Our day started with a very relaxing hike in the morning at Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz Island. We had the chance to spot a few land iguanas on the path and close to their burrows. We also had the opportunity to take a Zodiac ride around the shore of that area and got to see a few blue-footed boobies looking for fish in the ocean. Later, we snorkeled off Guy Fawkes Islet and saw loads of reef fish.
National Geographic Endeavour II
Thanks to its high elevation, Santa Cruz Island has a variety of vegetation zones. Today, we landed on the north side of the island and boarded buses that took us through the humid zone. We visited El Manzanillo Ranch, located within the farming zone of Santa Cruz. We admired the size of the giant tortoises, an endemic species. These amazing creatures prefer the south end of the island with its abundant vegetation and suitable nesting grounds. Upon returning to National Geographic Endeavour II , we weighed anchor and navigated towards Bowditch Bay. This isolated and stunning beach has white sand and turquoise water. It is the perfect location to swim, snorkel, enjoy a stretching session or simply relax.