Ecuador: Galapagos Day 5: Santiago Island

Santiago Island is one of the Galápagos Islands. It is also known as San Salvador, named after the first island discovered by Columbus in the Caribbean Sea, or as James Island. It has the biggest and longest lava flow, which is located in Sullivan Bay. Santiago has some of the most stunning volcanic formations and surreal basaltic lava flows of the whole archipelago. Santiago is also home to Galapagos land birds like Darwin’s Finches, Flycatchers and Galapagos Hawks.

🙂 EVERYTHING! Snorkelling.

🙁 Badly behaved children!

On the way from Bartolome to Santiago we were all having a nap … then Charlotte set the fire extinguisher off!!! There was white powder everywhere! SO embarrassing. LOL.

Snorkelling off Santa Cruz was incredible. A huge bull sea lion aggressively forced out to swim way out to sea before he allowed us back to snorkel on the reef.

We saw huge shoals of fish. Two green sea turtles were completely unafraid of us. Saw a great horse conk shell.

Went for a walk and saw herons, pelicans, marine iguanas and seals in the grottos. American Oystercatchers.

The light was great as sun was setting….

Spotted a Galapagos Hawk. The Galapagos hawk has quite a unique breeding system known as cooperative polyandry. Although the males are entirely monogamous, the females can mate with up to seven males throughout the nesting period.

A sea lion had nibbled Barry’s fin. The turtles were so curious and swam right up to us so that the waves rolled them right into us… Similar thing happened with the sea lions!

Dinner was great. Bed at 9pm. The girls were getting too rowdy and Trent was badly behaved … argh. Woke up several times during the night. Jim Dewes text came through at 4am with Trent’s excellent GCSE results! Hoorah!

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