Daily Expedition Reports

Daily reports from our days in the field


  • Isabela and Fernandina Islands

    We woke early in the morning to search for marine mammals along the western waters of the enchanted archipelago. At a distance we saw a pod of around 300 common dolphins swimming north. After breakfast we spotted about 10 short-fin pilot whales and were able to get very close to them.

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  • Urbina Bay & Tagus Cove, Isabela Island

    Isabela is the largest island in the Galapagos, and today we had the chance to explore more of it! We started with a wonderful walk at the foot of the Alcedo Volcano, expecting to find land iguanas but…we also found wild giant tortoises! Our walk took place in Urbina Bay, where the whole area was an uplift—so until 1954 this trail was underwater. After getting to experience face to face encounters with these iconic animals, we had the chance to refresh on the beach, where even a passing penguin showed up to swim among us.

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  • Bartolome and Rabida Islands

    Bartolome is one of the youngest islands in the archipelago, with contrasting and unique landscapes seemingly everywhere. Guests took on an invigorating hike to the summit of the island as a pre-breakfast activity. The sun shone behind a very thin layer of mist, giving those who came here for photography a great diffuser for some excellent landscape and wildlife shots.

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  • Fernandina and Isabella Islands

    Today we sailed to the western islands of the Galapagos: Fernandina and Isabela. We woke up early, to search for whales before breakfast. The sunrise was spectacular. At 7:45 am we landed at Punta Espinoza, on the northeastern side of Fernandina. Fernandina is the youngest island of the Galapagos. The last volcanic eruption happened last year and the previous one in 2017. We walked along relatively new lava fields.

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  • 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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