In the western islands of the Galapagos archipelago, we hiked Punta Espinoza on Fernandina. Afterward, we put on our wetsuits and jumped into the water to explore the marine life off the coast of Fernandina. After lunch, National Geographic Endeavor II sailed north to Punta Vicente Roca. Here, we searched the cliffs for wildlife, including Galapagos penguins, marine iguanas, sea lions, fur seals, blue-footed boobies, and Nazca boobies. To finish our day, we enjoyed a wine tasting while crossing the Equator line and celebrating another day of adventure.
National Geographic Endeavour II
Today we woke up on the far western side of the archipelago. Before breakfast, we searched for whales and dolphins in the Bolivar Canal. After which, we disembarked at Punta Espinoza, Fernandina Island. This site is an endemic species hotspot; we observed Galapagos hawks, marine iguanas, sea lions, lava cacti, flightless cormorants, lava lizards, and more. We were lucky enough to spot a juvenile Galapagos hawk hunt a juvenile marine iguana and a Pacific green sea turtle bask in the sun. After the hike, we went snorkeling in the area. There were many marine iguanas and sea turtles grazing on green algae. In the afternoon, we went for Zodiac cruises at Punta Vicente Roca. Finally, we enjoyed a wine tasting event on the sky deck during sunset while crossing the equator.