Bona and Iguana Islands
  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 28 Jan 2020

Bona and Iguana Islands, 1/28/2020, National Geographic Quest

  • Aboard the National Geographic Quest
  • Costa Rica, Panama & Colombia

We cruise during the night, and with the first rays of sun we dropped anchor next to a lovely island in the Panamanian Bay. This little Island, called Bona, is in the honor of a native chief that had founded settlements on it.

Just before breakfast, our guests got out to explore the coastline of Isla Bona. Big, flocking colonies of sea birds are here. Birds love this area since there is plenty of food. The trade winds blow the warm surface water, allowing the cold water from the bottom to rise and bring many nutrients.

Our guests had the opportunity to learn about the natural history of the different species of seabirds. It was the beginning of the mating season. Several frigatebirds were seen nesting and inflating their big red gular pouches. A glorious moment to enjoy.

Back on board, we weighed anchor and cruised towards our next afternoon destination of Iguana Island. Here, several hikes were available while others immersed themselves in the local reefs. What a lovely way to finish our visit in paradise.

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