Early morning snacks, tea and coffee are available in the lounge this morning. Dawn escorts the early-riser kayaking trip! They set off at 6.15am (must be mad). Our wellness specialist Roxana takes a stretching session on the Sky deck from 7am (must be mad). Richard makes his apologies and avids attendance! Buffet breakfast is served in the restaurant followed by a snorkeling briefing. Experienced snorkellers and novices are encouraged to have a go.
Our first landing today is a white sandy beach called Gardner Beach. There is a resident colony of sea lions, plus Espanola mocking bird, finches and lava lizards. We also spot a Galapahos Hawk. Some guests swim, some snorkel, some walk, some birdwatch.
During lunch we reposition to another part of Espanola Island and make a dry landing at Punta Suarez. This is one of the richest wildlife locations in Galapagos. A huge pile of marine iguanas greet us and further along the boulder trail we see Nazca boobies, lava lizards, Galapagos doves and some more of Darwin's finches. Our favourite here is the endemic waved albatross. We are lucky to see some young and some adults up close. In fact we have to walk around them on the trail. They are not bothered. We are amazed!
Back on board we enjoy our first recap session in the lounge and Lynn briefs us about tomorrow's programme before we head off to dinner. Juan Carlos, our National Geographic Photo Instructor completes the day with a short presentation about how to take great wildlife photos.
A wonderful day.