Today National Geographic Islander visited Floreana Island. We had an early morning hike to Punta Cormorant and saw Galapagos flamingos, as well as some chicks, feeding in a beautiful brackish lagoon. We then headed back to the ship for breakfast, and to reenergize for the next activity – snorkeling in the crystal waters of Champion Islet. We encountered sharks, sea turtles and many colorful fish! Later, we headed to Post Office Bay were Cindy, our expedition leader explained its history. Some guests partook in the tradition of leaving postcard behind, thus relying on the kindness of the next set of travelers for delivery.
National Geographic Islander
Our day began with a relaxing morning stretch on the sun deck, followed by a tasty breakfast with muchines de yuca , a typical dish from the coast of mainland Ecuador. Then we disembarked at the lovely black beach of Urbina Bay. We hiked among big bright-yellow Galapagos land iguanas and several female giant tortoises of the Alcedo Volcano. Some guests got a very close look at the graceful Galapagos hawk, the top of the food chain on land. Returning to the beach, some of us swam all the way back to the ship. In the afternoon, at Tagus Cove, we snorkeled from our Zodiacs. Some guests got the chance to swim with Galapagos penguins. Other guests steered kayaks and paddleboards around the cove, checking for marine birds in the nesting areas. We finished the day outside with a great hike among tuff cones in the interesting geological landscape. Text and photos by Bernie Jacome, Naturalist