Espumilla Beach, Buccaneers Cove, Puerto Egas.

Feb 20, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Today the National Geographic Endeavour II visited three different places on Santiago Island. First, we started with pre-breakfast activities along Espumilla Beach, where we spotted sea turtle nests along the beach. Dome of them were exposed, and the ghost crabs making a meal out of the eggshells!

After a buffet breakfast onboard the ship, we headed to Buccaneer’s Cove, where we had the opportunity to do several aquatic activities, like glass-bottom boat riding, deep water snorkeling, kayaking and paddle-boarding. It was an amazing afternoon full of exciting activities!

When we returned to the ship, the crew had prepared a delicious Mexican buffet for us, with margaritas on the house! Finally, some guest preferred to stay at the beach and have a family time together, while others went to Punta Espinoza for a scenic afternoon hike along the coastline.

We returned once again to the ship, where a BBQ dinner was waiting for us in the dining room. What a wonderful way to end this exhilarating day in the Enchanted Isles!

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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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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. 

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