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Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park

Early in the morning, National Geographic Sea Lion started anchoring in front of an incredible green tropical rain forest: the Osa Peninsula. From the ship, we not only admired the famous Corcovado National Park but also got all our gear ready to enjoy this incredible destination. Our expedition landing craft drivers mastered a challenging landing in the pristine beach of Playa Caletas so that the first group could depart for a horseback riding adventure. Read More>

Feb 4, 2016 National Geographic Sea Lion in Costa Rica & Panama

Santa Cruz Island

Charles Darwin was an amazing observer. During his five weeks in the Galapagos, he managed to recognize the different kinds of mockingbirds and their specific islands of origin, and the reasons behind the uneven shape of tuff cones. I marvel at the many details about barnacles, coral reefs, and finches that he described in his prolific publications. I also admire the talent of observation in my colleagues on board, who can recognize subtle changes in the behavior of Galapagos animals and in the population changes in certain organisms. During our last snorkeling outing, Jason Heilmann witnessed broadcast spawning of rainbow wrasses. Read More>

Feb 3, 2016 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

Antarctic Circle, Petermann Island

We were south of the Antarctic circle by the time we left our beds, The views of the scenic Crystal Sound sent snow flurries around our heads. Read More>

Feb 3, 2016 National Geographic Explorer in Antarctica

Santa Cruz Island

A very sunny sky over Santa Cruz Island was an indicator that a fantastic expedition was about to begin in the Galapagos archipelago.  Our goal was to get underway to the Charles Darwin Research Station in order to learn about the different giant tortoise breeding programs in captivity. Puerto Ayora, the biggest town in all of the inhabited islands, is where the headquarters for both the National Park and the Charles Darwin Station are located. The visit to the rearing center of tortoises gave us the opportunity to witness one of the most successful projects the Galapagos Islands has had, The Española Island breeding program. Read More>

Feb 3, 2016 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

Phnom Penh & Kampong Chhang

Some early birds got up and snuck one last visit to Phnom Penh—they had to be up early as Jahan was leaving for our next destination at 7 a.m. Our destination was Kampong Chhang or the “Pottery Village.” As always the journey can be the greatest part of any expedition. On our journey the river became much more narrow, the human occupancy dropped, and the foliage increased—this was prime birding conditions. We were able to see varied species including egrets, terns, sparrows, and kingfishers. The birdwatchers needed to take a break for Dr. Read More>

Feb 3, 2016 Jahan in Vietnam & Cambodia

Coronation Island

Mist shrouded our arrival at Coronation Island this evening. Part of the South Orkney Island chain, Coronation was a new destination for many of the staff and crew on board, the majority of us having never visited during previous voyages. Our plans upon arrival were unspecified, and for good reason: weather and wildlife will always dictate our operations in the Southern Ocean. Coronation Island has a lot of both! As the dive team on board we are at the mercy of the same two factors when it comes to our operation and tonight was no exception. Read More>

Feb 3, 2016 National Geographic Orion in Antarctica

Magdalena Bay, Hull Canal

We spent the first half of the day traveling north in the Pacific Ocean towards Magdalena Bay. During the morning and early afternoon, naturalist presentations on birds and gray whales familiarized us with the wildlife we’ll be seeing in the coming days. When National Geographic Sea Bird entered the bay at noon a gray whale surfaced and blew nearby. Magdalena Bay is enormous, and our local pilot Alejandro was on the bridge all afternoon navigating the ship as we traveled 50 miles north through shallow, narrow channels. Read More>

Feb 3, 2016 National Geographic Sea Bird in Baja California

Golfo Dulce, Rio Tigre and Casa Orquideas

New day, new country! Last night we entered Costa Rica from Panama, and dawn found National Geographic Sea Lion already attached to the rusty dock of the lethargic little town of Golfito (meaning in Spanish, “little bay”) for the immigration paperwork (all done, behind scenes by Cassidy, our super-efficient purser. Read More>

Feb 3, 2016 National Geographic Sea Lion in Costa Rica & Panama

Phnom Penh

There is something truly magical about watching the sun go up and down while cruising along the Mekong River. On this morning it was even more spectacular than other days as the sun lit up the city of Phnom Penh for us. The highlight even before leaving Jahan was seeing the Royal Palace just off the bank while watching the day-to-day operations of the city starting to commence around this immense structure. Some of us started the day off taking photos, some with Tai Chi, some just taking the beauty of Phnom Penh in from the top deck! We were immersed into the local means of travel in one of the most exciting forms possible, from the the front of a cyclo. Read More>

Feb 2, 2016 Jahan in Vietnam & Cambodia

Bequia in the Grenadines

We arrived in the tranquil bay off Port Elizabeth, the main city on the tiny island of Bequia and dropped our anchor at 7:15 a.m. The morning sun was behind some clouds, but shortly on our arrival the sun shone. Bequia is a tiny island only a few square miles in size but possessed of enormous cultural diversity. The early Europeans who came here included a number of indentured French and Scotts who worked on the early sugar plantations. The names of the early settlers still predominate amongst the islands 6,000 permanent inhabitants. When they came here there was still a small relic population of Caribe Indians on the island. Bequia is the ancestral home of the “Garafuna,” or sometimes called “Black Caribe. Read More>

Feb 2, 2016 Sea Cloud in Caribbean

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