Swimming with the locals (Galapagos cruise day 3)

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The stunning view and colours of Bartolome Island

Felt better for a good night’s sleep the next day and we were up at 7am again for another decent breakfast. Amanda and I were speculating what it was like on the luxury boat that Nicole and Dominee had booked (at double the cost of ours!), I’m sure they had a bit more room than us! The first activity of the day was a dry landing on Bartolome Island, which is an absolutely stunning island. We climbed the hill for views and it was stunning - the contrast of colours of rock against sand against trees against sky was jaw dropping, even though it was a bit cloudy. We had some snorkelling before lunch and were told we would see sharks, so I was pretty damn excited, but we didn’t see any - I had to console myself with seeing penguins for the first time in my life….

Couldn't resist a little message to the masses!
pretty damn cool! The Galapagos penguins are tiny, and they swim so fast, quite amazing when you’re in the water with them. After lunch we had a short crossing to Sullivan Bay on Santiago island to walk on the lava fields - they spread over 20km, the remnants of the time the volcano on this island last erupted. There was a beautiful beach that we had for the afternoon and were able to go out and do some more snorkelling - again, our guide told us that we would see sharks, lobster and octopus, but they were nowhere to be seen. He didn’t actually get in the water and didn’t look like he had been for some time, which I think explain why his information might be a bit out of date. It was a bit annoying as it got our hopes up, only to be disappointed. He’s not the personable of people, and I think perhaps on the better boats you get better guides.

After snorkelling, we were back on the boat to sail to head back towards Santa Cruz island - another beautiful sunset, definitely one of my lasting memories of the Galapagos. We moored up at Black Turtle Cove for the night, had a nice dinner and chat with David and Valerie - we’ve had a good group and exchanged lots of good tips for future places - Valerie’s going up, so we gave her help for Colombia and we’re going down to Peru, so she did the same. Its one of the great things about travelling - taking personal tips and recommendations - is better than using a guidebook a lot of the time!

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The stunning view and colours of B…
The stunning view and colours of …
Couldnt resist a little message t…
Couldn't resist a little message …
Lava cactus
Lava cactus
The group - Eva, Pieter, me, David…
The group - Eva, Pieter, me, Davi…
Very old lava...nice colours though
Very old lava...nice colours though
Ermmm....how the hell did I get st…
Ermmm....how the hell did I get s…
Lava cactus
Lava cactus
View from Santiago over to Bartolo…
View from Santiago over to Bartol…
David having a siesta
David having a siesta
Amazing how close the birds came t…
Amazing how close the birds came …
Another pretty good sunset!
Another pretty good sunset!
Graceful giant turtle
Graceful giant turtle
Penguis diving
Penguis diving
Amanda!!
Amanda!!
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photo by: aswold