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Galapagos Islands Travel Blog

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Sea lion popping up to say hello

We now get all the hype, visiting the Galapagos Islands was absolutely amazing.  Tom and I treated ourselves to a 4 night luxury yacht cruise around the islands, plus spent 2 more days ourselves on the main island of Santa Cruz.  We got up close and cosy with so many cool animals - sea lions, giant tortoises, iquanas, sea turtles, fur seals, penguins, manta and sting rays, galapagos and reef sharks and trillions of fish and birds, including the infamous Boobies!  It is truly surreal how unbothered the animals are by human presence, completely different to anything we have experienced before.  

With many to choose from, the best highlight for me was snorkelling with a young sea lion who literally swam up to play with me.

Giant land tortoises
  I was twisting and turning my body trying to keep up with him swimming all around me, until I was exhausted and he darted off to find another playmate.  Where else in the world does a wild creature come up to play with you?!?  The day later though being chased by a huge sea lion out of a cave was slightly less amusing! 

Just have a look a the pics below, they say it all...

PS, for those lucky enough to be in the know, we visited the islands of Floreana, Santiago and Genovesa, as well as Santa Cruz.  For those thinking of going, be warned that even with a great last minute deal, 1 week in the Galapagos cost us more than a month anywhere else on our trip!   But it was worth every US penny! 

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Sea lion popping up to say hello
Sea lion popping up to say hello
Giant land tortoises
Giant land tortoises
Mum and pup
Mum and pup
So cute!
So cute!
Fur seals synchronised swimming!
Fur seals synchronised swimming!
Sea lion nursury with pups only on…
Sea lion nursury with pups only o…
Land iquana
Land iquana
iquana
iquana
Simming with iquanas!
Simming with iquanas!
Galapagos penguins
Galapagos penguins
Really giant tortoises!
Really giant tortoises!
Flamingo
Flamingo
Crabs!
Crabs!
Nazca boobie
Nazca boobie
Blue footed boobie
Blue footed boobie
Pelican
Pelican
Frigate.  Evil looking birds that …
Frigate. Evil looking birds that…
How close you can get to all of th…
How close you can get to all of t…
View from Bartolome
View from Bartolome
Turtle beach, Santa Cruz Island
Turtle beach, Santa Cruz Island
Our yacht, The Beagle
Our yacht, The Beagle
Our boobie entourage
Our boobie entourage
Chilling out on deck
Chilling out on deck
4,047 km (2,515 miles) traveled
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photo by: Melboorn