At Sea & Anchorage at Siguanea Bay, Cuba

Mar 06, 2018 - Harmony V

New landscapes of blue Caribbean surround us as we begin our first morning at sea aboard Harmony V heading towards the Isle of Youth. We have already seen flying fish and some sea turtles from the deck, and spent the morning enjoying calm seas and ideal weather for our journey west.

As we made our way through the Batabeanó Gulf towards the Canarreos Archipelago, we took advantage of our naturalist, Carlos Navarro, for a mid-morning presentation on birding in Cuba, as well as our Cuban guide, Juan Jose, who has also joined us on board to present more detailed information on Cuba’s unique cultural and political history.

Our National Geographic photographer Kike Calvo and photography instructor Erika Skogg later gathered all the photographers on board for a hands-on digital photography tutorial to prepare for the photogenic vistas and sunset as we arrive at our anchorage in Siguanea Bay off Isla de la Juventud.

The sunset did not disappoint as our group gathered on the stern of Harmony V to drink in the crepuscular rays piercing through scattered clouds. Some of us threw out fishing lines, and while others pointed their lenses at the giant sun dipping behind the infinite Caribbean. We raised our glasses to another incredible day in Cuba and to our expedition leader Emma’s birthday during our unforgettable fisherman’s buffet dinner on the sun deck!

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About the Author

Erika Skogg

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Erika is a contributing photographer and writer with National Geographic Travel magazine, and her work is represented by the National Geographic Creative Image Collection. Born and raised in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Erika fell in love with the outdoors and the cedar forests of the North during summer camping trips with her family. Her guiding experience began on the whitewaters of Colorado and in the mountains of Big Sky, Montana, and she blames her Wisconsin heritage for her resilience to freezing temperatures.

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