Bartolome

We have navigated back to the central islands overnight and we wake up at Bartolome Island. Just a few steps up to the top to see the most iconic view of the Galápagos Islands – Pinnacle Rock. Well, in truth, 374 steps. A minor workout in fact.

Back at sea level, there's an opportunity for deep water snorkeling and snorkerling or swimming from the beach. On the panga ride to the beach, we see Galapagos penguins again! Deep water snorkellers remark that our guide, Daniel, is like a fish! He swims all over the place at great speed, pointing out all the species on the way!

During lunch we sail to the northern tip of Santa Cruz Island and to a landing site known as Dragon Hill. It boasts a healthy population of land iguanas and we manage to see eight of them. At the head of the trail we pass a brackish lagoon and see a lone flamingo really close up, plus some stilts and white cheek pintail ducks.

A BBQ dinner on the al fresco deck this evening, a thank you to the crew on board and a farewell cocktail. We are also joined by a pelican hitching a ride on some of the ship railings and a Galápagos shark close to the ship – it’s quite large and we’re rather glad that we are not in the water with it!