Saturday, July 18, 2015

Isabela

The crew pulled up anchor just before 6am. After a calm and restful night, most of the group was on deck for sunrise whale watching. We cruised over to a dramatic cove, Punta Vicente Roca, where we enjoyed the marine life from a morning panga ride along the rocky shore wall. We saw our first penguin of the trip.

We then suited up for a snorkel and shared the spot with giant sea turtles, sea lions, flightless cormorants and all sorts of beautiful fish. It was a magical morning.

As we cruised south on Isabela's northwest coast, the group on deck spotted an orca whale followed by another thrill, a sperm whale! So exciting.

We anchored at Tagus Cove and some of us took kayaks for a spin before our hike to Darwin Lake. It was good to stretch our legs and climb past the scenic vistas. The graffiti left by generations of pirates and whalers was unsightly but curious, with the oldest scribble dating back to 1836.

After a spaghetti dinner, we did some Southern Hemisphere star gazing before falling fast asleep. What an amazing day!

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