*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log *March 26th – April 2nd, 2015
*Air Temp. 83 F
*Water Temp. 80 F
* Visibility 50 ft
Captain Rufino Chele
Chef Alfredo Varela
Instructors Walter & Rubén
Steward Jorge Basurto
GUESTS: Dror, Oran, Laura, Leandro, Ofer, Lee-Sah, Daniele, Mark, Thanapong, Aurapraphan, Teerut, Nat, Ririnda, Phanitnart, Thantapat
Thursday March 26th
This week we welcomed aboard visitors coming from diverse countries: Australia, Israel, Spain, Argentina, Israel, Malaysia, USA and Thailand. 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 saw tropical fish.
Friday March 27th
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 mola molas, sea turtles, white tipped sharks, sea lions and tropical fish.
We had a land tour in Bartolome Island to see a volcanic and pristine land scape from the top.
Saturday March 28th
We reached Wolf Island to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, eagle rays, moray eels, jacks, tunas, dolphins, sea turtles, sea lions and tropical fish.
Sunday March 29th
Sunday started with a new island, Darwin, one of the most famous ones in Galapagos. Here, we could dive with dolphin, jacks, tunas, scorpion fish, barracudas, moray eels, sea turtles, sea lions, eagle rays, hammerhead sharks and tropical fish.
Monday March 30th
Cabo Marshall, is a special dive site for Mantas and Mobula rays. Here, the elegant manta ray passing besides us, with its extended curve fins ready to suck the plankton. Also, eagle rays, sea turtles, white tipped sharks, hammerhead sharks, sea lions, barracudas, stingrays, moray eels and tropical fish were seen at this immersion.
Tuesday March 31st
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. Also mola molas, bat fish, sea turtles, sea lions, sea robins, barracudas, sea horses, scorpion fish, stingrays and moray eels were able to be found here.
Wednesday, April 1st
During the morning, we went to Cousin’s rock, located close to the 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, we saw sea lions, sea turtles, mobulas, eagle rays, barracudas, scorpion fish, moray eels and tropical fish in moments of great activity at the black coral.
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 and the lava tunnels. Later on, we went to enjoy Puerto Ayora, the local people and some shopping time.
Thursday, April 2nd
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!