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Syuru Village, The Asmat, Indonesia

One thing for certain – we are glad that we are honored guests, not enemies, and the entire village came out to greet us. The National Geographic Orion anchors just after sunrise in Flamingo Bay. Read More>

Oct 29, 2014 National Geographic Orion in Borneo & Indonesia

Floreana Island

Located in the southern part of the Galápagos, Floreana was the first island to be colonized and is home to about 130 people. The landscape is hilly all over, and dry and rocky around the shore. The green highlands are fertile for farming and cattle ranching. This island is mostly a national park and the wild life is superb!  Right before landing we saw a pair of green sea turtles mating! Minutes into our walk at Punta Cormorant, we came across a gorgeous beach that happens to be a nesting ground for the Pacific green sea turtles. Read More>

Oct 28, 2014 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

Santa Cruz Island

When people visit the Galapagos, almost without fail, people ask when they will see blue-footed boobies. Certainly the boobies are colorful in both the coloration of their feet and their behavior, so it’s no wonder everyone is excited about seeing them. With that said, however, if there is one animal that symbolizes the Galapagos, it is the giant tortoise. Today was a day that we might say was dedicated to this iconic animal of the Enchanted Isles.   Our first stop was the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the giant tortoise rearing center. Read More>

Oct 28, 2014 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

Kajumera Bay, West Papua, Indonesia

Real exploration is at the heart of the Lindblad-National Geographic style of expedition travel. Many good experiences can be planned, but the best and most exciting days are those when we head into unknown territory, all plans flexible, eyes wide open, ready for anything. Today National Geographic Orion anchored in the mouth of Kajumera Bay, on the southern coast of the narrow neck of the Bird’s Head, the huge peninsula that forms the western end of New Guinea. Read More>

Oct 28, 2014 National Geographic Orion in Borneo & Indonesia

Astoria, Oregon

“Ocian in View! O! the joy. Great joy in camp we are in view of the Ocian, this great Paciific Ocian which we have been so long anxious to see.” —Captain William Clark, November 7th, 1805 We arrived in Astoria in much the same weather conditions that Lewis and Clark and the “Corps of Volunteers for Northwestern Discovery” (which is the official name given to the Expedition by President Thomas Jefferson on August 26th, 1804) experienced in early November, 1805, “weather disagreeable. Read More>

Oct 27, 2014 National Geographic Sea Bird in Pacific Northwest

Triton Bay, West Papua, Indonesia

Triton Bay is a small bay on the west side of the island of New Guinea, in the southern end of the peninsula known as the Bird’s Head. This area was first “discovered” by the famous explorer Sir Thomas Ritchieford sometime around 1832. It was not scientifically investigated until 2006, and what results did they find! On the first expedition of scientists, at least 14 new species of fish were discovered, and 330 species of reef fish were found on one dive site alone. That is amongst the highest in the world!  Around lunch time we entered another world. Read More>

Oct 27, 2014 National Geographic Orion in Borneo & Indonesia

Española Island

The first full day of our expedition took place at Española, or Hood Island, the oldest in the archipelago and certainly a highlight of our week. Many unique species live only on this little island.   We started off by kayaking along the shores of Gardner Bay and then we had our first water activities. Read More>

Oct 27, 2014 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

Floreana Island

On the third day of our expedition, we reached Floreana Island at the southernmost tip of the Galapagos. Floreana is also known as the island of mysteries because of unexplained events that took place in the 1930s when some European inhabitants died or disappeared.  Guests who chose an early wake-up enjoyed a beautiful sunrise, followed by a moderately paced walk on an easy trail that goes right through a brackish water lagoon full of different kinds of birds. Read More>

Oct 27, 2014 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

At Sea, South of Buenos Aires

All our guests made it safely to Buenos Aires some days ago, and after exploring the elegant city, joined us aboard yesterday for an early departure. We had to clear the dock while the tide was still high. The estuary of the Rio de la Plata, “River of Silver”, is 40 miles wide at the capital, and 200 miles wide at its outer mouth. It is huge, and shallow. We had to follow a tight, dredged channel between marker buoys 40 miles out to sea before our pilot left, for even this channel is only 30’ deep. This morning we are 25 nautical miles offshore and still have only 100’ of water beneath the keel. A day at sea. Read More>

Oct 26, 2014 National Geographic Explorer in Patagonia

Hood River, Oregon

Last evening, after hearing of the travails of Lewis and Clark at the camp they called “that dismal nitch,” we found our doughty National Geographic Sea Bird to be sailing into buffeting winds and lashing rain. So lucky we felt to be snug in our warm, dry cabins. This morning finds us docked at Cascade Locks, still with a dose of Pacific Northwest weather as rain is pouring down, but the wind has subsided.  We are delighted to see the rain stop as we board our motor coaches for the drive to Rasmussen’s Farm. Read More>

Oct 26, 2014 National Geographic Sea Bird in Pacific Northwest

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