Swimming with Sea Lions, Snorkelling with Penguins
Trip Start May 20, 2010
195Trip End Sep 05, 2011
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Exploring Isabela Island
Day : 328
Temperature : 30 degrees
Weather : Sunny
So the Antarctic Austrians finally arrived in the Galapagos!! Christian and Sylvia arrived on the day of our last blog and after spending a couple of days in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz island we caught the speed boat to Isabela Island.
One of the first things we saw as we approached the Puerto Villamil were penguins....oh how excited we were! We found ourselves a cheap hostel on the far side of town, and for $25 per night we had a good sized room, private bathroom, fan, and television with 2 spanish channels....oh, and great views of the beach and the sea
Isabela is very different than Santa Cruz and San Cristobal. Firstly, the town is smaller and the roads are made simply from sand. There is a beautiful beach which runs down the length of the town and off into the distance. The port is full of sea lions and penguins, and you can find the occasional giant turtle (the biggest we have ever seen) and if you are lucky an eagle ray will randomly swim under the boats (however, I couldn't get the camera to switch on fast enough and so didn't get a picture...so does it really count?!) On the downside, we found the town to be rather run down and tired. Like all the other towns in the Galapagos there is litter and plastic bottles lying around the streets and in the sea....it's such a shame! The other downside is that the food in the restaurants is EXPENSIVE! The local dishes are cheaper, but the quality of the food is mediocre. Two small pizzas, a beer and two waters....$53! Yikes!
So what had we come here to do? Well, we spent three wonderful days in the water with sea lions and penguins. This was the most amazing snorkelling and swimming that we have EVER done
Like all fast swimming animals they are incredibly difficult to photograph or video. However, we do have some snaps from our underwater camera for you, although unfortunately the camera kept fogging up underwater and so they are not ideal! The vast majority of the shots ended up being one flipper, or half a head of a sea lion or penguin, but we managed to get half a dozen ok ones. We also have some video which I will try to upload when we are back in Quito, I don't think the internet is fast enough here. Anyway, enjoy the photos, it was SOOOO amazing!