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The Galapagos Islands June 2013

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Published on Dec 7, 2013

This is an action packed thirty minute home movie chronicling our two week trip (June 2013) to the Galapagos Islands, including an eight day island tour on the Beagle. I welcome any comments or questions. Read on ...

Straddling the equator, 600 miles off mainland Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean, Galapagos is one of the most unique places on the planet. Because of its remote location and the many ocean currents that converge around the islands, there are many species of animals that exist no where else in the world.

We spent the first two days in one of the few inhabited parts of the islands, the town of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. We checked out the island and went to a few scuba diving sites off of Floreana Island.

Then the real adventure began! We boarded the Beagle, a 105 foot sailboat, along with twelve other passengers (from England, Germany and Switzerland), a crew of five and our naturalist guide, Duncan Divine, for an eight day tour of four more islands: Genovesa, Santiago, Isabela and Fernandina.

The animals have been so well protected that they do not fear humans. So, we got to see all kinds of animals up close in their natural habitat. What my wife described as "one of her best days ever" took place at Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela Island. We snorkeled with penguins, sea lions, flightless cormorant birds, turtles, manta rays and marine iguanas.

On other parts of the trip we saw whales, sharks, Mola Mola fish, tortoises, sally light foot crabs, frigate birds and red footed, blue footed and Nazca boobies.

Then, sadly, it was time to leave our new friends and head back to Santa Cruz Island. We spent the remaining days at Tortuga Bay, a secluded body of water where you can wade in knee-deep water with rays, sea lions and white-tipped sharks. Of course, once we saw the sharks, we decided it was time to rent a kayak!

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