Bartolome Island and Rábida

Feb 17, 2020 - National Geographic Islander

Today National Geographic Islander began with a pre-breakfast hike to the peak of Bartolome Island which has one of the most iconic views of the Galapagos Islands. Then, after a reenergizing and filling breakfast, we headed to the beach for some snorkeling, while some of our more adventurous guests took their snorkeling skills and jumped into deep water. Sea turtles, marine Iguanas, penguins, and many fish were all around us. Back on board, the hotel department served a traditional Ecuadorian buffet lunch for us, and our guests learned the proper way to eat ceviche – with popcorn and plantain chips! Later, we moved to Rabida Island where we had another opportunity to explore the underwater world. We closed the day with a beautiful sunset walk along the red sandy beach of Rabida – a perfect relaxing end to the day.

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About the Author

Ixora Berdonces


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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Joshua Vela

Video Chronicler

Joshua is our first Video Chronicler from the Galápagos Islands! He grew up on the island of Santa Cruz where he developed a strong connection with the natural world that surrounded him, and where he learned the importance of conservation.

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