In the morning, we visited Urbina Bay, located at the base of Alcedo Volcano, one of the volcanoes that formed Isabela Island. During our hike, we had the first encounters with the iconic Galapagos giant tortoises. Our afternoon was filled with water activities, from kayaking and paddle boarding, then a magical snorkeling experience. For some, this perfect day ended at the rim of Darwin’s Lake on top of Tagus Cove. For others, it was a beautiful Zodiac ride filled with wildlife encounters. We feel so grateful to be back to this enchanted place with guests from all over the world!
National Geographic Islander
This morning we had an early wakeup call in order to visit one of the most famous spots in the Galapagos: Post Office Bay on Floreana Island. We were offered fresh fruits, snacks and coffee before we took Zodiacs to Floreana, where we followed the steps of the first visitors to the archipelago and heard stories of pirates, buccaneers, whalers, and early inhabitants. Some of us went kayaking and others took Zodiac rides around this beautiful area, where baby sea lions played alongside us, blue herons chased crabs, and several sea turtles surfaced every now and then. We also snorkeled with several Galapagos sea lions and many kinds of fish, and later enjoyed a delicious local lunch made with fresh products that our highlands provide. Our exciting afternoon began with the appearance of bottle-nose dolphins swimming close to our ship. We jumped into Zodiacs and saw them very close as they jumped and flipped and cruised near the bow. It was a truly amazing experience. Our next outing was a nature walk around Punta Cormorant. We visited a beautiful small organic beach near a sea turtle nesting area. A great blue heron stood on the site as though posing for our cameras. We also spotted some sting rays in the shallows, ruddy turnstones on the lava, yellow warblers, many Sally Lightfoot crabs, and adorable blue-footed boobies. At night, the barbecue was delicious and some of us even salsa danced to celebrate a fantastic day!