Punta Cormorant, Champion Islet, and beyond

May 07, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

Today was an exceptional one aboard National Geographic Islander. We began our day with a pre-breakfast outing on Punta Cormorant, where we saw our first cluster of Galapagos flamingos; also some blue-footed boobies were found off the olivine beach of the island. After a delicious breakfast, we headed for snorkeling at Champion Islet, where different colorful fish and playful sea lions kept us wowed at all angles.

Later that afternoon we visited Post Office Bay. Here at the world’s oldest (and still operating!) passive mail system, guests continued a longstanding tradition, gathering the letters left from previous visitors to deliver them to their loved ones, while some others left letters and postcards of their own for future delivery.

A farewell ceremony of cocktails was had in the lounge later that night to see off one of the most exiting weeks of the year, as well as to celebrate the remarkable conservation efforts achieved by this special archipelago.

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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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