Urbina Bay-Tagus Cove

Apr 03, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Today our activities aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II began at Urbina Bay, where we had an amazing journey during our morning hike, spotting more than fifteen Alcedo giant tortoises! There were every were! During our time in the area, we also saw many land iguanas basking at the sun and eating the vegetation. After the hike, we had time to go to the beach to relax and refresh for a bit.

During our navigation to Tagus Cove, we were listening to a fascinating lecture on Charles Darwin, when we were interrupted because the Captain announced that a blue whale had been spotted near our ship! This is a rare occasion, to witness the world’s largest mammal firsthand. Once at Tagus Cove, we went snorkeling, paddleboarding and kayaking with sea lions, penguins and sea birds.

Our day ended with a nice walk up to Tagus Cove, to admire the amazing view. The activities on the National Geographic Endeavour II never end, and we had a fantastic day from sunrise to sunset.

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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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