Isabela Island

Feb 05, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Today we visited the largest island of the Galapagos archipelago, making up 58 percent of the total land mass—Isabela Island. In the morning we visited Urbina Bay, where we walked on upwelled terrain that occurred in 1954 due to volcanic activity. In this new area, we spotted our first group of Galapagos giant tortoises from Alcedo Volcano, standing by the trail. We also encountered lots of male yellow land iguanas. After a warm walk, we had the chance to cool down, swimming with penguins and sea turtles. For the rest of the day, we had multiple activities at Tagus Cove such as kayaking, paddle-boarding, snorkeling and Zodiac cruising. There was so much wildlife to be seen, and we spotted sea lions, pelicans, penguins and flightless cormorants. Another wonderful day in paradise onboard National Geographic Endeavour II.

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Africa Berdonces

Naturalist

Africa grew up in the Galápagos Islands where she spent her childhood exploring with her family, surrounded by exquisite nature. She took her first scuba diving lesson with her father off the coast of Sombrero Chino Island when she was just 12 years old. That first dive opened up a new and unexplored part of the natural world to her. Africa became enchanted by local marine life and went on to become a divemaster, working as both a dive guide and naturalist in her beloved islands.

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