Fernandina Island

Sep 02, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Fernandina gave us another fantastic day in the Galapagos! The gifts from nature began early in the morning with a couple of Bryde´s whales and a megapod of at least 500 common dolphins purposing next to our ship. Then we went for breakfast and got ready for our hike in the pristine and youngest island of the archipelago. Our hike took place in Punta Espinoza, where the largest colony of marine iguanas basks and snorts out salt regardless of our presence. The area where we walked was a young lava flow thought to be the product of an eruption in the 1800´s with a view of La Cumbre Volcano that erupted in September of last year. Here we also saw flightless cormorants, an iconic species of the islands, nesting with a couple of the cutest chicks. Then it was time for snorkeling, where we spotted penguins, sea turtles, sea lions, and some guests even saw an octopus!

Back on board we had a delicious lunch and while the ship sailed to our next destination, the megapod of dolphins reappeared in our dining room windows!

The afternoon was also packed with activities. First we had a very interesting  talk on the life of Charles Darwin by our expedition leader Vanessa, and then we went for a Zodiac ride along the cost of Punta Vicente Roca, a magnificent cliff where we spotted the Galapagos fur seals, Nazca boobies, and brown noddy turns, as well as the usual suspects like sea turtles, flightless cormorants, and sea lions. Even a manta ray and a sunfish came around our Zodiacs.

To finish our day we went for a wine tasting on the sun deck, where some pirates showed up and pushed us over the plank to cross the equator line. What a fantastic way to end our day in the Enchanted Islands. Now all there is to do is wait for the adventure tomorrow will bring.

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About the Author

Anahí Concari


Anahí grew up in a small house by the beach in the Galápagos Islands. Along with her best friend, she used to wander during the days around mangrove trees, becoming a different animal every day. She used to camp on solitary beaches, snorkel with sharks, dive with her uncle, a local dive instructor, and sail around the islands with her free spirit neighbors, learning about nature with her own hands, eyes and ears.  

About the Photographer

Christian Saa

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Christian was born on the island of Isabela in the Galápagos archipelago. He grew up on a farm and had a magical childhood devoid of cars, electricity, telephones—just pure nature and playful sea lions along the beach. At the age of seven, he moved with his family to Santa Cruz Island, the economic hub of the Galápagos Islands. His father began to work in tourism and took Christian around the islands during school vacations. It was during this time that Christian learned to love and understand the real value of this unique archipelago, and he decided to devote his life to its stewardship. A lifelong passion for nature and its creatures took root in his heart, and he eventually decided to become a naturalist, which he has now been doing for 18 years now.

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