Adios Galapagos Bon Jour Marquesas
04 March 2009 | underway
This is the passage we have been waiting for, anticipating and dreaming about for years. Covering over 3,000 nautical miles, it's the longest one we'll embark upon. When the weather window opened, the anchor was raised, and we set sail from Puerto Ayora. Zen should deliver us to French Polynesia, specifically Fatu Hiva, Marquesas, in approximately 15 to 20 days. In our wake, we leave the excitement of the Galapagos. Why exciting? Our final day was filled with underwater tours and an abundance of aquatic life. Snorkeling with seals, tons of them, chasing huge tortoises, and finally, hovering in the water just a few feet above 6 white tipped sharks. Having such a small distance between you and these huge animals is the definition of "excitement". Don, Cole and I chose the snorkeling tour, while Cammi and Tommy went big and did a double scuba dive. Cammi's blog, a link off our homepage, will have a detailed description of the dive in a day or two. Bottom line, in her opinion, it was the best event of the Galapagos. They ventured into underwater caves, saw sharks, huge schools of barracuda, seals, turtles, rays and tons of the most amazing starfish. Everyone was fighting for "air-time" to compare stories when we reconvened on Zen in the afternoon. I couldn't chose which photo to post, but this face is just too irresistable! Totally worth every dime.