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  • Rangiroa, Tuamotus, French Polynesia

    Just after sunrise we entered the pass into the massive atoll of Rangiroa.  An escort of bottlenose dolphins guided us into this magnificent blue paradise.  From here, it was time to play!  Either in the water or on shore, Rangiroa did not disappoint.

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  • Santiago Island

    This morning started out with calm seas, but large swells, along the western coastline of Santiago Island. The beach at Espumilla had disappeared for the moment, and I only hoped that not too many marine turtle nests would be swept away by the spring tides and large waves coming up the sand, beyond the roots of the mangrove trees and into the forest.

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    Today we encountered civilization for the first time in many days.  It is great to learn about the conservation efforts in place to preserve this unique archipelago, and the best example is my home island, Santa Cruz. We visited the giant tortoise breeding center in the morning. Our guests enjoyed seeing the baby giant tortoises from different islands. Afterwards there was time to wander around the cozy town of Puerto Ayora. We boarded buses at the meeting point and headed towards the highlands. An amazing visit to a local farm was included, where we observed the cultivation and processing of brown sugar, coffee and sugar cane alcohol. The afternoon was spent at a giant tortoise natural reserve. It is amazing to walk among the emblematic animals of the archipelago, which gave the name to the islands—Galapagos means tortoise.There is magic in every single visit, Galapagos is an unforgettable experience!

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  • Santiago Island, Espumilla Beach, Puerto Egas

    Today National Geographic Endeavour II is anchored near Santiago Island. Here our activities begun before breakfast with early natural history morning walk or kayaking around the bay. After a delicious buffet meal, we had the option to do a second round of kayaking, try paddleboarding, or just relax and enjoy the wildlife around us. One of the highlights on these expeditions is the food, and today we had a special Mexican buffet with margaritas! After lunch the ship moved to Puerto Egas were we spent the afternoon at the beach swimming in the waves. After this activity, we enjoyed a walk along the island and had a nice time taking photos and enjoying the scenery views. To end the day, the crew organized a delicious BBQ on the sky deck with music and wine.

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  • Makatea Island, Tuamotu Archipelago

    In the afternoon, we enjoyed water activities with SCUBA diving, snorkeling, and Zodiac cruises. The water was gin clear and the coral was very rich and healthy-looking. Most of the fish life in the shallows, which endured significant swells breaking over the reef flat, was composed of small creatures, but when snorkelers ventured out over the dropoff and looked out to sea, numerous larger fish were in evidence, including a massive school of Pacific schooling barracuda. Several of us opted to explore the coastline with Zodiacs and were rewarded with impressive closer views of the cliff line and huge caves studded with hanging stalactites and immense stalactite/stalagmite columns. It was a very satisfying day.

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  • San Pedro Mártir Island

    San Pedro Mártir Island rises from the waters of the Midriff section of the Gulf of California like a huge, petrified body of a sea monster. Mainly made of volcanic rock, it originated from the mainland of Mexico as a by-product of the northwesterly, tectonic motion of the peninsula of Baja California. Isolated in the middle of the gulf, its visible strata show the long-lasting processes of faulting, folding, and eroding. It also looks white and green! These colors are the sign of great biological activity on its skin: in fact, since the time San Pedro Mártir was “born”, it serves as a nesting place for thousands of seabirds like blue-footed and brown boobies, red-billed tropicbirds, brown pelicans, least and black storm-petrels, murrelets, and shearwaters. They have deposited thousands of tons of guano (their white poop). Cacti grow in great numbers, forming a “cardónal”, or cardón cactus forest, that tints the island with green. It also holds four species of reptiles, including a western diamondback rattlesnake, and has no land mammals except bats. San Pedro Mártir was a powerful attraction for guano mining companies since 1885. The Mexican Phosphate and Sulfur Company extracted and shipped to San Francisco and Europe about a thousand tons of guano each month, for several years. One hundred and thirty eight Yaqui natives, from the mainland of Mexico, worked on the island as miners, accompanied by their families. Our guests saw the traces of that activity as rock walls built at those times. Nowadays, San Pedro Mártir Island is for the people of the world. Our main activity there was to cruise around the magnificent island, looking at the thousands of birds that are already nesting.     

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  • Isabela Island

    Isabela Island it is the largest island in Galapagos, and it is formed by five main shield volcanoes. Each one of them still active, and every few years we do experience eruptions on this island. Because of its size, it is home to seventy percent of the whole Galapagos penguins and Cormorants populations, and each volcano has developed its own kind of giant tortoise. This part of the archipelago has almost everything to make our experience so unique and unforgettable.

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