Santiago Island, Espumilla Beach, Puerto Egas

Apr 18, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Today National Geographic Endeavour II is anchored near Santiago Island. Here our activities begun before breakfast with early natural history morning walk or kayaking around the bay. After a delicious buffet meal, we had the option to do a second round of kayaking, try paddleboarding, or just relax and enjoy the wildlife around us. One of the highlights on these expeditions is the food, and today we had a special Mexican buffet with margaritas! After lunch the ship moved to Puerto Egas were we spent the afternoon at the beach swimming in the waves. After this activity, we enjoyed a walk along the island and had a nice time taking photos and enjoying the scenery views. To end the day, the crew organized a delicious BBQ on the sky deck with music and wine.

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About the Author

Ixora Berdonces

Naturalist

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. 

About the Photographer

Gianna Haro

Naturalist

Most of Gianna´s memories seem to be dreams, made on flawless white sandy beaches with black lava rock contours and gorgeous turquoise ocean waters. Most of it happened while barefoot, in an enchanting place that some people regard as an ideal natural laboratory, the Galápagos Islands. For her it was home. Gianna grew up going to the beach nearly every day, snorkeling in crystal clear waters, playing with wild flowers, having sea lions steal her ice cream, observing marine iguanas, and identifying invertebrates. The latter was by no means technically accurate—she dubbed each new discovery with its own made-up scientific name. At some point during those early years, being an observer became an innate ability and she knew she wanted to be a biologist. 

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