Galapagos - Day 7

Organic White Sand Beach, Punto Cormorant - Floreana IslandWe arrived at Punto Cormorant on Floreana Island early in the morning. In the morning we went for a hike on the island where we saw the two types of beaches in Galapagos – green sand and white sand. The green sand beach had a bit of a green tinge and was quite dark. The other beach we walked on was white sand, and was so soft – it felt like walking on flour rather than sand. There was a turtle nesting area on that beach. Meg and Dave, Punto Cormorant - Floreana IslandIn the shallow water we saw many sting rays feeding as the tide washed in, and the guide showed us how to walk in the water to avoid stepping on one – and getting stung! Basically you shuffle your feet without picking them up. We also saw some sea turtles in the shallow water and a few sea lions laying about. We saw a few small birds on the beach – plover, sandpiper – as well as a yellow crowned night heron and a great blue heron.

Devil's Crown - Punto Cormorant - Floreana IslandAfter the walk we got back on board and prepared for some snorkeling around Devil’s Crown – a rock formation offshore from the island. We spent quite a lot of time in the water, floating with the strong current, watching the ocean life below. This was probably one of the best places where we snorkeled. The water was full of floating fish eggs, which is something I have never seen before. We saw lots of fish of all sorts of different colours, starfish, two white-tipped reef sharks, and a golden (or maybe an eagle?) ray. When we saw the sharks, which were sleeping, Dave dove down to get a closer look, and woke one up! I decided it was time to get a little further away, but the sharks don’t eat people – they are fairly small for a shark.

Mail Barrel at Post Office Bay - Floreana IslandOver lunch, we sailed to Post Office Bay. In the 18th century, an old barrel was used by sailors as a mail box. Passing ships would leave letters in the barrel and pick up any mail that was going to where they were headed. Now there is a bit of a make-shift monument, still with a barrel, where tourist s leave post cards, without postage, and pick up cards that are going to their home countries. We sent 2 cards – one to each of our parents. I haven’t heard whether they ever arrived, but we did bring back about 6 cards and out them in the mail when we got home. Hopefully somebody did the same with ours! A little walk from the post office barrel were the remnants of some of the human settlements on the island, including some old canning equipment. We were told the story of the first German settlers on the island, involving lovers, murders and scandal.

We ventured down into a lava cave, which was formed by a huge pocket of gas which formed within a lava flow, and then the lava hardened. There was a lake in the cave, and one or two of our group members went for a dip. At one point we all turned off our flashlights, and when we turned them back on, Bjorn – who had gone for a dip – was in the middle of changing his swim suit! Luckily his backside was facing us! It was pretty funny.

In the evening we sailed to Puerto Ayora, where we would dock for the night. We packed our bags, visited some shops in the town, got back on board and got ready for an early start the next morning.

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Posted in ecuador | galapagos | travel Submitted by Meg on Thu, 2010-12-30 15:37

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