*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * December 24th-31st, 2015
*Air Temp. 82F
*Water Temp. 79F
* Visibility 53ft
Captain Jhon Carlos Yepez
Instructors Walter & Ruben
Steward Winter Basurto
GUESTS: Ruth, Masumi, Rashmi, Girish, Daniel, Hiu, Ananya, Tanya, Peter, Eva, Stefan, Shingo, Robert, Annette, Ariane, Melanie
Thursday December 24th
This week we welcomed aboard visitors coming from different countries like USA, United Kingdom, Austria, Hungary, Germany, Japan and Netherlands. 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, eagle rays and sea lions.
Friday December 25th
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 white tip sharks, eagle rays, sting rays, a hammerhead shark and grouper, snapper and creole fish.
We had a land tour in Bartolome Island to see a volcanic and pristine land scape from the top.
Saturday December 26th
We reached Wolf Island to dive with dolphins, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, tunas, wahoos, grouper and snapper fish.
Sunday December 27th
Sunday started with a new island, Darwin, one of the most famous ones in Galapagos. Here, we could dive with hammerhead sharks, tunas, creole fish, scorpion fish and jacks.
Monday December 28th
We stayed at Wolf and Darwin area to dive with hammerhead sharks and dolphins.
Tuesday December 29th
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 penguins, cormorants, mola molas, sea lions, sea turtles, sea horses, eagle rays and mobula rays.
Wednesday, December 30th
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 eagle rays, sea lions, sea turtles, snapper, creole fish and scorpion 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 31st
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!