Monday 19th May 2014
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador (Floreana - Cormorant Point and Post Office)
Today we set off by zodiac at 8:30am after breakfast and a very rough night to Cormorant Point on the island of Floreana. When we landed on the island, we walked off the beach and the first thing we saw were flamingoes. They aren't always there in the lagoon but they were there today, dancing back and forth doing a mating ritual. It was quite beautiful. There were only about 30 flamingoes, pink and tall. We watched these birds (originally from Central America) for quite a while then walked to a beach on the other side of the island - about 200 metres - where there were turtle hollows in which the females had laid their eggs. While we were there, frigate birds swooped down to check whether they could get any of the baby turtles that might have hatched but there were none today. Another closer look at the flamingoes on the way back, then we did some snorkelling although the water was pretty murky where we were and, we couldn't see much. Back to the boat for the middle part of the day to have lunch and a break, we moved around the island and then headed on the zodiacs for Post Office Bay, where there is a barrel (post office) and in the olden days (1600's to 1800's) sailors used to put letters in and ships passing used to take them by hand to the places where they were addressed. To carry on the tradition, tourists put postcards and letters in this barrel when they visit and also take ones that are addressed to near where they live and agree to hand deliver them when they get home. There were quite a few handed out to the passengers on our boat today. It was a fun thing to do. When we finished, there was another round of snorkelling, this time there were more fish in evidence and it was clearer. Then back to the ship for a BBQ dinner on the top deck and chatting to the other passengers. To bed about 10:30pm. Today was fine, a little cloudy and warm, about 30C.