TUESDAY - FLOREANA
Floreana is one of the Galapagos most famous islands due to many
strange stories regarding past settlers. There are many diverse
sites to visit including Post Office Bay. There is also an
abundence of Marine life in Floreana's coastal regions making it a
fantastic site for snorkeling. Flamingos populate the island and
may be seen during your visit. Take in the scenery and learn about
the mysteries of Floreana's early settlers.
Difficulty level: Moderate
In the 18th century whalers passing through the islands placed a
wooden barrel on Floreana Island for use as an unofficial mail box.
The tradition continues today as visitors leave addressed postcards
in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home. This
is one of the archipelago's most famous spots. Don't forget to look
in your logbook for your postcards! For the more adventurous
guests, there is an option for a visit inside a lava tunnel. This
tunnel has been kept untouched and completely natural, so please,
watch your step!
Difficulty level: Easy to difficult (lava
A great site for bird-watching, Cormorant Point has a large
lagoon where everything from flamingos to stilts and pintail ducks
tend to roam. Don't forget your binoculars! Prior to the excurions,
you will also have an opportunity to participate in a magnificent
snorkel at Champion Islet.
Difficulty level: Easy
Jonathan's photo tip: Early morning light on
the dramatic landscapes of Floreana. Then a panga ride that might
bring unexpected bonuses. This is the only place in the world where
I have seen a penguin sitting at the base of a cactus!
Up for the challenge? Sea lion pups dance a lightning fast
ballet around you in clear, sparkling waters. Catching the movement
and grace of these creatures is exciting and rewarding.
Practice with your underwater camera in a swimming pool near
your home and try to catch the moment a friend, spouse or one of
your children jumps into the pool. Try with and without flash...)
Late afternoon we will get as close to the flamingoes as possible
for some magical late light on these fluorescent birds.