Punta Espinoza, Fernandina Island and Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela Island
  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 11 Apr 2022

Punta Espinoza, Fernandina Island and Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela Island, 4/11/2022, National Geographic Endeavour II

  • Aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II
  • Galápagos

We started our day of expedition in the early morning with the beautiful landscape of Fernandina Island, the youngest island in the Galapagos. Fernandina is a shield volcano that is still active, erupting every few years. It is also home to the largest population of marine iguanas, and this population happens to be the biggest iguanas as well. We disembarked and enjoyed photographing these ancient looking reptiles along the lava fields and the sandy beach. The island was full of wildlife, such as playful sea lions, flightless cormorants, lava lizards, sea turtles, and a few penguins that swam nearby. What a wonderful morning!

 

We did not miss any time and soon after returning from this walk, we prepared for our water activities. Our guests enjoyed the experience of swimming with lots of marine iguanas and sea turtles. Some guests even spotted a diving flightless cormorant and a curious penguin that approached to say hi.

 

After a wonderful lunch and some downtime, we were ready to hit the field again. This time we explored the coastline of Punta Vicente Roca, a place with magnificent geological formations. Of course, the area is packed with wildlife as well. It was a great opportunity to photograph animals like penguins, sea lions, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, many flightless cormorants, and an incredible amount of peaceful sea turtles that popped their heads up every few seconds. We also learned a lot about the fur seal colony that lives in this area, but our day was not over yet!

 

Pirates boarded the ship as we crossed the enigmatic equator line, while guests enjoyed a wine tasting event at the bar on the observation deck.

 

It was then time for our daily presentation of the activities planned for the next day, followed by another dream dinner provided by our experienced team of chefs. Just another day in the paradise we call the Galapagos.

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