*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * Jul 13th-20th, 2017
Greetings from Galapagos. Our week on this cruise was pretty active; we had on board visitors from 6 different countries:
Fiona, Dongjian and Michael from Canada; Roger, Ella, Dali, Yuhui, Weijun, Yang Yang, from China; Nigel and Ruth from UK; Sean from Switzerland; Armand, Douglas & David from Trinidad & Tobago and Jordan from USA.
We picked them up from Baltra Airport and the Itabaca channel on and headed out to a briefing for the Galapagos experience. During our check dive, we saw stingrays and had weather conditions like *Air Temp. 80 F; *Water Temp. 71 F; *Visibility 25 ft; *Depth 30 ft.
On Friday, we had two dives in Punta Carrion, at the north side of Santa Cruz Island. We saw sea lions, sea turtles, dolphins, white tip sharks, mola molas, grouper, creole and scorpion fish. These dives had *Air Temp. 79 F; *Water Temp. 70 F; * Visibility 45 ft and we went 60 ft deep. In the afternoon, we went to Punta Bartolome where we could see a volcanic and pristine landscape from the top of the walking trail.
We reached the northern islands up to Wolf Island on Saturday, to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, sea lions, sea turtles and dolphins. At this site, we dove with conditions like *Air Temp. 80 F, *Water Temp. 78 F; * Visibility 50 ft and went 60 ft deep. Current was strong on this day.
On Sunday we went to Darwin, another one of the most famous islands in Galapagos. Here, we dove with whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, wahoos, tunas, dolphins, eagle rays and cow rays. Our Sunday conditions were *Air Temp. 81 F; *Water Temp. 79 F; * Visibility 50 ft and we went 60 ft deep. Current was also strong.
Around Darwin and Wolf we saw whale sharks, groupers, tunas, hammerhead sharks, silky sharks, sea lions, sea turtles and moray eels on Monday. These dive sites received us with *Air Temp. 80 F; *Water Temp. 77 F and * Visibility 50 ft. We went 70 ft deep. Strong currents present.
Next day, we went 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, marine iguanas, flyless cormorants, penguins, sea lions, sea turtles, parrot fish, harlequins and wrasse fish. We could see these marine life in conditions like *Air Temp. 80 F; *Water Temp. 63 F; * Visibility 40 and 30 ft. This time, we had to go 100 ft deep.
On Wednesday, after a night navigation (going east), we could get to Cousins’ Rock. The rock was waiting for us with eagle rays, sea lions, sea turtles, barracudas, scorpion fish, creole fish, marble rays and white tip sharks. A little bit similar conditions were found in this site: *Air Temp. 72 F; *Water Temp. 70 F; * Visibility 30 ft and we went 60 ft deep this time.
During our visit to the highlands of Santa Cruz, we saw the giant Galapagos walking around the whole area.
We finished our cruise on Thursday with the sensation of a great week, we just wish to say that we were really glad to have the visit of our last group and thank you for joining us along the Galapagos Aggressor!
Captain Rufino Chele
Chef Javier Choez
Steward Pedro Alvia
Instructors Nelson Martinez / Richard Vera