This is a good combination to see mantas and hammerheads.
As every day at 7 a.m. we are picked up from the hotel and transfer to Itabaca Canal, where we board the diving Yacht Nautilus. Sailing to Daphne minor takes about 50 minutes, meanwhile we listen to the dive and safety breefing given by dive guides, organize groups and check equipment on board.
During this short navigation we can see on the sea surface and from the deck of the boat some signs of marine animals: fins of feeding mantas, shools of fish bubbling water, and probably sea lions or shark fin in transit. Also we see seabirds as petrels and sheerwaters feeding on the surface.
Already arrived to Daphne minor we see the majestic volcanic island walls falling vertically to the sea. On the coast along the water's rest the blue-footed boobies and masked boobies. Marine iguanas on this island are small, liying in the sun. We see more frigates flying overhead, and possibly some tropical bird and swallow-tailed gulls.
We immediately descend in groups to the dinghies, and we approach the point of descent. During the dive we can see giant mantas who come to filter the microorganisms that are concentrated on this island. The mantas tend to make repeated laps on the same place, so it is not uncommon to see them again every three to five minutes on the same site. We can also see rays, turtles and schools of fish. It is very common to see salemas in high concentrations, which is a fascinating experience for divers and also for photographers.
After the first dive, during the surface interval, and as we sail towards Mosquera Island (about 50 minutes navigation) we have some snacks, drinks, and we can freely prepare coffee or tea in the cafeteria of the boat.
Immediately arrived to Mosquera, we descend towards inflatable boats divided into groups, and do the second dive of about 45 minutes, to possibly find the Hammerhead, and other large marine animals. At the end of diving activities we have a box lunch in the Nautilus Yacht lounge. Now after the dives we navigate to Itabaca Channel, where we took taxis to head to our hotel in Puerto AyoraCheck availability