I woke up early this morning, and I witnessed a beautiful sunrise in front of one of my favorite islands, Española.
The Silver Galapagos anchored offshore of a beach called Gardner, considered to be one of the most spectacular beaches in the world -not only due to the color of the sand which is very white, but also because of the turquoise water.
I disembarked at 7:45 and I was really impressed with the colony of Galapagos sea lions lying along the beach. They were sleeping, or playing, or swimming -but always very active.
During my walk I discovered several other species of Galapagos wildlife, for example the Hood Mockingbirds, American Oystercatchers, Large Cactus Finches, lava lizards and marine iguanas basking on the rocks.
I found also the backbones of a big whale, I knew the cetacean had died a long time ago but the reason was still unknown.
Later I decided to go snorkeling and it was very nice, especially the colorful fish like the bicolor parrot fish, rainbow wrasses, and Panamic Sergeant Majors. There were also a few stingrays and some Galapagos sea lions.
Back on board it was time for a delicious lunch followed by a good siesta -waiting for the next activities in the afternoon.
At 2:45pm I went to the next visit to Punta Suarez, in the northwestern part of the island.
The walk was mostly over a boulder terrain, and there was fantastic wildlife all over the place: a lot of marine iguanas basking, sea lions with pups, a couple of Galapagos Hawks, nesting American Oystercatchers and Hood Mockingbirds searching for food.
But I was really happy finding a seabird colony of Nazca Boobies, Swallow-tailed Gulls, and fortunately I spotted a single Waved Albatross -which was out of season.
The Waved Albatross are only present on the island during the months of April to December, so to find one of these birds in February is really a miracle.
Having finished the hike, I embarked on the Zodiac going back to the ship leaving behind one of the most interesting sites of the Galapagos Islands. Looking towards the Silver Galapagos I was wondering about the surprises for the next day.