David Vargas: Sea lions on beach
Michael S. Nolan: Marine iguanas, albatrosses, swimming sea lion, sea lions and photographer
Marco Ricca: Sunset
Walt Denson: Tortoise
Ralph Lee Hopkins: Crab
Sven-Olof Lindblad: Endeavour
Enjoy an intimate exploration of the islands aboard an expedition ship small enough to reach places larger ships can't, and equipped with snorkeling gear, Zodiacs and undersea cameras.
National Geographic Islander
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
The 164-foot Islander provides a nimble way to explore the Galapagos, since the ship's small size allows access to places larger ships can't reach. Bask in the equatorial rays or share a sunset cocktail on the covered deck, enjoy nature films, slideshows and presentations in the inviting lounge with a full-service bar, and stargaze at night from the Sky Deck. The yacht-scale Islander accommodates 48 guests in 24 mahogany- and brass-accented cabins, each with a window, ample closet space, a small table and chair, and two single beds (some of which can convert into a queen-size bed). Eight cabins at the top of the ship have private, glassed-in terraces for expansive views of the passing islands, and two spacious suites feature a wraparound view forward over the bow and to the side of the ship. The dining room serves eclectic cuisine with local flair in a casual atmosphere that offers a chance for guests and guides to mingle. Equipped with snorkeling gear, a fleet of Zodiacs and kayaks for up-close exploration, plus undersea cameras, the Islander offers countless opportunities to discover the wonders of the world's most intriguing archipelago.