Galapagos Island #2
Trip Start Feb 28, 2010
50Trip End Jul 18, 2010
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The 2 hour boat trip had left us all starving so the first thing we did was get some brecky before we all went our separate ways to explore the island with what little spare time we had.
Luca and i went to check out the local "fish market" where food scraps get fed to whatever animals seem to be hanging around during the gutting.
At the time of this hour or so of exploration it didnt seem like this island had much to offer as it looked a bit too civilised to be of a Galapagos standard.......but thats why im on tour, leave it to the experts.
Later that day we were heading out to the beach, with an option to grab a surfboard and ride the waves for the afternoon or grab a paddle and canoe around looking for sharks, rays and turtles.......Canoe for me, and so did most of us, so we began our 30 minute walk to the nearest coast
Once we reached the beach we were faced with an awesome view of a near perfect looking beach which once we began to walk along it we soon found hundreds of land iguanas basking in the sun waiting for the chad to start snapping. I got a few good shots here because these things will remain still even if you step on them, that Galapagos baby.
Anyway, without getting too caught up with the reptiles after about 20 more minutes we found the canoe stand (one guy on the beach with a set of canoes that collected cash on the only table found on the beach) and jumped in paddling as pairs.
Heres the scene, its an overcast day which clears up in no time, the sea is calm and the water temp is about 25 degerees and we were the only canoes in the water.....i think we can all agree it was a near perfect day for a paddle.
What did we see??? After heading into the shallow waters of the nearby mangroves we got our first glimpse of white tip reef sharks which circled beneath us as we hovered over them in about a metres deep of water.....check out the sweet pics and vids.
The day was coming to an end and decided to get a move on a head back to our hostel so we can make it back in time for a decent dinner, or at least a fresh tuna dinner which Tim (our NZ guide) promised the group.
Long story short, once we found the place there was no Tuna, there was no chicken, there actually wasnt much they could serve us but only a portion of the menu. Tim was pissed, but we were fed......nothing a late night out at the local bar couldnt fix though...but i could have done with that looney American chick humping the dance floor and every other static object in her path!
Next morning after we were shoved in a van and taken for a tour through an actual lava tunnel a.k.a a tunnel made from flowing lava!! and then headed out to one of the only place on the islands where you can come face to face with the Giant Galapagos tortoise in its natural wild environment......take a look and i think you agree that these bad boys are HUGE.
Later that day we had one last stop at the local tortoise research station before we all met back at the dock for a feed and to catch our boat which was leaving for the third and final island, Isabela.....and man was she beautiful!!!