We started our day by exploring the Galapagos Islands beneath the surface with a snorkeling outing on Gardner Islet. Here we saw many fish, including stingrays, pufferfish, king angelfish, and yellowtail surgeonfish. Then we headed to Gardner Beach, where we had a relaxing time walking on one of the most beautiful white sand beaches of the archipelago. At noon, we came back to the ship for lunch. While on board, we enjoyed a photography talk, where we learned tips for our Galapagos adventure. During our afternoon outing, we got great shots of blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, red-billed tropicbirds, Galapagos hawks, sea lions, marine iguanas, and many others. There are so many unique creatures only found here in the Galapagos Islands.
National Geographic Endeavour II
Santiago Island is a fascinating place. Visited by sailors during the 1700s for giant tortoises, food, and fresh water, it has many unique characteristics. Colonies of marine iguanas on the coast and fur seals by the grottos are highlights for all visitors. In the morning, we had a great Zodiac ride in Buccaneer Cove where we observed a colony of Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, and blue-footed boobies. Snorkeling and glass bottom boat rides were fantastic, and guests really enjoyed them. For our afternoon excursion, we sailed National Geographic Endeavour II to the southwest side of the island, to a place called Puerto Egas. On our nature walk we had the opportunity to observe fur seals swimming in the lava grottos, marine iguanas basking along the coast, and American oyster catchers with their hatchling looking for food along the rocky shore. We could not ask for more!