Post without stamps

Added 12 Nov 2013

We visit the island of Floreana today. It’s colourful history includes marooned whalers, a penal colony, a toothless dentist and a self-proclaimed empress! Our view first thing this morning is considerably gentler. We start with a pre—breakfast landing at a point called Punta Cormorant (although there are no cormorants here!). There is a brackish lake with some flamingos and we also take a walk to a beautiful beach that is a favourite nesting site for green sea turtles.

Back on board for breakfast we reposition to a small offshore islet called Champion. Here we are lucky enough to see the Floreana Mocking Bird which was driven to extinction by cats, rats and other introduced species on the main island. The islet is also home to colonies of Galapagos sea lions. After an interesting circumnavigation in our zodiacs we return aboard and send our keen snorkelers to discover what’s below the water. Everyone comes back very happy.

Following another wonderful lunch we visit Post Office Bay where a wooden barrel is still used for an old mail swap tradition going back to whaling days. We collect a few postcards to hand deliver to local UK addresses and deliver our own unstamped mail with fingers crossed it will be delivered in due course. It may take a couple of weeks, months or even years but most cards will be delivered in time.

From Post Office Bay we enjoy a panga ride or a round of kayaking. There is plenty of wildlife to see including over 20 rays!