James Island

Jan 09, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II


This island happens to be the last site which was visited by Charles Darwin during his famous Voyage of the Beagle. It is as rich in human history as it is in natural history, an island like no other, with its contrasting landscapes, ranging from very recent lava flows to lush and green cloud forests.

Today, National Geographic Endeavour II visited three different sites on this island, starting with a pre-breakfast walk for photographers, and a natural history lecture for everybody else. Later in the day, our guests had the opportunity to kayak and snorkel in two prime locations.

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About the Author

Socrates Tomala

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Socrates was raised on Santa Cruz Island located in the heart of Galapagos Archipelago.  After a childhood filled with swimming, scuba diving, rock climbing and volunteering in conservation projects, he grew very passionate about the outdoors and the natural world. 

About the Photographer

Christian Saa

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Christian was born on the island of Isabela in the Galápagos archipelago. He grew up on a farm and had a magical childhood devoid of cars, electricity, telephones—just pure nature and playful sea lions along the beach. At the age of seven, he moved with his family to Santa Cruz Island, the economic hub of the Galápagos Islands. His father began to work in tourism and took Christian around the islands during school vacations. It was during this time that Christian learned to love and understand the real value of this unique archipelago, and he decided to devote his life to its stewardship. A lifelong passion for nature and its creatures took root in his heart, and he eventually decided to become a naturalist, which he has now been doing for 18 years now.

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