*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * May 18th – 25th, 2017
Hola a todos desde Galapagos-Ecuador! Our past week was full of emotions for some of our passengers who enjoyed some surprises in our see. Here a few notes of our activities:
Thursday May 18th
This week, we welcomed aboard our guests Tanguy from France; Saif from USA; Yin & Wei from Malaysia; Luis Fernando from Spain; Laurence & Pierre from France and Karl from Germany.
We picked them up from Baltra Airport and the Itabaca Channel in the morning and headed out to a briefing and to get ready for our check dive. We only saw cow rays during this activity, well for a check. The weather conditions were *Air Temp. 82 F; *Water Temp. 80 F; * Visibility 6 ft; * Depth 28 ft.
Friday May 19th
On Friday, we had two dives in Punta Carrion, at the north side of Santa Cruz Island. We saw mobula rays, sea turtles, sea lions, white tip sharks. These dives had *Air Temp. 80 F; *Water Temp. 71 F; * Visibility 20 ft and we went 65 ft deep.
After the dives, we went on a land tour in Bartolome Island where we saw a fantastic volcanic landscape from the top of the walking trail.
Saturday May 20th
We reached Cabo Marshall to dive with mantas, mobula rays, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, sea turtles and sea lions. At this dive site, we dove with conditions like *Air Temp. 80 F, *Water Temp. 75 F; * Visibility 30 ft and went 70 ft deep.
Sunday May 21st
On Sunday we went to the famous Wolf island, where we saw hammerhead sharks, eagle rays, silky rays, tunas, dolphins and sea lions. Our Sunday conditions were *Air Temp. 80 F; *Water Temp. 72 F; * Visibility 25 ft and we went 60 ft deep.
Monday May 22nd
Around Darwin and Wolf we had other interesting dive times, in which we saw hammerhead sharks, silky sharks, sea lions and sea turtles. These dive sites received us with *Air Temp. 80 F; *Water Temp. 73 F and * Visibility 35 ft. We went 80 ft deep.
Tuesday May 23rd
Going down south, at Cabo Douglas and Punta Vicente Roca, Tuesday gave us the chance to see other variety of the marine life: we could swim with mola molas, manta rays, iguana marinas, cormorants, sea lions, sea horses and sea turtles. We could see these marine life in conditions like *Air Temp. 78 F; *Water Temp. 64 F; * Visibility 30 ft. This time, we had to go 100 ft deep.
Wednesday May 24th
On Wednesday, after a night navigation going east, we could visit Cousins’ Rock. It was waiting for us with eagle rays, white tip sharks, mobula rays, sea lions, sea turtles and scorpion fish. A little bit similar conditions were found in this site: *Air Temp. 80 F; *Water Temp. 73 F; * Visibility 30 ft and we went 60 ft deep this time.
Later on, the highlands of Santa Cruz showed us the famous Galapagos (giant tortoises) that were peacefully walking around the place, in the wild.
Thursday May 25th
We finished our cruise with the satisfaction of a great week on board. Thanks for joining us along the Galapagos Aggressor, we will be waiting for you when you wish to come back and enjoy our beautiful country.
Captain Rufino Chele
Chef Alfredo Varela
Steward Pedro Alvia
Instructors Nelson Martínez / Richard Vera