*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * Jul 9th - Jul 16th, 2015
*Air Temp. 83F
*Water Temp. 84F
* Visibility 56ft
Captain Juan Carlos Yépez
Chef Alfredo Varela
Instructors Walter & Rubén
Steward Winter Basurto
GUESTS: Noelle, Tobias, Bernard, Harald, Heinrich, Barbara, Richard, Juerg, Marianne, Roland, Bernard, Charlotte, Müller, Beat, Roland, Lucien.
Thursday Jul 9th
This week we welcomed aboard visitors coming from Germany and Switzerland. We picked them up from Itabaca Channel, located between Baltra and Santa Cruz Island.
We headed out to a briefing and to get ready for our check dive. We came up with a plan for the incoming days and later on, went to check dive and we saw our first sea lions and sea turtles.
Friday Jul 10th
On Friday, we had two dives in Punta Carrion north side of Santa Cruz Island. We found eagle rays, sea turtles, sea lions, stingrays and tropical fish in our dives.
Later on, we had a land tour in Bartolome Island to see a volcanic and pristine land scape from the top.
Saturday Jul 11th
We reached Wolf Island to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, eagle rays, dolphins, tunas, jacks, scorpion and tropical fish.
Sunday Jul 12th
Sunday started with a new island, Darwin, one of the most famous ones in Galapagos. Here, we were lucky to find Whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, black tipped sharks, jacks, tunas, dolphins, sea lions, silky sharks and tropical fish.
Monday Jul 13th
We stayed at Darwin and Wolf areas to see Whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, silky sharks, jacks, tunas, moray eels, scorpion and tropical fish.
Tuesday Jul 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. With them, we saw penguins, sea lions, sea turtles, sea horses, bat fish, stingrays, mola-molas and tropical fish.
Wednesday, Jul 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 sea horses, sea lions, eagle rays, stingrays, sea turtles, white tipped sharks, hammerhead sharks and tropical fish.
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, Jul 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!