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Dena Haines

The Red Mangrove Travel Blog is written by Hernan Rodas, Bryan & Dena Haines, and Lisa Cho. Learn more about the blog and check out the latest posts.

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Love cute sea lion videos? (Me too!) Keep reading - and you won't be disappointed. At the Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge you can see them on the seaside deck. The sea lions love to soak up the sun, nurse their young, and cuddle with each other right on the deck. Love ?💙 🌊😉 #robertoochoahe @redmangrovegalapagos @clarklittle @juansharks ... [Read more]

One of the animals I really wanted to see while visiting the Galapagos was the Galapagos penguin. We saw them (and a lot more) on the Las Tintoreras and Bay Tour on Isabela Island. After a short boat ride across the bay, we came to a little rocky island where we saw blue-footed boobies and ... [Read more]

Black Beach on Floreana Island is the first black sand beach I've ever seen. It’s also the first place I've ever swam with sea turtles! The sand was soft and black. The black sand made the water appear dark but once we were in we could see that it was only the bottom that was ... [Read more]

My favorite place to see giant tortoises in the Galapagos Islands is on Floreana Island. There is a tortoise reserve in the highlands of Floreana where you can get close to the tortoises in their natural setting. The tortoise reserve is in a wooded area and there are a few feeding platforms where the tortoises ... [Read more]

Los Gemelos (the twins) on Santa Cruz Island are two large craters that were once underground magma chambers. When the magma chambers caved in they left two huge impressive looking craters. While the craters themselves are worth the trip, you can also see many different types of bird and plant-life on this excursion. The highway ... [Read more]

Los Tuneles is an area of naturally occurring underwater stone tunnels. The tunnels are the remainder of lava tubes and make the landscape look like something out of a different world. It took about an hour by boat from Isabela to get to Los Tuneles. Along the way we saw so many sea turtles I ... [Read more]

When we hiked up Sierra Negra (on Isabela Island) for the first time it was exciting, but when our guide asked us if we wanted to continue on to Volcan Chico we decided against it. That was a mistake. A few months ago, we had another opportunity to make that hike. Volcan Chico was worth ... [Read more]

Floreana Island is one of our favorites places in the Galapagos Islands. One of the reasons for that is La Loberia. La Loberia specifically refers to a rocky/white sand beach where you can see Sea Lions and their babies. It also encompasses a large beach area that takes in a sea lion nursery/daycare and a swimming/snorkeling area. ... [Read more]

What can you expect from a Galapagos vacation? What should a Galapagos vacation be like? I guess that depends on why you are going and what you want to experience. When some people think of a vacation, they think of laying on a beach being served cold drinks all day. While that type of a ... [Read more]

When planing a trip to the Galapagos Islands one of the first concerns is where to stay: hotel, hostel or cruise ship? There are many things to coordinate when arranging a trip to the Galapagos; lodging, excursions, transportation, meals and naturalist guides. Choosing an all inclusive package makes things easier especially if you don't speak Spanish.  Red Mangrove offers all ... [Read more]