Some islands along the way to our next stop.
While most of the people were off on different excursions, I had a personal tour of the small islet of Chinese Hat.
My tour guide was Christina Ahassi, a local of the Galapagos. Notice her bare feet. She had no trouble hiking around on the lava rocks.
Chinese hat is a very tiny island and is less than a quarter of 1 square km in size. The island has the shape of a down-facing Chinese hat. I found the volcanic scenery very picturesque.
There was a lot of colorful fauna everywhere.
Eventually, another guide picked us up and we went back to the ship on the zodiac.
Once we got back to the ship, there was a late afternoon zodiac excursion which I was happy to go on. Notice how well this Brown Pelican blends into the background. I read that while this bird is straining the water from its bill after a dive, gulls often try to steal the fish right out of its pouch- sometimes while perching on the pelican's head. Now that would have been interesting to see.
We came across some more penguins before heading back to the ship.