Silver Galapagos anchored in Post Office Bay right on time to begin with our exploring activities. The night before some of our guests had signed up for a kayak tour along the coast in order to find some seabirds such as Lava Heron, pelicans, and American Oystercatchers, among others. It was partially overcast but even in these conditions this outstanding place looked very inviting.
We disembarked every thirty minutes in Post Office Bay, performing wet landings on its greenish sand full of olivine crystals. We made a short walks to the mail barrel to check and pick up postcards left by others, and to leave ours. In 1793 a barrel was erected by whalers and served as a primitive post office for whaling ships which often spent up to five years away from home. Nowadays this mail service tradition is kept by our visitors and it has become an historical curiosity.
We spent a pleasant time at Post Office Bay where our guests had the opportunity to swim, snorkel and relax.
In the afternoon, we began our activities with deepwater snorkeling at Champion Islet, a fascinating place where playful sea lions show their curiosity for snorkelers. Without a doubt it is one of the best sites in the Galapagos with its colorful fishes, sea turtles, sea stars and sharks.
After this activity we lifted anchor to navigate to Punta Cormorant. This is an excellent site for waders and ‘Arid Zone’ plants. The green sand of the landing beach was due to the presence of olivine. Behind the beach were mangroves and a large salt lagoon where flamingos were found. We saw at least eight flamingos close enough to count them without binoculars.
The trail led us to the other side of Punta Cormorant where we walked on a white sandy beach like sugar. Turtles nested there and stingrays could be seen in the shallows; that was why we were not allowed to swim.
This outstanding place is always full of wildlife; it was a great nature walk that everybody enjoyed.