The National Geographic Endeavour II visited two of the most iconic islands in the archipelago today. The first island of the morning was Bartolome. We got an early start. Before breakfast, our guests landed on the rocky shores and soon began their climb to the top of this island to enjoy spectacular views from the summit. In the afternoon we enjoyed snorkeling at Sombrero Chino, and we had the rare opportunity to snorkel with the one of the rarest species of flightless birds in the world—the Galapagos penguin.
National Geographic Endeavour II
Today we woke up at Punta Cormorant, where we disembarked for an early pre-breakfast natural history walk. It was a great morning to appreciate the scenery of Floreana Island and to practice our photography skills while enjoying incredible wildlife along the changing landscape of the trail. We also visited a beach where we were lucky to see Pacific green sea turtle nests, and the tracks of recent hatchlings that had come out of the nest in the past few days. After breakfast, we went for a Zodiac ride along Champion Islet. This was a great opportunity to observe different species of sea birds such as brown noddy terns, frigate birds, and swallow tail gulls. We also had the chance to go deep water snorkeling along the shore of this islet, where sea lions were playing around guests. In the afternoon, some guests decided on kayaking and paddleboarding, while others went to visit Post Office Bay, where we found an opportunity to talk about the human history of the Galapagos. We ended the day at Post Office Beach, where some guests had a chance to walk along the beach while others went for a swim.