Landing at Punta Cormorant, we step ashore onto one of the few populated islands in the Galapagos. Floreana has the most interesting human history of all the Galapagos Islands, being the site of the first “Post Office” dating back to 1793 and home to the first Galapagos resident. It was the first island colonised by Ecuadorians and was a penal colony for a short period.
We set foot on a green-sand beach where sea lions, lava herons, yellow-crowned night herons, blue-footed boobies and penguins can all be found. The trail leads to a brackish lagoon, home to Bahama ducks, common stilts, Galapagos flycatchers, yellow warblers and greater flamingos. We pass a wide variety of plants including morning glory, cut leaf daisies, palo verde and Scalesia as well as black, red and white mangroves. The trail continues to a beach with fine soft sand where sea turtles lay their eggs in the sand dunes and sting rays swim in the shallow waters. After the walk, there is the opportunity to snorkel at Devil’s Crown or Champion, a shallow sunken crater colonised by a brilliant array of colourful fish, coral, white-tipped sharks, sea turtles, spotted eagle rays and sea stars.
Lunch is served on the sundeck if weather conditions permit and in the afternoon we visit Post office Bay, one of the most famous sites in the Galapagos. Whalers placed a wooden barrel here in 1793 and used it as a post office. You can leave a postcard here and pick up any mail from your home area to deliver on your return home. Here you have the chance to swim from the beach with sea lions. Later in the afternoon, we take a Zodiac ride near Baroness Point to spot sea turtles and rays, returning to the yacht for a briefing followed by dinner.