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  • Floreana Island

    Today we woke up early at Punta Cormorant on the northern part of Floreana or Charles Island. We landed before breakfast to see the flamingo lagoon and walk along a gravel trail until we reached a pristine, white, sandy beach where Pacific green turtles nest. 

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  • Santa Cruz Island

    Today we woke up anchored in Academy Bay at the island of Santa Cruz, which is the second biggest island of the archipelago; we started our day going to the giant tortoise breeding center, Fausto LLerena. There we learned about all the different projects that are being conducted by the Galapagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Research Station to preserve this unique ecosystem. After this, a group of our guests, went to the Tomas de Berlanga School to learn a little bit more about how education works in the island, and another group went to a sugar cane farm called El Traphiche. After the visits, we had an amazing lunch up in the highlands at Aquelarre Restaurant, followed by the last expedition of the day, observing the tortoises in their natural environment on a private ranch known as El Chato.

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  • Floreana Island

    We started at 6:00 AM this morning, as we had an early morning call to enjoy the sunrise imp Floreana.  We disembarked at 6:30 at Punta Cormorant, where our guests went for a hike through the Palo Santo Forest. The trail took us to the other side of the forest to a beautiful white sandy beach, where sea turtles nest. The vegetation in Floreana is unique, and we saw several species of endemic plants, such as Lecocarpus and Scalesia, both of which are found only on this island. We also offered a shorter photo walk to a lagoon, from where we observed flamingos displaying courtship behavior! We also had the great opportunity to see blue-footed boobies doing their elaborate mating dance right in front of us. Ready for our breakfast, we returned onboard. We finished the morning with a Zodiac ride and snorkeling around Champion Islet. 

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  • Española and Punta Suarez

    Today we enjoyed a wonderful day experiencing the astonishing wildlife of Española, the most eastern island of the Galápagos archipelago. We started with an early kayak session on Gardner Bay, then after breakfast, had our first snorkel exploration of the week. Everyone enjoyed the great visibility and the opportunity to play with juvenile sea lions who were making graceful pirouettes in the water. We also had a nice stroll along a pristine, white sand beach where sea lions and a diversity of endemic birds are part of the landscape. For lunch, we were delighted with a marvelous Ecuadorian buffet, and after that, our certified photo instructor Socrates gave a presentation about wildlife photography in the Galápagos. Later on we sailed to Punta Suarez, where we take one of the most fascinating walks we can experience in the islands. Here, one of the highlights was the waved albatross, the largest bird of the Galápagos. We ended our day with the great joy of having witnessed so much natural beauty.

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  • Millennium Atoll

    Millennium Atoll is such an amazing place, and we have been lucky enough to spend the last two days in this location. We found ourselves in of the most remote places on earth. The atoll formally known as Caroline Island, forms a part of the Southern Line Islands of Kiribati. It was renamed because its location and time zone meant it was the first place on earth to tick over into the new millennium. We were certainly in a unique part of the world, you do not have travel too far to move between four different time zones. 

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  • Española Island

    On our first full day of exploration in Galapagos, we started on Española Island, also known as Hood Island. Española has its own special magic, being the oldest. For 3.4 million years, it has been a natural laboratory for evolution and is home to various endemic species such as the Hood mockingbird, the Hood lava lizard and the most colorful marine iguanas in the archipelago. 

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  • At Sea towards the Southern Line Islands

    After a gorgeous afternoon snorkel at the “Aquarium” at Rangiroa, National Geographic Orion sailed north leaving French Polynesia behind.  Our day at sea is taking us to a remote and spectacular destination, the Southern Line Islands.  This remote group is uninhabited and filled with incredible marine life.  Anticipation is high as some of us are looking forward to returning to this amazing place, while others are wondering what it will really be like.  Our day was filled with presentations, delicious meals, some seabirds, a passing school of tuna, and a magnificent double rainbow. 

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  • San Cristobal Island

    The National Geographic Islander repositioned to the southeastern corner of the archipelago, and the island we visited today happens to be the first island visited by Charles Darwin in 1835. Our visitor’s site for the morning is called Punta Pitt, named after a British admiral back in the 1800s. This site is an eroded tuff cone that today serves as nesting site for red-footed boobies, frigatebirds, red-billed tropics birds and many more sea birds.

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  • Los Islotes & Isla Espiritu Santo

    Waking up for the last sunrise of our amazing Baja expedition, the National Geographic Sea Bird arrived at the small, rocky islets of Los Islotes to a welcoming party of California sea lions lazing on the sun-drenched rocks and magnificent frigatebirds soaring overhead. Looking on with excitement at a feeding frenzy of dolphins in the distance and a mother and calf humpback whale pair cruising nearby, we geared up to spend our morning snorkeling with the sea lions. 

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  • Santa Cruz Island

    As soon as I opened the door to the outside, I could feel and smell the warm air coming from shore. The town of Puerto Ayora was off our stern, we were at anchor, and civilization was in view. A mixed sort of excitement; access to other species of giant tortoise we couldn’t see otherwise, shops and movement, but…civilization. Not everyone was ready for it.

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