My sister, who is also my favorite travel partner and lifelong best friend, lives 1,600 miles away, so we don’t have the opportunity to see each other frequently. We decided to take a dream “sistercation” to the Galapagos Islands with Nat Hab, as we love wildlife, nature and outdoor adventures. We chose this trip specifically because of the unique kayaking aspect, but I would be less comfortable with snorkeling due to limited experience.
Our first snorkel of the trip was at sunrise at Leon Dormido. Although I was nervous and somehow ended up with my wetsuit on backward on the first attempt, our guides took the time to patiently coach me through how to correctly use and adjust my equipment and be confident in the water.
During this first snorkel, I fell in love with this underwater world, which is full of new life to explore. One of the highlights was swimming with a few sea lion friends, who created the cutest “photobomb” selfie ever made.
By the end of the trip, I felt at home in the water, hanging out with fish, sharks, turtles and even tropical penguins. On the land, we experienced camping with 100-year-old tortoises.
The activities, wildlife and people we met on our Galapagos adventure were incredible. The memories we made with our Galapagos family will always travel with us and keep us together, wherever in the world we end up.
By Nat Hab traveler J. Justice | Galapagos Hiking & Kayaking Adventure
All photos © J. Justice
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