South America - Day 8
By Max Seebohm
Categories: south america
After breakfast this morning we headed out on our first island hop to see Seymour Island. First up we travelled by bus for about 40 km to the other side of the island. Then it was aboard a cabin cruiser taking us on a 50 minute cruise across to Seymour Island, on the way we enjoyed some snacks and drinks.
On arrival we all got ferried to the island by tender being instructed to have sunscreen, hat, closed in shoes, mozzie repellent and drinking water as we were going on a fairly long walk around the island to check out all the animals and birds that live there. We set off on our hike with our guide and as we walk we get a running description on all the birds, animals and plants that live and survive on the island. The walk lasted about an hour and a half and was very interesting, was a little warm but there was a nice cool sea breeze which made it quite comfortable and very informative. We all learnt so much! It was then back on the boat as we moved to an area near a very sandy beach, along the way we had our lunch, freshly cooked onboard. And by the way it was very yummy.
On arrival at the next site the skipper anchored the boat and took those who wanted to snorkel and swim with the baby sea lions. The ones that chose this activity were very happy with the experience. Some chose to walk along the beach checking out the sea lions while others stayed on the boat or went swimming around the boat in crystal clear water. All in all it was a fantastic day enjoyed by all.
We then enjoyed the cruise back to the dock, where we caught our bus back to the hotel, about an hours drive from the dock. On arrival at the hotel we all went in different directions some went shopping, others went walking and some went to happy hour. We all met our guide again at 7.00 pm to take us down town to a restaurant where we all enjoyed a beautiful three course dinner on a beautiful balmy night. After dinner every one wandered back to the hotel after a very busy but great day.