Active + Adventure

Paradise Unleashed

by Jeff Harris

Swimming with Sharks
Darwin never got this close to the Galapagos' aquatic anomalies, but Lindblad Expeditions does—the company's well-equipped ships have been exploring the islands since 1967. Join the crew of its new flagship, Islander, staffed with roving naturalists and professional photographers, to get up close and personal with equatorial penguins, blue-footed boobies, and giant tortoises. (There are few natural predators here, so the wildlife is extraordinarily tame.) For the ultimate adventure, grab a snorkel and fins and rendezvous with a real-life whale shark. The behemoths can grow up to 40 feet long and 30,000 pounds, making them the world's largest fish, but they're so docile you can swim right up to them. Go ahead, get a picture with one—your friends don't have to know it only eats plankton.

Lindblad Expeditions
Tel: 800 397 3348
Ten-day trips from $3,680 per person

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