National Geographic Endeavour II arrived at the northeastern corner of the Galápagos archipelago today. We have reached the final full day in our expedition in the Galápagos Islands. We woke up surrounded by the majestic caldera of Genovesa, considered the island of the birds.
After breakfast, we boarded the Zodiacs to head toward Darwin Bay on a lovely and sunny morning. The outing allowed us to visit the home of one of the most emblematic creatures of the archipelago. Red-footed boobies were everywhere. The Galapagos National Park has put a lot of work into conservation efforts. This island has the largest population of red-footed boobies in the world with 200,000 birds.
Later in the morning, we went for a remarkable deep-water snorkel to enjoy the deep blue and observe amazing marine wildlife. We swam with lots of colorful fish and playful sea lions. Some of our guests went for a kayak outing along one of the cliffsides and saw many seabirds nesting and resting on the rocks along the coast.
After lunch, some of our guests went for a second round of kayaking to take pictures of the different species of wildlife found along the shore.
In the afternoon, we went to Prince Philip’s Steps to walk through the dry incense forest and yellow Cordia forest that led us to a lava field. During our walk, we spotted red-footed boobies and endemic Nazca boobies with their chicks as well as many frigatebirds. What a perfect way to end this fantastic journey!
It was a phenomenal experience in paradise!