Since daybreak we´ve had many sightings along the northwestern side of Isabela Island. Many types of sea birds, mobula rays breaching in the distance, Galapagos sea lions, and a splendid landscape!
Early risers caught the orange rays of the sun as it rose above the flanks of Wolf Volcano. The tallest volcano of Isabela Island was named after the German naturalist Theodore Wolf. It was the beginning of a fantastic day. As many sea birds skimmed the ocean searching for breakfast, the officers on watch announced the presence of a pod of dolphins at the horizon. Soon, we had 100 common dolphins breaching everywhere.
At midmorning we reached Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island. Here, we boarded our fleet of Zodiacs to explore the shore where we saw blue-footed boobies, Galápagos penguins, flightless cormorants, and many other creatures.
For the afternoon outing, we landed on Fernandina Island, the youngest in the region. Covered by vast lava flows, it has an active volcano whose last eruption took place in April 2009. Fernandina island has colonies of marine iguanas, cormorants, and sea lions. From the moment we landed, we came across many colonies of iguanas. Some of us were reminded of the Planet Earth documentary filmed right here. At the end of the nature walk, we celebrated our day with a drink in hand at sunset.