Our third afternoon in the Galapagos Islands began with the most incredible snorkeling trip of our lives, in Tagus Cove on the island of Isabela. Even before we dove into the remarkably frigid waters, we saw Galapagos Penguins on the shore getting ready for a swim. I was able to capture this one in silhouette as he darted like a torpedo beneath the roiling waves.

 

The penguins were incredibly cute, but they were far from our only exciting sighting. A playful Galapagos Sea Lion seemed eager to engage, and numerous Sea Turtles swam around munching on the jellyfish that seemed to float in the water like strands of confetti on New Year’s Eve. At one point I looked up from the video camera to find myself surrounded by Medusa Jellyfish: Shortly afterward, I decided I’d had enough snorkeling for the day!

 

 

In what became a favorite routine, we ended our day on the upper deck of Ecoventura’s M/Y Eric, watching the picturesque sunset. After dinner, we could often be found there, bundled against the brisk wind, watching the stars go by as we made our way to the next island.

 

 

Our fourth morning began with a wet landing at Puerto Egas on the island of Santiago. The beautiful rock formations at the shore offered a hint of the hike to come, where crazy-looking lava formations served as the home to a whole host of colorful wildlife.

 

 

The Galapagos Mockingbird was one of our most frequent bird sightings, and their distinctive call could be heard on practically every island we visited. Much more aggressive than some of the area’s other avian species, the mockingbirds often seemed to prefer walking over flying, and at times reminded me of the Roadrunner. Beep Beep!

 

 

It may have been the famous Galapagos Finches that led to Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution, but for me it was the iguanas that really hammed home the concept. They were so different from island to island, with this fellow’s rust-colored highlights allowing him to blend in well among the lava rocks that surrounded a hole known as Darwin’s Toilet.

 

 

I can’t tell you exactly why I was so fascinated by this little Lava Heron, but I sat there photographing him hunting for fish along the Santiago Island shore long after the rest of my group had walked on. Maybe it was the green-tinged feathers, the yellow eyes, or simply the fact that those colorful Sally Lightfoot Crabs seemed so curious about what he was doing.

 

 

This little bugger, the Mangrove Warbler, proved to be the bane of my photographic existence. We’d seen one on our first day in the Galapagos, but despite shooting more than 20 pics, not a single one was in focus due to the manic bird’s propensity for flitting from spot to spot. So when I nailed a close-up of this one on the first try, I was delighted! Love his colors…

 

 

Last night I watched a Simpsons episode in which one character said, “Nobody can resist a baby seal.” The same could be said of Galapagos Sea Lions. Despite my rough ‘n’ tough exterior, I was reduced to a childlike “Awwwww!” pretty much every time we spotted a baby. Seeing them nursing? Cuteness overload!

 

 

One of the coolest things about the Galapagos Islands is the opportunity to see so many wildlife species living in close proximity to one another, seemingly without much in the way of territorial disputes. Here, we see another adorable baby sea lion, two Marine Iguanas and a gaggle of Sally Lightfoot Crabs. Add a bonfire and you’d have one helluva beach party!

 

 

Meet Bubbles. If you haven’t watched it yet, Bubbles is the star of our “Swimming With Galapagos Sea Lions” video, She/he was remarkably interactive, swimming closer and closer to us with each pass and actively encouraging us to play. It definitely made me wish I was a much better swimmer! Then again, I doubt even Michael Phelps could’ve kept up…

 

 

One of the best things about traveling with Ecoventura was the spirit of fun their crew created on board the ship. Almost every day when we returned from our adventures, we’d find these wacky towel critters, often shaped to look like an animal we’d just seen. Coming back from snorkeling with sea turtles, this cool little guy made us laugh, rocking Mary’s shades.

 

 

For obvious reasons, I was never able to get a shot of the M/Y Eric, but loved this photo of Ecoventura’s Flamingo I. It was identical to our ship, with 1o passenger cabins, a great little dining room/bar/lounge area, and excellent sun decks that provided plenty of room for sightseeing, relaxing with a good book or, in a pinch, hanging up your laundry to dry.

