*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * Jun 22nd -29th, 2017
Greetings from Galapagos. Our week on this cruise was pretty interesting and we had the visit of Chris from Australia; Lee from New Zealand; and from USA we had Matt, Stephanie, Alisa, Steve, Rudy, Lester, David, Ralph, Sophia, Tony, Patrick, Tomasz & Angelika.
We picked them up from Baltra Airport and the Itabaca channel on and headed out to a briefing for the Galapagos experience. During our check dive, we saw tropical fish and had weather conditions like *Air Temp. 78 F; *Water Temp. 72 F; *Visibility 15 ft; *Depth 30 ft.
On Friday, we had two dives in Punta Carrion, at the north side of Santa Cruz Island. We saw golden cow rays, scorpion fish, white tip sharks, sea turtles, sea lions, stingrays and tropical fish. These dives had *Air Temp. 78 F; *Water Temp. 72 F; * Visibility 25 ft and we went 125 ft deep. In the afternoon, we went to Punta Bartolome where we could see a volcanic and pristine landscape from the top of the walking trail.
We reached the northern islands up to Wolf Island on Saturday, to dive with hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, dolphins, jacks, sea turtles, silky sharks, moray eels, scorpion and tropical fish. At this site, we dove with conditions like *Air Temp. 79 F, *Water Temp. 70 F; * Visibility 50 ft and went 88 ft deep. Current was strong on this day.
On Sunday we went to Darwin, another one of the most famous islands in Galapagos. Here, we dove with whale sharks, Galapagos sharks, hammerhead sharks, silky sharks, jacks, dolphins, tunas, moray eels and tropical fish. Our Sunday conditions were *Air Temp. 80 F; *Water Temp. 72 F; * Visibility 50 ft and we went 95 ft deep. Current was also strong.
Around Darwin and Wolf we saw hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, dolphins, moray eels, sea turtles, jacks, scorpion fish, tunas and tropical fish on Monday. These dive sites received us with *Air Temp. 81 F; *Water Temp. 72 F and * Visibility 40 ft. We went 94 ft deep. Strong current present.
Next day, we went 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 mola molas, marine iguanas, penguins, sea turtles, sea lions, bat fish, barracudas, harlequins and tropical fish. We could see these marine life in conditions like *Air Temp. 77 F; *Water Temp. 66 F; * Visibility 15 and 50 ft. This time, we had to go 115 ft deep.
On Wednesday, after a night navigation (going east), we could get to Cousins’ Rock. The rock was waiting for us with sea lions, white tip sharks, eagle rays, stingrays, barracudas, moray eels, sea turtles and tropical fish. A little bit similar conditions were found in this site: *Air Temp. 79 F; *Water Temp. 70 F; * Visibility 70 ft and we went 90 ft deep this time.
During our visit to the highlands of Santa Cruz, we saw the giant Galapagos walking around the whole area.
We finished our cruise on Thursday with the sensation of a great week, we just wish to say that we were really glad to have the visit of our last group and thank you for joining us along the Galapagos Aggressor!
Captain Rufino Chele
Chef Javier Choez
Steward Winter Basurto
Instructors Walter Torres/ Ruben Intriago