Bartolome and Rábida Islands

Feb 03, 2020 - National Geographic Islander

Our first full day in the Galapagos, and we’re eager to explore it! As the sun rose we had a pre-breakfast uphill walk to the top of Bartolome, a satellite islet of Santiago Island. The topography resembled that of the moon, and we spotted different geological formations such as tuff and spatter cones, and young basaltic flows.

Back on board we had all our snorkeling gear ready and waiting to explore the underwater world of Bartolome. This was our first snorkeling outing and we were excited for the possibility to swim with penguins, sharks and big schools of colorful fish. Later, we had a great talk about photography and oceanography on board and Immediately after, guests disembarked for more exploration. Kayaking and snorkeling along the coast of Rábida were the activities of choice. We ended the day with a sunset walk and enjoyed a lagoon filled with greater flamingos and sea lions basking on the beach.

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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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Liza Diaz Lalova

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Liza fell in love with the ocean as a child growing up on the Ecuadorian coast. Her passion for storytelling and photography began at the age of seven, when she began filming her friends as they recreated stories from her parents' library. Liza later combined her audiovisual passion with her love for nature by majoring in Environmental Communication and Digital Animation. She began making documentary films, animations, and photographs aimed at inspiring communities to care for their natural habitats. Liza became enchanted by the Galapagos, where she first came as a student and has continued on as a volunteer for various conservation, education and arts organizations. She is now a professional conservationist and artist dedicated to inspiring and educating in small communities around Ecuador using creative audiovisual communications.

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