21 April 2012 | isla Isabela
We took one of Anna Maria's highly recommended tours yesterday and had an amazing day despite the terribly wet and squally weather. We boarded a local tour boat and took a crazy 45 minutes boat ride through rough seas curlminating in a turn that looked like we were going directly into the surf, but our driver, Roberto, safely navigated the pass that we couldn't see into what I can only describe as a fairy land.
The Tuneles, or Tunnels, is a rocky labyrinth formed from rivers of lava that reached the sea and solidified forming countless cracks and tunnels. It formed a beautiful land/seascape and we were greeted at the entrance by blue footed boobies sitting on a rock followed by a couple penguins doing the same. Roberto continues to wind us around the shallow channels and we oohed and ahhed at the beauty of the place. Then he stopped the boat in the heart of the maze and we donned our snorkel gear and he then led us through going under bridges and tunnels of lava rock and seeing brightly colored fish, rays, and even a couple white tipped reef sharks.
Next we piled into the boat to head back out through the surf and then back in to another protected swimming area which is home to many sea turtles and we were thrilled to swim with many of the giant creatures. They were beautiful and graceful and just fascinating to watch.
It was a magical day.