It was a very calm morning as we navigated to Punta Vicente Roca. From the observation deck, we enjoyed the view of many rays splashing. As we arrived, we got out the Zodiacs to explore the coast of this magical place. The geological formations are impressive, and the wildlife on the coast made it even better. Penguins posed on the rocks for our pictures, flightless cormorants dried their wings after a successful fishing, turtles popped their head out of the water to take a breath, and much more. We could not wait to snorkel in this place. In the afternoon, we visited Fernandina Island. The temperature was perfect for a walk on Punta Espinoza. What an impression it made to see so many marine iguanas at once. We had to watch our steps carefully; they were everywhere!
National Geographic Islander II
Our day began with a mesmerizing exploration of Roca Redonda and Punta Vicente Roca. The morning sun cast a golden glow on the towering cliffs that define this part of Isabela Island. We navigated along the coast, observing the diverse marine life that thrives in these nutrient-rich waters. Notable encounters included playful Galapagos sea lions, elegant flightless cormorants, and sea turtles. Snorkeling enthusiasts were treated to a world beneath the waves and non snorkelers saw just as much from our glass-bottom Zodiac. In the afternoon, our expedition led us to the pristine shores of Fernandina Island. This uninhabited island is a haven for wildlife. The highlights were undoubtedly the iconic Galapagos marine iguanas basking on black lava rocks. As we carefully navigated the island's trails, we marveled at the otherworldly landscapes shaped by ongoing volcanic activity. A sighting of a Galapagos hawk soaring overhead added a touch of wild majesty to our exploration. The sense of isolation and raw nature in these untouched Galapagos corners reminded us of the importance of preserving these ecosystems. Our journey continues tomorrow, promising new wonders in this extraordinary archipelago.