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*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * December 17th-24th, 2015
*Air Temp. 81 F
*Water Temp. 79 F
* Visibility 70 ft
Captain Jhon Carlos Yepez
Instructors Walter & Ruben
Steward Winter Basurto
GUESTS: Jefferson, Marcus, Jayden, Thomas, Gavin, David, Christina, Anna, Suzan, Monique, Willem, Berlinda, Bonnie, Ava, Julien, Charissa
Thursday December 17th
This week we welcomed aboard visitors coming from different countries like USA, Germany, Australia, Canada, Belgium, Netherlands, France and Singapore. 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 swam with sting rays, sea turtles, sea lions and tropical fish.
Friday December 18th
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 hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, sea turtles, sting rays, mobulas, eagle rays, sea lions, moray eels and tropical fish.
We had a land tour in Bartolome Island to see a volcanic and pristine land scape from the top.
Saturday December 19th
We reached Wolf Island to dive with hammerhead sharks, white tip sharks, dolphins, eagle rays, moray eels, scorpion fish, tunas, jacks, sea turtles, sea lions and tropical fish.
Sunday December 20th
Sunday started with a new island, Darwin, one of the most famous ones in Galapagos. Here, we could dive with hammerhead sharks, black tip sharks, dolphins, moray eels, eagle rays, sea turtles, sea lions, scorpion fish, tunas and tropical fish.
Monday December 21st
We stayed at Wolf and Darwin area to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, black tip sharks, silky sharks, dolphins, tunas, sea turtles, sea lions, moray eels and tropical fish.
Tuesday December 22nd
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 swim with bat fish, sea horses, sting rays, sea lions, cormorants, penguins, scorpion and tropical fish.
Wednesday, December 23rd
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, white tip sharks, eagle rays, sea turtles, moray eels, barracudas, eagle rays, sting rays 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. Later on, we went to enjoy Puerto Ayora, the local people and some shopping time.
Thursday, December 24th
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!