Bartolome and Rabida Islands

Andres Cruz, Video Chronicler, December 2019

  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 09 Dec 2019

Bartolome and Rabida Islands

  • Aboard the National Geographic Islander
  • Galápagos

Our first outing on the second day of our expedition was to Bartolome. The hike in the early morning prepared all of us for snorkeling from the beach. The most experienced swimmers went around the pinnacle rock looking for wildlife while the beginners took to exploring along the shore. As the first couple entered the water, two penguins came by and started surfing the small waves right on the shore to catch their breakfast of sardines.

On the afternoon we visited Rabida Island, the “red island.” The first activity was snorkeling and kayaking on a calm coastal bay. The snorkeling group had the chance to swim around, and even through, a big school of salemas that had formed a ball-like group for protection. A playful sealion gave us a big show by catching the fish with great ability.

The walk after the water activities took place on the beach of Rabida. In the inside part of the trail, a brackish water lagoon can be found were flamingos were waiting for us. Their feeding habits of dipping the head in the water, gave us the chance for amazing pictures. Suddenly, a couple of these beautiful birds reproduced right in front of our impressed group! The sunset and the sea lions on the beach completed our fantastic day!

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