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Granito de Oro Islet, Coiba National Park

National Geographic Sea Lion cruised its way from Costa Rica to Panama during the night. It was escorted by a night sky loaded with stars. The Southern Cross could be seen on the starboard side. Little by little the stars began to vanish as the first sun rays began to show up. The sun announced his arrival with a spectacular orange sky. Read More>

Jan 28, 2015 National Geographic Sea Lion in Costa Rica & Panama

San Jose del Cabo & Gorda Bank

After having sailed south during the night, we arrived at Land’s End shortly before sunrise; the granite pinnacles at the southern end of the peninsula of Baja California, also known as the Friar’s Rocks, are a landmark of the region, particularly the world famous arch that constitutes a symbol of the peninsula for many people around the globe. We had the chance to admire it with the soft low light of the early morning, as numerous sport fishing boats raced out of the marina looking for yellow fin tuna, dorado, sailfish, or even striped marlin. Land’s End is also the western boundary of the Gulf of California or Sea of Cortez, and we entered it to explore it for the rest of the week. We continued sailing to the east and shortly afterward arrived to the new marina of Puerto Los Cabos in San Jose del Cabo; we disembarked and divided in two groups, some to go bird watching at the estuary and some to mix with the local people in town. Read More>

Jan 28, 2015 National Geographic Sea Bird in Baja California

Drake Passage

And we are off!  Yesterday, we boarded National Geographic Orion in Ushuaia and set sail on this epic journey to Antarctica, South Georgia Island, and the Falklands. We traveled down the Beagle Channel and somewhere last night we entered the southern ocean. The Drake Passage, a body of water known for its rough seas, was placid. We awoke this morning to gentle winds and calm seas as we headed south. Throughout the day, we kept a continual watch for seabirds. Read More>

Jan 28, 2015 National Geographic Orion in Antarctica

Isabela Island

Isabela Island is the largest Island in this oceanic archipelago, and it has many visitor sites to offer for our visitors, which is why we will spend a second full day in this area. Today we offer two visitor sites to explore—Our morning activities will be at Urbina Bay, and we will move on to Tagus Cove in the afternoon. Urbina Bay has very important evidence of a volcanic uplifting process, which probably took place in 1952, and the best evidence for this episode is a coral head almost 15 feet above sea level, and many shells of barnacles and sea worms attached to the rocks. Read More>

Jan 28, 2015 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

At Sea: Cape Horn to Ushuaia

Early risers were treated to a lovely sunrise at 5:30 a.m. over the Drake Passage. The clear eastern horizon enabled the sun to paint the underside of low clouds off to the west in various shades of orange and pink. The gentle motion of the National Geographic Explorer that we enjoyed through the night began to change as we made our approach to the storied Cape Horn. Boisterous seas driven by steady 35 knot winds from the west slapped benignly at our bow until our captain turned the ship eastward toward the Beagle Channel. Our turn, several miles from the cape, offered an excellent opportunity to see and photograph this legendary point of land. Those of us who lingered on deck were rewarded with two small groups of bow-riding Peale’s dolphins that enjoyed being pushed along by the ship’s pressure wave. At 11:00 Susan Solomon presented a very interesting talk on the way the Earth’s changing climate is affecting Antarctica, and at 1:30 Lisa Kelley regaled us with tales of her time spent as overwintering manager of the U. Read More>

Jan 28, 2015 National Geographic Explorer in Antarctica

Santiago Island

The adventure and excitement of our expedition continues with a visit to one of the five largest islands, Santiago. It is the fourth largest island in the archipelago, located in the center of Galapagos, and it appears to be one of the older islands in this unique volcanic island system. The oldest lava is often found in the northwestern part of the island, therefore the vegetation happens to be denser, and the highest part of the island is the greener, grassier section, where the 900 giant tortoises endemic to Santiago are found. Read More>

Jan 28, 2015 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Vietnam

It’s been a lazy day here on the Mekong River as we depart Phnom Penh, Cambodia and make our way down to Vietnam. For many of us, the day started out with a beautiful sunrise walk along the riverside. Waking up early is a great chance to experience the hustle and bustle of Cambodian culture as they prepare their markets for a busy day of selling, engage in their morning exercises, and fly along the local streets on motorbikes and cyclos. With an all-aboard time of 8 a.m., we had plenty of time to explore the waterfront during the coolest time of the day. Once everyone was back on the ship, we picked up our guest lecturer Jean Michel Fillipi from the University of Phnom Penh and set off for a long day of cruising down river. Read More>

Jan 28, 2015 Jahan in Vietnam & Cambodia

Golfo Dulce and Casa Orquideas Botanical Garden

The day started with a gorgeous sunrise at Golfo Dulce, and for all those early birds on board National Geographic Sea Lion, an amazing bird watching activity was about to start. As the day started warming up the birds began showing up. Crested guans, toucans, parrots, and parakeets were just some of the beautiful birds we got to see. Just when we all thought the morning couldn’t get any better, Gustavo spotted a bat falcon, which was the big prize for all of us. The morning continues with another great activity. Read More>

Jan 27, 2015 National Geographic Sea Lion in Costa Rica & Panama

A Day At Sea

The mild wind and waves gently rock the boat; a time to reflect, a time to catch up on editing, a time to sleep after seven full days on the peninsula. The Antarctic—when you tell your friends you are going there does it beg the response “How cool!” or “Why would you go there?” Antarctica—one of the most amazing places on the planet (and I am from Buffalo, NY). Read More>

Jan 27, 2015 National Geographic Explorer in Antarctica

Magdalena Bay & Hull Canal

We had spent the night anchored in a narrow section of Magdalena Bay, surrounded by miles of sand dunes and mangroves. As night changed to day, I heard a whale exhaling; in the dim twilight a gray whale mother and calf were swimming beneath Jupiter. Sunrise turned the sky a brilliant orange-red. We boarded small expedition landing crafts to view gray whales in this narrow section of the bay. Read More>

Jan 27, 2015 National Geographic Sea Bird in Baja California

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