Daily Expedition Reports

Daily reports from our days in the field


  • North Seymour and Rábida Islands

    Today we explored two islands in the central realm of Galapagos. In the morning, we went ashore to North Seymour Island, where we had a great time looking at the males of great frigatebirds with their bright red pouches inflated. We also found Galapagos marine and land iguanas along the coast sunbathing, as well as Galapagos sea lions. One surprise sighting for this area was a red-footed booby; normally this species is on islands of the periphery of the archipelago.

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  • Genovesa Island

    We navigated north and crossed the equator in the wee hours of the morning. The captain carefully brought us into the sunken caldera of Genovesa Island, dropping anchor promptly at dawn. Our crew soon had the Zodiacs and kayaks in the water, and our naturalist Pablo took a group paddling along the base of the cliffs. The conditions were spectacular. The bay seemed still as a mirror and seabirds were soaring and resting, courting and nesting everywhere!

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  • Genovesa Island

    Today we woke up at Genovesa Island. Peering out from our window, it was apparent just how much paradise was out there to be explored today. Birds were flying in and around from all over, and our activities started with pre-breakfast paddleboard along the island’s caldera.

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  • Santiago’s Chinese Hat

    We begin this day early with some stretching and a swimming session off the shores of Sombrero Chino (or Chinese Hat) on Santiago Island. This is followed by kayaking and Zodiac rides to explore the wildlife and the volcanic landscape that defines this island before we board for breakfast.

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  • South Plaza & Santa Fe Islands

    Today we are visiting two islands near Santa Cruz, the formations of which were born out from volcanic uplift.

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  • Bartolome and Sombrero Chino

    The early morning wake up was worth it today. We hiked to the top of Bartolome where we had the best light for pictures. The scenery of this place is just stunning everywhere you look, especially the geology formations. The day kept surprising us with amazing snorkeling and boat rides, where we enjoyed a plethora of marine life. Closing the day with a tasty barbecue on the observation deck of the ship was a relaxing way to prepare us for the following day.

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  • Santa Cruz Island and Eden Islet

    Guests onboard the National Geographic Endeavour II spent the day exploring Santa Cruz Island and Eden Islet. We began the day with a hike to Dragon Hill, where guests encountered Galapagos land iguanas in the wild for the first time. We discussed the evolutionary history of the specie, as well as their coexistence with their neighbors - the Galapagos marine iguana. There were sandpipers and Galapagos white-cheeked pintail ducks in the brackish lagoon at the start of the trail. The view from the top of the hill was the perfect backdrop for family photos. We admired diving blue-footed boobies and a great blue heron at the end of our walk.

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  • Santa Cruz

    Today we came to the largest town of the Galapagos, Porto Ayora, which is located south of Santa Cruz Island. At this busy island we truly had a wonderful day, and one marked with several excellent day activities. We visited the Charles Darwin Research Station, the giant tortoise breeding center, a lava tunnel, a local farm, and then we saw wild tortoises!

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  • Santa Cruz Island

    Today we arrived at Santa Cruz Island and the National Geographic Endeavour II anchored in Academy Bay. We went to the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center for Galapagos giant tortoises, and afterwards our guests had the chance to explore the town of Puerto Ayora on their own. Later on, we got onto local buses and drove to a local farm. At this place, our guests learned about how a local farm in Galapagos is operated, and how they produce raw sugar, alcohol, cocoa and coffee using traditional methods.

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  • Floreana and Champion Islet

    This morning National Geographic Islander brought us to Floreana, in the south-center of the Galapagos Islands.

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