Thursday, June 2, 2016
Photo: Erick Higuera
Today we dove at Roca Partida it was a bit overcast but underwater was amazing. The water temperature was 73f/24c and the visibility ranged from 60ft/18m to 100ft/30m.
On the first dive as soon as we dropped in the water there were 4 dolphins around. They stayed with us for a bit but soon left into the blue. We started to head to the south point because it seemed that the action was there this time and suddenly the dolphins came back but this time there were 15 of them with one specific one being extremely friendly and getting very close to the divers. After the dolphins left we kept going to the south point which was a bit hard because there was some current but when we got there we were in an area protected from the current and we got to see a huge school of bonitas with a couple of silvertips under it and some silkies around it we enjoyed this view for the last 20 minutes of the dive.
On the second dive as soon as we got in the water we realized that the school of bonitas was still there and we had dropped right on top of it and we got to follow them for almost 20 minutes again. After that they went away and we got back to the rock and there were 4 mantas in shallow waters being very friendly, when we were about to finish the dive we realized that a group of 10 big galapagos sharks were right there on the rock almost on the surface so we extended the dive a bit so we could check them out.
The last dive of the day started a bit quiet, the current had gone away and there were not that many fish on the rock any more but we spotted a manta so we followed it as it went away from the rock into the blue water and the manta took us right where a big school of hammerheads was, probably close to 100 of them and the best thing was that this time the hammerheads were swimming quite slow and lots of them actually came up shallow to check us out.