Today we took our guests to two beautiful locations situated in the central portion of the Galapagos Archipelago. South Plaza Island was our first destination this morning. Here, we got a chance to look for Galapagos land iguanas and found several sunbathing or actively feeding on prickly pear cactus. Later for our afternoon stop, we navigated to Santa Fe Island and kayaked along its big bay. Several of our guests spotted green sea turtles, eagle rays, and white-tipped reef sharks. We then had an exploratory walk in the interior of the island. We saw dozens of Galapagos sea lions, and a few lucky guests saw a Galapagos hawk sitting on some bushes close to our trail!
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