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North Seymour & Rabida Islands

As this journey begins, we can feel the anticipation in the air. We begin our day at North Seymour, with a landing on the rocky coast line. Small sea lions awaiting their mothers greet us as we arrive. Heading inland through drab vegetation, we are surprised at the density of life, as land iguanas walk among us and frigatebirds soar overhead. Read More>

Feb 7, 2016 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

Manuel Antonio National Park and Osa Peninsula

The first morning of the voyage truly displayed the beauty of the “rich coast” of Costa Rica. National Geographic Sea Lion approached our landing spot at Manuel Antonio National Park as the sun was rising. This protected area on the Central Pacific of Costa Rica was created thankfully to the vision of government authorities along with the local community of Quepos back in 1972. Early risers explored the decks while some joined in yoga exercises before breakfast was served. Read More>

Feb 7, 2016 National Geographic Sea Lion in Costa Rica & Panama

Genovesa Island

Genovesa is one of the living paradises of the Galapagos Islands and today we got a taste of it.  We began our expedition this morning with a wet landing at Darwin Bay Beach in order to see all the wonders that the island had to offer. As soon as we landed the marvels of Genovesa were exposed. Read More>

Feb 6, 2016 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

Genovesa Island

On our last full day in the Galápagos archipelago, our guest explored Genovesa Island. The entire island is a seabird colony, and our guests had the opportunity to observe frigatebirds, Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, red-billed tropic bird and storm petrels. Our day’s activities took us to two different sites: Darwin Bay and Price Philip´s Steps. Both of these areas hold an impressive amount of biodiversity. Besides observing and learning about the seabirds, our guests also had the opportunity to learn about the different adaptation that occurs in the difference species here at Darwin Bay, particularly that the Prickly-pear cacti. Read More>

Feb 5, 2016 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

Chinese Hat and Sullivan bay

This amazing week we have seen many different places around the Galapagos, some areas are extraordinary in terms of wildlife, colors, landscape, and temperatures. There is a place very close to where I am from and yet it’s not easily accessible, so not everyone gets a chance to see it…Chinese Hat. This location has very pristine lava flows and the clear waters on this early morning were just as warm as a hot tub and were teeming with life. We began our day’s activities with a Zodiac ride and kayaking along the shore. Back at the ship we donned our wetsuits, collected our snorkel bags and headed out. Read More>

Feb 5, 2016 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

Manuel Antonio National Park & Biesanz beach

Today we started our morning with high expectations to see wildlife as we were arrived to the second most popular protected area of Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio National Park. An amazing amount of sediments that were accumulated on that area created Tombolo, an amazing beach that connects the mainland with a former island, Punta Catedral. Read More>

Feb 5, 2016 National Geographic Sea Lion in Costa Rica & Panama

Kampong Tralach & Koh Oknha Tei, Cambodia

Thursday morning got off to a pre-dawn start to make the most of the cool morning air. Overnight Jahan had docked just downstream from Kampong Tralach​, the “Port of the Winter Melon.” After climbing up the riverbank we took a ride on a very ancient form of transportation, the traditional Khmer oxcart. For almost 1,000 years these carts have changed little as the same designs can be seen depicted in 12th-century bas-reliefs at Angkor. As we wound our way through the fields we saw the rice crops in various stages of growth: bright green immature shoots, golden-topped stalks about to be gathered, and the stubble leftover from the harvest. We also took a break midway to see the lotus flowers up close and personal. Considered sacred by many cultures, the lotus is more than just a pretty flower as its edible seeds are high in protein and quite palatable. Once we arrive in the village we have a brief tour of the local primary school which is supported by Lindblad Expeditions. The school was closed today because the teachers had a staff meeting regarding the upcoming Chinese New Year festival. Although not a traditional Khmer celebration, many Cambodians today celebrate the Chinese New Year. After returning to the ship we sailed back downstream along the Tonle Sap River towards the Cambodian capital. Read More>

Feb 4, 2016 Jahan in Vietnam & Cambodia

Bartolome and Sombrero Chino Island

A volcanic moonscape of rust-colored spatter cones contrast with large light brown tuff cones and young lava flows, no older than 100 years. Pioneer plants inhabiting these new flows astonished us during our splendid hike up the stairs of Bartolome Island early this morning. In the morning, the National Geographic Endeavour found anchorage in the calm bay of Bartolome Island. Read More>

Feb 4, 2016 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

South Plaza and Santa Fe

Today we started on the northeast end of Santa Cruz Island, in between two small uplifted formations known as South and North Plazas.  South Plaza is one of the smallest islands but we had so much to see. As soon as we landed we spotted many sea lions of all ages and sizes, swallow tail gulls nesting, and marine and land iguanas greeting us. This is also quite different from the other islands for its impressive vivid colors due to the plants called carpetweed, which are red or green depending on the time of the year and rainfall. Read More>

Feb 4, 2016 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

Scotia Sea

We spent the day sailing across the Scotia Sea as National Geographic Orion kept on her northeasterly course towards South Georgia. The seas were pretty much as we expected, knowing this can be among the roughest waters in the world. Actually, it wasn’t bad. Yes, it was quite windy, and there were many whitecaps in evidence, but our great ship with her big stabilizers made for a comfortable ride in two to three-meter (seven to ten-foot) seas. Ernest Shackleton’s astonishing 1,200-km (almost 800-mile) small boat voyage through these waters from Elephant Island to South Georgia during the winter (April) of 1916 was very much on our minds today. Read More>

Feb 4, 2016 National Geographic Orion in Antarctica

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