Sombrero Chino, Sullivan Bay

Feb 16, 2018 - National Geographic Islander

Today the National Geographic Islander is anchored near Sombrero Chino Islet, located southwest of Santiago Island. Between these islands, we have a very nice shallow channel with crystal water where our guests could enjoy the beach, zodiac ride, kayaking, paddle board and snorkeling! During those activities, our guest watched sea lions, penguins, marine Iguanas, brown pelicans, frigate birds, sharks and many types of fish! Later on, during our navigation, the National Geographic Islander got close to Bainbridge Islet and we could see the Galapagos flamingo feeding on a brackish lagoon inside the crater.

The afternoon walk was on Sullivan Bay were the light, shapes, layers and lava figures were so diverse that it is the perfect destination to get on practice our photography lessons.

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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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Eric Wehrmeister

Video Chronicler

Eric began his life on the far western edge of Chicago, where the concrete meets the cornfields.  His inspiration has always drawn from the expansive beauty of the natural world, as well as the endless forms that populate it.

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