On the final day of our expedition, we crossed to the western side of the Galapagos archipelago on board National Geographic Islander II. Last, but not least, we visited the youngest islands of the archipelago. With ages of only 500,000 to 700,000 years, they are the babies of the Galapagos, in geological time. Their location at the upwelling zone of the Cromwell current makes this one of the most productive areas in the Galapagos.
We started our day with an early whale-watching activity, while heading to Fernandina Island. We anchored at Punta Vicente Roca, where we started with an amazing walk; here we encountered the biggest population of marine iguanas in the archipelago. To conclude the morning activities, we explored the marine life of Fernandina. In the afternoon we had a spectacular Zodiac ride along the coast of Isabela, around the “mouth” of this seahorse-shaped island. We encountered a couple of orcas and dolphins to finish the day.