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Hammerhead sharks and more

Diving in the Galapagos Islands is a dream for most divers and was one of the main reasons I worked so hard to get my Open Water Certification before we left Canada. Diving here can be very challenging with the strong currents and cold temperatures.  

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Galapagos Islands Cruise Day 8: Birds, Birds, Birds

Our final stop was at North Seymour which is a small islet north of Baltra with typical arid vegetation including prickly pear cactus, palo santos trees and salt bushes. The visitor trail on North Seymour is approximately 2 km in length crossing the inland of the island and exploring the rocky coast.

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Galapagos Islands Cruise Day 7: Snorkelling with Sharks!

The clouds have overtaken us.  I awoke this morning surprised to see we were still anchored in the bay at Rabida Island and disappointed by the overcast, gloomy sky.  Considering this is our final full day at sea and every day thus far has given us perfect weather, one can hardly complain. 

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Galapagos Islands Cruise Day 6: Playful Dolphins!

James Bay, also known as Point Egas on the island of Santiago was downright crowded as we shared the small bay with five other boats (none as nice as ours was our collective assessment).  The plan today was to let all the other boats go ahead of us, a strategy that served us well. 

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Galapagos Islands Cruise Day 5: Swimming with penguins!

As the first group of several to land this morning on Punta Espinoza which is on the youngest island, Fernandina, our guide Enrique did his best to keep a good distance between us and the other groups. 

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Galapagos Islands Cruise Day 4: Whales!

Chris and I awoke before dawn at 4:30 and headed to the top deck to see the crescent moon on the horizon and the star filled sky.   The yacht was still anchored in Elizabeth Bay and would be setting off again at 5:00 am. 

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Galapagos Islands Cruise Day 3: Penguins!

Our yacht travelled for six hours during the night and we awoke on the western side of Isabela at Punta Moreno.  There were five volcanos in plain view sharing a common barren topography.

Breakfast was served at 7:00 am after which we headed out for our first excursion. 

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Galapagos Islands Cruise Day 2: White Tipped Sharks!

We awoke under calm, sunny skies to find ourselves anchored at Puerto Vilamil, the main town on Isabela Island.  The wake-up call sounded at the crack of dawn (5:45) in order to allow us to visit Los Tintoreras, a small island next to Isabela Island upon which cruise ship passengers are only permitted to land between 6:00 and 8:00 in the morning.  

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Galapagos Islands Cruise Day 1: Tortoises!

Preamble and Disclaimer:  This is the first of eight posts that I composed while Chris and I sailed the Galapagos Islands on a luxury catamaran yacht. At the end of each day, I wrote about that day’s excursions and highlights.  

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Cruising in luxury

anahi ship

We are heading off for an 8-day cruise on a luxury yacht.  We may not have internet connection so may not be posting for a while.  We’ll be sure to tell you all about our voyage when we’re online again.

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