A beautiful day on Fernandina Island, one of the youngest islands of the Galapagos archipelago, is a truly special thing due to the added uniqueness of its landscape. The contrast between several layers of aa and pahoehoe lava, green vegetation, coral sand beach and even some incredible blue lakes makes this an incredible combination of features that can only be witnessed on Fernandina. On this special day, it was also an island that was blooming with life.
A Beautiful Day on Fernandina Island: A Hidden Treasure
Fernandina is home to a little bay that’s rather small, meaning a maximum group of only 16 people can be there comfortably at one time. The view here is amazing, as the bay has a channel that connects to a so-called “small lake” (mainly because the water in said lake tends to be so perfectly still that it looks like a mirror). From above, guests often stand mesmerized, examining the life and high level of activity that flows around underwater.
Rays gracefully glide to and fro, marine tortoises pop their heads up out of the water every now and then to catch a fresh breath of air, and plenty of little fish swim in all directions. There is also a lot to see outside of the water, such as the plethora of marine iguanas perfectly camouflaged and basking along the lava rocks. This little spot has tons of places for guests to take some pretty amazing photos and it’s something we never fail to take advantage of when we’re here. This is all to say: numerous photoshoot sessions were in order.
A Beautiful Day on Fernandina Island: A Round of Excellent Sights
After making the most out of the wonderful gifts that this small area had to offer us, we continued our walk along the trail that took us around the rest of the visitor site. Fernandina has different areas where one can see a completely different landscape and also spot several different animals. Our second stop was on the beach where we enjoyed the company of some rather playful sea lions and many marine birds that were out and about, decorating the skies.
A Beautiful Day on Fernandina Island: The Other Side
The third spot was again near the water where there is a nice lava flow along the ground. This is where we were able to find another one of the BIG15 iconic species in the Galapagos – the flightless cormorant. There were about 6 of them trying to warm up with the setting sun that was left of what eventually turned out to be an amazing sunset. On the way back to the ship and after enjoying such a nice day beautiful day on Fernandina Island, we were all left feeling so much more in touch and connected with nature.