Diving Galapagos: A Whole New World

Trip Start Jul 05, 2006
Trip End Sep 18, 2007

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Saturday, November 4, 2006

We managed to arrange 3 days diving with Scuba Iguana at 3 of our preferred and best sites in the Galapagos - Gordon Rocks, Cosins Rock/Bartolome and North Seymour. The only hitch was that Gordon Rocks is a world famous site but also notorious difficult with strong currents. So we needed to get another day in before hand at a less difficult site. We scoured the town for a company going to Floreana, an island 2 hours journey away but apparently nice to dive.

We found the only company going to Floreana and it happened to be one of the companies not really recommended by Scuba Iguana. We found that their advise was sound! Another couple were also diving with us, Grant originally from Australia and Jen from Canada. Our first little hiccup was that the engines on the boat wouldn´t start. When they did we had to return to harbour after 10 minutes because the captain couldn´t get the engines to drop fully into the water. The signs weren´t great but we were finally underway. The sea was pretty rough and the tank rack came clean away from the wall tanks and all, so they had to be stored on the floor. The crew weren´t inspiring confidence. The next episode was that the toilet wasn´t working and they managed to lock all our gear into the hold having to break the door to get it out. Finally on the way home the exit ladder fell off the side of the boat! In between we had to deal with erratic driving and a poorly balanced boat in a high swell.

But that aside the diving was great!! We dived at Cormorant Point and Champion. It was our first time in full 6mm wetsuits in really salty water so controlling bouyancy was extremely difficult. We´re used to 3mm short wetsuits and a few kilos of weights from diving in Asia but this was a complete contrast. I needed about 12 kilos to conteract the bouyancy of the suit. We both struggled to maintain neutral bouyancy throughout the dive, but it was just a case of becoming accustomed to the suits and the conditions.

The two dives were fantastic. We saw a shoal of about 50 Spotted Eagle Rays soaring gracefully through the water. Many Galapagos Sharks, Green Sea Turtles, a Giant Spotted Puffer and a shoal of Great Barracuda. We also saw a giant Moray Eel and a massive Marbled Ray about 2m in diameter resting on a sandy ledge. A curious sealion showed up on both dives for a playful swim. The current was strong on both dives and coupled with bouyancy problems, it was an exhausting day and it felt good to get back to dry land again!

Grant gave us a present of a CD with all the pictures and videos he took on the dive. They´re excellent and we are delighted with it.
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