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Cruising Southern Baja/San Jose del Cabo

Auspiciously, this day began with a spectacular green flash sunrise.  It is said in Scottish myth that anyone who sees the green flash will ever after be able to look deeply into their own soul and the soul of fellow humans, and know the truth or falsity of what is said.  So you can feel sure that everything that you read in this Daily Expedition Report is the absolute truth.  It is true that we saw over 50 humpback whales today and that we saw them breaching, flipper and tail slapping, chasing each other in competitive groups, mothers with calves swimming and leaping and generally, incredible behaviors.  It is true that we saw sea turtles, common and bottlenose dolphins, mabula rays and Audubon’s shearwaters while amongst the whales.  It is true that we saw over 25 species of birds, beautiful birds, in the estuary of San Jose del Cabo during our afternoon walk ashore.  And it is true that we were at the famous Friar’s Rocks at Land’s End off Cabo San Lucas for one of the most spectacular sunsets imaginable and were then run off the deck by rain.  Yes, rain in this desert land. As naturalists onboard the Lindblad Expeditions fleet, we are often asked if we get tired of doing the same thing and answering the same questions day after day after day. Read More>

Mar 3, 2015 National Geographic Sea Bird in Baja California

At Sea, Scotia Sea

The first guest to the bridge this morning wondered out loud why the Ice Captain was driving.  Unbeknownst to the intrepid explorers, he had been up since 2:00 a.m., threading us through an ice field to the North of Shag Rocks. However, as the rest of us awakened to calming seas, a late breakfast was a treat to our normally busy schedule. Read More>

Mar 3, 2015 National Geographic Orion in Antarctica

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

At around 6:30 a.m., in the delightful light of the rising sun, we raise anchor and sail from our overnight anchorage in Chaktomuk (the confluence of the Mekong, Tonle Sap and Tonle Bassac) to Phnom Penh's riverfront. There, we moor our ship Jahan to its older sister, Jayavarman, to easily access the docks and start exploring the capital city of Cambodia. On the riverfront, an army of cyclos is awaiting! These pedal-powered local transports are an ideal way to navigate the traffic while being close to the action. Read More>

Mar 3, 2015 Jahan in Vietnam & Cambodia

Santa Cruz Island

In the morning, we visited the Giant Tortoises’ breeding center, located at the Charles Darwin Station facilities. This is the most successful restoration program carried out by the Galapagos National Park Service, together with the scientists of the Darwin Station.  We saw the tiny babies and the huge adults in their corrals, and learned all about how these little tortoises will, one day, be repatriated to their home islands.Today we were visiting one of the four inhabited islands, which is also my home island, Santa Cruz. Read More>

Mar 3, 2015 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

Los Islotes and Punta Dispensa

This morning we woke up to a flat, calm sea, and an impressive green flash was the start to our day. We experienced amazingly calm seas throughout last night's sailing, and from early on, we were ready to enjoy our second day in the Gulf of California. The morning destination was Los Islotes. Read More>

Mar 3, 2015 National Geographic Sea Bird in Baja California

Prion Island, Bay of Isles & at sea to the Falklands

On our last expedition day here in South Georgia we were all treated to a rather unusual gift, a wooden boardwalk! Up until now our landings have often been over ice and snow, or cobble and boulders, or through melted water streams, or even through tussock grass fields…unsure footing to say the least. Here on Prion Island the folks at South Georgia Heritage Trust (the same people who are currently trying to eradicate rats from this island) have built a beautiful wooden boardwalk from the landing beach all the way to the top of Prion Island with one purpose in mind, to make it easy to view wandering albatrosses at their nesting sites.Under the boardwalk, down by the sea, yeah On a blanket with my baby is where I'll be (Under the boardwalk) Out of the sun (Under the boardwalk) We'll be havin' some fun (Under the boardwalk) People walking above (Under the boardwalk) We'll be falling in love Under the boardwalk, boardwalk  - The Drifters The walking is easy, with nicely spaced steps and chicken wire tacked to the wood for good boot grip. Read More>

Mar 2, 2015 National Geographic Orion in Antarctica

Bona, Otoque and Iguana Islands, Gulf of Panama

A beautiful breezy, sunny morning greeted us on the National Geographic Sea Lion.  Our yoga mats tried to blow off the sun deck during our stretching class, but we persevered.  An “early bird cruise” set off before breakfast and cruised towards guano covered Bona Island.  Birds, birds, and more birds. Read More>

Mar 2, 2015 National Geographic Sea Lion in Costa Rica & Panama

St. Lucia

Today, we took advantage of the magic that is Sea Cloud.  This incredible ship, built to sail in the old style, in comfort, was used to its fullest.   In the morning, we were sailing with the spectacular backdrop of St. Lucia.   After lunch, we tucked in close to shore and anchored to explore this gorgeous island.  Finally, at sunset, we drifted off the famous Pitons once again enjoying the comfort and luxury of Sea Cloud.  With favorable winds, this morning the crew set nearly all the sails. Read More>

Mar 2, 2015 Sea Cloud in Caribbean

Floreana Island

Floreana Island, one of the four inhabited Islands in Galapagos, was named after the first president of Ecuador, Juan José Flores. It was during his administration that the government of Ecuador took possession of the archipelago. It was previously called Charles Island (after King Charles II of England), and Santa Maria after one of the caravels of Columbus. The island has an area of 173 square kilometers (67 sq mi), and a small population of about 130 inhabitants has a very interesting human history since the discovery of the Islands in 1535 by the Spanish Bishop Tomas de Berlanga. Read More>

Mar 2, 2015 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

Chau Doc

The mighty Mekong River slips past Jahan, our vessel for this expedition from Vietnam to Cambodia, as we make our way gently downstream. With beautiful clear skies above us, our morning begins as our two groups head away from the mothership towards the Chau Doc floating markets. Nestling together in the mainstream, numerous small wooden vessels are a hive of activity as we approach. Each boat boasts a wooden pole proudly displaying the wares for sale, a variety of locally produced fruits and vegetables. They've been here since 5 am, when local farmers visited each in turn to drop off their stock, and will remain throughout the day to trade, sell and barter. They wave at us happily as we pass, and then carry on their business. All of the boats sport a distinctive pair of "eyes" painted onto the hull, just beneath the prow. Read More>

Mar 2, 2015 Jahan in Vietnam & Cambodia

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