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  • Española Island

    Today we visited Española Island, one of the oldest islands in the Galapagos Archipelago, and a highlight to the Galapagos adventure. In the morning we went snorkeling with playful Galapagos sea lions and colorful fish at Gardner Islet, and afterwards our guests enjoyed a stroll along a bright white coralline sand beach with turquoise waters, a great place to take spectacular photographs. In the afternoon we went for an exciting hike at Punta Suarez, where there is something to admire in every direction, such as colorful marine iguanas, lava lizards, Galapagos sea lions, Nazca boobies, Española mocking birds and the waved albatross, which is found only here. Some of our guests remarked that this pristine site seems almost unreal, and Galapagos itself seems like a dream—after such a fantastic day, we developed a greater understanding of the uniqueness of this remote Islands.. Read More

    • Dec 04, 2016
    • National Geographic Endeavour II in Galápagos
  • Salisbury Plain, Hercules Bay

    Land Ho! In the early dawn light the National Geographic Orion sighted the island of South Georgia, just as Captain Cook did in January, 1775. Our morning outing was amongst king penguins and Antarctic fur seals on snow-dusted Salisbury Plain. Afternoon found us cruising the waterfalls and incredible geological inclines of Hercules Bay. Our first day exploring the amazing beauty of South Georgia, a place where my heart lies. Read More

    • Dec 04, 2016
    • National Geographic Orion in Antarctica
  • Barro Colorado Island & Panama Canal

    Today we keep on sailing in history in the Panama Canal.Last night we began our adventure from Colon on the Caribbean coast of Panama. Read More

  • San Cristobal Island

    Today we visited one of the oldest and most interesting islands in the archipelago, San Cristobal. This was the first islands visited by Charles Darwin in 1835. Today we visited two different sites on San Cristobal, in the morning Punta Pitt, nesting site of three species of boobies and in the afternoon Cerro Brujo, one of the most beautiful volcanic landscapes in the islands.. Read More

    • Dec 03, 2016
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
  • The North Scotia Ridge, South Atlantic

    The guests aboard National Geographic Orion awoke south of the Antarctic Convergence, the biological boundary for Antarctic territory! Stepping outside, it was easy to recognize a difference in the temperature and wind compared to our previous days north of the convergence. The Antarctic convergence is a region of the Southern Ocean around the latitude 55 degrees south that encircles the continent. It is formed where the cold waters from Antarctica flow north and meet the relatively warm waters flowing south from the Sub-Antarctic. This zone of mixing and upwelling is a nourishing environment, making it extremely high in marine productivity. Our morning kicked off with a lecture about birds from our expedition leader and was followed by bird watching from the stern. Read More

    • Dec 03, 2016
    • National Geographic Orion in Antarctica
  • Brown Bluff Bay & Paulette Island, Antarctic Peninsula

    Even if today wasn’t the day many onboard stepped foot on their seventh continent it would still have been a very memorable one. Awaking to ice all around us and then spending the day fully immersing ourselves in the splendor of the Weddell Sea was truly special. Every moment aboard and onshore was spent absorbing this unique environment and its many marvels.. Read More

    • Dec 02, 2016
    • National Geographic Explorer in Antarctica
  • Santa Cruz Island

    Today was all about giant tortoises. We currently have 10 species, many in recuperation due to the efforts by scientists, researchers, and Park Wardens from the Galapagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Foundation. Originally these institutions were the two key players, but today we can count on others as well, all concerned with the preservation of this iconic reptile. From different islands evolved different shell shapes that resulted in the best adaptation for that specific environment. It was tortoise day, all day!. Read More

    • Dec 02, 2016
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
  • The North Scotia Ridge, South Atlantic

    The seas were relatively forgiving for the start of our crossing, providing no more than the gentlest rocking motion as we headed east. From first light it was apparent that a large group of seabirds was following close behind us. It’s easy to see sea days merely as time to be passed, or for a time to recoup energy between destinations. In reality, sea days often provide us with the greatest range of species of all our days on board, particularly in the form of sea birds. Giant petrels form a large part of our entourage, along with various other species of petrel. At a distance, royal and wandering albatross can be seen wheeling over the waves, occasionally veering closer to the ship. Many of these birds breed in or close to the islands that we’re visiting, but the sea is truly their home with us being the ones out of place. As the day progressed we grew closer and closer to the Antarctic convergence. Read More

    • Dec 02, 2016
    • National Geographic Orion in Antarctica
  • Barro Colorado Island and Panama Canal Gatun Locks

    As soon as sunrise arrived, National Geographic Sea Lion was anchored by a natural monument, home to hundreds of studies and research projects of tropical natural history that have taken place for almost a century. We were lucky to have had the chance to visit this sanctuary. This is the benefit of traveling on the only vessel in the world that is allowed to stop in the middle of the Panama Canal and complete it in 2 days instead of one. Read More

  • James Island

    Early in the morning we visited Santiago Island and disembarked at Espumilla beach, enjoyed water activities at Buccaneer Cove, and then took an afternoon walk at the Puerto Egas shoreline. This is a goat-free island. . Read More

    • Dec 01, 2016
    • National Geographic Islander in Galápagos
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