Today we woke up in Gardner Bay on Española Island. We went for an early kayak outing along the shore of Gardner Bay. After a delicious breakfast onboard National Geographic Islander, some guests disembarked for a deep-water snorkeling experience along the shore of Gardner Islet. Other guests visited Gardner Beach. We observed many charismatic Galapagos sea lions basking on the white sand. We also spotted a Hood mockingbird, one of the four species of mockingbirds found on the Galapagos.
In the afternoon, we disembarked at Punta Suarez. We were so happy to realize that the first waved albatrosses have arrived after a few months spent feeding in the open ocean. We also saw one of the largest colonies of Nazca boobies, marine iguanas, swallow-tailed gulls, and Española lava lizards. We ended the evening with our traditional recapitulation of the day onboard National Geographic Islander.