Los Islotes and Isla San Francisco

Mar 03, 2019 - National Geographic Venture

National Geographic Venture sailed through the night to arrive at Los Islotes by sunrise that next day. An early morning start finds snorkelers in the water engaging with playful sea lions and Zodiac tours observing pelicans feeding their young on the island’s higher perches. An afternoon of hikes, tide pooling, and kayaking works up an appetite for that evening’s beach barbecue. People share their stories of the day around the beach campfire as the Orion constellation makes its appearance in the night sky.

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About the Author

Daniel Baldwin


An educator at heart, Dan finds great joy in opening doors for others to explore and connect with the world around them. He has taught marine sciences in the Florida Keys and on Catalina Island, and science and math in international schools in Mexico, Costa Rica, and the South Pacific. 

About the Photographer

Nathan Kelley

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

He developed his love for nature as a kid at his family’s cabin in Northern Wisconsin. Family fishing trips, camping, hiking and a trip to his first National Park in the Everglades, all vigorously shaped his passion for the natural world. After graduating with a degree in Cinema and Photography from Southern Illinois University in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest, he moved to Southern California to work as a camera operator and photographer in a wide range of projects including work for the National Geographic Society. Now living in Juneau, Alaska he has found the place his heart always belonged. His photography has also been exhibited in galleries and in publications.

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