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Log Date: Friday, Oct 12, 2018
Entry By: Okeanos Crew





 

Okeanos Aggressor I Trip Report

 

 October 12 -22, 2018

 (Photos by Mauricio Marin)

 

Average Water Temperature 81 F (26 Celsius)  

Average Air temperature 82 F (26 Celsius)
Average Visibility 70 ft-24 mts
Wetsuits: 5mil, maybe with hood  and a vest if you get cold easily.
Crew this week:
Capt. Mauricio, Chefs Douglas and Eduardo, Engineer Fabio, Steward Harold, Boat drivers and Divemaster Warren, Luis and Xavier.

 

 

Our guests this week were boarding the Okeanos I Saturday at 4pm.This time we have people from Ukraine, Belgium and Switzerland,  all full of expectations about diving Cocos Island .

First day we chose Chatham Bay for the check dive. It was full of fish and white tips sharks everywhere we looked .Second dive was conducted in Manuelita channel and the deep side were we have three cleaning stations for hammerheads, just getting in the water our first glance was tons of fish and sharks everywhere, marble rays coming close and yellow fin tunas passing by.

Next morning we went to Wafer bay in order to dive Dirty Rock and Punta Maria. The cleaning station offers close encounters with them every time we dive it.

Just starting the dive in Punta Maria three Galapagos were there at 26 meters getting clean by the barber fish, blue trevally Jacks were hunting little creole fish so a lot of  action in one place, the pinnacle  was full of life as well.

Dirty rock is one of my favorite  sites to see hammerheads in big schools so the plan was to go and find them .We started on the cleaning station at 30 meters  and some were around but not the schools ,so we decided to go to the blue after 20 minutes and they were there, at least 200 hammerheads swimming against current close  to each other  and giving us the picture we wanted.

Big Dos amigos is a very impressive  arch  full of life and fish, the white tips always resting on the sand and also marble rays showing off  their  big smiles  If you look at them from underneath is just spectacular.

Small Dos Amigos was offering  the best encounters with the Galapagos Sharks. Face to face  with them, our  guest were  having the best photos and videos of the trip.

The fifth day we did a land tour  to Chatham Bay with a little hike  from the beach to the top of the mountain arriving to the lookout point where  you get the view of the entire bay from Manuelita to Ulloa island and in front of it , the beautiful Pacific ocean.

Next day we went to Wafer Ranger Station to see how rangers  live on the Island by the nice villas they have built there surrounded by rain forest.

 

Looking forward to having you onboard again.

 

Cap. Mauricio Marin