What a rough night cruising between Floreana and Espanola! We were rocking and rolling until we anchored at 1:30 am. Surprisingly, Alex and Rachel slept through it.
The day started early with a dry landing at Punta Suarez and a two hour walk over lava rocks. At the beginning, we saw some sea lions on the side of the path. As we made our way through dodging iguanas, we came to the beach which had more sea lions playing in the water. As we continued the trail would get rougher.
Along the “path” we would see more and more blue footed boobies, and Nazca boobies. About halfway through the trail there were Nazca boobies and their eggs. We were lucky enough to see baby chicks too.
Another highlight were the waved albatrosses and their babies. These babies were much bigger then the Nazca and blue-footed booby babies. We kept walking along the trail and could see some frigate birds. Espanola is definitely the place to see a variety of birds.
We came to a look off of some sort that we would sit at for a while to spot blowholes. It was so cool! It definitely took some patience but when the first one came more and more were right along.
We returned to the boat to have an early lunch (every meal on the boat is delicious). Our afternoon stop would be Gardner Bay Beach, also on Espanola. In 2015, Gardner Bay beach was considered one of the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. It is no surprise! See lions were resting in the sun – some in a line, some piled on top of one another. Others were swimming. We were quite taken aback when one sea lion walked right up to us. You are not allowed to approach them (unless, of course, you are at one with the sea lions, like Alex).
As we had walked down the beach, it was time to go back. We were told there were something very cool just over a sand dune. So, we checked it out. It was a humpback whale skeleton! We wondered if it was put there for the tourists, or if it was swept up on shore except that would’ve taken a long time to rot out.
We were a little late getting back from Gardner Bay because we were having so much fun! That meant we were a little rushed to get ready for snorkelling at Osborne Rock. The water at Osborne rock was freezing! Although it wasn’t as freezing as Pinzon.
The highlight of snorkelling here were the sea lions. Rachel saw two of them and had one brush right by her arm! Rachel, Anna, Mum, and Alex got cold so they decided to go for a kayak in the same area. In their two kayaks, they paddled over to where Dad was snorkelling and glad of it! A sea lion was playing with dad! It was so cool to see that. One of them even took the rope from the kayak and started pulling us around! Alex was no longer cold so she and dad switched places.The sea lions played with us for about 20 minutes!!!
That evening we would motor to San Cristobal. Rachel was tired from the day so she fell asleep. After all the fresh air and excitement, no wonder! Supper was delicious and it was topped off with dessert (again).