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North Seymour & Rabida

We had an early start to the day as we disembarked on North Seymour Island. There was an abundance of activity in every direction. Rays were jumping out of the water in the distance, schools of razor surgeonfish swirled in the clear waters by our landing point, sea lions lumbered across our path, frigatebirds swooped above our heads—and that was all in the first ten minutes. As we made our way along the beach, we had the opportunity to photograph frigate birds feeding their young with fish from the mother’s gullet and males with their red pouches inflated to attract females. Read More>

Nov 29, 2015 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

Manuel Antonio National Park

Welcome back, National Geographic Sea Lion, to southern Central America! This week is the beginning of our 2015-2016 season and last night, we sailed around 55 nautical miles from Herradura Bay in order to reach the Central Pacific region of Costa Rica. Our day started in one of our most beautiful protected areas of Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio National Park. Read More>

Nov 29, 2015 National Geographic Sea Lion in Costa Rica & Panama

Zapote and Supay

Our Saturday started with a 6:00 a.m. boat ride up Zapote Creek off the Ucayali River. The skies were overcast and the temperature was perfect for exploring.  As we entered the creek we were greeted by a pink river dolphin fishing and a snowy egret standing regally at the river’s edge. Kingfishers were already out fishing and horned screamers could be heard in the distance. A green iguana was sprawled at the top of a tree attempting to warm up. The Amazonian world was waking up too! After breakfast, some of us headed back up Zapote Creek in the skiffs while others went kayaking. Read More>

Nov 28, 2015 Delfin II in Amazon

Genovesa Island

Today we anchored inside a caldera known as Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island. We walked on a sandy trail where we saw several swallow tailed gulls, red footed boobies in their nesting area and got to observe them being chased by Great frigate birds. The morning was very sunny and some of our guests stayed on the beach after the walk while others went snorkeling along the cliffs of the bay. This snorkeling site had great visibility and we saw lots of fish, green sea turtles and even a red spiny lobster by the rocks. At the end of the morning we all returned aboard for a well-deserved lunch. Read More>

Nov 28, 2015 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

Beagle Channel, Patagonia, Argentina

The expedition we have enjoyed for the past three weeks is closing a rather large loop around the Scotia Sea.  When we left Ushuaia, Argentina the path our ship National Geographic Explorer would take was fairly well known, but what wonders we would see along that path were not. First the Falklands with magnificent black-browed albatross colonies mixed with pugnacious rockhopper penguins. Read More>

Nov 28, 2015 National Geographic Explorer in Antarctica

Pacaya River

Today Delfin II reached the most remote part of the Ucayali River for our journey. We took off on our search for wildlife at six thirty in the morning. As we crossed the entrance from the Ucayali into Pacaya River, a number of pink river dolphins were seen feeding in the rich convergence of the white water of the Ucayali, and the black water of the Pacaya. We experienced light rain and pleasant temperature. Read More>

Nov 27, 2015 Delfin II in Amazon

Sombrero Chino & Sullivan Bay, Santiago Island

Today we were anchored next to the southern coast of Santiago Island close to Sombrero Chino Islet. Our morning adventure started after breakfast with a Zodiac ride to admire the geology and wildlife of this area.  It is an amazing, active landscape which makes its geology fascinating! Along the shoreline we spotted striated herons fishing next to the coast, while the gracious Sally light foot crabs were looking for algae. In a little cove there was a yellow crowned night heron looking for shade and not too far away Galapagos shear waters were landing at a small cliff. It was a great outing. We went back on board the National Geographic Islander to get ready for the next activities of the morning- deep water snorkeling, a very interesting hike or just relaxing at the small, white sandy beach of Sombrero Chino. Our guests were delighted with the snorkeling opportunity. The water was very clear and large schools of colorful fish were spotted, white tipped reef sharks made their appearance together with one Galapagos Penguin! The hike at Sombrero Chino was spectacular also. Our guests observed playful young sea lions, marine iguanas, shore birds and a unique geological formation. After snorkeling many guests decided to visit the beach to enjoy the pristine and unique landscape. As soon as we were on board we changed and got ready for the next activity, the National Geographic Islander was repositioned and we went by the Bainbridge Islets where our Captain Patricio Jaramillo was leading the maneuvers to get close to the Islet. Read More>

Nov 27, 2015 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

Genovesa Island

The night before our arrival to Genovesa Island, we crossed the equatorial line up north. This is the only island opened to land visits in the group of northern Galapagos Islands. The morning came and we anchored inside of the collapsed island caldera. Read More>

Nov 27, 2015 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

At Sea, Bound for Ushuaia, Argentina

We awoke this morning well into our sail across the Drake Passage and on to Ushuaia. Marking the end of our voyage to the Antarctic peninsula yesterday was a day chock-full of exploration and celebration. Neko Harbour provided us with breath-taking views, a pristine ending to a seemingly perfect voyage. As many of us began to wind down the exciting chapter in our lives others embarked on a new adventure entirely. In announcement to the entire harbour, blasts from the ships horn signified a very special celebration apart from the Thanksgiving holiday: the symbolic marriage of one of the most friendly and delightful couples on board. Presided over by the Captain and accompanied by a handful of penguins as witnesses, Sandra and Tegwen reminded us of the many thanks we have to give in our lives. For those of us not travelling with family it was an opportunity to give thanks for the memories and friends we have made over the last three weeks, an especially moving “Friendsgiving”. With relatively calm seas many of us took time today to organize photos and catch up on much deserved rest. Read More>

Nov 27, 2015 National Geographic Explorer in Antarctica

At Sea, Eastbound for Easter Island

We are lost in the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, having left Ducie Island two days ago. Ducie was itself the last scrap of land at the eastern rim of the Pitcairn group, already 500 miles behind us.  Polynesians once occupied this group of islands, themselves depending on a tenuous link with Mangareva, far, far back in our wake. The Mangarevans came to Pitcairn for the volcanic rock which made the finest stone axes, essential for woodland clearance at home and weapons at war. The Pitcairn natives came east to Henderson for the tough Miro trees, whose dense bark was perfect for carving, and to load up with seabird eggs and fish as a welcome change from taro and sweet potato. But life was never easy in these outposts, and both Pitcairn and Henderson were long abandoned when Europeans arrived in recent times.  And yet, at some time over one thousand years ago, their own ancestors had launched one of their mighty double-hulled canoes and set off across 900 miles of ocean to reach our next destination, Easter Island, far away under the eastern horizon.  Theirs was the Starship Enterprise of its day, a valiant band of determined adventurers who found, settled and created an extraordinary society whose demise has intrigued the outside world for generations. We are following in their wake now, to reach the same infinitesimal islet somewhere in the wide watery world of the Pacific, the greatest ocean on Earth.  How they got there is a miracle, how they survived is a marvel, how their society disintegrated is a mystery. It is the stuff of Lindblad adventures….. Read More>

Nov 27, 2015 National Geographic Orion in Pacific Islands & Australia

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