Weekly Wanders 6: Sampling the Seas in Santa Cruz

The weather hasn’t been the greatest this week. The good news is that while it’s raining up here in Bellavista, the coast is usually pretty dry, if not beaming with sunshine. It’s hard to know what to expect but I’m learning that sometimes you just have to forget about the weather and embrace whatever happens.

With that in mind, on Tuesday we got a taxi down to Garrapatero beach to find blue skies and one of the nicest beaches I’ve seen in a while, it reminded me of Makalawena beach on the Big Island with all the gleaming white sand coves amidst the black volcanic rocks. The water was so aquamarine and inviting but a bit chilly.

We had a big day on Saturday when Carlos, a family member we’re living with, took us kayaking around Puerto Ayora. We paddled over to Canal del Amor where we found a sunken ship and bright blue water. We made our way down the narrow canal, past sea lions sleeping on the rocks and blue-footed boobies doing their mating dance until we came to an end. We tied up our kayaks and walked along a dirt trail to Playa de los Perros. Not a soul was in sight save for herons and hundreds of marine iguanas hanging out on the rocks.

After wandering around a bit, we stopped for a picnic of tuna sandwiches next to a blue-footed booby who we eventually scared off as we tried to take booby selfies.

Tummies full, we wanted over to Laguna de los Tiburones—literally a lagoon FULL of sharks. They feed at night and come here to rest during the day.

I was a bit nervous when Carlos brought us to a beach literally meters away and told us to gear-up for snorkeling. He assured me they were A) harmless reef sharks, and B) staying in the lagoon which calmed my fears slightly. We swam for a while seeing all sorts of fish before getting too cold and heading back.

We had seen sea lions playing in the water minutes before heading out but none were in sight during our swim. Too bad, but that just feeds my hunger for more aquatic adventures to come!

Now for a photographic glimpse:

This week I wandered…

Garrapatero beach, Galapagos Down the road to Garrapatero beach; a little slice of paradise


IMG_7574 Past SO many marine iguanas


GOPR0492 Playa de los Perros, where we picnicked with a blue-footed booby (don’t worry, we didn’t feed him)


GOPR0525 Snorkeling with the fishies


What have you been up to this week?

I often feel like I’m living in a disorientated dream where fairytale and reality collide and one day I’m suddenly going to wake up a robot living a boring life. But then I pinch myself and realize “nope… this is it”. Weekly wanders is my visual account of life on the road, dreaming big, and having a lot of fun doing it. Weigh in on your favourite photo in the comments section!


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  1. Rika | Cubicle Throwdown

    said on: 23/07/14

    What a stunning beach!! And so awesome that you got to snorkel with sharks.
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    1. Shaz

      said on: 24/07/14

      The beach is stunning, especially because it’s national park so there are no buildings/honking horns around! We didn’t actually see any sharks snorkelling, they were all resting in the lagoon we didn’t dare enter.