Isabela Island

Dec 26, 2018 - National Geographic Islander

As the sun rose today, with a mesmerizing view of Alcedo Volcano, some guests on National Geographic Islander received the first rays of light on the sky deck while stretching with Wellness Specialist Juliana. Alcedo is one of the five and a half volcanoes that form the seahorse-shaped Island of Isabela.

After stretching and breakfast, we disembarked at Urbina Bay. This was the beginning of a very exciting morning.  While hiking at Urbina bay our guests had their very first encounter with giant tortoises; it was definitely a magical moment they will remember forever. The morning continued with Zodiac driving lessons for our young global explorers and a chance to jump off the ship for kids, and kids at heart!  It was an exciting and adventurous morning.

In the afternoon, our Capitan repositioned the ship to Tagus Cove, which was commonly visited by sailors who were looking for shelter from rough seas and enemies. We continued our exciting and adventurous day with some snorkeling, Zodiac riding, kayaking and a vigorous walk up the top of Tagus Cove. Our day was filled with new adventures, new memories, and wonderful moments that remind us how beautiful our planet Earth is!

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Gianna Haro


Most of Gianna´s memories seem to be dreams, made on flawless white sandy beaches with black lava rock contours and gorgeous turquoise ocean waters. Most of it happened while barefoot, in an enchanting place that some people regard as an ideal natural laboratory, the Galápagos Islands. For her it was home. Gianna grew up going to the beach nearly every day, snorkeling in crystal clear waters, playing with wild flowers, having sea lions steal her ice cream, observing marine iguanas, and identifying invertebrates. The latter was by no means technically accurate—she dubbed each new discovery with its own made-up scientific name. At some point during those early years, being an observer became an innate ability and she knew she wanted to be a biologist. 

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