June 30,2018 … day 2 on La Pinta
We completed our first night on board with a nice sit down dinner in the ship’s dining room. No photos … fatigue had the best of me. There will be ample food photos as we get into the week 🙂 Breakfast this morning was served outside on the top deck.
During the night we had motored to Isabela Island and the first activity of the day was a Panga tour of the Coast. Let me digress to explain how each day’s activities were scheduled. We were given a briefing the night before and shown slides of the terrain for hikes, as well as other pertinent information. There were usually one or two longer hikes offered, and perhaps snorkeling or kayaking. For those of us not up to climbing or walking on rocky paths, the guides offered a Shore Walk along the beach. We still saw most of the wildlife seen on the longer hikes. Panga tours were given when there was no hiking, or as an option instead of other water activities. There was no rushing to sign up for your choice … with 48 passengers and 4 Naturalist Guides, they were always able to accommodate the entire group.
Sisters -Amy and Claudia ready to head out for their adventure. So cute 🙂
The first thing we spotted once we got we got close to Isabela was a cliff side full of baby alligators Oops, those aren’t gaters, those are Marine Iguanas.
The iguanas would entertain us throughout the trip. Next up was a large, sleepy Sea Lion and one of many many colorful crabs:
It took some some time to get used to spotting the birds perched on the rocks. These Brown Noddy Terns were all around, finding interesting places to land and even to build their nest.
More Blue-Footed Boobies …
Some more Marine Iguana action. And no, there is no hanky lanky going on, just a friendly pat on the back as the larger guy moves past the smaller one to hop into the sea.
And some more Boobies. But these pretty birds are called Nazcar Boobies. (Oops, as Laurie pointed out, this is a Nazca Booby … not a race car driving booby.)
Claudia and Catherine, mesmerized by all the new things we are seeing.
We were a little surprised to find a male frigatebird out here all alone … pretending to be a blue-footed booby.
And, a close up of one of the gorgeous crabs … love their patterned shells
What a great Panga Tour!!!! It is hard to convey the feeling of being out in the ocean, in such a remote area, seeing species we’ve only read about. Awesome. (For Olivia … OPAF)
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