Today we awoke at Darwin´s Bay near Genovesa Island. This collapsed caldera is a unique place where thousands of sea birds can be observed in different life stages. We disembarked in the morning for a natural history walk at Darwin´s Bay beach where we had a close look of the red-footed booby, one of the three species of boobies that nest in the Galapagos. We also observed Nazca boobies, frigatebirds, swallow-tailed gulls, and lava gulls. We also had the opportunity to snorkel with Galapagos fur seals, the second species of sea lion seen during this trip. In the afternoon, we went for a hike to Prince Phillip´s Steps. We were lucky to spot the short-eared owl, a typically nocturnal species that became diurnal on this island because of the absence of its competitor, the Galapagos hawk. We finished the last full day of the expedition celebrating with a toast onboard National Geographic Islander II.
National Geographic Islander II
It’s the beginning of the expedition on National Geographic Islander II and today we woke up for a pre breakfast walk on the island of South Plaza. Sea lions greeted us at the dock and on the trails land iguanas were basking in the first light of the sun as others ate the vegetation. Later in the morning guests enjoyed some water activities, such as kayaking along the shore or swimming in the ocean. Later, the ship shifted location and headed south toward Santa Fe Island, a place that holds the second largest colony of sea lions in this archipelago. Guests snorkeled in crystal clear water with sea lions, reef fish, sharks, and nudibranchs. For those who couldn’t explore the ocean swimming, they could enjoy it on board the glass-bottom boat. Later in the afternoon it was time to explore the island and walk the trails and observe endemic creatures such as land iguanas, lizards, mocking birds, and more. We are having a fabulous time on our expedition in the Galápagos Islands.