*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * October 1st - 8th, 2015
*Air Temp. 80 F
*Water Temp. 78 F
* Visibility 64ft
Captain Jhon Carlos Yepez
Chef Alfredo Varela
Instructors Walter & Ruben
Steward Winter Basurto
GUESTS: Hao, Weizhong, Tao, Xin, Ze Yan, Yixin, Fan, Qiwei, Wei, Jingjing, Jinfeng, Jing, Bin, Xiaogang, Xiaoyan, Honghan
Thursday, October 1st
This week we welcomed aboard visitors coming mainly from China. We picked them from Itabaca Channel, located between Baltra and Santa Cruz Island. We had our checkout dive in calm and shallow water.
Friday, October 2nd
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 dive with sea lions, sea turtles, stingrays and tropical fish.
We had a land tour in Bartolome Island to see a volcanic and pristine land scape from the top.
Saturday, October 3rd
We reached Wolf Island to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, eagle rays, dolphins, sea lions, jacks and tropical fish.
Sunday, October 4th
Sunday started with a new island, Darwin, one of the most famous ones in Galapagos. Here, we could dive with hammerhead sharks, dolphins, silky sharks, jacks, scorpion fish, moray eels, eagle rays and sea turtles.
Monday, October 5th
We stayed at Wolf and Darwin area to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, jacks, dolphins, moray eels, sea turtles and tropical fish.
Tuesday, October 6th
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 sea lions, bat fish, stingrays, cormorants, penguins and tropical fish.
We could see the largest fish on earth the “Mola Ramsayi”, magnificent creature.
Wednesday, October 7th
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, barracudas, scorpion fish, white tip sharks and tropical fish.
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, October 8th
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!