Dramatic views of impressive volcanic landscapes enhanced our breakfast aboard National Geographic Endeavour II this morning. We arrived at Fernandina Island. The youngest island in the archipelago, Fernandina is located in the western realm of the Galapagos. The western islands are remote and formidable, with fairly active volcanic activity. The elegant, majestic outlines of Fernandina and Isabela’s shield volcanoes stand tall around Canal Bolivar, which divides both islands. The Cromwell Undercurrent strongly influences the newest islands, bringing cold and nutrient rich waters.

We went ashore for a walk, and we were transported back to a time when the land was newly formed. Countless Galapagos marine iguanas basked on the shoreline. It was a great opportunity to learn about and enjoy the large population of Galapagos iguanas.

We walked on lava flows that are only hundreds of years old. Then we snorkeled in the bay under great conditions. We observed iguanas, sea lions, and several species of fish. We spotted foraging green sea turtles as they fed on seaweed. Surrounded by Galapagos penguins, we had the chance to feel accepted as part of this unique environment.

In the afternoon, we backtracked north and navigated towards the northwestern realm of Isabela Island. We arrived at Punta Vicente Roca, a collapsed caldera of Volcano Ecuador and one of the six volcanos that form Isabela. We took groups on a Zodiac ride to explore the coast since the site’s geology does not allow disembarkation. We found fur sea lions, blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, Galapagos penguins, and the impressive flightless cormorant.

Later in the day, we proceeded across the equatorial line. We celebrated the event with our guests on the top deck during a sunset wine tasting. Every day in the Galapagos is an opportunity to rediscover the beauty of nature through unbelievable encounters. Visiting the western region of the Galapagos was no exception. Today’s visit was outstanding!