Santiago Island

Aug 21, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Santiago, located central part of the archipelago, is the fourth largest island in the Galapagos. Today we had a day full of activities on this wonderful island. The early risers hopped into Zodiacs and headed to shore for a hike at Espumilla beach, while other guests went out kayaking along the shore. After breakfast, we moved to Buccaneer Cove, a former pirate haunt where we had another round of kayaking, as well as deep-water snorkeling and glass bottom boat outings. We were ready to explore and discover the magic of the island, and we were not disappointed—we swam with white-tipped reef sharks, Galapagos sharks, sea lions, and many colorful fish.

During lunch, we moved to anchor at Puerto Egas. After another wet landing from the Zodiacs, we had a choice between a hike along the shoreline to look for marine iguanas, sea lions and fur seals, or to relax on the beach and have a swim or snorkel from shore. With an amazing sunset and recharged with energy, we closed this wonderful day. This was certainly an unforgettable day in paradise cruising with National Geographic Endeavour II.

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Africa Berdonces

Naturalist

Africa grew up in the Galápagos Islands where she spent her childhood exploring with her family, surrounded by exquisite nature. She took her first scuba diving lesson with her father off the coast of Sombrero Chino Island when she was just 12 years old. That first dive opened up a new and unexplored part of the natural world to her. Africa became enchanted by local marine life and went on to become a divemaster, working as both a dive guide and naturalist in her beloved islands.

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