*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log *April 9th – 16th, 2015
*Air Temp. 84 F
*Water Temp. 80 F
* Visibility 32.5ft
Captain Héctor Vásconez
Chef Alfredo Varela
Instructors Nelson & Richard
Steward Jorge Basurto
GUESTS: Budsaba, Soammaras, Somruthai, Nittaya, Sasiphen, Theerachai, Supawee, Manasawee, Boonrawee, Wamaros, Apirut, Phampilai, Siriporm, Pamuwat, Sirirat
Thursday April 9th
This week we welcomed aboard visitors coming from Thailand. We picked them up from Itabaca Channel, located between Baltra and Santa Cruz Island. We had our checkout dive in calm and shallow water where saw sea lions.
Friday April 10th
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 tipped sharks, eagle rays, sea turtles, sea lions, king angel fish, grunt and snappers.
We had a land tour in Bartolome Island to see a volcanic and pristine land scape from the top.
Saturday April 11th
We reached Wolf Island to dive with hammerhead sharks, tunas, eagle rays and dolphins.
Sunday April 12th
Sunday started with a new island, Darwin, one of the most famous ones in Galapagos. Here, we could dive with hammerhead sharks, grouper, tunas, wahoos sea turtles and sea lions.
Monday April 13th
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, white tipped sharks, hammerhead sharks and barracudas were seen at this immersion.
Tuesday April 14th
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 red lipped batfish, mola molas, sea turtle, sea lions, penguins and some flyless cormorants were able to be found here.
During out afternoon dive at Punta Vicente Roca (North West of Isabela Island), we could see the largest fish on earth the “Mola Ramsayi”, magnificent creature.
Wednesday, April 15th
During the morning, we went to Cousin’s rock, located close to 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 eagle rays, sea lions and sea turtles in moments of morning 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 later on, we went to enjoy Puerto Ayora, the local people and some shopping time.
Thursday, April 16th
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!