Fernandina and Isabela Islands
  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 15 Aug 2022

Fernandina and Isabela Islands, 8/15/2022, National Geographic Endeavour II

  • Aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II
  • Galápagos

We are cruising around the islands with the most active volcanoes of the Galapagos, and we can see the shapes of these shield volcanoes from the ship. This interesting landscape is very characteristic of the western islands, which are the youngest in the archipelago.

The early morning outing to Punta Espinoza is always one of the highlights of this expedition. An interesting and pristine paradise in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, this place is full of life. There is no other place in the world where you must watch your step so carefully to avoid the marine iguanas that are basking in the sun. They do this to thermoregulate their body heat so they can survive in this tropical environment.

After the hikes, we prepared for a deep-water snorkeling activity. The conditions were great, and we enjoyed this bay. It was full of wildlife, including green sea turtles, marine iguanas feeding underwater, playful Galapagos sea lions, different schools of fish, flightless cormorants deep diving, and even Galapagos penguins that passed by as they tried to get some food.

Back on board, we enjoyed a lunch of Mexican food with delicious margaritas and three chocolate desserts! After lunch, we enjoyed more outings. During Zodiac rides along the coast of Punta Vicente Roca, we observed the volcanic landscape. The area has abundant and amazing wildlife due to the upwelling of the Cromwell Current, which provides a wealth of nutrients to the waters.

Back on the ship, we were invited to a wine tasting event while we cruised by the collapsed caldera of Volcan Ecuador. As we crossed the Ecuadorian line, we were surprised by a visit from some “local pirates.” The visit created a great atmosphere and helped us celebrate a wonderful day on this expedition. We enjoyed a gorgeous sunset from the observation deck.

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