Bartolome and Rabida

Nov 26, 2018 - National Geographic Islander


Very early in the morning, National Geographic Islander arrived at Bartolome Island. Our activities started before breakfast with a hike up to Bartolome Island’s high point, where we had a chance to see one of the most iconic views of the Galapagos Islands. After a deserved breakfast, we got ready for some beach time and deep-water snorkeling. For lunch, the crew greeted everyone with a traditional Ecuadorian meal where we tasted new flavors and exotic fruit.

Afterward, we had another opportunity to explore more of the underwater world or enjoy the beach with our first kayak outing. The wildlife was everywhere! Sea lions swimming around us, pelicans plunging into the water – what perfect conditions to remember forever.

To end the day, we had a nice and relaxing walk along Rabida Red Sand Beach. There were great photographic shots to be had by all as we saw baby sea lions and birds bathed in perfect light.

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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. 

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