Daily Expedition Reports
Iguana Island Wildlife Refuge

José Calvo, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor, March 2019

  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 17 Mar 2019

Iguana Island Wildlife Refuge

  • Aboard the National Geographic Quest
  • Belize & Guatemala

Leaving Panama City, National Geographic Quest sailed out of the area’s bay to Iguana Island. Formerly used as target practice for bombers during World War II, the craters left behind can still be seen some 70 years later. The island was later turned into a wildlife refuge in 1981 because of the abundance of frigatebirds and other wildlife. With the anchor dropped, our outing began.

Many guests did not hesitate to grab gear for snorkeling in the crystal waters surrounding the island. The weather was fantastic today. Parrot fish filling the water, frigatebirds in the sky, and the island’s white sand beach all made for an exceptional day of land and water activity. We continue now sailing toward our next destination, catching rays, dolphins, and schools of tropical fish along the way.

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