Daily Expedition Reports

Daily reports from our days in the field


  • Española Island

    Last night National Geographic Islander sailed from Wreck Bay to the northeastern end of Espanola Island. We spent the morning exploring Gardner Bay and neighboring islets aboard our Zodiacs, from kayaks and while snorkeling. Later in the day we sailed to the western end of the island along the calm leeward northern coast line. During the afternoon we visited Punta Suarez where we had excellent opportunities to spot wildlife like nesting Nazca boobies, waved albatross and marine iguanas.

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  • Floreana Island and Champion Islet

    Guests spent the day exploring Floreana Island and its satellite companion, Champion Islet. We began the day with a pre-breakfast walk at Punta Cormorant. This site has a lot to offer and we were lucky enough to see it all: vegetation endemic to Floreana, olivine beaches, greater flamingos, and green sea turtle nesting. We saw many divots in the sand where sea turtles had recently laid their eggs; we concluded that they were fresh nests for two reasons: 1) the tracks leaving the nests were fresh and 2) when we turned to look toward the sea, we spotted a dozen female green sea turtles heading out to sea. It was a very special moment for everyone, including myself, because it’s not every day that we have the opportunity to see these majestic creatures in action during the nesting process. 

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  • Española Island

    Today we woke up at Gardner Bay in Española Island. After a delicious breakfast on board National Geographic Endeavour II, some guests disembarked for a deep-water snorkeling experience along the shore of Gardner Islet, while other guests went to visit Gardner beach. We observed many charismatic Galapagos sea lions basking and playing in the white sand of the beach, and the Hood mockingbird, one of the four species of mockingbirds that we can find the Galapagos.

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  • San Cristobal Island

    On this last day of our expedition, we awoke right next to a beautiful tuff cone located at the very northern end of San Cristobal Island. The name of this remote place is Punta Pitt, one of the few places where red-footed boobies can be found.

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  • Punta Pitt and Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal Island

    We spent our final full day in Galapagos on San Cristobal, the easternmost island of the archipelago, the very same island where Darwin started his explorations of this magical place! This is a large island formed by the fusion of two great volcanoes, middle of the range age-wise. It has fascinating geology, made of richly texture tuff stone formations and spectacular beaches, and a rich wildlife. We visited two different sites on the island, a place called Punta Pitt to the far north of the island, followed by an unforgettable afternoon explore the long white beach of Cerro Brujo. We later cruised by the emblematic rocky formation named the Sleeping Lion (or Kicker Rock, English name) whilst celebrating many unforgettable sightings and experiences, shared with a wonderful new group of friends.

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  • Santa Cruz or Indefatigable Island

    Today, we disembarked at Puerto Ayora on our way to the Charles Darwin Research Station, where we visited the giant tortoise rearing center situated among centenary giant cacti, some of them 30’ tall.

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  • Santiago Island

    National Geographic Islander was right off of Santiago Island this morning. We started our day with a pre-breakfast walk on Espumilla Beach, where we saw lot of wildlife very close to us. After a delicious buffet breakfast, we had the opportunity to choose either a Zodiac ride or snorkeling.

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  • Santa Cruz Island

    This morning we visited Santa Cruz Island. Today we were back to civilization and made good use of all the facilities of an inhabited island. The morning offered a great visit to the giant tortoise-breeding center, this is an amazing opportunity to learn about the most successful program run by the Galapagos National Park. There was time to visit the Exhibition Hall of the Charles Darwin Research Station and wander in the cozy town of Puerto Ayora.

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  • Urbina Bay & Tagus Cove

    As we finish our day, everyone feels so excited and amazed by the astonishing amount of wildlife encounters that we have experienced today. Our day started with exploring the uplifted coast of Urbina Bay, where a mixture of unique plants and animals gave us unbeatable opportunities to take wonderful photos. First, we saw several sea turtle nests, and immediately after, we spotted a young giant tortoise crossing by the trail. A few minutes after, we spotted our first of many land iguanas. Along the trail we met a couple more tortoises, including an old and impressively big male giant tortoise. We also witnessed a Galapagos mockingbird attacking a Galapagos hawk for a few minutes, maybe defending a nest or territory. After the walk, people had some time to cool down on a nice beach.

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  • James Island

    This island happens to be the last site which was visited by Charles Darwin during his famous Voyage of the Beagle. It is as rich in human history as it is in natural history, an island like no other, with its contrasting landscapes, ranging from very recent lava flows to lush and green cloud forests.

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