We rose early for breakfast at the hotel and made our way to the Wreck Bay dive shop. We’d booked a boat ride and equipment rental with them the previous day. We walked with our group to the town landing to wait for our boat. While we waited, students from the local high school approached us. They had beautiful, handcrafted brochures they’d produced in class to inform tourists about various natural history topics. They’d been tasked with approaching English speakers and then explains the contents in their procures in English. Many students approached us and we met their teacher just before we had to leave on our boat. The students had wonderful English and did a great job with their presentations.
We left the students and climbed aboard our transportation for the day. Our boat held the captain, Angel, our naturalist/guide, John, a ship’s helper and his apprentice, Angelo, along with the other tourists. There were nine of us all together. We struck up a conversation with Christel, who was also visiting the island for work. She was very helpful!
We slowed to look for Frigate Birds along the way, but after about an hour we dropped anchor and the zodiac shuttled us to the beach. John proceeded to tell us some interesting facts about Marine Iguanas and Sea Lions. Marine Iguanas are not great swimmers. Only 5% swim and dive to feed, most wait until low tile reveals the green algae they eat to survive. Curtis and I took the opportunity to snorkel by the beach before we had to join the group to boat to our next location. While Curtis has had music experience snorkeling, I have not so it was good to practice. As it turns out, I’m not terrible at snorkeling.
The boat transported us to Kicker Rock. This time the whole group went overboard to snorkel. Kicker Rock is an amazing formation. It is the remnants of an old volcano and juts strait out of the ocean. It is the remains of a volcanic cone, eroded by the sea across hundreds of years. It is the eroded cone of an extinct volcano. Above the water, the monolithic rock formation towers over 500 feet above the Pacific Ocean. Below the surface, the ocean is full of life! We saw many types of fish, sea turtles, and even a sea lion. After an hour in the water we returned to the boat for lunch. Then we took the boat to the other side of the rock to look for sharks. The water was very rough here and we had to cut it a bit short. We had expected to see sharks in this location, but there were none to be seen.
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