Two dives with sharks and diversity of marine fauna.
At 7 a.m. the taxi pick up us in the hotel, and we cross the island from south to north until Itabaca Channel. Hhere we board the diving Yacht Nautilus. We cruise for about 50 minutes by the west side of Baltra Island, while the guides give us dive and safety breefing and organize dive groups. Here we check the diving equipment on board. For the new divers are some videos on diving techniques, knowledge review. Good time to review in detail our dive gear and buddy dive.
Entering the Channel, the waters become more clear turquoise, betraying the sandy bottom with scattered rocks. The Nautilus motorssilort anchors in a site near diving entry. The two inflatable boats are ready to receive us. But first, sailors down to boats our SCUBA equipment. Then we descend by order taking with us our suit, weights, mask, booties and fins. Also our personal equipment as computer and video camera.
Once everyone is in the inflatable boat, the guide is ready to help us to don the SCUBA untit and take us to the place of entry. We can see on the cliff the hexagonal volcanic formations produced during cooling called "organ pipes" and abundant sea birds flying around.
We entry the dive down to the sandy platform with abundant white tip sharks called tintoreras here. On the rocks, groups of reef fish are concentrated. Among the stones you can find the moreen eel, and anywhere the eagle rays and sea turtles. Hammerhead sharks can be also seen through the deepest part. If there is some current, this takes you into the channel so the exits are well safe.
The inflatable boat picks us up near our exit, and once the whole group is out, we head to the Nautilus motorsailor. Once on board the boat, and during the minimum surface interval of one hour, we have some snacks, drinks, and we can freely prepare coffee or tea in the cafeteria of the boat.
We get ready for the second dive in Mosquera, also a platform sloping sand underwater. We descend divided into groups, and do the second dive of about 45 minutes, to possibly find the Hammerhead sharks, 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 it out now!