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  • Fernandina and Isabela Island

    Our day began early on the top deck of the National Geographic Endeavour II, searching for whales.  The seas were quiet today and no whales were in sight, so we came down for breakfast and to prepare for our first landing of the day, on Punta Espinoza Fernandina.

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  • Gros Morne, Newfoundland

    We arrived in Bonne Bay to a beautiful sunrise off the coast of Newfoundland. After breakfast we landed in Woody Point to begin our explorations of this magnificent national park. Some of us hiked up to the Big Lookout while others went to explore the Tablelands. The Tablelands represent a unique piece of the earth’s mantle that has been thrust up onto the North American continent by tectonic processes. The distinctive yellow-brown peridotite rocks dominate the landscape. The yellow-brown color is just a surface feature where the iron minerals in the rock have oxidized. The Tablelands are almost barren of plants due to toxic minerals and a lack of nutrients. In this harsh environment we found Newfoundland’s provincial flower, the pitcher plant. This plant captures and digests plants to supplement its diet! Because of its unique character, the Tablelands are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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  • Bartolome & Rabida Islands

    Early this morning we visited Bartolome Island, an amazing tuff volcano with scoria and spatter cone formations. We climbed towards the top at 114 m while discovering more about the geology of the islands. The vegetation is all about pioneer plants that are highly tolerant to the heat of the sun and can survive with very little water. In the distance we were able to see Santiago Island and a black lava field which is a young volcanic event of only 118 years. The highlight, Pinnacle Rock, is a beautiful eroded tuff formation and is one of the most famous and well known landscapes of the Galapagos. Later in the afternoon we also visited Rabida Island where we ended our day with an amazing sunset! 

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  • Wallace Island, British Colombia

    Water droplets on the portholes this morning did not bode well for our planned morning hike. However, the rain gave way to sunshine during breakfast and we stashed our rain hats and broke out the sunglasses as we loaded into Zodiacs in preparation for hiking on Wallace Island Marine Provincial Park. This island is small in size but big in both character and natural beauty.

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  • Ithaka, Greece

    “At many a Summer dawn to enter,

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  • North Seymour and Rabida Islands

    Today was our first full day in the enchanted islands. North Seymour and a rusted volcanic island captivated our guests with their unique ecosystem.  Walking, Zodiac ride, basking on the beach and snorkeling were the different activities that we had in these astonishing islands. 

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  • Îles de la Madeleine, Quebec

    Our day started out cool and grey but very pleasant. Guests loaded into buses and toured the island. Our first stop was to the Musée de la Mer in La Grave to see history exhibits of the fishing on the island. Hanging in the entrance of the museum is the skelton of a sperm whale.

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  • Bayonne, France

    Here are 14 fun facts we learned during our visit to the French Basque region today:

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  • Victoria, British Columbia

    Sunrise this morning was a multitude of grays as we pulled into Victoria, our first stop in British Columbia. After clearing customs we split into groups to explore this beautiful city by foot, bike, and bus. Those of us with green thumbs hopped onto a bus and went into the neighborhoods near the coast, learning about the history and architecture as we went by. We visited three gardens, learning about arrangements, species, and care. One of the gardens recently hosted Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to Victoria, complete with roses, flowers, trees, and 20,000 volunteer hours to make the place tick!

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  • Salish Sea and San Juan Islands

    After more than 1,700 nautical miles through southeast Alaska and along the coast of British Columbia, the National Geographic Sea Bird and our ship’s company have reached the final underway leg of this southbound voyage. The scenery has been moody but breathtaking; the First Nations cultural sites, arts displays, and community visits inspiring; the wildlife abundant and ever-dynamic. We sailed the Strait of Georgia during the morning, cleared United States customs in Friday Harbor, and continued on overnight to our last port, Seattle.

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