Galapagos Islands ~ Post Office Bay, Champion Islet, Cormorant Point (Floreana Island)

Sunday, October 30th ~ Floreana Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The Santa Cruz II as seen from Floreana Island

The Santa Cruz II as seen from Floreana Island

Day 5 ~ This was our last full day on the ship. Although I enjoyed Floreana, it was my least favorite of the islands we visited on our itinerary. Still a few fun memories, but not the WOW factor we experienced earlier.

This was the last island we would visit before returning to the main land

This was the last island we would visit before returning to Baltra

POST OFFICE BAY

Floreana Island, Post Office Bay

Floreana Island, Post Office Bay

The day did start out with a brief panga ride to scan the shoreline and then a wet landing to visit Post Office Bay on Floreana Island.

Panga ride to explore the shoreline

Panga ride to explore the shoreline

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Post cards had been provided for any who wanted one so that they could write a note and then deposit it at the local “post office”. No stamps are required!

Post Office!

Post Office!

The tradition is that you place your post card in the barrel, and then each passing ship, stops and the passengers read the addresses and decide if they live close enough to personally hand-deliver the post card to the intended recipient.

Barrel is where one leaves a postcard to be mailed

Barrel is where one leaves a postcard to be mailed

Having a strong voice, I agreed to be one of the “readers” and hollered out the city/state/country where each of the waiting postcards (from previous ships) was headed. We had a diverse group, and soon many of the passengers volunteered to take one or more cards off to far-flung destinations around the world including Australia, Germany, Canada, Norway and the USA.

Calling out the addresses, hoping to find a volunteer to deliver each post card

Calling out the addresses, hoping to find a volunteer to deliver each post card

Tim and I now have three to bring home with addresses in Laguna Hills, Sherman Oaks, and North Hollywood, California. I’ll let you know if any of the delivery events turn out to be remarkable…

Fred, Rica, Joanne & Tim with postcards to deliver stateside

Fred, Rica, Joanne & Tim with postcards to deliver stateside

Time for a walk on the beach or some snorkeling before returning to the ship for lunch.

CHAMPION ISLET

Following lunch and a short siesta, we again had a choice to explore the underwater wonders around Champion Islet, an extinct shield volcano, regarded as one of the best snorkeling spots in the entire archipelago (or) take to the pangas and glass-bottom boat. As tempting as it was, with the water much clearer here, it was just too rough for me, and we once again opted for the glass bottom boat.

Those who braved the brisk, choppy water did enjoy it.

Those who braved the brisk, choppy water did enjoy it.

We also took the opportunity to visit the bridge in the afternoon.

Bridge of the Santa Cruz II

Bridge of the Santa Cruz II

PUNTA CORMORANT

Next up, it’s a wet landing on the olivine crystal beach at Cormorant Point. An easy walk brought us to a brackish water lagoon where we spotted another on the list of the Big 15, the greater flamingos. Granted they were quite some distance from us, so the picture is anything but extraordinary, but we did get to see them in the wild.

Flamingos in the far distance

Flamingos in the far distance

A bit further up the trail we had a lovely lookout to further take in the lake and surrounds.

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Rica and Fred overlooking the lagoon

Walking on across the island, an easy path brings us to a beach where sea turtles seasonally emerge from the sea at night to nest. It was clearly marked where we could or could not walk so as to not disturb where the eggs were buried.

Do not go past the stakes to protect the sea turtle eggs

Do not go past the stakes to protect the sea turtle eggs

Enjoying our last few moments at the beach, trying to soak up the memories.

Soaking up the last sun rays and appreciating the beauty

Basking in last sun rays and appreciating the beauty

Our farewell dinner was casual, but warm and full of chatter. Rica charmed our wait staff into combining tables so that ten of our “Albatross” group could enjoy a final meal together. Common denominator was that the trip was a HUGE success, the animals and birds were spectacular to view in their natural environment, and a hope that the islands will be preserved for many generations to enjoy.

We also ALL agreed that we had been fortunate to have landed the BEST naturalist guide of the group – Roberto!

