Sombrero Chino And Santiago Islands

Jan 03, 2020 - National Geographic Islander


We woke up to an active morning anchored in a canal between James and Chinese Hat Island, and with a pre-breakfast stretching session followed by some kayaking on a little white sand beach, we began our day. After breakfast, we had the options of exploring the area on Zodiacs or snorkeling – a very active morning indeed! In the afternoon, National Geographic Islander sailed to Sullivan Bay to walk on pahoehoe lava fields. No two lava fields are alike, and Sullivan Bay is impressive in its diversity – it has every form of lava imaginable as well as imprints of vegetation that were caught in the eruption. When we returned to the ship, we had a tasty barbecue dinner waiting for us on the Sun Deck.

What a beautiful day!

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Fabian Bucheli

Naturalist

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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