13.04.2012 - 20.04.2012 30 °C
This blog contains a lot of photographs. I won't apologise for that. I hope you enjoy the photographs as much as we enjoyed the trip to the mighty might amazingly awesome crazy Galapagos Islands.
We had been planning to visit the Galapagos Islands ever since we were in Cuba, and after much research, we decided to book our trip at the last minute to get the cheapest deal possible. Visiting the Galapagos Islands requires taking a cruise, there is no way to avoid it. To get to the best islands you have to get aboard. Booking late does run the risk of missing out on the better ships but as we were visiting out of peak season we were confident we would get a good boat at a great price. I contacted a agency in Quito before our arrival in Ecuador and informed them of our requirements - and they delivered a fantastic boat at a fantastic price. But I wasn´t quite happy enough with it so I bartered for a better price and better cabin... Total saving... Over $1500 per person for a 6 day cruise! Boost!
Our ship was the MV Santa Cruz. With a passanger capacity of 90 but only 54 guests we enjoyed 62 crew to look after our needs. They knew what we wanted even before we did!
Our home for cruise had a spectacular view all day, every day.
Dinner was always good. We had everything from sushi to pork... All included in the price! Awesome!
Our route was to take us around the southern islands of the group. We had done our research and these are some of the best islands to visit with the greatest variety of animal life.
The captain was a character...!
Getting out into the islands was special. The views were spectacular.
Kicker Rock and sea so full of life and colour you would not believe it...!
So... The animal life... The Galapagos are filled with a selection of great, grand, amazing and frankly odd creatures. The Galapagos Sea Lion rules the beaches and piers. If you don't believe me check out this photograph of San Cristobal harbour!
You wouldn´t want to ask one of these guys to move over for you... The big males can be over 500lbs!
The rest of the animals were pretty special too. They don't fear humans and sometimes you have to watch your feet or you could step on a land iguana, marine iguana, lava lizard, sea lion...!
Here are a load of photos of the animals we saw...
Firstly, the marine iguanas!
Now the land iguanas!
The Lava Lizards!
Introducing, the Boobies!
The nasty but huge and sexy, Frigate Bird!
The Wave Albatros!
The characters of the islands, the Galapagos Sea Lions!
The hard to find, but I (Ross) did! Galapagos Snake!
The lovely and friendly, medium billed cactus finch!
The huge Galapagos Shark (as seen from the side of our ship hunting flying fish! - sorry about the night time photo... It´s the best we could do!)
The world famous Giant Tortoise!!!
And, he fires blanks and might be gay, Lonesome George!!!
Everyone knows that the life of the Galapagos is great on land, but did you know it also is amazing below the waves. We did. So went snorkelling every time we got the chance, here are some of our pictures!
BUT! We didn´t stop there. We used our skills of Scuba and got our BCDs on. Getting into the water was one of the best experiences we have ever had. The things we saw on our first dive blew our minds! HUUUUUGE manta rays, hammerhead sharks, reef sharks... Check our our photos and get jealous!!!
Oh yea... The manta ray... BOOM!
I hope you enjoyed our little blog about the Galapagos islands... They are a special place and I hope you all one day get to check them out. They are worth every penny. And if you do get there, get into the water!
Lots of love,
Linn and Ross
p.s. Linn had a birthday!