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 visit to Bartholomew Island started early in the morning. The tiny island showed incredible volcanic formations, and guests aboard National Geographic Islander enjoyed the landscape photo opportunities. Starting on the dry landing and all the way to the top (374 feet), we discovered spatter cones and lava bombs. After hiking up 365 stairs, we reached the summit of the volcano. The view of Santiago Island, situated in front of Bartholomew, was breathtaking and perfect for pictures. In the afternoon, we had the opportunity to snorkel near Guy Fawkes Islets. An eroded volcano offered the perfect habitat for different species of fish and marine invertebrates. Following the water activities, we got ready for a hike at Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz Island. A dry landing on a rocky pier led us to a dry vegetation forest. Plenty of palo santo trees and prickly pear cacti made an ideal trail for land iguanas. Land iguanas, vegetarian reptiles of pale-yellow and brown coloration, are one of three species endemic to the islands. The iguanas are found under bushes or even in the middle of trails.