Wake up on Isla Espanola, the southernmost island of the Galapagos. Because of its remote location, this island has a large population of endemic fauna. It is also the breeding site for nearly all the 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses on earth, plus home to colonies of blue-footed and Nazca boobies.
Trails from the golden beaches, where sea lions bathe and marine iguanas make their way towards the water, will lead you right through the middle of booby colonies. It’s also possible to spot Galapagos doves and mockingbirds along the way.
Pay a visit to Punta Suarez and take a trail walk to a clifftop viewpoint. From here you’ll gain a magical panorama, watching boobies line the rocky shoreline beneath you while frigate birds twirl overhead, and enormous male sea lions can be seen lounging in the distance. Depending on the season, albatross also use the cliffs as their ‘runway’, helped in becoming airborne by the gusts of southeast winds. If you’re lucky (and the season is right), you’ll see the elaborate courtship rituals performed by albatrosses before the female chooses her lifelong mate!
Visit the beautiful white sandy beaches at Bahia Gardner, perfect for swimming and relaxing. The rocks off the coast provide excellent snorkelling opportunities, with reef sharks, turtles and many species of tropical fish nesting here. The small white-tipped reef sharks are often spotted resting under the rocks too.
Sail overnight to Punta Pitt (Isla San Cristobal).
Estimated travel time/distance:
Punta Suarez to Bahia Gardener: 1 hour (7 nautical miles)
Bahia Gardener to Punta Pitt (Isla San Cristobal): 7 hours (50 nautical miles)