Seymour and Rabida Island, Galápagos, Ecuador

Dec 10, 2017 - National Geographic Endeavour II

This morning the National Geographic Endeavour II is anchored just in front of Seymour Island. Nothing can be guaranteed when it comes to wildlife sightings, but we had a very successful day and spotted all of the creatures that we were hoping to see! Starting with the nocturnal swallowtail gulls having a rest before going to hunt at night; then lots of frigatebirds nesting on the branches, some of them with chicks or juveniles; also land iguanas resting on the ground, getting energy from the sun or having a tuna cactus bite, also blue-footed boobies hanging around, marine iguanas posing for ours photographers, and if that was not enough, we saw baby sea lions nursing on her mothers. Seymour it is a small place with lots things to enjoy.

Later on, we had our first snorkeling experience at Rabida Island. We enjoyed the Galapagos marine life, with turtles, sea lions, and sharks being the highlights of this activity.

To end our second expedition day, at sunset time, we did a walk along the red sandy beach at Rabida Island. The colors of the sun coming thru the red sandy beach were beautiful. A good time was had by all aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II today! 

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Ixora Berdonces


Ixora was born in the Galapagos Islands, back when the streets were made of sand and gravel. Void of TV and tablets, her childhood friends and pristine natural surroundings made for an inspiring upbringing. She was always drawn to the ocean and her local environment, with her first adventures taking place underwater, in mangrove estuaries, and perched in treetops. Not surprisingly, she was scuba diving before the age of 12 and led her first diving trips as a Dive Master in the Galapagos Marine Reserve when she was 18. 

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