Day 4 |
Oct 08, 2013

Tagus Cove-Elizabeth bay, Isabela Island

By Dries Degel, Galapagos National Park Guide

Weather: Sunny with scattered clouds
Air Temperature: 25ºC
Pressure: 958 hPa
Wind: 4 knots

I walked with the guests along the trail in which they were really impressed with the vegetation of the arid lowland. They were filled with questions about the species names and their adaptations to the drought. After some time, we stopped to see the beautiful green and hypersaline Darwin’s lake.

After a half hour walk, we easily climbed another volcanic cone to see the impressive scenery around. Wolf, Darwin, Ecuador, and Cerro Azul volcanoes belonging to Isabela Island with their young lava flows were before our eyes. Returning from our hike, we embarked in the Zodiac to go along the shoreline where several seabirds - penguins, flightless cormorants, and Blue-footed Boobies, as well as turtles and marine iguanas were seen. And, then we had a big surprise with a killer whale swimming around and underneath the Zodiac, everybody was really impressed and exciting with the whale’s big show.

After returning to the vessel, I went kayaking and several guests decided to also join along. With the weather being so nice, no wind and no swells at all in the water, it was a good time alternating paddling and drifting with the current along the coast.

Later, I went snorkelling from a Zodiac in deep water. Unfortunately, we were not finding the killer whale around again, but we did find polarized schools of fish being chased by the penguins and a lot of turtles grazing the bottom algae.

In the afternoon, we moved southward and after three hours navigation arrived to Elizabeth Bay. Here we had a nice Zodiac tour in a network of estuaries with a huge lava flow type “aa” forming the Isthmus Perry that divided Isabela island in two parts, and a big forest of mangroves.

Inside there we saw many penguins braying around and a lot of turtles swimming slowly right at the surface. Seen on the mangroves were pelicans resting after their foraging activities, and much lower and closer the water herons waiting and stalking any little fish or crab. The tide was high so we were passing easier the shallow reefs at the beginning.
Then coming back to the Silver Galapagos we were astonished with a spectacular sunset behind the marielas islets, which was a beautiful landscape of a full day in this unique archipelago of the world.