Daily Expedition Reports

Daily reports from our days in the field

  • Santa Cruz Island

    The National Geographic Endeavor II anchored early in the morning at Academy Bay, Santa Cruz Island, the most populous of the islands in the archipelago.By bus we arrived at the Charles Darwin Research Station and the National Park facilities. Read More

    • Mar 23, 2017
    • National Geographic Endeavour II in Galápagos
  • Santiago Island

    An incredible day at Santiago Island started with a pre-breakfast outing, a photographic walk along a volcanic sand beach. After breakfast we snorkeled, rode Zodiacs along the coast and visited a historical cove where buccaneers once set foot ashore. During the afternoon we had a stroll and a great time swimming off a black sandy beach. We also hiked among grottos made out of collapsed lava structures. . Read More

    • Mar 23, 2017
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
  • Santiago Island

    Today the National Geographic Endeavour II visits three sites on the Island called James, Santiago or San Salvador, we have a wide array of activities planned out from early in the morning until sunset, such as: snorkel, kayak, glass bottom boat and various hikes. This island has incredibly beautiful landscapes and unique wildlife that our guests will get to enjoy while participating on each activity.. Read More

    • Mar 22, 2017
    • National Geographic Endeavour II in Galápagos
  • Isabela Island

    Isabela is one of the youngest islands of the Galapagos and in the morning we explored Urbina bay, situated at the foot of Alcedo volcano. We saw a Flightless cormorant resting on a lava rock at the beach, Giant tortoises walking in the wild, hermit crabs, Galapagos land iguanas, Darwin finches, Galapagos mockingbirds, and the arid vegetation zone.In the afternoon we had kayaking activities and a Zodiac cruise in Tagus Cove. Read More

    • Mar 22, 2017
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
  • Urbina Bay and Tagus Cove

    Today we enjoyed the fascinating landscape and wildlife of two of the best visiting sites in Isabela Island. During the morning, we explored Urbina Bay, where we had the opportunity to observe giant tortoises, land and marine iguanas, as well as diverse array of land and marine birds. In the afternoon, we moved into Tagus Cove, where we had different options to explore, including kayaking, paddle-boarding, Zodiac riding and trekking. . Read More

    • Mar 21, 2017
    • National Geographic Endeavour II in Galápagos
  • Isabela & Fernandina Islands

    Early in the morning we passed by the northern coast of Isabela Island to cross the equatorial line. Later we visited the famous collapsed Volcano Ecuador where nowadays the inner structure is seen. Also in the afternoon the National Geographic Islander anchored by Fernandina Island. Here we experienced a snorkeling with marine iguanas and a walk among their nesting sites.. Read More

    • Mar 21, 2017
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
  • Isabela and Fernandina Islands

    After over 8 hours navigation we arrived to the most pristine and volcanic region of the Galapagos, Fernandina Island. We landed at Punta Espinoza, a visitor’s site with a lot of marine iguanas basking in the sun and sea lions playing in the tide pools. We had an amazing walk along the shoreline, where we observed the endemic flightless cormorants drying their small wings. After we returned to the ship, we headed to the north part of the big island, Isabela. Read More

    • Mar 20, 2017
    • National Geographic Endeavour II in Galápagos
  • Bartolome & Rabida Islands

    What a great combination of islands we visited today, Bartolome and Rabida. The first Island gave us an idea of the volcanic forms and shapes that an eruption can cause. The second offered its famous red sand beach with a great snorkeling outing.. Read More

    • Mar 20, 2017
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
  • Genovesa Island

    A beautiful morning in Darwin bay, where we saw male Great frigate birds with their red pouches inflated, attracting the females that were flying around. We also saw swallow-tailed gulls, Galapagos mockingbirds, Galapagos sea lions, yellow-crowned night herons, nazca and red footed boobies.In the afternoon we explored Prince Phillip’s Steps. Read More

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

    National Geographic Islander spent the day exploring the east coast of Santiago Island. During the morning we had the opportunity to explore the shoreline of the main island and nearby Sombrero Chino Islet from our Zodiacs, kayaking and while snorkeling.At noon we repositioned after sailing close by Bainbridge Islet to see a large group of American flamingoes courting. Read More

    • Mar 17, 2017
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

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