Santiago Island

Sep 06, 2018 - National Geographic Islander

Today National Geographic Islander arrived in Santiago Island. Our activities of the day started before breakfast with a nice photo walk along Espumilla Beach. We were able to photograph sea turtle tracks, ghost crabs, mockingbirds, and the Galapagos hawk very closely.

After breakfast we headed to Buccaneer’s Cove and went snorkeling. The most impressive thing in the area were two giant manta rays feeding on plankton right next some of the guests.  After that, the ship moved to Puerto Egas where an afternoon hike was the perfect moment to spot low tide pools full of life. Here female sea lions were ready to deliver, and baby pups were playing all around. After our activities of the day, Daniel, our hotel manager served a BBQ dinner on the sky deck! A perfect way to finish our day.

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About the Author

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. 

About the Photographer

Walter Perez

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Walter was born in a very small town on the mainland of Ecuador. His first trip to the Galápagos was when he was 12 years old, visiting friends and aunt, who had moved to the islands. From the first moment he saw the Islands, he fell in love with them and knew then where his future home would be.

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