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Marine Iguanas, Rabida Island, Galapagos Islands

Pelican, Rabida Island, Galapagos Islands

Blue Footed Booby, Rabida Island, Galapagos Islands

Lava Heron, Rabida Island, Galapagos Islands

Baby Fur Seal, Rabida Island, Galapagos Islands

Noddy Tern, Rabida Island, Galapagos Islands

Lagoon, Rabida Island, Galapagos Islands

Lava Lizard, Rabida Island, Galapagos Islands

Ground Finch, Rabida Island, Galapagos Islands

Blue Footed Booby, Rabida Island, Galapagos Islands

Baby Fur Seal, Rabida Island, Galapagos Islands

Fur Seals, Egas Port, Santiago Island, Galapagos Islands

Yellow-crowned Night-heron, Egas Port, Santiago Island, Galapagos Islands

Pelican, Egas Port, Santiago Island, Galapagos Islands

Lynn and David with a Blue Footed Booby, Egas Port, Santiago Island,...

Marine Iguanas, Egas Port, Santiago Island, Galapagos Islands

View of Egas Port, Santiago Island, Galapagos Islands

American Oyster Catcher, Egas Port, Santiago Island, Galapagos Islands

Painted Galapagos Locust, Egas Port, Santiago Island, Galapagos Islands

Beach where Charles Darwin landed 1835, Egas Port, Santiago Island, Galapagos Islands

Fur Seals, Egas Port, Santiago Island, Galapagos Islands

Blue Footed Booby, Egas Port, Santiago Island, Galapagos Islands

Sally Lightfoot Crabs, Egas Port, Santiago Island, Galapagos Islands

Pelican, Egas Port, Santiago Island, Galapagos Islands

Beach scene with driftwood, Egas Port, Santiago Island, Galapagos Islands

Lava Lizard, Egas Port, Santiago Island, Galapagos Islands

Marine Iguanas, Crabs and American Oyster Catcher, Egas Port, Santiago Island, Galapagos...

American Oyster Catcher and Crabs, Egas Port, Santiago Island, Galapagos Islands


Saturday 17th May 2014

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador (Santiago - Rabida and Egas Port)

We moved during the night and anchored at about 6:45am (heard the anchor being dropped). Went ashore after breakfast on to Rabida Island after motoring along the coast in the zodiac looking at birds, marine iguanas and other creatures. Rabida is a volcanic island with red sand, quite rough on the feet. We then went for a walk. There were many cactus plants and the trees had leaves on them. Our guide told us that the leaves would be gone in about a month and would only re-appear in about March/April next year. There were a number of birds (ground finches) as well as lizards. The views over the ocean were very nice, not as spectacular as yesterday though. David then went snorkelling and took some videos with the underwater camera. There were many fish near the cliffs and the water was not too cold. Lynn meanwhile didn't feel like swimming and stayed on the beach. She planned to walk along to the end of the beach but saw 2 sealions close to where she was and spent the time watching them play. At one point, as she stood in the shallow water, they swam really quickly towards her - swerving at the last second - obviously playing a game with her. It was good fun watching them. Back to the boat again for lunch. We are moving to our next spot. At 3:00pm, we left the boat on the zodiac and headed to shore at Egas Port on Santiago Island. This was the place where Charles Darwin landed in 1836 on his voyage on "The Beagle" and stayed for 11 days on this island. We went for a walk and saw marine iguanas, fur seals, sea lions, blue footed boobies, pelicans and red crabs. The water in this area was very clear and there were old lava tubes where the sea burbled up and down. The rock had formed some deep pools which had access to the sea, and a group of fur seals had taken up residence. It was perfect for the them because the rocks offered shade. Due to their double layer of hair they need to be cooler than sealions and like shady spots. Some young sealions were with them - pretending to be seals - the seals didn't object to them as they were young but would not have permitted mature sealions to be so close. We then walked back to the beach (black sand) where we had landed and were going to do some snorkelling, but the surf was too rough and the water consequently was murky so people just swam instead. We then travelled back to the boat by zodiac and sat on the deck and had a beer before dinner which tonight was a BBQ on the top deck as the sun set. The dinner and the setting were delightful and we chatted to other people, most of whom are leaving tomorrow for the mainland. To bed around 10:00pm.



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