Chinese Hat and James Island

Jun 07, 2019 - National Geographic Islander


This morning we woke up anchored next to a shield volcano named Chinese Hat, where we stretched before breakfast on a small white sandy beach. We kayaked, stand-up paddleboarded, snorkeled, and took a Zodiac ride along the canal between James and Chinese Hat Islands.

Next, we sailed to James Island where we visited Sullivan Bay, a huge pahoehoe lava field created from an eruption in 1897. This walk revealed the multiple forms fresh lava takes, and imprints of vegetation that were vaporized by the molten lava as well as endemic flora that colonizes lava fields. We ended the day with a BBQ dinner on the sun deck.

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Fabian Bucheli

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Fabian Bucheli studied at the German School in Quito, graduated from the University of California with a bachelor of science in administration, and earned a master’s degree in international management from Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona. He has studied in Germany, France, Belgium, and Austria and is fluent in German, French, English, and Spanish. He has always been in love with nature and conservation. Explaining abstract concepts became second nature as a teaching assistant in biodiversity and evolution (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) while working towards a PhD in environmental risk management.

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