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Loch Linnhe and Oban

A wonderful variety of clouds formed over us and broke open again all throughout the day, bright sunlight chasing the cloud shadow across the landscape. Scotland was treating us to the next course in the feast of constantly changing light that we have enjoyed every moment of our trip.  Dawn found us secure alongside the stone walls at the western extreme of the Caledonian Canal, in Corpach. Read More>

Aug 22, 2014 Lord of the Glens in Scotland

Glacier Bay National Park & Bartlett Cove

It was another wonderful day as National Geographic Sea Lion voyaged into the northernmost reaches of our cruise in Southeast Alaska, inside Glacier Bay. Early risers witnessed a spectacular alpenglow sunrise while the Fairweather Mountains shined with pink exuberance. The weather continued to cooperate and gave us excellent visibility with remarkable views of the surrounding mountaintops.  The vessel entered fjords filled with bergy bits and growlers as we cruised up the bay. Read More>

Aug 22, 2014 National Geographic Sea Lion in Alaska

Pavlof Harbor & Cruising Chatham Strait south

Another marvelous day began today. Almost clear skies, a few high clouds, and calm oceans. At daybreak we saw we were already in the southern part of Chichagof Island, at Freshwater Bay. This place was so called, because in the olden days ships would come here to load up with fresh water, at a lovely small waterfall. But we were here to visit this waterfall and the waters surrounding it, as this is definitely a salmon river, with a lake behind the waterfall.   The tides were right for us, as we unloaded our bright yellow kayaks, and took them to the beach. Read More>

Aug 22, 2014 National Geographic Sea Bird in Alaska

Sombrero Chino & Santiago Islands

We navigated most of the night on a calm sea and awoke anchored alongside the lava flows and barren lava fields of the central island of Santiago. Darwin too visited this island when he explored the Galapagos in 1835. He spent nine days camped on northern Santiago among the land iguanas and fearless Galapagos doves while Captain Fitzroy and the Beagle crew mapped the archipelago and searched for drinking water.  Some of us started the day with stretching exercises on the sky deck lead by Maria (and ending with a healthy green smoothie drink). Read More>

Aug 22, 2014 National Geographic Islander in Galápagos

Genovesa Island

Genovesa Island is one of Galapagos’ most Iconic Islands, and today we sensed all its wonders in a delightful visit. A comfortable wet landing at Darwin Bay was the best way to begin our exploration. At the moment of arrival the magnificence of the place got us awe-inspired by the presence of sea birds in the area. The charm of nature was displayed in a symphony of different sea birds found in the area: swallow-tail gulls nesting, frigate birds flying over us, and red-footed boobies perching on mangroves trees. Read More>

Aug 22, 2014 National Geographic Endeavour in Galápagos

Pacaya-Samaria Reserve, Rio Pacaya

Food for sustenance, a feast for the eyes and for nourishing your soul as well, we covered all of these points today as we explored the Pacaya-Samari Reserve along the Pacaya River. There are approximately 40,000 people living along what is called the buffer zone of the park. Fishing is allowed along the perimeter we traveled today and there were several boats of locals out catching fish either with gill nets, hand line, or throw nets. We admired their catch as we continued upriver. Park Rangers were out early this morning working on a project to help out the yellow-spotted river turtle. Read More>

Aug 22, 2014 Delfin II in Amazon

Komodo Island: Indonesia

Today we were full of anticipation, to come face to face with the legendary Komodo dragon. We made the short Zodiac transfer to Loh Liang, the entry point for Komodo Island National Park. We all gathered at the Ranger Station for a briefing by the Park Ranger. The evolutionary development of the Komodo dragon started with the Varanus genus, which originated in Asia about 40 million years ago and migrated to Australia. Read More>

Aug 22, 2014 National Geographic Orion in Pacific Islands & Australia

Sailing the Caledonian Canal & Excursion to Glenfinnan

Today the changeable weather provided some spectacular skies with sunshine and showers. Our journey took us through the locks of Kytra and Cullochy and on to Loch Oich, where Steve Blamires gave a splendid talk about the Jacobites, with many insights from his research not to be found in history books. Read More>

Aug 21, 2014 Lord of the Glens in Scotland

Ucayali River & Dorado River

Going for the early skiff ride this morning paid off very well. We were treated to excellent views of the colorful, three-foot-long, blue-and-yellow macaws. We saw up to six at once sitting in the tops of trees, mutual preening and flying around in pairs. Macaws are the largest of the parrots and mate for life. This morning we saw them in a stand of dead palm trees, an area they will use for nesting.  After breakfast our explorations took us to the bottom of the flood forest. Read More>

Aug 21, 2014 Delfin II in Amazon

Port Althorp & Inian Islands VIDEO

The soft rays of the early morning sun greeted us as we gently edged into the secluded bay called Port Althorp. As the sun rose, so did the birds and their calls could be heard all around the ship. Ahead of us was a large meadow guarded by thick forest. Behind the ship the Fairweather range was visible and displaying its massive snow covered peaks in all their glory. After a hearty breakfast we boarded the expedition landing craft for our explorations ashore. Read More>

Aug 21, 2014 National Geographic Sea Lion in Alaska

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