Location: Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos

Another day in the Galapagos meant another day of excitement, exploration, and enthusiasm. It was time for group 2 to experience the delights that the underwater world of the Galapagos has to offer while group 1 explored the land. My day involved getting the chance to have a great shark spotting viewpoint from up the rig while attaching chafe gear to the shrouds in preparation for our long passage, but here is what everyone said about their respective days. After a hot afternoon, the students had a sign-out night where most of the group ate dinner together at a nice rooftop restaurant and then sang karaoke together to finish up the evening.

Drake, “we swam in a school of 30 hammerheads. It was the best experience of my life.”
Sam “my laundry has never smelt so good.”
Jack “we explored and found out a lot about the local culture.”
Ivan “my dive was supreme.”
London “it was so cool to see the thermocline.”
David B “the giant rays were amazing.”
Seby “we explored the main street, ate some delicious food, bought some cool items, and the hat was supreme.”
Brittany, “the coolest thing was all the devil rays.”
Amanda, “sea lions are swimming around you while underwater is so adorable.”

The Galapagos has lived up to all its expectations. I was so excited to come here, and I’m so happy to say that it really did live up to all the hype, and it truly was one of those incredible places which we all feel so lucky to have been able to visit.

Pictured: Bryant, Steph, the Davids, Brittany, and Alexa on the dive boat; Amanda, Drake, Kai, Alex, London, and Eliza on the dive boat; Eliza and Alex during the dives (photos courtesy of Bryant); white tip reef sharks (photo courtesy of Amy); scuba selfie of Brittany and Alexa; marine iguana getting some sun; Alex, Alexa, and London enjoying a late afternoon swim.