Today our guest explored the westernmost realm of the Galapagos. During the morning, guests landed and snorkeled at Punta Espinosa, Fernandina Island. The highlights of the morning were the countless Galapagos marine iguanas that basked along the shoreline as our guests explored the island. While snorkeling, our guests observed Galapagos marine iguanas and green sea turtles feeding on seaweed over the rocks. For the afternoon, everybody went on panga rides to experience Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela Island. This site offers an impressive view of a collapsed volcano. The rocky cliffs provide shelter for Galapagos fur seals and are a good perch for seabirds like blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, brown noddy terns, flightless cormorants, and Galapagos penguins.
National Geographic Endeavour II
For this first full day, we started with a walk over North Seymour Island, located on the north side of Baltra Island (officially known as South Seymour). This uplifted island is also known as Bird Island. It is home to a nice community of marine birds, such as blue-footed boobies, two species of frigatebirds, and swallow-tailed gulls (the only nocturnal gull). For our afternoon activities, we snorkeled by a red colored beach on Rábida island. We concluded the day with a stroll over an iron-oxide beach. Along the trail, we explored a saltwater lagoon with sixteen American flamingos. We even saw some nests!