*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log *August 27th –September 03rd, 2015
*Air Temp. 79 F
*Water Temp. 78 F
* Visibility 46ft
Captain Juan Carlos Yepez
Chef Jose Saavedra
Instructors Walter & Ruben
Steward Jorge Basurto
GUESTS: Joseph, Susan Elizabeth, Chad , Shannon, Michael, James , Rex, Rhawlene, Eric, Shelley, Dennis, Monica, Barton, Cynthia, Greg, Joanna
Thursday August 27th
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 and sea lions.
Friday August 28th
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 mobulas, sea turtles, sea lions, eagle rays and tropical fish.
We had a land tour in Bartolome Island to see a volcanic and pristine land scape from the top.
Saturday August 29th
We reached Wolf Island to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, eagle rays, moray eels, scorpion fish, dolphins, marble rays and tropical fish.
Sunday August 30th
Sunday started with a new island, Darwin, one of the most famous ones in Galapagos. Here, we could dive with whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, tiger sharks, silky sharks , sea turtles, sea lions and tropical fish.
Monday August 31st
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, whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, dolphins, scorpion fish, moray eels and tropical fish where seen in this site.
Tuesday September 1st
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, sea lions, sea turtles, and tropical fish.
We could see the largest fish on earth the “Mola Ramsayi”, magnificent creature.
Wednesday, September 2nd
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 sea lions, sea turtles, eagle rays, sting rays, barracudas, mobulas and tropical fish… 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 and the lava tunnels. Later on, we went to enjoy Puerto Ayora, the local people and some shopping time.
Thursday, September 3rd
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!