Today we disembarked for an early Zodiac ride along the shore of Chinese Hat on Santiago Island. The beautiful islet is a great place to watch a few of the most iconic species of seabirds found in the Galapagos. This was our only chance this week to find Galapagos penguins, as there is a small colony living here. We found a few of them during our Zodiac ride and while snorkeling.

In the afternoon, we visited Sullivan Bay, a great place to imagine how the Galapagos Islands looked in the beginning, when they just emerged from undersea volcanoes. It was a great opportunity to talk about pioneer species and the geology of these volcanic islands. We ended the day with a delicious barbeque on the sky deck of National Geographic Islander.

Photographers: Pato Maldonado & Javier Carrión