Kicker Rock Day Trip in the Galapagos

Though we stuck to free activities on Santa Cruz and Isabela, we’d heard such great things about Kicker Rock that Adam and I decided to splurge on a day tour. And it was completely worth it!

 

We booked the trip with one of the many tour operators in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal island. The next morning we left bright and early, and joined the rest of the group on the jetty to catch our boat.

 

After a fairly choppy journey we arrived at Cerro Brujo beach for some snorkelling. It was incredible- after swimming around in the clear blue water, we were joined by a friendly sea lion, who danced around us, sniffing our camera and blowing bubbles. It was one of my favourite animal encounters of our entire time in the Galapagos!

 

Making a sea lion friend

Making a sea lion friend

 

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Having an underwater dance

 

After our wonderful swim with our new sea lion pal, Adam and I rejoined the group and walked a short distance over some jagged black rocks to one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen. White powder sand and turquoise water with massive waves- absolute paradise!

 

I think I need to work on my tan lines

I think I need to work on my tan lines

 

And Adam definitely needs to work on his!

And Adam definitely needs to work on his!

 

Piling back into the boat, we all carried on until Kicker Rock appeared in the distance. It’s known locally as León Dormido, as apparently from a certain angle it resembles a sleeping lion (we couldn’t see it).

 

A sleeping lion? If you say so!

A sleeping lion? If you say so!




Wearing our snorkel gear and life jackets, we plopped into the water to follow our guide around the rock. It was absolutely spectacular! After swimming through a variety of colourful fish, our guide excitedly pointed downwards shouting “hammerhead!”. We looked down just in time to see the bizarre outline of a hammerhead shark swimming underneath us (just one, unfortunately, although some days here there are hundreds). He was followed soon after by a few large reef sharks, appearing from the depths and disappearing before we could snap a photo.

 

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The colourful underwater landscape at Kicker Rock

 

Underwater selfie!

Underwater selfie!

 

Continuing our route around the rock, we saw a few graceful sea lions swimming gracefully through the water, as well as a sea turtle, who we followed for a short while, admiring how this bulky creature propelled himself along so effortlessly.

 

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An ethereal-looking sea lion

 

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A sea turtle- one of my favourite animals here!

 

Our time in the sea had come to an end, but Kicker Rock still had a few surprises left in store. The first was the colourful bird life- a blue-footed booby and some red-chested frigate birds resting on the rock. And then, as we headed back to San Cristobal, we were joined by some playful dolphins swimming alongside our boat!

 

A surprise visit from some dolphins

A surprise visit from some dolphins

 

The tour to Kicker Rock cost us $100 each, and be warned- this price is rising all the time (last year it was $80, the year before just $50). But as I’ve said before, it was completely worth it! Tour operators throughout the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal offer trips each day. The trips on offer all have similar itineraries and prices- bargaining is possible but don’t expect to get more than 10% off the asking price.




3 comments on “Kicker Rock Day Trip in the Galapagos”

  1. MLS says:

    Beautiful and greatly informative. Gives me hope of going. What camera set up do you use for your underwater shots?

    1. ailish_kc@hotmail.com says:

      You definitely should go! We just rented a GoPro for the day for $20. Most of the shots here are actually screenshots from the videos we took.

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