First Stop San Benedicto
The next morning we were finally at San Benedicto! Responding to the growing excitement on the boat, the crew got us in the water bright and early for our check out dive in Las Cuevitas – and it was the most awesome check out dive ever! As soon as we dropped in, we spotted a beautiful tiger shark – the perfect way to kick off our shark expedition! Then a pod of bottlenose dolphins came over to say hello to us, followed by mantas! With so much animal action, we never actually even got to the dive site!
With everyone on a high from the checkout dive, we then spent the rest of the day at the famous El Boiler – which lived up to its reputation! We did 3 dives there, and spotted more sharks! Galapagos sharks, hammerheads and even a tiger shark! But the star of the show here has got to be the the super friendly giant mantas, with amazing eye to eye encounters, as they came flying round and round the groups to check each diver out. The dolphins also came back to play, and were naughtily trying to lure us down deeper and deeper past our deco limit, grinning cheekily the whole time!
The next day, we motored over to El Canon, and had super friendly manta encounters from the get go, with 2 massive black mantas and 1 chevron manta following us around asking to play, like little kids. We also spotted lots of circling silvertip sharks, as well as hammerheads, silkies and a large Galapagos shark. During the dives, the group also assisted the scientists in checking and maintaining the receivers, and learnt a lot about shark tagging and tracking, and how important this is for shark conservation.