Okeanos Aggressor 1 Trip Report
May 22 to June 1 - 2017
(Photos by Alberto Muñoz)
Average Water Temperature 80 F (26 Celsius)
Average Air temperature 80 F (26 Celsius)
This week we had an easy ride over to the island, the diving was amazing, one of those weeks when things go just right and having the full moon closing on us, thing got better and better, we had loads of hammerhead sharks, we even had the tiger shark twice this week, there were some thermoclines in some of the sites, this cold currents would bring the marble rays and white tip sharks up to the shallow waters, we had some amazing night dives as the white tip sharks go hunting, having all of those white tip sharks surrounding you make your heart bit go up to the roof, you can feel the adrenaline flowing in an endless action pack.
Let’s stop here for a minute and give you an insight of my second day on the island, it is 6 am I am on deck and some guest are already walking around and having their first or second cup of coffee, we rang the meal bell at 7 am for hot breakfast and it is 8 o’clock and it is time for our first dive, we plunged into the blue water in Dirty Rock, we have hammerhead sharks all over the place as a matter of fact the initial plan to move around the rock is aborted and we spent all the time possible around the cleaning station, we just step up as our computers beep letting us know that we are running out of time.
Coming back to the boat is delightful as we make stops for our guest to take pictures as the scenery is amazing with the waterfalls the forest and the walls of Coco’s island, so back to the boat some of the guest work on their tanning as this was a sunny day for the most part.
At 11 am we get ready and go for a second dive is our turn for Punta Maria, there are a couple of Galapagos sharks in the cleaning station, then some hammers and as we finned our way to a second pinnacle a school of Jordan snapper, then some trevally jacks come, once on the pinnacle a group of at least 10 white tip sharks are circling this outcropping in the middle of the pacific ocean, after a little while some of my guests signal me they are low on air so we started to ascend as we approach our safety stop a couple of wahoo come then a school of hammerheads go by in the deep water, so we surfaced and as we ride the skiff to the Okeanos we go by where our other group was diving they are away from the rock so we call the other skiff to see if they are doing fine, turned out they were just drifting away in a bait ball that went close to the rock so we head to the other dive boat and joined the crowd as we enter the water dozens of silky sharks come to greet the divers, they zip by over and over, they are after a ball of fish, some trigger, scads and jacks, all of them forced by the sharks to be in a tight ball close to the surface, then the dolphins joined along with some huge yellow tail tunas, this went on for at least 45 minutes until each and every one of the divers ran out of air, I tried to explain our guest how this is a one in a life time sight and how lucky they were, after this event we had more of what mother nature has to offer in this small isolated island, this week another event had us talking about it for long, it was a small yellow frog fish that we found in Pajara island, it is been long since the last time we saw a yellow frog fish.
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Thanks to all of our guests Guy and Carrie, Claudius, David, Francoise and Eric, Kent, Laila, Melissa, Nicolas, Rebecca, Dirk and Sabine, Allen and Sarah and Todd For a great week of diving.