Royal Palm Resort Hotel
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... Germans Sarah and Maren. Our guide introduced himself as Juan and once everyone including all our luggage had been loaded onto the bus our cruise could begin!
The bus dropped us off at a pier where we boarded a dinghy and met Aurelio, the captain's assistant, who brought us on board the Encantada, our beautiful, red, 21m ship that was going to be our home for the next six days. The rest of the staff was introduced to us ...
... quick and when we surfaced, the zodiac picked us up and took us back to the yacht. Not long after, chels came back and said she seen sharks and sealions. I was proud of her first dive. The dive master looked after her and they went down to ten meters. On the second dive, chels had to read on the boat while we went under, we got to see mantas and scorpion fish as well as reef sharks but ...
... and we saw several more sharks including a hammerhead! Phil loved it, i was more impressed with the parrot fish and huge star fish everywhere. We saw a family of sting rays as well, and there were massive schools of beautifully coloured tropical fish everywhere! The water was so clear, it was a great experience.
So yes, Galapagos Islands is wonderful. Can't believe I'm here!
... though, there was a skinny little pup who had lost it's mother and looked like it was running out of time before it was adopted. There were also quite a few dead sealions decomposing on the beach. All part of nature though.
Back on board, we were given snorkeling gear and wetsuits that we would keep for the week. We would be given a chance to go snorkeling every day. Today, we were taken back to Mosquera Islet by dinghy and dropped close ...
... scientific NGO which connects with the national park to further scientific and educational research as it relates to the Galapagos Tortoise and smaller land creatures such as the Galapagos Land Dragon. We also saw the area which housed Lonsome George a turtle from Pinta Island brought to the center in 1972. It is thought that when he died he was over 150 years old. Many spent time buying souvenirs before our farewell dinner. Waiting for group members to arrive at our ...