Trip Start Sep 07, 2011
289Trip End Sep 06, 2012
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The alarm clock went off at 5 am which was not appreciated but nevertheless we had to get up. We had to meet everyone at the tour operator office to pick up our snorkelling gear at 5.45 am and then head to the pier to get on the boat.
This time we were on a slightly bigger boat which you could sit inside and be sheltered from the spray. I thought it was going to be nice and comfortable and smooth. Little did we know that the sea was going to be even worse than yesterday. Oh my goodness, we were being thrown around everywhere. Some of the bumps were so hard, I thought I was going to be battered and bruised when I got off
Oh, one thing I forgot to mention. There was a guy working on the boat who reminded me of Mr Stone. Yes Andy, I have found your doppelganger. Not only did he look like you, and work on a boat (from your navy days) he also had a stiff neck. There you go, you could be over here in the Galapagos working on the boats. You would love it!
When we finally arrived at San Cristobal, the sun had decided to come out for us. Yeay! We got off of the boat, which everyone was quite relieved about and then jumped straight into a bus to be taken to a nearby beach where we would be snorkelling
I wasn’t going to go snorkelling as I was fascinated by the sea lions, but I pulled myself away and got in. The section where we snorkelled was protected from the savage ocean by volcanic rocks which made a sort of protected inlet. I am so glad I got in as there were sea lions swimming around, but I got my first glimpse of a sea turtle. If it hadn’t been pointed out to me, I would not have seen it. It was sat at the bottom of the sea bed, which had to be no more than 2 metres deep, but it really did look like a rock. Wow, the Galapagos is the best place that I have visited on my whole trip and I want to live here! There were lots of fish swimming around and also a pelican that kept diving in to get his food. Around the shoreline were more marine iguanas, basking in the sunshine, building up their energy to go hunt for food later. We spent about 1 hour here before we had to head off for lunch, in the nearby port.
After lunch, we were back on the boat and making our way back to Santa Cruz
I am so glad I got in because as soon as I did, Mel called me over and I looked down and saw the most graceful sea turtle swim past and dive down deep into the water
The last stop of the day was at Santa Fe Island for more snorkelling. The weather was getting a little chilly and I was getting cold again so I gave this one a miss. I’m glad I did really as everyone that got in, only stayed in for about 10 minutes as there wasn’t much to see and also because it was cold. Good decision made.
We had to endure the horrendous journey back. I say horrendous, I loved it. I think we got back to the port at around 6.30 pm and we headed straight back to the hostel as we were so tired. I have to say that this has been the best day by far, due to the animals I saw today. I never want to leave this place. Maybe I can marry a guide or someone here. I’ll keep an eye out. Well, Mel and I are hoping that we might find some single rich men here, but so far, not found anyone!