After 7 days we have just got off the Humboldt Explorer and have to say that a cruise in the Galapagos is the perfect way to see so many amazing creatures that call this place home.
Before we sailed to the most northern Galapagos Islands of Wolf and Darwin we had a land trip to Seymour island to see some awesome creatures like the yellow Land Iguana, the blue-footed boobies and lots of the male frigate birds which looked particularly nice with their red chest.
I was warned that the Galapagos would be a very difficult place to dive due to the very strong currents. We where both very nervous before our first dive and the nerves where justified. It was a challenge and I admit that I had minutes underwater where I panicked, struggled to breave and to keep my mask on. The current was unbelievably strong and all you could do was grab onto a rock and hold on while the current pushed you about.
However once you found your spot, all you had to do was wait and let the hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, Silky sharks, turtles, rays and schools of fish pass.
and to watch the sea lions playing.
We also had a group of dolphins following our boat, diving under it and jumping up on the other side which was an unbelievable experience, Sybille has finally achieved her dream of diving with dolphins as for the longest time she though they where avoiding her.
We where equipped with a GPS tracker, radio and air horn just in case we where separated from the group and surfaced a good distance away from the boat, so we would hopefully be able to signal our position. Thankfully these things where never needed however it shows the difficulty in the conditions. Everybody was responsible for themselves, Sam and I were dive buddies and managed our own dives.
No dive is like the other and although Shark Bay was one of my most difficult dives the first day it was also one of my best on our last day. We were surrounded by hundreds of hammerhead sharks, which some of them came so close that I looked them directly in the eyes, well one eye. A group of 7 eagle rays swam right at me and turned like a metre away off my head. They circled for 25 min around us in a majestic way, very slowly like a ballet. In between suddenly a turtle was right in my face and made its way into the blue. I have never seen a spectacle like that and it almost felt like I would be in a aquarium.
We have to thank Roberta one of our diving buddies for two pictures below, it was very difficult to hold on to the rocks and use the camera at the same time so we did not always get the shots we wanted.
Between the dives we relaxed on the boat and enjoyed the large number of red footed boobies and frigates using our boat as taxi
Our final stop before we disembarked was to visit the giant tortoises on Santa Cruz Island. These are absolutely massive and can live up to 150 year.
amazing to see them move and managed to capture it on the following video
Egypt was an excellent dive site for its colours and the Similan Islands in Thailand were great because of the diversity of sea life but Galapagos was unbeatable for the big stuff.
What a great adventure and one that has motivated us to do our dive master.