Genovesa Island

Jan 05, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

Today is the last day of our expedition, and National Geographic Islander is on Genovesa Island, ready for another day of surprises. We had a full day of activities, starting with a pre-breakfast kayaking outing along the cove. After breakfast we headed out on a nice hike in search of red-footed boobies, young frigate birds, and Nazca bobbies that we spotted everywhere. Then during our snorkeling outing, we saw hammerhead sharks, many fish, and mobula rays—that was amazing! Afterward we went on our last hike of the day, where we spotted three Galapagos short-eared owls and had an amazing sunset on our way back home.

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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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Julio Rodriguez

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Born and raised in Ecuador, the son of Spanish and American parents, Julio developed a passion for storytelling and environmental conservation at an early age. After majoring in History at Carleton College (Minnesota), with a thesis on the Basque anti-Franco movement, he taught English in Spain and made short promotional films for an energy efficiency company in India and two environmental conservation NGOs in Greece and Galapagos. 

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