Today National Geographic Islander began with a pre-breakfast hike to the peak of Bartolome Island which has one of the most iconic views of the Galapagos Islands. Then, after a reenergizing and filling breakfast, we headed to the beach for some snorkeling, while some of our more adventurous guests took their snorkeling skills and jumped into deep water. Sea turtles, marine Iguanas, penguins, and many fish were all around us. Back on board, the hotel department served a traditional Ecuadorian buffet lunch for us, and our guests learned the proper way to eat ceviche – with popcorn and plantain chips! Later, we moved to Rabida Island where we had another opportunity to explore the underwater world. We closed the day with a beautiful sunset walk along the red sandy beach of Rabida – a perfect relaxing end to the day.
National Geographic Islander
Our day began with a relaxing morning stretch on the sun deck, followed by a tasty breakfast with muchines de yuca , a typical dish from the coast of mainland Ecuador. Then we disembarked at the lovely black beach of Urbina Bay. We hiked among big bright-yellow Galapagos land iguanas and several female giant tortoises of the Alcedo Volcano. Some guests got a very close look at the graceful Galapagos hawk, the top of the food chain on land. Returning to the beach, some of us swam all the way back to the ship. In the afternoon, at Tagus Cove, we snorkeled from our Zodiacs. Some guests got the chance to swim with Galapagos penguins. Other guests steered kayaks and paddleboards around the cove, checking for marine birds in the nesting areas. We finished the day outside with a great hike among tuff cones in the interesting geological landscape. Text and photos by Bernie Jacome, Naturalist