*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * September 10th-17th, 2015
*Air Temp. 81 F
*Water Temp. 77 F
* Visibility 45ft
Captain Rufino Chele
Chef Alfredo Varela
Instructors Nelson & Richard
Steward Winter Basurto
GUESTS: Stephen, Mathew, Robert, David, Josse, Man Chung, Paulo, Shintaro, Taewon, Clare, Alan, Sarah, Kathryn, Mario, Jose, Yuri .
Thursday September 10th
This week we welcomed aboard visitors coming from different countries like Mexico, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Brazil, Japan, Belgium, USA, Ecuador, South Korea and Australia. 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 sea lions, white tipped sharks and eagle rays.
Friday September 11th
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 sea turtles, hammerhead sharks, yellow fin tunas, eagle rays, manta rays, creole fish and scorpion fish.
We had a land tour in Bartolome Island to see a volcanic and pristine land scape from the top.
Saturday September 12th
We reached Wolf Island to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, sea lions, dolphin, tunas and wahoos.
Sunday September 13th
Sunday started with a new island, Darwin, one of the most famous ones in Galapagos. Here, we could dive with whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, sea lions, sea turtles, tunas and wahoos.
Monday September 14th
We stayed at Wolf and Darwin area to dive with whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, sea turtles and dolphins.
Tuesday September 15th
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.
During out afternoon dive at Punta Vicente Roca (North West of Isabela Island), a magnificent landscape that shows the uniqueness of western Galapagos volcanoes where a collapse caldera floor is revealed, was a perfect place to see flyless cormorants, penguins, mola molas, sea turtles, sea lions, sea horses and rays.
We could see the largest fish on earth the “Mola Ramsayi”, magnificent creature.
Wednesday, September 16th
During the morning, we went to Cousin’s rock, located close to 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 since we saw sea lions, sea turtles, eagle rays, marble rays and tropical fish… great activity of the marine life 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, September 17th
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!