Santiago Island

Nov 15, 2018 - National Geographic Islander

Today National Geographic Islander was located near Santiago Island, where we stayed the entire day exploring this magical place.  We started early in the morning with pre/breakfast option activities like kayaking, a naturalist walk, or a photography walk along Espumilla Beach. Wildlife was everywhere; blue-footed boobies plunging into the ocean, sea lions playing in the waves, and some nice vegetation growing along the coast - perfect conditions to remember.

After a buffet breakfast, the sun started to rise, and we got ready to jump into the water to snorkel with sharks and full colored fish. The water was clear and warm as we explored a cave were the reflection of lights coming in was glorious.

To end the day, we had a relaxing walk along the coast. During this sunset walk, we spotted, very close to us, four hawks! Lots of seabirds, marine iguanas, and plenty of baby sea lions. On our return, the crew had for us a surprise BBQ on the sky deck.

It was another fantastic day aboard National Geographic Islander!

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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

Jonathan Aguas

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Jonathan was born into one of only a handful of families that reaches back five generations in Galápagos, in the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, on San Cristobal Island. He first left the islands when he won a highly-coveted scholarship to finish his studies in the U.S.  This was the start of his life-long passion for science and languages. He earned a bachelor’s degree in integrative biology from the University of Florida and later spent time in Europe, where he learned French. He is now fluent in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

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