Jubilation for being able to realize a life time dream of seeing the Galapagos Islands!

Jubilation for being able to realize a life time dream of seeing the Galapagos Islands!

GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful for having this extraordinary opportunity to travel to the Galapagos Islands. There are several factors that can rule this trip out for the masses, including distance, high cost, fear of the unknown, health issues, and only a limited number of visitors are allowed each year. But, and I know this is a BIG BUT, if you have the means, time and ability to get here, I sincerely hope that you have a trip of a lifetime. I will forever be grateful that we could experience all of this together.

A huge thank-you to all of you who have followed our journey through the Galapagos Islands. I know that these posts were long and jam-packed with probably far too many pictures. I hope that we have motivated some of you to add this remarkable, remote and magical place to your bucket list!

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About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our "next chapter". At a stage in life where traveling the world, taking pictures, and sharing our adventures with friends and family will be our dream come true.
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43 Responses to Galapagos Islands ~ Post Office Bay, Champion Islet, Cormorant Point (Floreana Island)

  1. Wow. Loved it! The pictures are great too!

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  2. z3ng33kgr7 says:

    ❤️

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  3. Jane Fritz says:

    Thank you for sharing in detail. It brings back such wonderful memories.

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  4. Paul Finnell says:

    NEVER too many pictures!! What an amazing adventure.

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  5. Patti Cronk says:

    Joanne,
    I found your website when I was researching a trip to South Africa and discovered that you had taken the very Gate 1 trip I was interested in. I’ve been following your posts ever since and just wanted to let you now I appreciate hearing about your travels. I know sometimes it must seem like you’re posting into the “void”! Thanks for your efforts, Patti

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    • Oh, Patti, thank you so much for letting us know. Feedback is very much appreciated! Did you take the South Africa trip?

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      • Patti Cronk says:

        We will book the trip as soon as Gate 1 opens up their November/December schedule for 2017. I check their website obsessively but so far they’re only scheduling through October 2017. Since we try to fly with miles, I tend to have to plan all trips a year in advance. South Africa is so expensive, I was hesitant when I saw how reasonable Gate 1 offered their tours, but your blog recount of your trip convinced me that it was a quality tour. Thanks again, Patii

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  7. Thank you for taking so many of with you. 🌹

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  8. GeorgieMoon says:

    I’m loving your Galapagos posts. How wonderful to be able to visit such an extraordinary place. I love the idea of the postcards!

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  9. Gaye O'Brien says:

    Thank you Joanne and Tim, wonderful to share your adventure. We take the slightly easier road now.

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  10. that was enjoyable to follow. Thankyou for sharing your bucket list trip it makes me want to go see it now.

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  11. Barbara Yurick says:

    Thanks Tim and Joanne for sharing another one of your fantastic trips. Now I have a good idea what Galapagos Islands are like and will put them on my bucket list.

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  12. There’s really nothing to compare to the Galapagos is there?! Sounds like you had a fabulous time.
    Alison

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  13. Loved the Galapagos! I got my postcards about a month after I went home to NYC. The Post Barrel totally works! Great pictures too.

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  14. Terry says:

    You 2 look like you are having the time of your life.

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  15. Trish Hatcher says:

    NEVER too many photos!!! Loved it!

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  16. Kim Gorman says:

    Beautiful photos!

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  17. Bill says:

    Thanks for sharing your journey with us. It’s a trip I’d like to make someday too.

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  18. usfman says:

    Your trip gave me interest in the tour company you used. Thank you.

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  19. munchkinontheroad says:

    I just nominated your blog for the Mystery Blogger Award❣️
    https://ontheroadcooking.com/2016/11/08/mystery-blogger-award-nomination/

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  20. Glenn Lamb says:

    I’ve really enjoyed your posts on this trip. The Galapagos is somewhere we hope to visit one day.
    It looks like the weather was good for you – how warm/cold was id during your trip?

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  21. What a cool postcard tradition! I hope you post about your deliveries.

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  22. I love the postcard scheme. 🙂

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