The sun is finally out in the Galapago when we wake up, unlike the previous days. We head out to South Plaza which is an island that was born from underwater eruptions along the ocean floor. The landscape is quite baron and covered in red Galapagos Carpet Weed. Also dotting the terrain are many cactus trees that provide fruit for the Land Iguanas to feed off. Also noticeable is the smell of Sea Lion excrement. Apparently the island is their favourite toilet and they don’t hold back resulting in most of the island being covered in layer of white and decomposed poo. The highlight would definitely be spotting a day old Sea Lion pup with it’s mother by the side of the path.
After lunch we head to Santa Fe and are greeted by a beach full of Sea Lions drying off which present a nice photo opportunity. We hike around in a loop and spot a few finches and land iguanas that have an appetite for cactus flowers. During our daily snorkel, we come across many turtles. Literally we could spot them from shore and I would have spotted around seven of them whilst snorkelling. We also spot rays and more fish. Despite the inviting colour of the water, the temperature is too cold and our session in the water doesn’t last that long and we all emerge with blue faces.
Santa Fe Island