Day 6: Floreana Island
We begin our day on Floreana with a visit to Post Office Bay, quite possibly the most famous site in Galapagos. Here we visit a post barrel, originally put into use in the late 18th century by sailors onboard English whaling vessels. You are invited to leave a post card and to pick up any mail from your home area. This island could be the most “infamous” of all the Galapagos, due to many intriguing stories surrounding the pioneering families, which we shall hear about from our naturalist guides. Snorkeling here is rewarded with ample marine life such as rays and reef sharks, and the turquoise lagoons are home to brilliant pink flamingos. You may also observe stilts and pintail ducks in the brackish waters and depending on the season, sea turtles laying their eggs in the sand dunes. Following lunch, we step ashore at Punta Cormorant, a green-sand beach alive with the sounds of sea lions. Follow a trail to a brackish lagoon, home of the pintail ducks, common stilts, and the pinkest Flamingos in the world. Your guide will help identify a rich variety of plants including morning glories, cutleaf daisies, palo verdes and scalesia, all while approaching a beach with power soft sand. After the walk, we have an opportunity to snorkel or kayak at Champion Islet. Overnight on the Athala.