Urbina Bay and Tagus Cove at Isabela Island.

Oct 15, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Today aboard National Geographic Endeavor II we had the opportunity to start the day with our morning walk at Urbina Bay, a black sandy beach located on the rim of Alcedo volcano on Isabela Island. As we walked along the trail, we had close encounters with yellow land iguanas and giant Alcedo tortoises! After the hike, some guests returned to the ship by Zodiac, and others had a refreshing swim at Urbina Bay beach, sharing the space with pelican birds that were feeding at the coast. Today we had a delicious and traditional Ecuadorian buffet lunch where we learned the proper way to eat ceviche.

Then, National Geographic Endeavour II moved to Tagus Cove, another location on Isabela Island. In this beautiful and protected cove, guests got the opportunity to paddleboard, kayak and snorkel surrounded by marine life including curious Galapagos penguins, sea turtles and sharks. As a last activity of the day, we had the option of either doing a hike to explore Darwin Lake, or going for a Zodiac ride along the cove with a beautiful sunset. Perfect way to end our journey!

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About the Author

Ixora Berdonces

Naturalist

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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