Isabela and Fernandina Islands

Joshua Vela, Video Chronicler

  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 07 Jan 2020

Isabela and Fernandina Islands , 1/7/2020, National Geographic Islander

  • Aboard the National Geographic Islander
  • Galápagos



Our journey started with the first light of day. The early risers were on the observation deck with cameras and binoculars in hand, scanning the ocean for marine life. As we navigated along the north side of Isabela, we saw several types of seabirds and some Galápagos sea lions. After breakfast we spotted a large pod of bottlenose dolphins, maybe 300 or more! As soon as we approached them, they started to bow ride and jump. It was a fantastic experience being surrounded by this group of playful marine mammals. Moments later we crossed the famous Equator line and had fun with a little bit of ceremonial entertainment as we took part in the tradition of the crossing.


Once at the visitor site, we really realized that the entertainment was just beginning. As we explored the shore of Isabela, we encountered hammerhead and reef sharks, ocean sunfish, many types of seabirds and two whales; all of them very close, and all a unique sighting. Later in the day we went snorkeling and were surrounded by sea turtles, sea lions, flightless cormorants, as well as many types of fish. Even orcas were spotted today!

What a magnificent day in western Galápagos!

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