*GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR Captain’s Log * Sept 28th- Oct 5th, 2017
Hi from Ecuador and Galapagos. Our weather conditions during this week were in average: Water: 70F and Air 79F. Our visitors came from China: Ningning, Yuki, Shan, Shasha, Yan, Lulu, Zhen, Cailian, Ning, Peng, Dongdong, Jinyuan, Ye, Yang, Ning and Lei.
We picked our guests up from Baltra airport and headed them out to their welcoming briefing for the Galapagos Aggressor experience. Later on, during the check dive we had conditions like *Air Temp. 80 F; *Water Temp. 70 F; *Visibility 40 ft; *Depth 30 ft.
On Friday, we had dives in Punta Carrion and Punta Martinez, we moved to the north side of Santa Cruz Island. We saw mobula rays, sea lions, sea turtles, stingrays and king angel fish. These dives had conditions like: Air Temp. 79 F; Water Temp. 70 F and Visibility 40 ft. We went 50 ft deep.
We reached the northern islands up to Wolf Island on Saturday, to dive with Hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, eagle rays, silky sharks, wahoos, tunas, grouper, moray eels and sea turtles. At this site, we dove with conditions like Air Temp. 80 F; Water Temp. 73 F; Visibility 40 ft and went 80 ft deep.
On Sunday we went to Darwin, another famous island in Galapagos. Here, we dove with whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky shards, yellow fin tunas, wahoos, jacks and dolphins. Our Sunday conditions were Air Temp. 80 F; Water Temp. 73 F; Visibility 40 ft and we went 60 ft deep.
Around Darwin and Wolf we saw sea turtles, sea lions, king angel fish, Moorish idol fish and scorpion fish on Monday. These dive sites received us with Air Temp. 80 F; Water Temp. 73 F and Visibility 40 ft. We went 80 ft deep.
Next day, we went down south. At Cabo Douglas and Punta Vicente Roca, Tuesday gave us the chance to see another variety of marine life: we could swim with red lip batfish, horn sharks, penguins, cormorants, sea turtles, sea lions, mola molas, mobula rays and sea horses. We could see these marine life in conditions like *Air Temp. 75 F; *Water Temp. 63 F; * Visibility 25 ft. This time, we had to go 100 ft deep.
On Wednesday, after a night navigation (going east), we could get to Cousins’ Rock. The rock was waiting for us with manta rays, eagle rays, sea turtles, sea lions and barracudas. The conditions we found in this site were: *Air Temp. 77 F; *Water Temp. 71 F; * Visibility 30 ft and we went 60 ft deep this time.
In the afternoon, we went to visit the highlands of Santa Cruz to see the famous Galapagos tortoises in the wild wondering around at 400 mts above sea level.
We finished our cruise on Thursday, a week full of emotions and new friends. We just wanted to thank you for visiting us along the Galapagos Aggressor and hope to see you again for other new experiences!
Captain Rufino Chele
Chef Alfredo Varela
Steward Pedro Alvia
Instructors Nelson Martinez & Richard Vera