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  • Lake Eva and Sergius Narrows

    What a fantastic last day of our voyage. We took full advantage of our last morning, anchoring near Lake Eva on Baranof Island. There we hiked, kayaked, and ventured out on stand-up paddleboards, watching birds and bears up close. Then the bravest among us plunged into the frigid waters of Alaska. As dusk came on, we made our way through Sergius Narrows, stopping for bears and whales as we headed towards our final destination of Sitka.

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  • Pavlov Harbor

    There is a special briskness to waking up at sea that you can’t find anywhere else – the motion of the waves lilting under the bow as you peer over the rail, the air cutting through any lingering fog from sleep. As we snoozed last night, the bridge team guided us carefully through Sergius Narrows and Peril Strait, leaving Baranof Island behind. Chichagof Island greeted us with some uncannily calm and clear weather as we cruised up Chatham Strait. After some brilliant photography in the morning light, our morning was spent learning the intricacies of bear safety, dressing for drizzle, and tactical intertidal footwear. We discovered quickly that we shouldn’t get too comfortable, however, as a humpback whale lounging near shore brought us all out on deck part way through the photography lecture.

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  • Behm Canal & Owl Pass, Southeast Alaska

    After sailing from Haida Gwaii, we reentered U.S. waters and arrived at the northern boundary of Dixon Entrance. The mist and clouds from the day before were gone and we were treated to sunshine on the water as we began our journey in Southeast Alaska. We soon spotted a solitary humpback whale feeding near the shore of a small cove. The whale surface fed for a while, then began slapping its tail on the surface. Some speculate that this is a learned behavior that possibly stuns the whale’s fish prey. After having our fill of the whale, we continued east into Behm Canal, through Owl Pass and the cliff face that gives the pass its name, and into the heart of Misty Fjords National Monument. We set anchor at the head of the canal and spent the afternoon kayaking the quiet bay and shoreline. While guests relaxed on deck with drinks and hors d’oeuvres before dinner, a few staff headed out by expedition landing craft to deploy the remote-operated vehicle into the sea below the Owl Pass rock face.

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  • Misty Fjords National Monument

    Last night, under the light of a full moon, National Geographic Quest crossed into Alaska after a magnificent week exploring British Columbia and the San Juan Islands. Guests onboard awoke to a beautiful scene of snowcapped mountaintops and glacial valleys after happily receiving an extra hour of sleep due to the time change. Morning coffee conversations on the bow continued as guests bonded alongside a shared backdrop of some pretty spectacular views. As the ship continued through the Inside Passage, New Eddystone Rock, a basalt rock named by Captain Vancouver for its resemblance to the lighthouse rock off Plymouth, England, was highlighted as just one of the many wonders of the region.

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  • San Cristóbal Island

    Situated at the easternmost segment of the Galapagos Archipelago is San Cristóbal, the fifth-largest of the islands. It is comprised of three or four fused volcanoes, all of which are extinct, despite one being still properly elevated to provide fresh water and nutrients for the surrounding soil, making it a choice area for agriculture. The island’s name honors the patron saint of seafarers, Saint Christopher, but prior to 1892 was named Chatham, after John Pitt, second Earl of Chatham. This island is home to one of the oldest permanent settlements across the archipelago and was the first to be visited by Charles Darwin in 1835; nowadays Galapagos is a province of the Republic of Ecuador and Puerto Baquerizo Moreno its political capital.

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  • Foula, Mousa & Lerwick

    Overnight we sailed from Kirkwall in Orkney to Foula Island in the Shetlands. Foula was shrouded in light rain and mist as we arrived. We were greeted by long-time resident and guide Sheila Gear who shared her knowledge of the local culture, flora, and fauna. The 4.5-square-mile island is home to 35 hardy residents, primarily crofters who raise sheep and ponies. This was Lindblad Expeditions’ first visit to the remote island of Foula, which has been continuously inhabited since Neolithic times.

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  • Haida Gwaii, Old Massett

    Earth without art is just eh, a truism experienced this morning in Old Massett when Master Haida carvers Christian White and Jim Hart described their art and provided tours of their studios.

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  • Klewnuggit Inlet

    One week into the trip, National Geographic Quest continued north through the Wright Sound as guests emerged from their cabins early in hopes of special wildlife sightings. Fingers were crossed for spirit bears, since this area is particularly known for the high concentration of them. After breakfast with the help of everyone aboard including crew and guests, we finally spotted a bear in a perfection location- right along the rocky coastline providing ample opportunity for viewing. With all the excitement of finally spotting a large mammal after hours of searching, no one was disappointed to see that the bear had black fur instead of white. All cameras were out and clicking away as the bear glanced to check out its surroundings. Without being phased, the bear continued to forage for whatever it could find, and we eventually set off.

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  • Fakarava and Toau Atolls, Tuamotu Archipelago

    The first full day of our expedition in French Polynesia began with an exciting passage through the north pass of Fakarava Atoll. It was very impressive to watch as Captain Heidie Norling and our pilot skillfully guided our ship through the strong currents and standing waves into the calm waters of the lagoon inside the long coral reef.  After breakfast we went ashore to visit a small town, where we explored by bicycle and on foot, photographing local seabirds, meeting local people, and enjoying some time with friendly local nurse sharks. In the afternoon we had another opportunity to enjoy the beautiful blue water in the lagoon of Toau Atoll, where we encountered lots of blacktip and whitetip reef sharks, big coral groupers and clouds of jewel-like damselfish.

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  • Punta Pitt and Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal island

    This was our first full day of expedition, and we enjoyed so much of San Cristobal Island. Our guests had the option to start with a stretching session while enjoying a magnificent view of the area’s distinct landscape. After breakfast, we visited Punta Pitt, where several blue-footed boobies were nesting. We also spotted red-footed and Nazca boobies, frigates, and swallow-tailed gulls. After the hike, we went snorkelling with playful sea lions who curiously approached us. In the afternoon, we sailed south to Cerro Brujo.

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