Log Date: Sunday, May 03, 2015
Entry By: Captain Beto
Okeanos Aggressor Trip Report
May 03 to May 13 - 2015
(Photos by Alberto Muñoz)
Average Water Temperature 84 F (27 Celsius)
Average Air temperature 84 F (27 Celsius)
Average Visibility 60 ft-18 mts
Wetsuits: 3mil, maybe more if you get cold easily.
Crew this week: Capt. Beto, Chefs Douglas and Esteban, Engineer Luis, Steward Roberto, Boat drivers and Divemasters Warren, Marvin and Xavier
This week we had and awesome trip there were three events that are not a every week sight and made the whole week and adventure of endless action. We started our first day with tons of hammerheads in my old favorite Manuelita, delivering the usual cast of sharks if we were not seeing the hammers then the tiger shark would show up. The visibility was not the best but like I explained to my guests that makes the hammers come closer to see you, visibility changed for the better as the week went on.
Then Dirty Rock also had schooling of hammerhead sharks and also the tiger came around one time. The dive in Punta Maria also had the Galapagos sharks getting clean, we all went crazy with that kind of action. That night before our first night dive of the week something got our attention the surface of the ocean was moving in a different way!! There were CRABS on the surface, I mean there were millions (literally speaking) of crabs they were attracted to the boat by the lights this event was incredible why were they are here? What makes them come only at night? I could not resist the temptation and went in, I even got my selfie with the crabs, they were around the boat and towards the end of the week they were pretty much gone (event one).
Weather this week had a fair amount of rain and lots of sun people loved it because they were working on their tanning, Ocean was flat all week long so we made it around the island to every dive site allow by the Park Rangers, so we made it to Manta Corner and as we made it around the corner a Manta went by giving us time enough for the pictures then a tiger shark came right up to the divers going around and around incredible tiger shark action, tiger even followed the diver all the way to the surface and kept going around closing in to the guest.
Dos Amigos had the most action this week, not only the schooling hammers but what I consider one of the hottest events for the sport diver as we started ascending some of the divers stayed behind taking their time and lucky enough three of them had the WHALE SHARK coming close to them, they said it was a huge whale shark maybe 30 feet long they even had photos to prove it (Second event).
This week we had in two occasions one of the highest adrenaline pumping delivering events that we can get on this island, actually on the last day we had the best one of the two as we were swimming around Dos Amigos small a big sound crunching, chewing, dolphin squeaking so we looked up and close enough to us so we could see and swam towards it a BAIT BALL!! An event we all want to see and photograph, in the water yellow tail scads (sardine like fish) dolphins, black tip sharks, silky shark, Galapagos sharks, yellow fin tunas, blue spotted jacks and more, besides the scads small trigger fish they all going crazy, small fish trying not get eaten, everyone else trying to eat the small ones, this thing went on for more than two hours as we went back to the boat refilled the tanks and came back for the last bit of it, this action was so intense and you are so focus on it you forget about everything else, is you and the sharks they come so close make you hesitate about getting any closer (event three)
Amazing week, excellent weather and beautiful easy going people easy!
Thanks to all of our guests Fernando, Yoan, Cesar, Katsunori, Astrid, Carole, Glenn, Robert, Stephen, John Mc, Stephan, John S., Marat and Olga, Robin and Stephen, John and Stelle, Gustavo and Susan, Kim and Lee Lian. For a great week of diving.