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  • Santa Cruz Island

    The National Geographic Endeavor II anchored early in the morning at Academy Bay, Santa Cruz Island, the most populous of the islands in the archipelago.By bus we arrived at the Charles Darwin Research Station and the National Park facilities. Read More

    • Mar 23, 2017
    • National Geographic Endeavour II in Galápagos
  • At sea, South America in sight!

    We have enjoyed amazing ocean crossings during this expedition to the Falklands and South Georgia.  And ocean crossings aboard National Geographic Explorer are not about downtime. They are filled with interesting presentations that inform us about what we will see or give us more details about what we have been experiencing. It is also a time to go over some of the amazing photographic opportunities that we have enjoyed on this expedition. Our last passage of the trip from West Falkland to the southern part of Tierra del Fuego was no different, we awoke to views of Southern Argentina and Staten Island or Isla de los Estados. Albatrosses and other seabirds flew around the ship as we quickly made our way towards the protected Beagle Channel where we would turn west and skirt the border between Chile and Argentina—the channel is both a natural and geographic boundary of the two countries. There were a few presentations and a briefing about disembarkation from the ship and all the logistics involved.  We didn’t want to necessarily think about leaving the ship or the end of the trip, but all great things must come to an end. This expedition has been an amazing experience for us all as we explored the Falkland Islands and then on to South Georgia, one of the premiere wildlife destinations in the world. We have now closed the loop and returned to where we began. Many of us thought about that as we packed our belongings and our memories from this incredible expedition.. Read More

    • Mar 23, 2017
    • National Geographic Explorer in Antarctica
  • Santiago Island

    An incredible day at Santiago Island started with a pre-breakfast outing, a photographic walk along a volcanic sand beach. After breakfast we snorkeled, rode Zodiacs along the coast and visited a historical cove where buccaneers once set foot ashore. During the afternoon we had a stroll and a great time swimming off a black sandy beach. We also hiked among grottos made out of collapsed lava structures. . Read More

    • Mar 23, 2017
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
  • Cayo Largo, Cuba

    The DER below is from the expedition to Cuba that began on March 15, 2017.Following a fascinating visit to Isle of Youth yesterday, Panorama II sailed east overnight along the Canarreos Archipelago of small low-lying coral islands that create the edge of the Gulf of Batabano. Read More

    • Mar 23, 2017
    • Panorama II in Cuba
  • Havana, Cuba

    The DER below is from the expedition to Cuba that began on March 22, 2017. After a much needed rest in the historic Hotel Nacional, the group awoke this morning to a big day in Havana: two people-to-people lectures, a walking tour of the old city, a stop at a rations store, a visit to Ernest Hemingway’s former estate and fishing village, as well as the Partagas Cigar Factory, and a whole lot of classic Cuban cuisine. Read More

    • Mar 23, 2017
    • Panorama II in Cuba
  • Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico

    We started our morning up before the crack of dawn as Captain David Kay expertly positioned the National Geographic Sea Bird right off Land’s End, the famous and dramatic granitic rocks that form the southern point of the Baja Peninsula. The remainder of the morning was spent in the quaint town of San Jose del Cabo, enjoying a walk amongst birds and locals alike. Read More

  • West Point and New Island, Falkland Islands

    Today we completed the last landings of our voyage. Just after an early breakfast we set foot on a dry dock near a farm at West Point Island, located on the truly wild side of the Falkland Islands. The seas were calm, the skies were blue, and the temperature allowed for light clothing. The main attraction here is a colony of black-browed albatrosses and rockhopper penguins. Some guests chose to walk a good mile across the island, whereas others preferred a ride in sturdy Land Rovers to get to the colony. The colony is surrounded by dense tussac vegetation, and we zig-zagged the last hundred meters through tall stools of tussock grass to get close enough to see the nesting birds. Our first encounter was a group of rockhoppers. Some of them kept quiet, whereas others were constantly calling and squabbling to each other. A few also demonstrated their jumping skills. A great number of individual downy albatross chicks were sitting on bowl-like nests of soil, grass, and roots. Striated caracaras were hovering over us everywhere. As we left the island through the Westpoint Pass, hundreds of terns, albatrosses, and shags were swarming in the air or in a feeding frenzy on the water. After  lunch  the  National Geographic Explorer  headed  for  New Island,  one  of  the most westerly of the outer islands in the Falklands. Read More

    • Mar 22, 2017
    • National Geographic Explorer in Antarctica
  • Santiago Island

    Today the National Geographic Endeavour II visits three sites on the Island called James, Santiago or San Salvador, we have a wide array of activities planned out from early in the morning until sunset, such as: snorkel, kayak, glass bottom boat and various hikes. This island has incredibly beautiful landscapes and unique wildlife that our guests will get to enjoy while participating on each activity.. Read More

    • Mar 22, 2017
    • National Geographic Endeavour II in Galápagos
  • Isabela Island

    Isabela is one of the youngest islands of the Galapagos and in the morning we explored Urbina bay, situated at the foot of Alcedo volcano. We saw a Flightless cormorant resting on a lava rock at the beach, Giant tortoises walking in the wild, hermit crabs, Galapagos land iguanas, Darwin finches, Galapagos mockingbirds, and the arid vegetation zone.In the afternoon we had kayaking activities and a Zodiac cruise in Tagus Cove. Read More

    • Mar 22, 2017
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
  • Isla of Youth, Cuba

    The DER below is from the expedition to Cuba that began on March 15, 2017.After navigating 220 miles in a westerly direction from Cienfuegos, coasting the Canarreos Archipelago, we spent a day exploring the Isla of Youth (formerly Isle of Pines). Read More

    • Mar 22, 2017
    • Panorama II in Cuba
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