Since leaving the UK in 2008 we have had many memorable days
and since coming back to the boat last November the experience seems to have
with our time spent with the Kuna Indians in the San Blas islands,
the fleeting visit to Panama and the transit of the Canal and now the realised
ambition to visit the Galapagos Islands.
Our blog entries of the first few days show what a
fascinating place this is, warm and friendly people, diverse islands with incredible
wildlife, plants and flowers and seas alive with all
manner of fish, seal, sea lions, turtles and coral.
I had wanted to take a trip out to Kicker Rock with the boat
but this is not allowed so managed to combine a dive/snorkel trip with a tour
around this incredible rock structure.
We had been able to combine a two tank dive for me, one in
the passage down to about 25 metres and the other on the open wall that
drops to about 200 metres, with a snorkelling trip for the rest
of the crew that provided the same opportunity to see from above what I would
see from below.
Everyone was pretty excited about the trip, if a little
apprehensive as well.
Black Tipped Reef Sharks.....White Tipped Reef Sharks.....Galapagos
Lots of Hammerhead Sharks.....
And just as we were about to get back on the boat at the end
of the trip....10 huge Spotted Eagle Rays....
To be able to swim so close to these incredible creatures as
well as literally zillions of fish, amazing coral on the rock walls, sea lions
cavorting around the Galapagos Sharks
that cruise the channel between the two rocks, one Green
Turtle that came eyeball to eyeball within inches of my diving mask and then
brushed past me
with its flipper as it swam away, sitting on the bottom in
the channel, 25 metres down and looking up to see dozens of Galapagos Sharks
with Trish snorkelling above them looking down on me...
There aren’t enough superlatives to describe the
experience....perhaps this shot of Chris on the return journey says it all.....