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Gardner Bay

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Gardner Bay

Galapagos Island, Ecuador

You won’t have to wait long to spot a Galapagos sea lion sunning on Espanola Island in the Galapagos Islands, just west of Ecuador. In fact, one may waddle right up to you to star in the most amazing travel photos you’ll ever take. The island is also home to almost all of the word’s waved albatrosses. Once you’re done capturing shots of wildlife on the island’s sandy shores, dive off its coast to snap photos of schools of colorful fish.


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