Santa Cruz and Santa Fe islands, Galapagos
Trip Start Feb 03, 2006
59Trip End May 09, 2006
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South Plaza Island is a very small island just off Santa Cruz island. It is arid to the point of looking like a desert. The only animal life I encountered were marine and land iguanas, and a hybrid of the two that can neither swim nor reproduce. Lots of bird life on the steep cliff side of the island. Frigates and doves and gulls and blue-footed boobies, and many more.
Went deep water snorkeling at Gordon Rock, off Santa Cruz island, which was incredible. First time we had blue skies and great visibility under water. I circumnavigated the island, took about 45 minutes. Saw lots of fish, and the most fun was swimming with sea lions, probably 10-15 of them. Underwater they would come up to within a few feet to check me out, then do flips and twirls and literally put on a show. I wish I had an underwater camera.
Later in the afternoon, more snorkeling at Santa Fe island. I swam with green sea turtles and manta rays, and even a group of white tipped sharks, which I ran into accidentally. I really mean, ran into. I literally swam right into the side of a shark, probably a 6 footer. In this one section the water was quite murky and I could not see very far in front of me. I moved from there to a reef with the best snorkeling I have ever experienced. Clear blue water and great visibility, and thousands and thousands of fish, from tiny to large, with an occasional sea lion running by to check us out.