Incredible Day Surrounded by Galapagos Mammals
This morning at 6:30am we arrived at Punta Vincent’s Roca, Isabela. We all commented that every Galapagos island is unique in landscape and the type of mammals that they attracts.
This morning the Silversea cruise ship was dwarfed by steep cliffs – very dramatic.
At 7:30am we boarded a zodiac in search of marine mammals – we spotted
Pacific Green Sea Turtles, Galapagos Penguins, Galapagos Sea Lions, Galapagos Fur Seals, Sally-Lightfoot Crabs and the very famous, Blue-footed Boobies.
When we got back to the ship we sat on the open deck. As we glanced over the water we were entertained by sea turtles, seals, hammerhead sharks, sea lions and a massive pod of dolphins.
Over half of the on-board passengers went snorkeling this morning but just one of my gang joined them as deep water snorkeling isn’t for beginners. Donna reported that the snorkeling was excellent – she was swimming with sea lions and penguins.
At noon we departed Punta Vincent’s Roca for Punta Espinoza.
We all enjoyed lunch on deck at the Grill. The staff set up a long table especially for all of us. If the other passengers don’t know who the Canadians are, they certainly do now. We started with the salad bar. The fresh tuna steak entree was so delicious – I ordered it well done (I know not they way that you should order it) and it was so moist – full of flavour. It came with an asparagus and sweet potato salad. The home made desserts were tempting (Black Forest Cake, Coconut Flan, Cream Puffs, Homemade Ice Creams and Sorbet). I was good and stuck with the refreshing fruit salad.
Visiting Punta Espinoza, Fernandina in the afternoon was an incredible experience.
Literally thousands of Galapagos Iguanas call this island home. In spots there are so many of them, they are walking on top of each other. Would make a great backdrop for a horror movie!
The baby seals came right up to us – they are just so inquisitive and cute.
The distance of the hike was not far but many found it a challenge walking on lava rock. When you come to the Galapagos its so important that your shoes have good tread and support. You can’t be taking pictures and walking at the same time or you will take a major tumble. The mammals will get your attention but when walking its more important that you concentrate on your step and when you come to a complete stop take the time to admire the spectacular sights that surround you.
The Galapagos is unlike any other destination in the World – just spectacular!
This evening we are invited to reception prior to a 5 course dinner in the cruise ship dining room. After spending so much time outdoors we have worked up an appetite.
I’ll post more pictures when the ships wifi access is once again strong enough to upload them.