This morning see us making a wet landing onto a black beach at James Bay, also known as Puerto Egas. The shorelines are magical, combining tuff cones, lava flows and organic sand. The rocky coast with its very gentle slope is used by a great number of shore birds and reptiles. Oystercatchers, whimbrels, sanderlings, turnstones, tattlers and other waders are found here along with marine iguanas and bright painted crabs that feed by the rich littoral zone. Large lava tunnels, that are partially collapsed, are the houses of Galapagos fur sea lions.
An easy stroll takes us near the coast line where we observe tidal pools, marine birds, iguanas and sea lions. Migratory birds are also often present in this area and it is a good place to observe the Galapagos hawk. The trail ends at the grottos where fur seals sleep during the day.
On returning to the beach there is the option to snorkel or swim. The snorkelling here can be one of the best in the archipelago in amongst sea turtles, parrot fish, damsel fish, white tipped reef sharks and much more…
After lunch The Beagle starts navigating to the west side of Isabela Island.