Christmas day started with breakfast and an early morning panga ride, but when we spotted some turtle tracks on the beach it quickly turned into a beach landing. A female turtle was resting after having laid her eggs in the sand.
We boarded the panga's and headed to Post Office Bay. The wooden barrel of post office bay was put there in the 18th century by a group of whalers. From that time, tourists and seamen have used it as a post office. Visitors sift through the piles of postcards and letters deposited inside the barrel. If they find one they can deliver personally to its destination, they take it with them. We found one that is not far from our house in Calgary that we will deliver when we get home. There was also a geo cache here that we found.
A little farther up the path was a large lava tube. Steps and a rope have been installed to allow visitors to go down into its depths. The narrow mouth opened into a very large cavern with water at the end. After our little trip down under, we headed back to the beach for some free time. Our crew came on land and started a soccer game with the crew of another boat anchored in the bay. So everyone got to have sometime off the boat.
Eventually it was time to head back onboard for lunch. Upon returning to the boat we found this little one having a snooze of the back of the boat.
After lunch the Beakhouse family, Miguel and myself headed up to the sun deck to open presents. We were each given a book called Floreana by Margret Wittmer. Rolf Wittmer was her son and the founder of Rolf Wittmer Tours. The first person to offer boat tours of the Galapagos Islands.
Our naturalist guide Richard, gave us each a large bar of Ecuadorean chocolate. Which I can tell you is very good. We finished the gift exchange with our little party, then it was time to get changed into our wet suits and go for a snorkel around the Devil's Crown.
As soon as we hit the water, the abundance of sea life was amazing. This was a drift snorkel, nothing to do but breathe and float along with the current. We were able to go around the crown a second time if we wanted, so a few of us decided to go again and it was totally worth it. On our second trip around the crown, a very friendly sea lion decided to follow along with us. We also saw rays, sharks and thousands of fish.
Our guide asked the four of us who did the second snorkel if we wanted to do a third snorkel off the other side of the crown. Of course we all said yes, it was the fastest drift I have ever done, we dropped into the water with literally thousands of fish, sharks and rays. Star fish littered the ocean floor, it was one of the best christmas gifts I have received.
Back on board the boat it was time to dry off and change and get ready for a panga ride and hike out to Punta Cormrant. Our final excursion for the day.
Once back on board the boat, with everyone showered and ready for dinner, the crew served us a christmas cocktail. Ring ring it was time for our christmas dinner, which was turkey. Carved and served to us by our chef in his full whites. After dinner everyone was ready for bed, it was a great christmas day and our crew work very hard to make it special for us.