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Floreana has a good supply of fresh water, an important factor which ensured the early occupation of this island by settlers.
There are three official visitor sites on the island :-
Devil's Crown ; Punta Cormorán ; Post Office Bay.
We also visited the residence of the Wittmer family at Black Beach, courtesy of our captain - Rolf Wittmer.

Devil's Crown  ( or Onslow Island ) is an almost submerged volcano just off Punta Cormoran and offers some of the best snorkeling in the Galapagos

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Devil's Crown
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Closer up
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Snorkeling
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Patricia our Guide
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Jürgen
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resident sea-lion

 

Punta Cormorán     has "green sand" composed of Olivine crystals of magnesium and iron silicates.
There is wide variety of plant life
 

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Sea-Lions

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Sea-Lions
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Sea-Lions
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Sea-Lions
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a brackish lagoon

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Passion Flower
fruit

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Lichens
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multi-coloured lichens
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"Flour" beach
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be careful of Rays!
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Leave only footprints
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Class begins
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Karin, Graham &
Deitmarr
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Patricia - our knowledgable guide
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Leo ( in the centre ! )
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Wolfgang
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Jürgen
     
     
     
Post Office Bay - site of the Post Office barrel in which whalers placed their mail for distribution by other visitors to the island. Not the prettiest site we visited but very interesting. Most of our party collected postcards for distribution and left their own. My card to my wife reached home before I did !
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approaching
Post Office Bay
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Jürgen on the bow
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Post Office Bay
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Post Office Barrel
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Post Office Barrel
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Patricia with
Hans Heinrich
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Inspecting the mail
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Graham (me)
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Stamping the cards
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Inspecting the mail
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Karin

 

Black Beach - based at Puerto Velasco Ibara is the residence of the Wittmer family. They are closely connected with the history of the Galapagos, especially Floreana and their story makes fascinating reading.
The place itself is not very picturesque but the history gives it a special atmosphere. A few giant tortoises were kept ( legally ) behind the residence.
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Puerto Velasco Ibara
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The Wittmer pension
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Giant tortoises
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Giant tortoises
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Giant tortoise
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A darwin finch
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Taking on fresh water
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Black ? beach
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Barnacles