Sombrero Chino & Sullivan Bay

May 10, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

Today National Geographic Islander finds itself between the islands of Santiago and Sombrero Chino. On the latter we began our day with a stretching class at a sandy beach before breakfast. We then headed out on a Zodiac ride along the island perimeter, where we spotted Galapagos Penguins and numerous sea birds feeding in our vicinity. Soon after, it was time to dawn the swim wear and snorkeling equipment to properly explore this area’s marine life.

The crew had ready a traditional breakfast buffet upon our return from the morning activities. Then Walter Perez shared insights into quality wildlife photography, after which we were ready to explore Sullivan Bay and put his lessons to the test as we explored our way through the area’s stark black lava fields.

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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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