There is one cinder-cone island where the roof has collapsedand there is a little beach inside. They call this the hole in the ocean or hidden beach, and it was one of the main reasons I chose this tour.
While most of the people did make this swim to the hole, there were about a dozen of us left on board, some too sea sick to do anything but hold plastic bags in their laps. Although it was not "smooth sailing", it was not a bad ride for me, so I rather enjoyed the quiet. I did decide to lay off the alc for this trip. Meanwhile, the captain tooled around a little so we could get a closer glimpse of the islands and the birds, particularly the blue-footed boobies.
This is a photo from the internet, as I didn't have a camera to get a shot like this, but this is exactly what they looked like, and there were hundreds of them on the islands, along with brown pelicans, frigate birds and of course sea gulls.
After the "hole" we drove to another island where we went kayaking and paddleboarding. Since we couldn't land anywhere, the boards and kayaks had to be unloaded from the boat (once again, hats off to the crew who worked like dogs to unload the gear and make sure people had what they needed, and help people into the water from the back of the boat). This was a little tedious, but finally I got out onto the water. It was once again rougher than the water I like to paddle in, but manageable.
Of course, there was the challenge of maneuvering around a lot of other people.
On the way back to port, we were rewarded with dolphin sightings...
and a ridiculously entertaining show by the fabulous crew.
While this was not my favorite tour, it was a nice sail with beautiful scenery and perfect for those a little more adventurous than I.