear example of an old region, with eroded volcanic ash formations. This region is home to different types of birds such as blue footed boobies, Nazca boobies and red footed boobies!   

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