|So long and thanks for everything...Galapagos!|
|Tortuga beach, always worth the walk.|
|Shade shack to beat the blaze.|
|The only species of cactus that grows a trunk like a tree.|
|Enjoying our last moments before moving to the next island (yes it was sunny).|
Our last week was spent on San Cristobal island, which hosts the capital city and capital of world class surf of all the islands. Before arriving we had already been told that a big swell was heading towards the island due to arrive a few days before Xmas.
|The view over Puerto Baquerizo Moreno bay.|
|Downtown during siesta time.|
|Our base Casa Blanca, mellowing in chilled tunes |
from the bar downstairs.
The first session of the week was a Canona, scoring a couple of small waves shared with the turtles and the sea lions. Although the view from our hotel suggested that some swell had already arrived, it clearly hadn't yet.
|After surfing beach breaks for 2 weeks it was a pleasure|
to score some waves on a reef. The sea lions agreed.
But by Wednesday the first signs of swell were starting to light up Tongo reef, a long left point break further outside the bay. Luckily there were not too many tourist surfers on the island, so the atmosphere in the water was super chilled with a bunch of friendly locals (and the Brazilians). After a long day in the water and sun we dragged ourself to the hotel to try recover for whatever the next day would offer.
Like all spots in Galapagos Tongo is no exception: its also about a 45min walk to get there.
Sure enough on Thursday the swell had arrived and Tongo was cranking. But things were not to go as expected. After only a couple of waves I broke a fin on my board, bringing an epic session to a grinding halt. Back to the hotel and out with the solar resin.
But in the end things worked out for the best: the swell picked up more on Friday and the whole town ended up surfing Canona, while I surfed Tongo alone for almost 3hrs.
|Tongo doing what it does best: long walls right in front of the rocks!|
On Friday the ocean was alive. Massive walls of water rolled down the point, making it look surprisingly like J-bay in reverse.
By the time Xmas finally arrived the swell had dropped and everyone was totally surfed out and very happy to have a break. We spent a great evening sharing drinks and stories with some of the surfers that we had met during the week.
Our last big adventure was another snorkeling trip taking us out to a rock island in the middle of the sea. Once again Galapagos did not disappoint. We snorkeled with a group of very playful sea lions at Isla Lobos before heading out to Kicker rock. The moment we jumped off the boat in the channel at Kicker rock, we realized that we were surrounded by a school of Galapagos sharks in the pristine water that seemed to go on for ever. We also couldn't get over the colours of the corals growing on the rocks, which we hadn't seen yet.
Swimming around filled with euphoria we eventually stumbled across 2 more eagle rays. Although we had seen several during the holiday, this was the most spectacular sighting as the water was so clear and we could study these seemingly alien but beautiful creatures only a meter away.
|The male sea lion has up to 40 breading partners. Thats not him looking chirpy in the front, he is further back in the photo fast a sleep.|
Puerto Chino and La Loberia beaches also offer great snorkeling and animal life.
When Punta Carola isn't cranking its still worth checking out the sea lions playing on the beach, especially in December when all the new borns are around.
|Our last show: male iguanas death match reminding us that nature isn't always that fluffy.|
On that note, we leave Galapagos very much hoping to come back here again some day.