Plazas Island and Santa Fe Island

Dec 06, 2018 - National Geographic Islander

Today National Geographic Islander is anchored in Plazas Island, this little rock holds a lot of unique vegetation and very special wildlife. We started the day with a morning hike on South Plazas where we saw marine and land iguanas very close to each other, many baby sea lions along the shore, and we were also able to observe amazing seabirds in flight. We followed this with some water activities – guests had the option of kayaking, paddleboarding, or Zodiac ride activities.  Afterward, we explored Santa Fe where we saw more land iguanas and giant cacti.

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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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Ashley Karitis

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Ashley was raised in Central Oregon where she spent her childhood ski racing, riding horses, playing classical piano, and working summer jobs on a dude ranch. She then attended the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles earning degrees in cinema-television, history, and international relations. Although immersed in the studies of narrative filmmaking, she gravitated toward the process, deeper on-camera conversations, and scientific and human themes explored in documentary production.

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