Floreana Island, 8/21/2022, National Geographic Islander II
National Geographic Islander II
Humans played an important role in the history of Floreana Island. The island was severely impacted when humans introduced many different animals. People left behind the animals, which led to serious harm.
Despite this impact, we still had the privilege to see a lot of native and endemic wildlife. The Galapagos National Park has a mission to continue helping to restore this island.
Walter was born in a very small town on the mainland of Ecuador. His first trip to the Galápagos was when he was 12 years old, visiting friends and aunt, who had moved to the islands. From the first moment he saw the Islands, he fell in love with the...
Española is the oldest island in the archipelago. It is also one of the most diverse, for it is home to several species that are only found here. Visitors are captivated by the amazing white coral beach where sea lions rest before and after fishing. Guests enjoyed snorkeling, kayaking, and hiking today; all were equally beautiful and fascinating.
On our expedition aboard National Geographic Islander II , we visited Floreana Island this morning. Our first stop was Post Office Bay. We kayaked along the canals of the bay and enjoyed amazing encounters with sea lions and marine iguanas. Then we went to drop off and pick up letters at the post office the barrel. After breakfast, we snorkeled in Champion Islet. In the afternoon, we changed locations to Punta Cormorant, where we walked along a green sand beach. The sand gets its color from an abundance of olivine. We finished the day with an amazing sunset.
National Geographic Islander II explorers visited the iconic island of Bartolome today. We took an early walk to the summit of this volcanic island for amazing views and to enjoy the colors of the sunrise. After a delicious breakfast, we got into our swimsuits and grabbed our snorkeling gear. Some guests enjoyed the golden beach, and others went for a more adventurous snorkeling. Both groups observed a lot of activity from tropical reef fish, penguins, rays, and whitetip reef sharks. In the afternoon, some guests opted to explore Dragon Hill at the northwest point of Santa Cruz Island. Meanwhile, others enjoyed a Zodiac ride along the coastline of the same area. The main attractions of this beautiful site included land iguanas, an American flamingo, baby blacktip sharks, marine iguanas, and lagoon birds such as white-cheeked pintail ducks and black-necked stilts. Back on board, we all enjoyed a wine tasting and a beautiful sunset.