*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * December 31st, 2015 – January 7th, 2016
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Captain: Juan Carlos Yepez
Chef: Alfredo Varela
Instructors: Richard & Nelson
Steward: Jonathan Salmerón
GUESTS: Ilona, Michel, Julie, Jill, Laura, Andrew, Amanda, Simon, Fred, Bettina, Paul, Michael, Nadine, Roger, Eva, Sanjeev.
Thursday December 31st
This week we welcomed aboard visitors coming from different countries like Switzerland, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and Germany. 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 swam with sea lions, grunts, creole, surgeon fish, parrots, butterflies fish and guinea fowl and, puffer fish.
We had a brindis for New Year on board, it was a great night.
Friday January 1st
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 hammerhead sharks, white tip sharks, sea turtles, dusky-chub and wrasse fish.
We had a land tour in Bartolome Island to see a volcanic and pristine land scape from the top.
Saturday January 2nd
We reached Wolf Island to dive with goatfish, blue fin trevally jacks, steel pompano and hammerhead sharks.
Sunday January 3rd
Sunday started with a new island, Darwin, one of the most famous ones in Galapagos. Here, we could dive with silky sharks, Galapagos sharks, Rainbow runners, almaco jacks, sea lions, sea turtles and surgeon fish.
Monday January 4th
We stayed at Wolf and Darwin area to dive with mobula rays, manta rays, hammerhead sharks, white tip sharks, barber fish, king angel fish.
Tuesday January 5th
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 swim with sea turtles, sea lions, sea horses, penguins, cormorants, hog fish and Moorish idol fish.
Wednesday, January 6th
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 barbers, slippers, lobsters, scorpion fish, eagle rays, sea turtles and sea lions.
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, January 7th
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!
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016!