Chinese Hat & Sullivan Bay
  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 20 May 2022

Chinese Hat & Sullivan Bay, 5/20/2022, National Geographic Islander

  • Aboard the National Geographic Islander
  • Galápagos

Today we anchored next to Santiago Island to visit Chinese Hat. This small islet has an intact volcanic structure with a tall crater and steep rims. The site is home to a small colony of Galapagos penguins. We spotted a group of ten penguins on an early fishing outing. Kayakers and Zodiac riders had a chance to enjoy the show as penguins jumped in and out of the water, chasing the small fish.

In the afternoon, we visited a very special site, Sullivan Bay, a young lava flow just over 125 years old. This huge field of pahoehoe lava spread for miles, covering a considerable part of Santiago Island. Groups of guests walked through the field and looked for the very few forms of life that can survive the harsh conditions. We enjoyed the extreme landscape until sunset.

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