The day after we went to the Charles Darwin Research Station we decided to go to Finch Bay and to Las Grietas.  As mentioned earlier, the pier at Santa Cruz was quite busy with boats coming and going to other islands. Water taxis (costing .80 cents per person) also took the tourists to the Angermeyer Hotel, which was only a couple of minutes by water taxi. Once you disembarked, you followed a path that took you to the Finch Bay Hotel.  Both hotels are higher end with the Finch Bay Hotel having room from $379.00 U.S.  The Angermeyer Waterfront Inn had rooms starting at $200.00 U.S.
The pictures Tom took of the heron were taken at the Finch Bay hotel. When I look at the pictures of the Heron, I can't believe how skinny and wobbly looking their legs are.
In front of the Finch Bay Hotel is a small beach. Like the other beaches we had been to, no food or drinks were sold. We decided to come back to beach on our way back from our hike.  Following the path further, we came across the salt mine.  Neither of us had ever seen a salt mine. Scattered about were bagfuls of salt.  Also, the salt was a pinkish colour.; it reminded me of himalayan sea salt. The information we read told us that the salt was used for a variety of things but one purpose it did have was to salt the fish that the fishermen caught. As we followed the path beyond the salt mine, we started an upward climb.  At this point we were at a landscape that primarily consisted of brush.  It was dry but in just a few feet would be what I would describe as a gorge which is filled with water where you could go snorkelling.  Apparently the locals will jump from the top of the gorge into the water.  Unfortunately, when we went there, there were no locals jumping into the water. Before snorkelling there was a park official there who wrote down our passport number, name and our citizenship. Since Tom doesn't snorkel, he decided to do some walking and take some pictures of the landscape.
After registering with the park official there were a few steps you had to take to get to the area where you went into the water.  To get into the water your descent was was on smooth and slippery rocks.  When I got into the water all I can say it was cold.  I snorkelled a fair bit but didn't see anything that I hadn't seen on any other snorkelling trips I had been part of.     Tom and I reconnected and backtracked past the salt mine and finally to the small beach which we had seen in front of the Finch Bay Hotel.  As I was watching the sunbathers, suddenly I saw a seal skimming in the water, his head pops up and then back down. The motions were smooth and quick. I could not believe how fast he was going!
Tom and I had thought maybe we should get a drink at the Finch Bay Hotel....but we didn't..and of course sitting back here on a cold winter's night, we kick ourselves that we didn't splurge and sit and have a cold one at the bar.  Also, we thought we still had a few days until we left in Santa Cruz, so perhaps we could take the tourist boat over at a later date...sad to say we never did.  So once again, an adventure we thought would only take a couple of hours, extended to 4 hours.