Kia Ora

14 May 2015 | Fakarava Atoll, Tuamotus, French Polynesia
25 April 2015 | Hana Moe Noa, Tahuatu, Marquesas, French Polynesia
24 April 2015 | Atuona, Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
13 April 2015 | Somewhere on the Pacific, still
11 April 2015 | Somewhere on the Pacific, still
11 April 2015 | Somewhere on the Pacific, still
09 April 2015 | Somewhere on the Pacific, still
02 April 2015 | Somewhere on the Pacific
07 March 2015 | Galapagos, Ecuador
07 March 2015 | San Cristobal, Galapagos
05 March 2015 | Galapagos
01 March 2015 | Galapagos Islands
27 February 2015 | Galapagos Islands
27 February 2015 | Pacific Ocean
26 February 2015 | Pacific Ocean
26 February 2015 | Pacific Ocean
26 February 2015 | Pacific Ocean
23 February 2015 | Pacific Ocean
18 February 2015 | Still in Las Perlas Islands
17 February 2015 | Las Perlas Islands, Panama

San Cristobal Island, Galapagos

07 March 2015 | Galapagos, Ecuador
Another beautiful day!!
San Cristobal Island, Galapagos, Ecuador

Many cruisers pass by the Galapagos on their way to French Polynesia. Not stopping because of the high fees to bring your boat in (for our boat and the time we elected to stay here the fee was about $1,300), or because they say they've seen lots of iguanas and rocks before. We feel that they have made a mistake.

Yes, there are iguanas and rocks here but there has been no place else in our nearly 4 years out that we could effortlessly swim with Hammerhead, Black Tip and Galapagos sharks, a school of Spotted Eagle Rays, and massive Green turtles all in one 45 minute smooth-water snorkel. We've also never found a community quite like this one. The town is full of parks (with clean, public bathrooms!!) where the locals gather each evening to socialize and let their children play. The only place we've been to that had that sense before was Zihuatenejo, Mexico (no public bathrooms there, though). We've felt so welcome here, too. The locals are genuinely friendly and have such a huge sense of pride of their community.

Ken and I are very impressed with town on San Cristobal, Galapapgos. We intend to head for another of the Galápagos Islands tomorrow. The town there is much smaller than here but I have high hopes of another fantastic stop.
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Vessel Name: Kia Ora
Vessel Make/Model: Hylas 44
Hailing Port: Seattle, Washington, USA
Crew: Julie and Ken Dausman
Extra: In the spring of 2011 we left Seattle and headed north. We spent 6 months circumnavigating Vancouver Island. We headed out again in the summer of 2012 and are now cruising in Central America.
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Heading South

Who: Julie and Ken Dausman
Port: Seattle, Washington, USA