November 2016
  • Day32

    Quayaquil

    December 27, 2016 in Ecuador ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    After 10 days in the Galapogus we left for Quayaquil where we had to spend a night before bussing it down to Peru.
    I wouldn't recommend Quayaquil as a tourist destination but we gave it a Crack. We also saw the latest starwars movie (Will it ever end).

  • Day31

    San Cristobal, Galapogus

    December 26, 2016 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    San Cristobal is an awesome island if you are a surfer. It's also a great place as it seems to be the upmarket island where everything is a little newer and obviously a little bit more expensive. (We did it pretty cheap)
    When we arrived the surf was a little small so after 1 day we went to Kicker rock where I dived and Holly snorkeled. I was very excited to see a hammer head shark along with loads of white tip reef sharks, Galapogus sharks, turtles and tons of fish.
    The last couple of days i have been surfing. The two spots include Cannons, a left hander on a navy base thats dangerously close to rocks and punta Carola a world class right point. Both waves are easy to access. Cannons had howling offshore while Carola was a little sideshore but up the face. I did score Carola with light winds by myself at 3+ feet which was magical.
    Surfing with so much wildlife around is weird. I had a sealion bite my leash and often mistook the turtles and sealions for rocks or sharks.
    The crowds were very minimal and waves were quality. All photos are from the small day before the swell picked up.
    It's been an amazing place and we can't wait to see Peru.
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  • Day27

    Boat life pt 3

    December 22, 2016 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Woke up at North Seymour island. It was an early start as some members of the cruise had flights to catch.
    The island has loads of birds and actually some waves.
    We saw Frigates which have an amazing red pouch that they inflate to attract females. We also saw Blue footed booby's which showed us their mating dance and caught sticks that we tossed in the air. We are told that this is how juveniles learn to fish.

    It was another amazing place and once again I was blown away by the wildlife and how unafraid they are of humans.

    We wrapped up the cruise and caught another boat to san cristobal island. This island has surf 🤘😎
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  • Day26

    boat life pt 2

    December 21, 2016 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Woke up at st Bartholomew island. Hiked a volcano, saw a couple of penguins, did some posing with an amazing backdrop followed by a snorkel. We saw a bunch of sharks, fish etc and swam though some rock tunnels.
    In the arvo we walked around a lava field while it's probably pretty boring the people we were with are a lot of fun and we enjoyed posing for funny photos. The Americans on the boat brought Santa hats for all (Cheers). As you might expect we had a snorkel followed by a huge dinner of lobster.Read more

  • Day25

    boat life pt1

    December 20, 2016 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    The boat tour started rather slow. Turns out the first stop is Santa Cruz which is where we have been for the last few nights.

    We saw 2 massive volcanic creators, visited a tortoise ranch and walked through some lava tunnels.
    There were 10 people on the boat and I was the second oldest ( not what we expected). Every one was very cool and I was the first to jump off the roof of the boat.

    After driving through the night we arrived at st James Bay. We walked along the rocks for a while and wow. It's just amazing! Sea lions iguanas of all sorts and manta rays in the distance. What's amazing is that all the animals aren't worried about humans. You can find yourself very very close to everything. We even saw a shark attack a sealion. We then went snorkeling and were completely blown away. Sharks, turtles, fish and sealions. There were so many turtles you couldn't help but bump into them while swimming.

    In the afternoon we had another beach walk at a different location and a snorkel at buccaneer Bay. Saw sharks and a eagle ray along with plenty of fish and sealions.
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  • Day22

    Santa cruz, Galapogus

    December 17, 2016 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    We spent 3 days in Santa Cruz before heading off on a boat cruise. From the moment you arrive nature hits you in the face. The island is dry around the edges but lush in the middle. As you drive across the island from the airport you get a good chance to see it. In the middle giant 150 yr old tortoises walk around. They are everywhere. After finding accomodation in Santa Cruz we went off to the Charles Darwin research center. It was good but we expected it to be bigger and more significant, however just walking around anywhere is fun as there are iguanas, sealions everywhere and loads of birds and sealife.
    Over the 3 days we visited tortuga beach for a surf, snorkeled in a rift and snorkeled at issabella island. It was all very fun but we were pumped for our boat trip.
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  • Day21

    adios Montinita

    December 16, 2016 in Ecuador ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

    After a week it was time to 'make like a deciduous tree and leave'.
    A dodgy biology joke i know but it's ok because I am off to the Galapogus islands, the destination for biology nerds. Over the next 2 weeks i expect to meet loads of nerdy biologists and divers.

    Montanita was a great place to spend a week and learn some Spanish. The lessons were hard core 4hrs a day. Unfortunately I never scored decent waves. I think I was unlucky and there really wasn't a lot of surf anywhere. The town had great food good, music and a great vibe similar to Byron. I did visit a church on a headland that was really nice open air great views of the beach. If you couldn't decided on a beach or church wedding this spot would tick both boxes.

    We arrived at the airport today and our flight to San cristobal was cancelled. But we're able to fly to balta/ Santa Cruz so no biggie we hadn't booked accommodation and it will be slightly more convenient as we will start our cruise from there😎🤘
    As usual the flight is delayed. That's 100% for South American Airlines 🤗
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  • Day16

    Montinita

    December 11, 2016 in Ecuador ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Finally relaxing. 2 weeks of travel and only once did we stay in one place for more than 1 night. We will stay in Montinita till Thursday/Friday.
    Spanish school starts tomorrow with 4hrs a day. This place is magical. Probably a south American version of Bali. It's meant to have good surf but while I have been surfing it hasn't been world class. Did a walk through the rockpools enjoyed an amazing sunset and partied to some awesome reggae hip-hop/salsa bands. Drinking is very cheap and encouraged.Read more

  • Day14

    Ecuador, Montinita

    December 9, 2016 in Ecuador ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    After multiple days of travel we have made it to Montinita Ecuador.
    We flew from Auckland to Buenos Aires delayed. Then lima spent the night and day followed by a delay and then eventually guayaquil spent the night and a 3hr bus to Montinita.
    It's a great little town with plenty of restaurants and bars all on the beach. We have found a great beach front room for 30$us and booked ourselves into some hardcore Spanish. Starting Monday we will do 16hrs of Spanish over 4days.
    Basically we are stuffed doing much here. Lots of smiles and hand gestures to do anything.

    I have loved the music here, loads of salsa and reggae. Even though I hate pop music south American pop music is so much better than Japanese or Indonesian pop music.
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  • Day12

    Auckland

    December 7, 2016 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    I was very excited to see an old friend in Auckland since last seeing Chris at his wedding he's had 3 kids. I wanted to see if they were as crazy as him.
    After leaving raglan in the afternoon we met chris at the pub where we joined a few of his colleagues and drank some NZ beer. It ended up being a big night. 😎
    In the morning we met his awesome children and had a great tasting breakfast.
    I managed to squeeze in a kite on my new baby followed by some lunch and a look around.
    Nearly got stung 200$ bucks at the airport for having 3 bags so I just put everything with the surfboard and saved some dough.
    My last meal was at pita pit which was fitting as Chris is their boss.
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