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
Today was the second full day of our expedition, and we started activities very early to make the most of it. Right after sunrise, we boarded Zodiacs to explore a very interesting visitor site on Floreana Island. Here, a green sand beach was waiting for us. We learned about different types of sand and why the green color of this beach is so special. As we walked a little farther, we arrived at a brackish water lagoon. Flamingos are often observed here, but today was really special. We found nearly 80 flamingos feeding at the lagoon. This sighting was not only rare but also very exciting! We kept walking and arrived at a beach known as “the flour beach.” The beach has a particular type of sand that is not only white but very fine, like flour. Walking there was a pleasure. We encountered a sea turtle laying her eggs and covering them with sand. We observed diamond stingrays along the shoreline as we walked along the beach. Our next activity was an amazing deep-water snorkel. We observed many species of colorful fish along with one of the largest colonies of sea lions in the Galapagos. The afternoon was equally interesting, maybe even better! We had the opportunity to visit Post Office Bay, the location of the first mailing system on the islands. Long ago, sailors deposited their mail here, and it was collected by other ships passing through on their way back home. Nowadays, the mail system still works the same way. Postcards are dropped off and then picked up by future visitors, who follow the tradition by hand-delivering the mail once they make it home. After this exciting adventure, we enjoyed the clear and warm waters at the beach. Today was another great day in this little piece of heaven on earth.