North Seymour and Rabida Island

May 26, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II

This morning we woke up anchored on North Seymour, a tiny island like a pearl at the center of the archipelago. This is a very important place for sea birds nesting. We woke up very early at 5:45 a.m. to have breakfast. By 6:30 a.m. we were already on the island taking advantage of the golden hour, the perfect light in the perfect place to take amazing pictures of the wildlife. This was a photo walk, an optional visit where our guests had the chance to walk with a naturalist and a certified photo instructor. We learned about the different contrast, light, background, position, and more. At 7:45 a.m. the nature walk began with all guests on the island and ready to embark. We spotted magnificent and great frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, land iguanas, lizards, sea lions, and many other amazing birds, including a red-footed booby which is very uncommon in this area! After that, we came back to the boat to have our snorkeling safety talk and concluded our morning with a delicious lunch!

After a great photography talk, followed by a workshop with guest personal cameras, at 3:00 p.m. we were ready to leave the ship after a short navigation to jump in the water. Some of our guests chose the deep water snorkeling immediately, but others had the chance to practice snorkeling from the beach. We quickly came back to the boat to rinse off and then headed back to the island of Rabida again. Rabida has one of the most famous beaches in the world; it’s very unique because it has red sand, so the colors of the sunset were just perfect for photography. What an amazing first full day we had, and there is much more to come in days ahead!

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About the Author

Roberta Schiess


Born and raised in the Galápagos, Roberta Schiess Bahamonde’s grandparents were among the first permanent inhabitants of Santa Cruz Island, arriving from Switzerland in the 1940s. Her mother is also a naturalist guide in the Galápagos, so this is a profession she has been exposed to her whole life, and she often accompanied her mom as she guided visitors. 

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