Today we explored the northern side of Santa Cruz Island. Dragon Hill was our first stop. This spot is home to one of the island’s iconic species, yellow land iguanas, which is where the site gets its name.

The landscape was unique and exotic, and we found lots of wildlife as we walked around the area. We observed marine iguanas resting and warming up before heading out to feed in the sea. As we kept walking, we encountered a brackish water lagoon, where we saw six or seven flamingos! This was amazing, as it is uncommon to see that many in this area. We usually see one or two if any.

Our trail took us through the palo santo forest. Right now, the forest is very dry and leafless. Once we reached the loop part of the trail, we started to spot various land iguanas. Some of the iguanas already have their bright yellow and red breeding colors. This was a definite highlight for our guests.

In the afternoon, we offered guests a variety of activities to choose from, including paddleboarding, kayaking, or a Zodiac ride along the northeastern coast of Santa Cruz. It was incredible! We saw at least six groups of mating sea turtles, baby blacktip sharks, various herons, pelicans, and more.

What is the best way to end an incredible day? With a wine tasting! We enjoyed sunset with a wonderful display of wines offered by the galley as we circumnavigated Daphne Major. Today was a day that will be hard to beat!