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Published: December 5th 2018
As we had gone to bed very early we both woke up early and had showers before the usual 07:00 breakfast. We were now at Puerto Egas, Santiago Island. Daisy was feeling better but not good enough to be able to jump off the zodiac for the wet-landing, so instead, the Captain offered to take her on a personal zodiac ride around the island.
The walk was onto black sand and a sea lion was resting on the rocks. We walked along the coast and saw iguanas, lizards and most all lots of baby sea lions who were really cute. When we got to a cool blow hole, Rob was looking down when his sunglasses fell off, then his cap followed. We could see the cap floating around so Fabian allowed him to jump in but by then it had disappeared. Then as he climbed out again, the cap re-appeared so he jumped in again and retrieved it. The sunglasses had sunk and Fabian said it was about 6 metres so he suggested that Rob go and get his goggles and snorkel which he did. The rest of the group walked back to swim and snorkel off the beach and
Fabian, Steph and I waited for Rob to return. Fabian and Rob both jumped in and Fabian found the sunglasses under a small ledge on the bottom of the hole, so very lucky to be found. After that we all walked back and I had another go at snorkeling, this time from the beach and this time had no problems. However, there wasn’t anything special to see until a sea lion joined us. Apparently it was following me around but I never noticed it until Steph told me and that’s when I finally saw it swimming right next to me.
We then returned to the Nemo and dried off before lunch. The funny thing was that when I went to the bathroom, I discovered that my swimmers were full of black sand collected from my swim on the beach, and I had to scoop up as much as I could and throw it out the window, then hosed down the bathroom. The shower is actually the bathroom. To shower you use the sink tap which pulls out and the water is surprisingly very hot. I don’t know how tall people handle showering because even my head almost reaches the
ceiling, it’s a very compact bathroom as you would imagine.
After lunch, we navigated to another part of the island for a second snorkeling session but Fabian decided the water was too rough and dangerous, so we skipped to the next scheduled activity which was a slow boat ride around the island where we saw rock formations called the Elephant and the Monk and we went into a cave that had been created by erosion, apparently it is possible to go under the water and up into another cave
We then continued the navigation to our final destination between Santa Cruz island and Daphne Major volcano island and we all sat at the front or top of the catamaran watching the sun set the volcano getting closer. We then had dinner and chatted until it was time to pack our bags.
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