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  • Punta Cormorant, Champion Islet, and Post Office Bay

    Floreana Island affords its visitors the opportunity to spot some of earth’ most captivating wildlife communities. We started our day’s voyage early in the morning at Punta Cormorant. Here, we came upon some 60 greater flamingos in a brackish lagoon. Several were exceptionally close, which gave those with cameras the chance to take amazing photos, while off in the distance several blue-footed boobies were spotted just off the beach.

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  • Santa Cruz Island

    Santa Cruz is the second largest island of the Galapagos Archipelago, with a surface area of almost 1,000 sq. km, and an estimated population of 20, 000 inhabitants. This is a must stop for visitors, because two important organizations are based here—the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Galapagos National Park Service. These two groups have been working together on multiple conservations projects since 1959. One important project is the captive breeding in order to revitalize the populations of five species of giant tortoises. One of these populations started with only 14 tortoises, from Espanola Island in the 1960s. Now more than fifty years later, the population has grown to almost 2,000 individuals, saving this species from the brink of extinction. We learned about the carefully implemented steps of this project that have led to its success during our visit to the breeding center this morning.

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  • Makatea

    The island of Makatea is like no other found in French Polynesia. It is not a coral atoll but rather a raised island of coral. The limestone cliffs tower over the coast and the island’s interior shows significant vegetation, complete with a few species of endemic birds and a peculiar expanse of limestone holes. In the early 20th century, important reserves of phosphate were discovered in these naturally occurring holes, and for over 50 years the island was the centre of a thriving phosphate mining business.

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  • Hood Island

    Hood is one of the oldest land masses in Galapagos and is the southeastern most island in the archipelago. We went to two different destinations for today’s activities. In the morning we navigated to Gardner Bay for deep-water snorkeling, while some of our guests went to the beach to practice snorkeling from the shore.

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  • Floreana Island

    This morning, as a sun tried to break through the low-lying mist, we proceeded to land at Cormorant Point on Floreana Island. There is no other place I would rather visit on this Earth Day than this world among itself in the Galapagos Archipelago. We proceeded to land and encounter unique species including greater flamingos, blue-footed boobies, and diamond stingrays.

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  • Española: Gardner Bay & Punta Suárez

    Today National Geographic Endeavour II reached the oldest island of the archipelago, Española. Like San Cristobal, this island harbors a few endemics only found on Española. For example, today we observed the Española mockingbird, the Española lava lizard, and the Christmas iguana. We also saw waved albatross. These magnificent birds nest only on Española, and April is the month during which couples come to mate.

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  • Fakarava, French Polynesia

    Today we visited Fakarava, second largest of the Tuamotu atolls, and one that will surely remain a highlight of our voyage for many. Touring the village and getting a feel for its culture was fantastic, but the wildlife of this stunning atoll was much too beautiful not to be shared here!

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  • San Cristobal Island

    The morning was perfect for an excursion ashore. A bit of cloud cover kept the day’s heat at bay. Hikers landed after breakfast and made their way up 320 feet of rise, the first third up through a dry ravine bed, then along a plateau to the outer coast.

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  • Los Islotes and Espiritu Santo National Park

    The architypical experience of Espiritu Santo National Park, and perhaps all of the Sea of Cortez, is to get in the water and snorkel with the charming and graceful California sea lions. It was for just this purpose that National Geographic Venture arrived at Los Islotes this morning.

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  • Apataki Atoll

    This morning’s first light painted the clouds in a beautiful collage of pink and orange. The sun rose just as we passed into Apataki Atoll, where we were able to spend the entire day hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding, and snorkeling.

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