*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log *July 23rd- 30th, 2015
*Air Temp. 81 F
*Water Temp. 77 F
* Visibility 39ft
Captain Rufino Chele
Chef Alfredo Varela
Instructors Richard & Alvaro
Steward Winter Basurto
GUESTS: Shelley, Kim, Ellen, John, Kenneth, Trent, Karla, Alvin, Michele, Douglas, Gerald, Christine, Norris, Joella, Linda, David
Thursday July 23rd
This week we welcomed aboard visitors coming from USA. 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 stingrays.
Friday July 24th
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 a mola mola, hammerhead sharks, white tip sharks, an eagle ray, sea turtles, scorpion fish and creole fish.
We had a land tour in Bartolome Island to see a volcanic and pristine land scape from the top.
Saturday July 25th
We reached Wolf Island to dive with eagle rays, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, tunas, bonitos, wahoos, dolphins and sea turtles.
Sunday July 26th
Sunday started with a new island, Darwin, one of the most famous ones in Galapagos. Here, we could dive with sea lions, hammerhead sharks, jacks, yellow fin tunas and other tunas too.
Monday July 27th
Staying at Darwin and Wolf’s area, we could swim with whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, sea lions and sea turtles.
Tuesday July 28th
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.
During out afternoon dive at Punta Vicente Roca (North West of Isabela Island), a magnificent landscape that shows the uniqueness of western Galapagos volcanoes where a collapse caldera floor is revealed, was a perfect place to see penguins, flightless cormorant, sea lions, sea horses and salemas.
We could see the largest fish on earth the “Mola Ramsayi”, magnificent creature.
Wednesday, July 29th
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 since we saw a big school of eagle rays, sea lions, sea turtles, snapper fish and grouper.… great activity of the marine life 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. Later on, we went to enjoy Puerto Ayora, the local people and some shopping time.
Thursday, July 30th
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!