"Afternoon at Post Office Bay" Isla Santa María Things to Do Tip by MalenaN

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  The beach at Post Office Bay
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  • The beach at Post Office Bay - Isla Santa María
      The beach at Post Office Bay
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  • Remains of a fishing village - Isla Santa María
      Remains of a fishing village
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  • Arriving to Post Office Bay - Isla Santa María
      Arriving to Post Office Bay
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  • Post Office Bay - Isla Santa María
      Post Office Bay
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  • Cachalote and the other boats at Post Office Bay - Isla Santa María
      Cachalote and the other boats at Post Office Bay
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After lunch the boat moved to Post Office Bay. Besides M/S Cachalote there were already three other boats anchored in the bay and soon after we arrived several crewmembers from the boats hopped into the pangas and went ashore. It turned out there is a soccer field there and that gives the crewmembers form different boats a good opportunity to meet and get some exercise.

On the boat we rested until 15.00 when it was time to go ashore to visit the sites. There is a wet landing on a sandy beach and from there we walked up to the Post Office, an historical place, which I have written about in another tip on this page, so I won’t do it again.

From the Post Office we walked a few hundred metres further, to a lava tunnel. Along the way we passed the remains of a fishing village and canning factory. It was established in the 1920s by Norwegian fishermen, but it was soon abandoned.

A ladder leads down to the lava tunnel and we all climbed down. In the first part of the tunnel there is no water but soon we had to wade in super cold water,. We came to a narrow passage on the side of the tunnel and here I, another tourist and our guide put on our masks and snorkels and swam inside, using waterproof torches. In the passage we had to swim in a line, but soon it opened up to a cave. The brackish water was very clear and did not feel cold anymore, only refreshing. Somewhere there was a small opening to the sea, which you can scuba dive through if you have taken off the tank and BCD, but I didn’t see it.

After visiting the lava tunnel we walked back to the sandy beach to swim, snorkel and just relax. We were the only group at the beach as all other groups seemed to have returned to their boats.

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  • Written Dec 1, 2011
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