Although Charles Darwin was on the Galapagos for only five weeks in 1835, the wildlife that he found there inspired him to develop his Theory of Evolution.
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This is the planet at its most awe-inspiring.
Wildlife is one of the main reasons to visit the Galapagos Islands. Here, you can watch the pink flamingos look eagerly for shrimp or build their mud nests on Floreana Island. The giant Galapagos tortoise soaks up the sun for hours on end, and if you’re lucky you might see a pair of waved albatrosses performing their courtship. They bow and tap beaks during their mating ritual.
Known for their dramatic sheer and double masts, phinisi sailing ships are the indigenous sailing craft of the Indonesian archipelago.
A brand new phinisi being built by one of Indonesia’s top hoteliers, AYANA Hotels, will set sail in July 2018. The 18-passenger luxury vessel is called AYANA Lako di’a, meaning “Safe Journey” in Balinese. Amenities include multi-course meals, professional spa treatments and activities from snorkeling to stand-up paddleboard (SUP) yoga and dolphin spotting.
The launching of the phinisi coincides with the September 2018 opening of the new 192-room AYANA Komodo Resort at Waecicu Beach on the island of Flores, a one-hour flight from Bali.
Said to be the world’s largest specially-built phinisi, AYANA Lako di’a will offer 2-, 3- and 5-night cruises round-trip from the AYANA Komodo Resort and sail among the scenic Komodo Islands. Highlights include diving opportunities and a visit to Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see the famous Komodo dragons, the world’s largest lizards.
Phinisi ship-building is an ancient tradition originating in Sulawesi, Indonesia, by the Konjo people.
Read more from source: Fancy New Phinisi Cruise Around Komodo Islands – Quirky Cruise
The Galapagos Islands – 965 kilometers (600 miles) from the coast of Ecuador – are best known for inspiring Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and natural selection but now, they are embroiled in a plastic crisis. Tons of plastic are washing up on the archipelago’s shores and threatening the thousands of species that live there, many of which can be found nowhere else on the planet.
Sea lions have been spotted using plastic bottles as playthings. Hermit crabs are moving into bottle caps – not shells. Galapagos finches have been observed lining their nests with plastic fibers and Galapagos green turtles are gorging on plastic bags, mistaking their translucent sheen for jellyfish.
These depressing symbols of our throwaway culture were broadcast in an exclusive report by British television channel ITV. Journalists interviewed local experts and specialists studying marine plastics at the University of Exeter who aim to determine the total impact of plastic in the Galapagos – as well as a way to bring an end to this never-ending tide of plastic debris.
Read more from source: The Wildlife Of Darwin’s Galapagos Islands Is Now Under Threat From Plastic Pollution
If you have been reading my blog for a while, you’ve likely already gathered that I am head over heels in love with the Galápagos Islands.
These magical islands are unlike anywhere else on the planet, serving as a lovely reminder of how incredibly special and profoundly beautiful our planet really is.
A province of Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands are located about 600 miles off the Ecuadorian coast in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Created by a series of volcanic eruptions, this enchanting place is made up of 19 islands and countless islets.
I’ve had the amazing opportunity to explore the mangroves of Black Turtle Cove, dive Tagus Cove, bird watch in Genovesa Island, and see other gorgeous sites of these Ecuadorian islands.
1. It’s The Most Biodiverse Place on Earth
A whopping 97% of the islands are considered a national park. The Galápagos National Park was established back in 1959 as Ecuador’s first national park.
Half of the land species (and 1/5 of the marine species) are endemic to the Galapagos.
Read more from source: 10 Interesting Facts About the Galápagos Islands • The Blonde Abroad
California-based AdventureSmith Explorations is run by owner Todd Smith, who’s among the prestigious ranks of Condé Nast Traveler’s Top Travel Specialists as a leading expert on small-ship expeditions. He also serves on the board of the International Galápagos Tour Operators Association (IGTOA).
Growing each year in popularity, the Galápagos Islands are a highly sought-after vacation destination. They’re also among the world’s most fragile ecosystems.
The appeal of this archipelago off Ecuador’s coast can be likened to the goose that laid the golden egg. Becoming too popular, Smith said, means risking uncontrolled growth for this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
“This could lead to eroding the very ecosystems that support the bird life, flora and fauna that people travel [there] to experience,” he warned.
Smith seeks to position his company and clients to be part of the solution, keeping the region’s best ecological interests in mind and not adding to the problem of overtourism.
The Galapagos Islands face many threats, among them climate change, deforestation, pollution and the introduction of invasive species.
The Galapagos Islands are an unforgettable destination thanks in large part to the incredible diversity of animals found there.
The isolated islands, a volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, are home to many species that are found nowhere else. In fact, after visiting the islands in 1835 Charles Darwin famously said his observation of species there inspired the theory of evolution.
For all of these reasons and more, the Galapagos Islands, which were also the first ever UNESCO World Heritage Site, are an incredibly popular destination for travelers.
But the islands are also facing many threats, among them climate change, deforestation, pollution and the introduction of invasive species.
The Galapagos Conservation Trust has said that about 200,000 people visit annually and about 30,000 people are permanent residents on the islands. In addition, there are now hotels on the islands, which was not the case in decades past.
These hotels not only create cheaper options for travelers seeking to visit, thus leading to increased numbers of visitors, they also contribute to the introduction of invasive species, increased pollution and more.
Growing each year in popularity, the Galapagos Islands are a highly sought-after vacation destination. It is also one of the world’s most fragile ecosystems.
The appeal of this archipelago off of Ecuador’s coast can be likened to the goose that lays the golden egg. Becoming too popular, said Todd Smith, founder and president of AdventureSmith Explorations, means risking uncontrolled growth in tourism and infrastructure for this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
“This could lead to eroding the very ecosystems that support the bird life, flora and fauna that people travel here to experience,” he said.
As an international leader in small ship cruising, Smith seeks to position his company and clients to be part of the solution, keeping the region’s best ecological interests in mind – and not adding to the problem of over saturation.
“We want to help make a once-in-a-lifetime journey to the Galapagos the best trip possible when it comes to fulfilling travel dreams and to securing the future health of the islands,” he added.
Following are AdventureSmith Explorations’ guidelines on how to do the Galapagos right.