Española Island

Mar 25, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Española is the oldest and southeastern-most island in the archipelago, mostly eroded and volcanically inactive for several million years. The nutrients from the very rich marine currents give this island the last breath of life, allowing a vast amount of seabirds, sea lions and marine iguanas to coexist successfully. Today the National Geographic Endeavour II visited two iconic places on Española: in the morning, we saw Gardner Bay, a beautiful white sand beach, great place to snorkel and interact with sea lions; and in the afternoon, Punta Suarez, a world class site for seabird watching.

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Socrates Tomala

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Socrates was raised on Santa Cruz Island located in the heart of Galapagos Archipelago.  After a childhood filled with swimming, scuba diving, rock climbing and volunteering in conservation projects, he grew very passionate about the outdoors and the natural world. 

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