Bartholomew and Rabida Island

Sep 02, 2019 - National Geographic Islander

We explored Bartholomew, on the west coast of Santiago Island and made our way to the highest point on the islet to take in the scenery during the early morning hours. Conditions for snorkeling where outstanding, and our guests took full advantage of this opportunity right after breakfast. For lunch we had an Ecuadorian feast, and as we dined our ship navigated to Rabida Island. Here, we had our second snorkeling session of the day and our first opportunity to kayak. We closed the day walking on Rabida’s red sand beach among resting Galapagos sea lions.

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Benjamin Ayala


Ben is a German-Ecuadorian naturalist guide who grew up on San Cristobal, the eastern-most island of the Galápagos Archipelago, home to the political capital of the province.

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Dexter grew up in England where a love for exploring the countryside ignited a lifelong passion for discovering natural history and embarking on adventure. As a teenager, two trips to India sparked a fascination with insects and a desire to share a “hidden” macro world was born. He produced a popular insect website and authored a reader digest about cultural entomology.

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