Today was our last full day exploring the Galapagos Islands aboard National Geographic Islander II, and we visited San Cristobal Island. We started the day by visiting Punta Pitt, the easternmost point in the archipelago. We observed various eroding tuff volcanoes. During our walk in the shrubby area, we found red-footed boobies nesting, perching, and resting. After the hike, everybody had an opportunity to swim, snorkel, and paddleboard in the fantastic bay. In the afternoon, guests enjoyed spending time on the white sand beach with charismatics sea lions. What a way to finish an amazing expedition around the Galapagos Islands.
National Geographic Islander II
Our day began with a mesmerizing exploration of Roca Redonda and Punta Vicente Roca. The morning sun cast a golden glow on the towering cliffs that define this part of Isabela Island. We navigated along the coast, observing the diverse marine life that thrives in these nutrient-rich waters. Notable encounters included playful Galapagos sea lions, elegant flightless cormorants, and sea turtles. Snorkeling enthusiasts were treated to a world beneath the waves and non snorkelers saw just as much from our glass-bottom Zodiac. In the afternoon, our expedition led us to the pristine shores of Fernandina Island. This uninhabited island is a haven for wildlife. The highlights were undoubtedly the iconic Galapagos marine iguanas basking on black lava rocks. As we carefully navigated the island's trails, we marveled at the otherworldly landscapes shaped by ongoing volcanic activity. A sighting of a Galapagos hawk soaring overhead added a touch of wild majesty to our exploration. The sense of isolation and raw nature in these untouched Galapagos corners reminded us of the importance of preserving these ecosystems. Our journey continues tomorrow, promising new wonders in this extraordinary archipelago.