My 29 Firsts Exploring the Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Travel Story, Planning Your Trip, Things to Do

A trip to the Galapagos means experiencing many new things for the first time.  When our family (Bryan and I, along with our daughter Drew) visited we enjoyed experiencing theses firsts together.  We often talk about all the new things we saw and did.

I decided to write some of my firsts down, and I was surprised to see how long the list was. Here is the list I came up with.

My 29 Galapagos Firsts:

  1. Hiked up a volcano (Sierra Negra, Isabela Island)
  2. Heard myself say “Drew don’t stand too close to the edge of that caldera” (Isabela Island)
  3. Shared the breakfast table with a bird (Floreana Island)finch-dining-on-floreana-island
  4. Walked around collapsed volcanoes (Santa Cruz Island)
  5. Snorkeled where I knew (for sure) there were sharks near by (I have a phobia) (Isabela Island)
  6. Took a high-powered boat ride through open water (between islands)
  7. Taught my daughter to snorkel (Isabela Island)snorkeling-isabela-island
  8. Walked around with wild Galapagos Tortoises (Santa Cruz Island)
  9. Heard myself say “Drew don’t touch that Giant Tortoise” (Santa Cruz Island)
  10. Saw Frigate Birds (from a boat looking at Tortoise Island just off the coast of Isabela Island)
  11. Saw Galapagos Finches, and tons of other Finches (Santa Cruz, Floreana, Isabela Islands)
  12. Saw a Galapagos Dove (Santa Cruz Island)
  13. Saw a Mocking Bird (Santa Cruz Island)
  14. Snorkeled over a lava channel (Isabela Island)
  15. Saw wild Penguins (Isabela Island)
  16. Saw Pirate caves (Floreana Island)
  17. Saw resting reef sharks (Isabela Island)
  18. Shared a dining area with a Sea Lion and Marine Iguanas (Santa Cruz Island)sea-lion-aventura-lodge-deck
  19. Went somewhere I always wanted to go, but never thought I really would (The Galapagos Islands!!!)
  20. Slept on an Island with only 125 inhabitants (Floreana Island)
  21. Saw wild Flamingos (Isabela Island)
  22. Saw a Sea Lion chase away a bunch of hungry Pelicans (Santa Cruz Island)
  23. Heard myself say “Drew don’t touch that Sea Lion” (Santa Cruz Island)
  24. Saw baby tortoises (Santa Cruz Island)
  25. Saw Blue Footed Boobies (Isabela Island)
  26. Saw a little bird hop on top of and start picking at the skin of a Marine Iguana (Santa Cruz Island)
  27. Walked through a lava tunnel (Santa Cruz Island)
  28. Heard myself say “Drew don’t fall on those lava rocks.” (Santa Cruz, Floreana, Isabela Islands)
  29. Heard Drew say “Mom I want to go back to the Galapagos.” (while waiting for our flight San Cristobal Island)

Meet the Author

Hi, I'm Dena Haines! I'm an traveler, photographer and Canadian entrepreneur. I'm a partner at Storyteller Media, a content marketing company for travel brands. I blog at GringosAbroad (Ecuador travel) and Click Like This (How to Use a GoPro).

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