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Isla Rábida

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  • Day53

    Archipel der bunten Tiere

    July 23, 2019 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Morgens geht es weiter auf der Insel Santa Cruz, hier sehen wir endlich die Galápagos Schildkröten. Zuerst besichtigen wir diese im freien. Sie sind riesig und zum Teil über 100 Jahre alt. Nachmittags haben wir die Möglichkeit in einer Auffangstation die kleinen Schildkröten zu sehen. Als es langsam Nacht wurde sahen wir vom Schiff aus, dass wir umgeben sind von Haien. Wir sind heilfroh an Board zu sein und nicht als Mahlzeit zu dienen.
    Morgens erkunden wir die Insel Santa Cruz rund um den Dragon Hill wo wir Landleguane in gelb-roten Farbtönen sehen. Danach gehts wieder ins Wasser zum Schnorcheln. Melanie macht dabei eine direkte Bekanntschaft mit einem Hai. Das Fazit dabei: Hai relaxed, Melanie hysterisch. Zum Glück liess das den Hai kalt. Über den Mittag tuckern wir weiter zur Insel Bartolome. Während dem Schnorcheln sehen wir bunte Fische, Stachelrochen und Seesterne in vielen verschiedenen Farben. Entlang der Küste entdecken wir sogar noch Pinguine. Nachdem wir in Kleider geschlüpft sind, machen wir uns auf den Weg auf den bekannten Aussichtspunkt mit einer tollen Sicht auf die Santiago Insel.
    Bereits bricht unser letzte komplette Tag auf dem Schiff an. Über Nacht fahren wir die kleine Insel Rábida an. Prompt sieht Melanie beim Schnorcheln wieder Haie, dieses Mal gleich zwei und ohne hektisch zu werden. Nachmittags fahren wir an die Küste der Santiago Insel, an den Espumilla Strand zum letzten Schnorchelausflug.
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  • Day17

    Galapagos Cerro Dragon

    April 3, 2015 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Auf Cerro Dragon sehen wir die grösste Art der Landleguane. Sie können bis über eeinen Meter lang werden. Es ist sehr heiss und die Leguane verstecken sich im Grass. Aber ihre gelbe Farbe ist recht auffällig. Wir sehen etwa 20 Leguane.Read more

  • Day98

    Santiago and Rabida Islands

    August 12, 2015, South Pacific Ocean ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    After a really early breakfast of pancakes and maple syrup at 6:45am we headed to the shore of Santiago island. As we landed we saw a couple of blue footed boobies and 2 tiny Galapagos penguins (duck size), which are fairly rare on this island so we were very happy. We walked onto the island which is a barren area of lava flows which occurred only 110 years ago so there is very little life - only tiny lava lizards, grasshoppers, and the first colonising plants are just getting a grip on the place. A completely awesome and surreal place - there are giant fissures everywhere and it really looks like fresh lava.

    Then we hurried back to don our snorkel gear before the penguins disappeared. We needn't have worried, there were about 10 that stuck around a while, swimming like torpedos around us trying to catch fish - very cute! It was great visibility and I spotted a white tip reef shark that I followed for a while (other people saw him around later too), hundreds of fish, a cushion starfish, sea cucumber, flatfish, parrotfish and one that looked like a triggerfish. Towards the end, I went deeper to look for sharks and spotted a turtle. I called over Anna and Lisbeth followed (everybody else had got out) and we watched the turtle swimming along, eating and coming up for air for ages - absolutely beautiful!!! I got some great photos and emerged very happy - yesterday was supposed to be the best day according to our guide but the birds bored me after a while. I could never get tired of looking at marine animals!

    We sunbathed on the top deck as we sailed for two hours to Rabida island.

    After lunch we went ashore, past 'lake malaria' per George and found the Galapagos hawk. The red sand contrasted beautifully with the cactus (soft spined due to no predators) and turquoise sea - again reminding me of Monkey Mia in Oz.

    We put on our snorkelling gear and were dropped by the boats round the corner and swam back to the shore. It was wavy and poor viz but we did manage to see a Galapagos shark (relative of tiger shark), a sea lion that didn't stop to play, lots of fish and tons of starfish. Emma had a close encounter with a manta ray which freaked her out but nobody else saw it. Reboarding the boats on the wavy shore resulted in a lot of laughs and bruises.

    I lay on deck as we sailed the 3 hours to Baltra but it was windy so I went to bed for a nap. Some of the others saw dolphins. After dinner I went to bed early as I was feeling rough from my cold.
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  • Day28

    Galapagos - day 6

    September 13, 2017 in Ecuador ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Beautiful red sand beach (caused by iron). Still unsure what El Niño means but felt it was a bit late to ask... best snorkel - ash following a giant manta ray and filming about ten mins on the GoPro. Kicking super fast to keep up and it was barely moving and going faster. Incredibly beautiful. I saw a dolphin! He looks me right in the eye!! Back to the boat, no wetsuit but ash jumped back in with the ray and sharks appeared!! Gently encouraged ash to get back in and take some photos...he says I was sending him to his death. Awesome alfresco lunch. Chinese hat in the afternoon. Cold and wavy (described as a 'swimming pool') saw some sharks and followed one! Beautiful sunset walk on Chinese hat in the evening with lots of sealions. SUSHI night by the fabulous chef HenryRead more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Isla Rábida, Isla Rabida