January 14 to January 24 - 2015
(Photos by Alberto Muñoz)
Average Water Temperature 84 F (28 Celsius)
Average Air temperature 80 F (26 Celsius)
Interesting week, we started with an easy crossing, an early arrival to the island.
After a whole night of sleep and a delicious breakfast our crew were determine to get in the water so in the water we went, first dive had to be done in the shallow side of Manuelitas as Chatham bay was a bit stirred up by the swells coming from a strong wind back in mainland, so Manuelita was the best choice and once we got in the water the actions came around in a matter of seconds white tip sharks, moray eels, lobsters, grunts, snappers and a lot more, the current was a bit strong bringing us around and towards the deep side, as we move with the flow a huge tiger shark came by then another one came around… the water was really clear and the fish were everywhere, the current had a funny effect on the tigers this week and they were in Manuelita every time we dove this site, our third dive we dove the deep side of Manuelita and four Galapagos sharks gave us a little surprise by swimming around us for few minutes then the marble ray..
Next days we were trying to dodge the current as the some of the sites had lots of it, we would normally want current but not this strong. But still the week went just fine, this week the hammerhead sharks were in Dirty Rock, tigers in Manuelita, The arch in Dos Amigos was so full of fish, there were these two eagle rays in Dirty Rock that stayed in the same are for two days on the road, my guess is that they were doing their mating ritual, we did find the frog fish in Viking Rock, they were also playing with the strong current and trying to stay put in one place, the same day we were playing with the frog fish and some of us stayed behind taking couple of more pictures of this fascinating fish others were photographing a pacific manta… such is life were so close to the manta but since we were focusing on the small fish we completely missed the big fish.
We had a sunny week, still we had a couple of rainy days the final balance was tropical hot weather and the guest loved it as they worked their tanning thru the week.
Since the tigers and Hammerhead sharks were making our guest happy we kept going back to Dirty Rock and Manuelita those were easy dives and the best for the week and since we were the only dive boat on the island the rangers had no problem letting us change some of the dives this week
The crossing back to mainland was nice and flat, smiley faces, work done.
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Thanks to all of our guests; Trevor, Andrew, Alexandra, Karin, Erik, Carlos, Sandra, Maria, Francisco, Manuel, Eloy and Natalia, Heli, Marek, Joaquin, Mario and Luciana, James and Kay. For a great week of diving.