Daily Expedition Reports

Daily reports from our days in the field


  • Santa Cruz Island

    At 75 degrees Fahrenheit, at 6:45 a.m. in the morning, I knew the day would be warm. Sunny skies were welcome, but at a price!

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  • Santa Cruz Island.

    Today we visited the Island of Santa Cruz for a second day of activities. In the morning, we dropped anchor at Dragon Hill, which is a restored area thanks to a breeding program for land iguanas. Moreover, in the afternoon we stopped by Eden Islet to look for seabirds and juvenile sharks.

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  • Floreana Island

    National Geographic Islander spent the day exploring northern Floreana Island. During an early morning pre-breakfast excursion, we landed at Cormorant Point where we hiked around a brackish water lagoon and had a chance to observe American flamingoes from up close. Later on in the morning after our ship repositioned, we snorkeled around Champion Islet after exploring the shoreline aboard our Zodiacs. 

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  • Santa Cruz Island

    Our destination today was the Charles Darwin Research Station at Santa Cruz Island, the second largest island in the archipelago.

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  • Española Island

    Last night National Geographic Islander sailed from Wreck Bay to the northeastern end of Espanola Island. We spent the morning exploring Gardner Bay and neighboring islets aboard our Zodiacs, from kayaks and while snorkeling. Later in the day we sailed to the western end of the island along the calm leeward northern coast line. During the afternoon we visited Punta Suarez where we had excellent opportunities to spot wildlife like nesting Nazca boobies, waved albatross and marine iguanas.

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  • Floreana Island and Champion Islet

    Guests spent the day exploring Floreana Island and its satellite companion, Champion Islet. We began the day with a pre-breakfast walk at Punta Cormorant. This site has a lot to offer and we were lucky enough to see it all: vegetation endemic to Floreana, olivine beaches, greater flamingos, and green sea turtle nesting. We saw many divots in the sand where sea turtles had recently laid their eggs; we concluded that they were fresh nests for two reasons: 1) the tracks leaving the nests were fresh and 2) when we turned to look toward the sea, we spotted a dozen female green sea turtles heading out to sea. It was a very special moment for everyone, including myself, because it’s not every day that we have the opportunity to see these majestic creatures in action during the nesting process. 

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  • Española Island

    Today we woke up at Gardner Bay in Española Island. After a delicious breakfast on board National Geographic Endeavour II, some guests disembarked for a deep-water snorkeling experience along the shore of Gardner Islet, while other guests went to visit Gardner beach. We observed many charismatic Galapagos sea lions basking and playing in the white sand of the beach, and the Hood mockingbird, one of the four species of mockingbirds that we can find the Galapagos.

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  • San Cristobal Island

    On this last day of our expedition, we awoke right next to a beautiful tuff cone located at the very northern end of San Cristobal Island. The name of this remote place is Punta Pitt, one of the few places where red-footed boobies can be found.

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  • Punta Pitt and Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal Island

    We spent our final full day in Galapagos on San Cristobal, the easternmost island of the archipelago, the very same island where Darwin started his explorations of this magical place! This is a large island formed by the fusion of two great volcanoes, middle of the range age-wise. It has fascinating geology, made of richly texture tuff stone formations and spectacular beaches, and a rich wildlife. We visited two different sites on the island, a place called Punta Pitt to the far north of the island, followed by an unforgettable afternoon explore the long white beach of Cerro Brujo. We later cruised by the emblematic rocky formation named the Sleeping Lion (or Kicker Rock, English name) whilst celebrating many unforgettable sightings and experiences, shared with a wonderful new group of friends.

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  • Santa Cruz or Indefatigable Island

    Today, we disembarked at Puerto Ayora on our way to the Charles Darwin Research Station, where we visited the giant tortoise rearing center situated among centenary giant cacti, some of them 30’ tall.

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