Today we visited the little Island of Bartolome, located southeast from Santiago Island. Here our guests enjoyed a hike to the Summit of Bartolome, which had them climbing over 399 steps. Once on top the view is spectacular—two golden beaches with green mangroves in between, and black lava flow in the background. Other guests decided to enjoy the golden sandy beach and practice some snorkeling. We had four Zodiacs going out for deep water snorkeling, where white-tipped reef sharks were spotted among the colorful fish. Glass-bottom boat rides were offered, and our guests were delighted with the dry snorkeling option.National Geographic Endeavour II was then repositioned towards Sombrero Chino, where once again our adventurous guests went snorkeling in the protected waters. There were colorful, silvery fish everywhere, and many playful Galapagos sea lions and Galapagos penguins. Finally, our day was capped off with a coastal exploration on board our Zodiacs, with wonderful weather conditions.
National Geographic Endeavour II
Floreana was the first island in the Galapagos colonized by people. Ecuador took possession of the Galapagos in 1832 and established a penal colony on Floreana. When Charles Darwin visited in 1835, he met with some convicts and explored the highlands.