Santa Cruz - Dragon Hill

Jul 04, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Today National Geographic Endeavour II is anchored at the north side of Santa Cruz Island. We started the day looking for the Galapagos land iguanas around Dragon Hill. We spotted borrows and nesting sites, too. Today the crew on board prepared for lunch a delicious traditional Ecuadorian buffet inspired by the different regions of our country including: the coast, the Andes, the highlands, and of course – the Galapagos Islands.

After a nice siesta, we had the opportunity to kayak or ride Zodiacs.  The Global Explorers took super Zodiac lessons! For dinner, a BBQ was set up on the Sky Deck, so our top view was hundreds of stars!  Below, ten Galapagos sharks were hunting around the ship!

For the ending to our spectacular day, our Captain, doctor and one of our naturalists are presenting a show for us! What an amazing day aboard National Geographic Endeavour II!

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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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