We awoke with the ship anchored at the base of Alcedo Volcano and headed off for a nice walk at Urbina Bay. This incredible geological formation did not exist before 1954—it was the sea floor! We walked along the coastal area and saw plenty of Galapagos land iguanas as we headed inland. The surprise of the day was an Alcedo giant tortoise right on the path! We were also delighted with the opportunity to swim from the black sand beach on this sunny morning.

The afternoon was spent at Tagus Cove. Once a place for whalers and buccaneers, it was the perfect area for deep-water snorkeling, a long hike to the top of the tuff cone, and a Zodiac ride to observe the unique wildlife of the western part of the archipelago. It was a great day of adventure in Galapagos!