Kicker Rock Day Trip in the Galapagos
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!
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!
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).
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.
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.
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!
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.