*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * Oct 26th-Nov 2nd, 2017
Greetings to our friends around the world! This past week was diverse on board; we had visitors from different countries like Kuwait, Russia, Finland, Netherlands, and Poland. Our weather conditions during this week were in average: Water: 74F and Air 79F. Our guests were Abdullah, Marzook, Khaled, Mohammad, Irina, Igor, Ivan, Polina, Joose, Cees, Jacek, Michal, Alexander, Andrey.
We picked our guests up from Baltra airport and the Itabaca Channel, and headed them out to their welcoming briefing for the Galapagos Aggressor experience. Later on, during the check dive we had conditions like *Air Temp. 78 F; *Water Temp. 72 F; *Visibility 15 ft; *Depth 30 ft. We saw stingrays during this practice.
On Friday, we had dives in Punta Carrion and Punta Martinez, we moved to the north side of Santa Cruz Island. We saw sea lions, sea turtles and eagle rays. These dives had conditions like: Air Temp. 78 F; Water Temp. 71 F and Visibility 20 ft. We went 60ft deep.
We reached the northern islands up to Wolf Island on Saturday, to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos shark and, silky sharks. At this site, we dove with conditions like Air Temp. 82 F; Water Temp. 78 F; Visibility 40 ft and went 90 ft deep.
On Sunday we went to Darwin, another famous island in Galapagos. Here, we dove with whale sharks, hammerhead sharks and eagle rays. Our Sunday conditions were Air Temp. 82 F; Water Temp. 79 F; Visibility 40 ft and we went 100 ft deep.
Around Darwin and Wolf we saw whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks and eagle rays on Monday. These dive sites received us with Air Temp. 82 F; Water Temp. 78 F and Visibility 40 ft. We went 80 ft deep.
Next day, we went down south. At Cabo Douglas and Punta Vicente Roca, Tuesday gave us the chance to see another variety of marine life: we could swim with mola molas, sea lions, sea turtles, sea horses, stingrays, penguins, marine iguanas and cormorants. We could see these marine life in conditions like *Air Temp. 77F; *Water Temp. 68 F; * Visibility 30 ft. This time, we had to go 110 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, creole fish and scorpion fish. The conditions we found in this site were: *Air Temp. 76 F; *Water Temp. 71 F; * Visibility 25 ft and we went 60 ft deep this time.
In the afternoon, we went to visit the highlands of Santa Cruz to see the famous Galapagos tortoises in the wild wondering around at 400 mts above sea level.
We finished our cruise on Thursday, a week full of emotions and new friends. We just wanted to thank you for visiting us along the Galapagos Aggressor and hope to see you again for other new experiences!
Captain Rufino Chele
Chef Javier Choez
Steward Winter Basurto
Instructors Nelson Martinez & Richard Vera