Kicker Rock, Leon Dormido, Sleeping Lion, Roca Pateadora. Most places in the Galapagos have at least two names, the English name and the Spanish name, and then sometimes the translation of each of those! It can get a little confusing at first until you figure it out. Friends who are in front of us were messaging us about sailing past Kicker Rock on their entry to the Galapagos, but all our chartplotter identified was Roca Pateadora.
Kicker Rock was our welcome to Galapagos spot and so it was nice to be able to return to dive it. It has a reputation of being the best dive spot around San Cristobal.
Kicker Rock is about 500 feet tall with many birds calling it home, Blue footed boobies, pelicans, frigate birds and tropicbirds among others. We had an approximately 2 hour boat ride to get to Kicker Rock because our motor catamaran had one of its two engines at the shop. It was a pleasant ride and we had a chance to talk with the other passengers. There were 10 of us, 5 were diving and 5 were snorkeling.
One of the first things we encountered was some floating tubes. They were hollow and ranged in size from 6 inches to several feet long. We later learned they are Sponges. I have seen many sponges before, but they have always been attached to the sea floor, never floating freely.
Our first dive was on the outside of the formation, the second dive was in the gap. There is a lot of life on the walls, living sideways. Bob's yellow fins make him easy to spot.