Galapagos Islands Day 2: Española Island

After a pretty rough night at sea, our “Feel Again” team arrived on Española Island just after sunrise.  The last time I visited the Galapagos Islands, Española Island was actually my favourite destination.  I loved the beautiful landscapes, the soft white-sand beaches, and how the sea lions would seemingly play with you on the beach and in the dive locations nearby.  This trip, too, was amazing.  We started off by visiting Suarez Point, then in the afternoon we went for a snorkel, and then ended the day by heading to Gardner Bay where I got the chance to shoot some landscape photos.

Check out the video and images from Española Island below.


About Suarez Point

I was a little bit disappointed that we got to Suarez Point a bit late to shoot sunrise photos.  I thought the landscape and the cool yellow lighthouse would have made a great photo.  However, the rough seas meant that we arrived late.  But, quickly after arriving at Suarez Point, I forgot about sunrise and fell in love with the wildlife sightings.  Here, we saw Nazca (Masked) Boobies, Blue-Footed Boobies, Marine Iguanas, Lava Lizards, Albatross, and of course a number of Sea Lions. There is a great trail that goes around the Suarez Point area and takes about 2 hours to walk.  However, since we were working we spent about 5 1/2 hours shooting in the area.

Photos from Suarez Point

Since it was our first location, I kind of overshot Suarez Point a bit.  I also think that I wasn’t focused on a photography goal.  Rather, I was just photographing animals, rather than trying to make images.  Thus, this was the place I shot the most images, and probably walked away with the fewest I really like.  Here are some of the ones I liked, though.

Suarez Point, Galapagos Islands

A lava lizard!

Suarez Point, Galapagos Islands

A couple marine iguana warming up in the sun.

Suarez Point, Galapagos Islands

A baby sea lion hanging out on the beach.

Suarez Point, Galapagos Islands

Portrait of a Marine Iguana. Love how close I can get with the 100-400mm lens!

Suarez Point, Galapagos Islands

Nazca Booby pair on the cliffs.

Suarez Point, Galapagos Islands

Beautiful blue-footed booby.

Suarez Point, Galapagos Islands

A group of Albatross on the flats of Suarez Point.

Suarez Point, Galapagos Islands

Waves crashing on the rocks.

Suarez Point, Galapagos Islands

A couple marine iguanas on the rocks over the cliffs.

Suarez Point, Galapagos Islands

The lighthouse of Suarez Point.


About Gardner Bay

If Gardner Bay were in a non-protected location, like the Caribbean, it would be a beach-goers dream.  I have never been anywhere on the planet where the sand is so soft.  It’s almost like cooking flour.  It really is amazing. Anyways, we got here an hour before sunset and I got the chance to get some cool images of the sea lions and the landscape here.  One of my favourite moments of the entire trip to the Galapagos was just sitting on the beach photographing a baby sea lion with beautiful sky behind it. There are companies that offer amazing travel experiences (such as the National Geographic Galapagos tours offered by so I’d highly recommend you check them out.

Photos from Gardner Bay

My goal on Gardner Bay was to get a couple images that melded the wildlife with the landscapes.  I think I was fairly successful with these sea lion photos.  I also got a couple more classic  landscape images there too.

Gardner Bay, Galapagos Islands

A baby sea lion all rolled up in sand to keep cool.

Gardner Bay, Galapagos Islands

A sea lion yawns on Gardner Bay.

Gardner Bay, Galapagos Islands

A sea lion poses for the camera at sunset.

Gardner Bay, Galapagos Islands

Such beautiful landscapes on Gardner Bay.

Gardner Bay, Galapagos Islands

Nap time for a sea lion!

Gardner Bay, Galapagos Islands

One of my favourite landscape shots from the Galapagos Islands.


What’s Next on the Travel Photography Blog

I’ve got one more on location video from the Galapagos Islands.  Then, I have a review of the Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 Version ii lens I used a lot on this trip.  And, in current time, I’m in Cuba! So, of course, there will be a bunch of articles from there.

Author: Brendan van Son

Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on . to learn a little bit more about me and my work.

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  1. These are fantastic! The photos are great and the video was really well done

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