We are halfway through our expedition on National Geographic Endeavour II, and it has been an incredible experience so far. Today we anchored in a place call Urbina Bay. We started the day with a wet landing on a black sand beach. The island’s unique coloration is due to inorganic sand consisting of pieces of weathered rock. On our walk, we had the chance to observe tortoises, turtles, land iguanas, and more. The wildlife found on the Galapagos Islands is incredible. After the walk, we enjoyed time on the beach and swimming back to the boat. Later in the day, we changed location to Tagus Cove, a collapsed cinder cone. We had the chance to practice kayaking and then enjoyed an extraordinary snorkel with penguins, flightless cormorants, rays, and various species of reef fish found in the marine reserve. At the end of the day, we hiked to the summits of the scoria cones found on Darwin Volcano.
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!