*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log *March 19th - 26th, 2015
*Air Temp. 81 F
*Water Temp. 78 F
* Visibility 40 ft
Captain Rufino Chele
Chef Alfredo Varela
Instructors Walter & Rubén
Steward Winter Basurto
GUESTS: Ming-Shiou, Yung-Sung, Chen-Tsen, Chin-Mu, Ying-Yun, Man, Chi-Sung, Jihn-Sheng, Wen-Cheng, Jung-Yuan, Thong-Ming, Kiu-Kwong, Wei-Chin, Wen-Fen, Yung-Min, Ching-Dong
Thursday March 19th
This week we welcomed aboard visitors coming from Taiwan. We picked them from Itabaca Channel, located between Baltra and Santa Cruz Island. We had our checkout dive in calm and shallow water where we saw tropical fish.
Friday March 20th
On Friday, we had two dives in Punta Carrion north side of Santa Cruz Island and then at Punta Carrión in Bartolome Island. We were able to see white sharks, mobulas, eagle rays, sea lions, stingrays, scorpion fish, barracudas, sea turtles and tropical fish.
We had a land tour in Bartolome Island to see a volcanic and pristine land scape from the top.
Saturday March 21st
We reached Wolf Island to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, sea turtles, barracudas, scorpion fish, sea lions, marbel rays, eagle rays and tropical fish .
Sunday March 22nd
Sunday started with a new island, Darwin, one of the most famous ones in Galapagos. Here, we could dive with hammerhead sharks, sea turtles, sea lions, jacks, eagle rays, barracudas, scorpion fish and tropical fish.
Monday March 23rd
Cabo Marshall, is a special dive site for Mantas and Mobula rays. Here, the elegant manta ray passing besides us, with its extended curve fins ready to suck the plankton. Also, mobulas, hammerhead sharks, black tipped sharks, sea turtles, stingrays, barracudas and tropical fish were seen at this immersion.
Tuesday March 24th
At Fernandina Island, we had a really special place to dive with Marine Iguanas eating algae where the smallest ones wait for the low tide to eat. Also sea horses, bat fish, stingrays, sea turtles, sea lions, sea robins, barracudas, mola molas and salemas were able to be found here.
Wednesday, March 25th
During the morning, we went to Cousin’s rock, located close to the east side of Santiago Island. This day, nostalgic for our guests, since it was the last dive of the trip was a nice good bye, we saw sea lions, barracudas, eagle rays, moray eels and tropical fish in moments of great activity at the black coral.
In the afternoon we had a land tour Santa Cruz Island were you easily notice the different vegetation and wheatear conditions in such small place, even from the bus ride. We saw giant tortoises in the wild and the lava tunnels. Later on, we went to enjoy Puerto Ayora, the local people and some shopping time.
Thursday, March 26th
We said our farewells to our guests, feeling a little bit sad that our group was leaving us, but having the sensation of a great week. Thanks again for joining us along the Galapagos Aggressor; we hope to see you again soon!