Sailing the Galapagos Islands on Ecoventura’s Theory


Read my articles, “Traveling to my Dream Destination: The Galapagos Islands,” to see videos 1, 2 and 3, and “Traveling on Ecoventura’s Theory in the Galapagos Islands” for video 4, 5 and 6, and below to see our amazing days in video 7, 8, 9 and 10 “Bays and Beaches” Itinerary A on Ecoventura’s Theory.

Video 7: Beautiful Las Bachas and Bartolome Dec 13 2019

At Playa Las Bachas on the northern side of Santa Cruz, we walked near a white sand beach where turtles lay their eggs. We saw a flamingo, we saw three marine iguanas in courtship, and we saw four black-neck stilt birds that were so beautiful. It was an amazing walk. We also saw pelicans and sally lightfoot crabs and more iguanas.

Back onboard, Chef Estuardo prepared a grilled feast with lobster, octopus, chicken and special Ecuadorian sauces. We ate on the sun deck and enjoyed our luxury mega-yacht with stunning views.

In the afternoon, we did one of the most amazing snorkels of my life! We were near Bartholome and we saw penguins, sharks, rays and turtles! It was thrilling! Three penguins swam by me, around me, it was like they were dancing with me. I loved it! I saw three white tip reef sharks and several turtles! WOW! It was too bad that the camera did not work on that adventure but I will always remember it. It was phenomenal. Captain Jhon went snorkeling with us and he loved it too!

We hiked up 400 steps on wooden planking at Bartolome Island for a spectacular panoramic view of Pinnacle Rock. We had a group photo and we saw many islands. 

After our hike, we went on a boat ride and then we saw, even more penguins, and a great blue heron. For sunset, we sat on the sundeck with fresh pizza, fantastic drinks and watched as the sun painted the sky.

We had a marvelous meal in the restaurant with many choices on the menu and then the crew turned into a band and we danced the night away! See the next video for all of the music and dancing!

Video 8: Music and Dancing all night long on Ecoventura’s Theory in the Galapagos

It was a truly spectacular day in Galapagos.

Video 9: South Plaza and North Seymour are Super Dec 14 2019

The South Plaza islands were incredible; in the morning, we saw yellow land iguanas, swallow-tailed gulls and colorful sesuvium portulacastrum. There were seven baby sea lions playing together in a pool of water. I could not stop taking photos and video of them. They were adorable. It was like sea lion day care! There were iguanas jumping up onto the Opuntia or prickly pear cactus leaves for a juicy bite. Some of them were suspended in air while chewing! Two iguanas had a pushing match and that was all before our walk island the island.

As we looked out over the cliff edge, we could see several red-billed tropicbirds with their 2 long streaming tail feathers. I loved walking on the path seeing iguanas, many birds and coming back to the water to see the bachelor sea lions frolicking in the water.

In the afternoon, we went deep water snorkeling and saw nearly  50 manta rays. That was marvelous! I absolutely loved it! 

Later in the day at North Seymour Island, we saw frigate birds with the red gular sacs in their throats puffed up looking for mates. We saw golden tuffed juvenile frigates and blue footed boobies sitting on their eggs and with their chicks. It was amazing. We saw many more sea lions. We saw more iguanas and many lava lizards. Do you know how to tell the different between the great and magnificent frigate birds? I was wondering if there was a just okay frigate bird but there is not. The great frigate bird has a green sheen on the plumage on their backs while the magnificence has a purple iridescence in the sunlight. The females are larger than the males.

Back on board, Betsy and I hula hooped on the sun deck. I have hula hooped on trains, yachts and with villagers in Vanuatu. I carry a hula hoop in my luggage.

Our Captain’s farewell party was wonderful but we were all sad at the final briefing when they were talking about the last hike and the last snorkel. I tried to remember: “Don’t be sad that it is over, be glad that you were here!”

The creatures of the Galapagos are waiting for you and the crew of the Theory is the best in the business. I hope you have an amazing exploration of the Galapagos Islands.

Video 10: Leaving Theory and Galapagos for Guayaquil Dec 15 2019

After our final breakfast, we took our last panga ride to the pier and said good-bye to Theory. We walked through the Interpretation Center on San Cristobal and learned about the human history of the Galapagos Islands. 

We took a bus ride into town and had free time to wander. I found t-shirts to buy as souvenirs and took a few more photos of sea lions on the pier. 

We flew back to Guayaquil from San Cristobal and I stayed at Oro Verde Hotel. They have several restaurants, a pool and a fitness center. The hotel is very convenient and walked to Iglesia El Sagrario, Parque Seminario where I saw many iguanas and small turtles, and Malecon 2000. I walked through Barrio Las Penas and saw a holiday dance performance by two student groups. 

Thank you so much to Ecoventura and the entire crew on Theory. My journey in the Galapagos Islands, Las Islas Encantadas or the Enchanted Islands was magical!

Want to read more?
Watch all of my Galapagos videos: CLICK HERE

Part One: Traveling to my Dream Destination: The Galapagos Islands

Part Two: Traveling on Ecoventura’s Theory in the Galapagos Islands

Part Three: Sailing the Galapagos Islands on Ecoventura’s Theory Cultivating Curiosity in the Galapagos Islands

and see this article on the Jewish Journal:

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.6 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.6 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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