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North Seymour & Rabida Island

The day begins with wonderful conditions; the skies are sunny, and the ocean is inviting, just waiting for Zodiacs. Our explorers are all excited, ready at the gate to disembark our ship, setting course to the island of North Seymour—a small island separated from Baltra by a shallow water channel. We arrive to a rocky landing covered by Sally Lightfoot crabs, which shine brightly against the dark rocks, creating an excellent photo opportunity. Our first stop here at the coast brings us to the habitat of the Galapagos land iguanas, and the sea lions as well. The naturalists passionately share interesting information about the natural history of these creatures, as we walk across this incredible landscape.   Many more attractions appear as our excursion continues, such as the dancing blue-footed boobies, and the amazing magnificent frigatebird. Read More>

Jul 26, 2015 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

Brattahlí∂, Eriksfjord, Greenland

A photographic image should convey a sense of place transporting the audience to the heart of the locale. And in this search for the message of the land we open our eyes to all that is around. Near one thousand years ago adventurers such as we sailed from the sea. Read More>

Jul 26, 2015 National Geographic Explorer in Arctic

Yampi Sound & Crocodile Creek

Our final day in the Kimberley began with a welcomed sleep-in and an excursion around Yampi Sound. The breeze was up in the morning so our Zodiac trip hugged the coastline allowing us to get some great views of the region’s spectacular geology. This part of the Kimberley has some of the area’s most remarkable rock formations. The elaborate twisting and folding of the sandstone layers at Nares Point almost defy comprehension. From Nares Point we could also see the mining operations over on Koolan and Cockatoo islands. Read More>

Jul 26, 2015 National Geographic Orion in Pacific Islands & Australia

Chatham Strait & Lake Eva

Some mornings start earlier than others. Often the reason for an early start is less than desirable. When your expedition leader wakes you up at 6 a.m. with a sentence containing the word “Orca,” however, there are few things that could keep me down. That is exactly what happened on our first full day in Southeast Alaska as we entered a large, deep body of water known as Chatham Strait. For the next three hours killer whale blows and their large, sleek, black bodies could be seen in virtually every direction. Sometimes small satellite pods came within 100 meters of our ship. Other times the horizon was dotted with low, bushy blows and the telltale triangular shaped dorsal fin of our planets largest dolphin. An occasional sighting of black-tailed deer along the shore and a small group of Dall’s porpoise punctuated a morning full of incredible wildlife sightings that would make Jacques Cousteau jealous. The afternoon would offer an introduction to the terrestrial highlights of Southeast Alaska. Read More>

Jul 26, 2015 National Geographic Sea Bird in Alaska

Supay Creek & Yarapa River

For the past seven days we have seen a lot of wildlife and learned so much from the natural history staff. Even today, during our last full day in the Amazon, we are still encountering species that we haven’t seen before. The biodiversity of this region continues to amaze us. As we traveled down river, we stopped in a location called Supay Creek. Read More>

Jul 25, 2015 Delfin II in Amazon

Hvalsey & Qaqortoq, Greenland

Today’s adventures began with a hike along the stark, rugged terrain of Hvalsey to view Greenland’s best-preserved Norse ruins. Over a thousand years ago, a thriving community of intrepid settlers chose to farm in some of the harshest conditions in the North Atlantic. The one hundred inhabitants left behind a Catholic church, banquet hall, and a now grass-covered long house, an indication of their prosperity. Numerous plants provide details about how the Norse used the harsh landscape to their advantage in order to survive everyday life. While there are still many questions about the disappearance of the Norse culture, it is surmised that when the climate changed, they were forced to move to more hospitable lands. From Hvalsey, National Geographic Explorer traversed along the coast to the nearby town, Qaqortoq, where 3,200 Greenlanders reside in colorful houses on steep granite slopes. Read More>

Jul 25, 2015 National Geographic Explorer in Arctic

Genovesa Island

This morning the National Geographic Islander entered the caldera of Genovesa Island as the first birds woke up. A group of eager guests took our kayaks along the cliffs of Darwin bay and enjoyed seabirds and sea lions alike. After breakfast we all disembarked with our enthusiastic naturalists to walk a trail along a white coral sand beach and coral pebble beach margin. We had to walk very slowly because the many nests and birds all around us. We photographed many of them, using the new National Geographic tips given during the week. The highlight were the red-footed boobies perching and nesting in the mangrove shrubs thanks to their prehensile feet with which they cling to branches and twigs. Great frigate birds also nest in the area and we saw some with their pouches inflated while in flight! We also saw yellow crowned night herons, ruddy turnstones, mocking birds, and several species of finches, including the prince of darkness, the Vampire finch! We then returned to the beach where a few sea lions were resting.  Our guests either chose to stay for a while on the beach or go for our last snorkeling outing. Three Zodiacs of snorkelers found colorful fish, a few sea lions and fair visibility as they swam along at the base of the cliffs. After lunch, the afternoon walk began with a dry landing and a climb up the steep cliff on rugged stairs called “Prince Phillip’s Steps. Read More>

Jul 25, 2015 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

Talbot Bay and the Horizontal Waterfalls, Australia

In the early hours of this morning National Geographic Orion slipped silently through the Narrows of Talbot Bay’s entrance whilst most on board slept. At anchor, Slug Island sits imposingly along side as breakfast is consumed and Zodiacs hoisted down. Anticipation is running high in direct relationship to the tides. The day’s first Zodiac excursion sees us heading up the narrow confines of the bay and into Cyclone Creek, not only to explore what biota is on offer, but also to investigate how the geological processes specific to this location have shaped the sandstone plateau. Read More>

Jul 25, 2015 National Geographic Orion in Pacific Islands & Australia

Pavlof Harbor and Chatham Strait

BEARS! Our main theme of the trip continued today. We have had great experiences throughout the trip with multiple bear sightings and today added onto this. As we pulled into our morning anchorage, multiple bears were spotted on shore. This did not slow us down and we still went ashore because these bears are way more interested in salmon than us.  Approaching a waterfall filled with salmon, many of us quickly got to experience brown bears catching fish. Read More>

Jul 25, 2015 National Geographic Sea Lion in Alaska

Pacaya & Zapote River

It was another memorable day in the Upper Amazon. The morning started with an enjoyable skiff ride along the Pacaya River all the way up to the Yanayacu Lagoon, a very special place in the middle of the pristine Amazon jungle. Here, we had a once in a lifetime opportunity to dive into these famous waters and swim with pink river dolphins! Back on the Delfin II, our naturalists pointed out the abundant animal life around us, such as four species of monkeys (including the brown capuchin monkey) and the always beautiful hoatzin, a prehistoric-looking bird. Read More>

Jul 24, 2015 Delfin II in Amazon

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