The Galápagos archipelago is formed by 13 larger islands, and more than 60 smaller islets and rocks. The South Equatorial Current, an ensemble of various Peruvian coastal currents mixed with the Humboldt Current, reach the islands with its cold waters and serves as a gateway for organisms to arrive in a natural way. In this southeastern region of the Galápagos, species have had more time to adapt and evolve, which explains why there is such a higher rate of endemism among plants and animals.
National Geographic Islander
Today National Geographic Islander is anchored off Espanola Island. Here we started our day with pre-breakfast kayaking along one of the cliffs of the island and saw many sea birds nesting and resting on the rocks. After breakfast, we headed to our snorkeling area where we saw many marine animals including a black tip shark! One of the most beautiful beaches of the Galapagos Islands is located here on Espanola Island, and today we had the opportunity to walk along that white sandy beach barefoot. We are sure our guests will remember this beach forever. In the afternoon we headed to Punta Suarez, located in a very unique place where we got to see the waved albatrosses, blue footed boobies, Nazca boobies and many other birds around including the Galapagos hawk.