WATER SPORTS IN GALAPAGOS – A KAYAK EXPEDITION EXPERIENCE
ARRIVING IN SANTA CRUZ
THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
The kayak tour
Jaime moved zigzag-like in between the rocks in order to continue navigating close to the mangroves. The sea welcomed us without many waves and I copied what Jaime did with the oar.
Suddenly I looked downwards and saw a stingray passing me very closely. This was a nice surprise and I stopped for a while to take some pictures of it and the submarine ground.
Because of that I was a few minutes behind the first kayak. Jaime shouted that an oceanic whitetip shark, which is endemic of the Galapagos Islands, was close to them. I hurried up but when I caught up with them I could only see its silhouette. Anyway it was an unique feeling being so close to it and I was very grateful.
We continued slowly towards a rock reef observing some blue-footed boobies nesting. A shadow covered our kayaks which was refreshing against the incandescent sun. We took advantage of it to rest, take photos and make videos. We also realized that the physical strain under these temperatures was high so we had to take care of ourselves more. It is important to take breaks and to drink water in this activity.
We continued rowing and went to the mangroves again, we passed some small boats that anchored there. Nearby we encountered a sea lion that was taking a nap on one of the new designed private piers. At a distance we also saw other ships navigating with tourists. Finally we started the return, rowing the same way we came there.
At this point it is very important to mention that it is mandatory to book a local guide who knows very well the currents as well as where to enter, where to leave, what to do when high waves appear and who can estimate the appropriate sea level.
At one occasion a strong current moved me to a small rock where I got stuck. I was a bit worried but with the help of the oar I could get free and kept rowing normally. Fortunately the sea stayed smooth and we could return without problems.
COMMENTARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS
- Book a local guide that confirms the state of the sea level.
- The activity may be done in the morning or in the afternoon.
- Moisten very well the towels and/or hat, this helps to maintain the body temperature stable.
- While resting I recommend to change the body position in order to avoid problems on the legs or cramps since they remain fix during the navigation.
Links of interest:
Entrance fee for the Galápagos national park:
You can add this activity to any of our Island Hoppings in Santa Cruz.
For more general information and practical tips for the Galapagos Islands, read our page Galapagos Travel Tips.
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