We are about to finish our one week expedition around the Galapagos Islands aboard National Geographic Endeavour II. Early in the morning, we visited one of the most famous places and perhaps the most photographed island in the Galapagos–Bartolome Island. We hiked to the summit. Later, we enjoyed a nice beach morning followed by an excellent snorkel with penguins and sharks. Our expedition didn’t stop there. In the afternoon, the ship moved to Chinese Hat. We did an exploration by Zodiac and snorkeled to find more penguins.
National Geographic Endeavour II
North Seymour & Rabida Islands
We began our day with a landing on North Seymour, where we encountered hundreds of birds, mostly frigatebirds flying overhead. We followed a path that took us to a breeding site of blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds. We watched their mating displays in awe as nature showed us its wonderful ways. Male frigatebirds inflated their red gular sacs and stretched out their wings trying to attract a mate. Male blue-footed boobies slowing raising their cerulean feet to show a potential mate that they can fish well and support a nest. We also spotted land iguanas, marine iguanas, lava lizards, and a Galapagos racer snake along the path. We continued our navigation to Rabida Island, famous for its red sand beach, a coloration resulting from iron oxide in its volcanic soil. Those who chose to snorkel were delighted with sightings of sea turtles, sharks, Galapagos sea lions, and colorful fish. As the sun dipped into the horizon, we continued with a casual walk to a brackish pond that has a resurgent population of American flamingos, an excellent way to finish this day.