Each island within Galapagos is truly unique in its own way. The cruise lines throughout the islands do their best to maximize time during your visit and offer two stops daily at different locations.
Traveling on the Eclipse ship by Ocean Adventures was truly a pleasure. The schedule on the ship was rather rigorous though, and sometimes I wondered if I really was on vacation. At 6:45 a.m., they begin to broadcast music over the ship’s intercom. Then a voice comes on the intercom. Good morning! It is now 6:45 a.m. It is time to….WAKE UP !! Breakfast will be served at 7:00 a.m.
This was our daily wake up call, and an elaborate buffet breakfast was served. Departures from the ship for the morning’s excursion was at 8:00 a.m. We would spend about three hours exploring, then return to the ship for refreshment, then lunch served al fresco most days. A siesta time is included while the ship moves to the afternoon’s stop.
Santiago Island was the second day’s afternoon excursion and this wet landing was on a black sanded beach. The tide was coming in during the afternoon and the seas were rough while the crew struggled to stabilize the Panga for our unloading. First was an offer to snorkel off the beach. I chose not to snorkel as the waves were rather rough and I really just wanted to capture the surrounding landscape.
Lounging on the black sanded beach were a number of Galapagos Sea Lions, Marine Iguanas, and Sallylightfoot Crabs. A mother Sea Lion was sleeping while her baby nursed.
But you know me, it doesn’t take long for me to discover the birds that may be around. A Galapagos Hawk flew over, a Galapagos Mockingbird flitted by, the Yellow Warblers sang their song in the distance, and this Ruddy Turnstone flew in for a quick visit. This bird can be seen on the east coast of the United States as well, so perhaps he was just traveling through. Or maybe he had been flown off course and decided to stay.
But this stop on the beach was only just a teaser for the amount of wildlife that Santiago Island offers. It was truly an Eden filled with wildlife and one of the stops where I took the most images.
About an hour was spent on the beach while some swam and snorkeled. We then donned our shoes and began walking the trail, beginning with a short hill. For now, I’ll just leave you on the beach and a view of the Eclipse. Next post will be the inland walk-a-bout. Have a lovely week! Bella