*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * May 25th- Jun 1st, 2017
Saludos desde Galapagos! Our week on this past cruise was pretty interesting and we wanted to share some of our notes with you:
Thursday May 25th
This week, we welcomed aboard our guests Maria & Marc from Mexico; Brad & John from Australia; Amanda from China; Slavka from Bulgaria; Sammy, Ellen & Rob from USA; Sonny, Tashia, David & Louise from Canada; Stefan from Switzerland and Gilbert from Denmark. It was an interesting mix of nationalities.
We picked them up from Baltra Airport and the Itabaca Channel in the morning and headed out to a briefing and to get ready for our check dive. We only saw tropical fish during this activity, well for a check. The weather conditions were *Air Temp. 81 F; *Water Temp. 72 F; * Visibility 15 ft; * Depth 30 ft.
Friday May 26th
On Friday, we had two dives in Punta Carrion, at the north side of Santa Cruz Island. We saw white tip sharks, sea turtles, scorpion fish, moray eels and tropical fish. These dives had *Air Temp. 81 F; *Water Temp. 72 F; * Visibility 30 ft and we went 104 ft deep.
After the dives, we went on a land tour in Bartolome Island where we could see a volcanic and pristine landscape from the top of the walking trail.
Saturday May 27th
We reached Cabo Marshall to dive with hammerhead sharks, manta rays, black tip sharks, white tip sharks, moray eels, sea turtles, sea lions, scorpions, stingrays and tropical fish. At this dive site, we dove with conditions like *Air Temp. 79 F, *Water Temp. 71 F; * Visibility 45 ft and went 98 ft deep.
Sunday May 28th
On Sunday we went to Wolf, one of the most famous islands in Galapagos. Here, we dove with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, dolphins, eagle rays, moray eels, sea turtles, sea lions, barracudas, jacks, tunas and tropical fish. Our Sunday conditions were *Air Temp. 79 F; *Water Temp. 72 F; * Visibility 50 ft and we went 90 ft deep.
Monday May 29th
Around Darwin and Wolf we had other interesting dive times, in which we saw a whale shark, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, jacks, moray eels, tunas, sea turtles, dolphins, sea lions and tropical fish. These dive sites received us with *Air Temp. 79 F; *Water Temp. 72 F and * Visibility 50 ft. We went 86 ft deep.
Tuesday May 30th
Going down south, at Cabo Douglas and Punta Vicente Roca, Tuesday gave us the chance to see other variety of the marine life: we could swim with bat fish, marine iguanas, sea lions, sea turtles, mola molas, salemas, bullhead sharks, stingrays, sea robins, cormorants and tropical fish . We could see these marine life in conditions like *Air Temp. 78 F; *Water Temp. 66 F; * Visibility 15 ft. This time, we had to go 110 ft deep.
Wednesday May 31st
On Wednesday, after a night navigation going east, we could visit Cousins’ Rock. It was waiting for us with sea lions, barracudas, white tip sharks, sea turtles, eagle rays. A little bit similar conditions were found in this site: *Air Temp. 80 F; *Water Temp. 73 F; * Visibility 30 ft and we went 60 ft deep this time.
During our visit to the highlands of Santa Cruz, we saw the Galapagos, famous giant tortoises who walk freely around the whole area.
Thursday Jun 1st
We finished our cruise with new friends and lovely memories of the experiences on board. Thanks for joining us along the Galapagos Aggressor, we hope you had enjoyed this week as much as we did.
Captain Rufino Chele
Chef Alfredo Varela
Steward Pedro Alvia
Instructors Walter Torres/ Ruben Intriago