First, let me give some background information, if you wish to understand details of travelling in Galapagos, welcome to ask.
The only way to get to the Galapagos islands is by flight. Among the many islands, there are only three that are populated. Except for these three towns, all of the Galapagos islands are owned by the national park, within which only close to 100 sites are opened for visitors. There are also areas designated for snorkelling and diving.
We lived on the main island Santa Cruz for three nights and then spent 8 Days 7 Nights on board a traditional wooden boat. When we are resting, the boat will be sailing to the different visitor sites.
The name of boat is Flamingo, it is one of the four in the same class - the lowest and cheapest. The most luxury class cruise ships can be up to 100 passengers. Flamingo can accomodate 10 passengers, the captain, 2 sailors, an engineer, a chef and the tour guide, 16 people altogether.
The cabin is so small, and not to mention the bunk beds, so, if possible, we stay on the deck.
Life on board is simple yet fulfilling.
The daily routines are pretty much the same. We have breakfast and go onshore for walking and then followed by snorkelling nearby. After lunch, we usually rest for a while before we go onshore again for a walk and then snorkelling again. After dinner, we are free to rest, we also gather around to chat and kill the evening.
It sounds really routine and boring, yet each landing and snorkelling is full of surprise! I think we were very lucky because we had a lot of "first time", some of which also a first time for our tour guide....
Let me share them with you one by one.