Iles des Saintes, France

Mar 01, 2019 - Sea Cloud


Today we visited one of my favorite places on our itinerary: Iles de Saintes, which is part of an archipelago belonging to France’s Département d’Outre-Mer. The French maritime jurisdiction of Guadalupe is comprised of seven larger volcanic islands but just two of them have permanent residents.

We headed for Fort Napoleon, located on a mountain top, for an impressive view of the island. There, we heard all about naval history from elite historian Ton Heffernan. Then we had the option of either visiting the town or going for a snorkel at a nearby beach.

Back aboard, with sails set, we learned about the reef corals and Sea Cloud’s impressive history.

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Celso Montalvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Celso was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. At the age of nine he arrived in the Galápagos for the first time and he was profoundly touched by nature, observation, and isolation.  When he saw the sharks, rays and turtles swimming in the bay, he was triggered by a sense of wonder that he did not feel before.  Celso believes education is key to preservation. After graduating from the Naval Academy at the age of 17 he moved to New York to continue his education.

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