 

We wound down our day with a picturesque cruise past Sombrero Chino (a.k.a. Chinese Hat), making our way to Pinnacle Rock and Bartolome Island. The setting provided a brilliant glow on the massive eroded tuff cone, providing a great preview of the otherworldly landscape we’d explore on our next day in these enchanted islands.  –Bret Love

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS DAY 1- Photo Gallery: San Cristobal, Kicker Rock & Genovesa

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS DAY 2- Photo Gallery: Genovesa & Fernandina

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS DAY 4- Photo Gallery:  North Seymour & Bartolome

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS DAY 5- Photo Gallery:  Santa Cruz & Espanola

 

Wildlife of the Galapagos video series: Part I,  Sea Lions

Wildlife of the Galapagos video series: Part 2,  Flightless Cormorants

Wildlife of the Galapagos video series: Part 3,  Tortoises

Wildlife of the Galapagos video series: Part 4,  Iguanas

 

21 Responses to GALAPAGOS ISLANDS DAY 3- Photo Gallery

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

CommentLuv badge

Co-Founded by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett, Green Global Travel is an ecotourism, nature / wildlife conservation & cultural preservation magazine. More about us.

HAVE YOU VOTED TODAY?

Green Global Travel has been nominated for the Best Couples Travel Bloggers by USA Today! PLEASE click on the blue image below to vote for us! You can vote up to once per day through Aug 6, and no personal info is required.

Help Support Green Global Travel!

Each time you make a purchase on Amazon.com using the link below,we'll earn a small percentage, at no extra cost to you.


Amazon

www.amazon.com

Thanks for your support! - Bret & Mary

Follow Us

Proud members of: The International Ecotourism SocietyCheck out our other sites!
Green Travel Reviews
  EcoAdventure Media

Destinations We’ve Covered:

• AFRICA
Egypt- Top 5 Eco Attractions
Morocco- A Journey into the Atlas Mountains
South Africa- Londolozi Game Reserve Safari
South Africa- Kruger National Park
South Africa- South Africa- Zulu Memories
Tanzania- Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

 
• ANTARCTICA
How To Get To Antarctica w/out Doing the Drake
The Haunting Beauty of Icebergs
Penguins of Antarctica
Taking the Polar Plunge
Top 5 Eco Attractions in Antarctica
Whales of Antarctica
 
• ASIA
India- Ranthambhore National Park
Laos- The Pastoral Paradise of Muang Ngoi
Malaysia- Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre
Malaysia- Orangutan Conservation at Sepilok
Nepal- Hiking The Annapurna Circuit
Taiwan- Top 5 Eco Activities in Taipei
Thailand- Top 5 National Parks
 
• AUSTRALIA/OCEANIA
Australia- Top 5 Eco Attractions
Australia-Kangaroo Island
New Zealand- Kapiti Island
New Zealand- Tongariro National Park
New Zealand- Top 5 Ecotourism Attractions
Tahiti- First Impressions
Tahiti- Photo Gallery
Tahiti- Moorea 4x4 Safari Tour
Tahiti- Moorea, Tiki Village Theater
Tahiti- Pearl Diving in Bora Bora
Tahiti- Ruahatu Marine Sanctuary, Bora Bora
Tahiti- Swimming With Sharks in Bora Bora
Tonga- Eua Island Eco Activities

 

• NORTH AMERICA
CANADA
Churchill- Into the Wild of Manitoba
Churchill- Polar Bear Fight
Churchill- Polar Bear Photo Gallery
Churchill- Tundra Wildlife

UNITED STATES
America’s Best Volcanoes
AK- Denali National Park
CA- Hiking The John Muir Trail
FL- Sanibel Island Eco Activities
FL- Crystal River, Swimming with Manatees
GA- Barnsley Gardens
GA- Top 5 Autumn Activities Around Atlanta
GA- Best Christmas Light Displays
GA- Top 20 Atlanta Christmas Events
GA- Jekyll Island Eco Activities
GA- Weekend in North GA Mountains
GA- Top 5 Eco Attractions in North GA
HI- Hawaii’s Big Island
HI- Hawaiian Mythology
HI - Top 5 Kauai Nature Attractions
LA- Mardi Gras Indians Super Sunday
ME- Hiking Acadia National Park
MT- Hiking Glacier National Park
NC- Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
NC- Asheville's Green Restaurants Scene
NC- Greensboro Travel Guide
NC- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
NC- Outer Banks Wild Horses
NM- Top 5 Eco Attractions
NY- Going Green in NYC
WV- Outdoor Adventures
Yellowstone- Mammoth Hot Springs
Yellowstone- Lamar Valley
Yellowstone- Grand Canyon & Hayden Valley
Yellowstone- Upper Geyser Basin
Yellowstone- Lower Geyser Basin

MEXICO
Cancun- Cancun Underwater Museum
Cancun- Mayan Museum of Archaeology
Cancun- Swimming with Whale Sharks
Riviera Maya- Monkeys, Pyramids & Pottery
Riviera Maya- Rio Secreto
Riviera Maya- Tulum & Coba
 
• CARIBBEAN