The morning of Day 5 found us at San Cristobal Islands Kicker Rock, the remains of an old volcano that was a stunning sight in the early morning light. 100’s of Nazca and blue footed boobies, frigate birds and sea turtles populate the rock and around it. This is one of the premier dive sites in the Galapagos and we are looking forward to our snorkelling this morning.
What an experience! Swimming with seals, sea turtles and diving blue footed boobies was amazing. A hammerhead shark made an appearance at some point – my first indication it was around was when a fellow snorkeler swam by me with the afterburners on, popped up on the surface and yelled for a tender. And there he was – not the tender, the shark – cruising along leisurely looking for food. We were not on the menu that day thankfully.
In addition to Kicker Rock, San Cristobal is famous for the largest freshwater later in the Galapagos, sandy beaches and diverse wildlife. Our next destination Cerro Brujo beach was incredible. Finches and lava lizards, crabs, iguanas, boobies, pelicans, gorgeous sand, dune plants, lava gulls (only 400 left in the world), yellow warbler were everywhere. We walked along the beach for several hours, soaking it all in and then had a swim together with seals.
In the afternoon we visited the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and the Galapagos Interpretation Centre which opened out into miles of boardwalk through volcanic arid areas and the coast, leading up Frigate Bird hill. Changes in vegetation as we hiked up the hill were interesting – the heat did us in eventually:we caught a cab back to town and a water taxi to the boat. The afternoon was spent in the shade on the forward deck of the boat watching animal and human activity in the harbour.