Galapogos Islands

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It´s a baby sea lion....

So we head over to the Galapagos Islands which is a 2 hour flight from Quito, from the airport you have to catch a bus, a ferry and another bus to get to the main town of Puerto Ayora. We get there and sort out some accomodation and have a feed/beer with a new friend Alan and Steph before going to try and sort out some trips. Have a look round town and the waterfront. Quite cool, even round town you see marine iguanas, pelicans and frigate birds.

The next day we met Alan and Steph for breakfast and then sorted out a 2 night trip to Isabela Island and also a day Scuba Diving trip. So we headed to Isabela that afternoon and after a 2 hour boat we got there and were taken to our Hotel and then to a tortoise sanctuary.

Up close and personal
Saw heaps of tortoise from babies to the real big ones. Real cool. Then to a lagoon with a couple of pink flamingos before having dinner and a couple of beers. The next day we were up and up the main volcano. We drove a bit before jumping on horses for about 90mins. Some amazing scenery, the crater is the 2nd biggest in the world. We then went for a walk over the lava flows, some 2000 years old and others just 2 years, looks like a moon landscape. Then it was back on the horses and back down to the village and off for a snorkel. We went for a bit of a walk first and saw lots of sea lions, marine iguanas and crabs, something we would see everyday for the next 9 days. Also saw some white tip sharks just chilling in a kind of big rock pool. We then went snorkelling with white tip sharks, sea lions, sting rays and lots of fish, all this in not much more than a metre of water.
White tip shark
Then another walk with more sea lions and then back to the village on the boat but not before jumping out and snorkelling with a couple of turtles. Also seeing some blue footed boobies!

The next day we head back to Puerto Ayora, go for a walk out to Tortuga Bay where we see turtles in the surf, iguanas, blu footed boobies and we stand in knee deep water and get nudges by white tip sharks. Then back to town and a quiet night.

The next day is our scuba trip, we head out to North Seymour Island and do two dives. There´s quite a strong current there so you actually hold on to the rocks and watch the world go by. We see white tip sharks, sting rays, eagle rays, garden eels, turtles and lots more.

Blue footed boobie
The other group sees a couple of hammerhead sharks too.

Today we head out to the airport to join our boat trip. We get met there and taken down to the port where the boat is anchored. We are all presently surprised, it´s better than we thought. There´s a total of 16 of us on board from all over, Swiss, Dutch, German, Austrian, Swedes, Aussie and USA. We get the welcome message and lunch, again nicely surprised. The next 8 days consist of :7am Breakfast, 8am beach landing and a walk around one of the various islands usually including a snorkel, 12noon lunch, 230pm again a beach landing and a walk and/or snorkel. 4/5pm back on the boat, 7pm dinner.

We see the multitude of wildlife on offer including: blue footed boobies, masked boobies, red footed boobies, frigate birds, swallow tailed gulls, Darwin finches, Galapoas hawks, albatross, flamingo, pelican, vermillian flycatcher, penguins, sting rays, eagle rays, white tip sharks, turtles, tortoise, sea lions and lots more.

Frigate bird
It´s amazing how they all pretty much ignore you and you can get real close. The highlights were having a sea lion bite my flipper, yes I almost shat! The big daddy sea lion swimming straight at ya, chilling with the turtles and watching a penguin feed on a school of fish. Over all it was pretty amazing, the boat was good if not a little noisey, the food was great, the guide really informative and the people all good.

I really recommend going there to anyone. Don´t just do the usual boat trip go over and spend a few days before or after and do some day trips. It may be a tad exspensive but to interact with the wildlife like that it´s worth it!

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It´s a baby sea lion....
It´s a baby sea lion....
Up close and personal
Up close and personal
White tip shark
White tip shark
Blue footed boobie
Blue footed boobie
Frigate bird
Frigate bird
Puerto Ayora
photo by: timbo