Espanola Island

Jan 27, 2020 - National Geographic Islander

Today was our first full day of expedition in the enchanted islands. We woke up surrounded by turquoise water and a view of the oldest island in the archipelago, Española. Directly ahead of National Geographic Islander we spotted Gardner bay. Its soft white sand beach dotted with Galapagos sea lions was a truly enticing sight. Our first snorkeling opportunity was right off this beach, and for those wishing to go deep-water snorkeling, there was Gardner Islet. We had incredible conditions, temperature, and visibility; the perfect day to discover the wonders of the Galapagos underwater world. In the afternoon, we hiked at Punta Suarez, one of my favorites! This place is full of colorful marine iguanas, Española mockingbirds, Española lava lizards, Galapagos sea lions, Nazca boobies, waved albatrosses, and the top predator of the archipelago, the Galapagos hawk. It’s been a fantastic day exploring this amazing paradise on board National Geographic Islander.

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Africa Berdonces


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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Andres Cruz

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Andrés grew up in Floreana, an island with 150 inhabitants in the Galápagos Archipelago. Living without internet, television or cellphones encourages him to become a creative observer and a nature lover. He spent most of his childhood interacting with giant tortoises, lizards, penguins, finches and other creatures while exploring his surroundings.

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