Re-Discovering My Passion for the Oceans
I consider myself an average diver. I have been diving here and there for the past 8 years, but I had lost that sense of enthusiasm I used to have when I first started. Galapagos was always at the top of my “must-dive” list and I am glad I held off until now.
My trip was completely unplanned; a buddy of mine mentioned it and I tagged along. Every time I asked for details, I got the same answer:
“Roberto Ochoa is our guy, he’s got us covered”
I’m not the most spontaneous person, so this was unnerving, but my buddy was right, Roberto took care of everything beyond any expectations!
Once in Galapagos, Roberto made sure that we felt at home and knew everything we needed to know about the wildlife and the island itself. He knew locals, he knew restaurants; he is a walking tourist guide!
We did several dives and got to see all kinds of creatures, it was an incredible experience. In a single day we saw hammerheads, turtles, sunfish, pilot whales, eagle rays, dolphins, sea lions and an ABSURD amount of fish. In the past I would have been excited with just one of those showing up during my dives.
One thing that stuck with me though, was Roberto’s reaction to everything we encountered. He was more excited than me! It was my first time there! He has seen this 100 times! That’s when I realized that this was not a job for him, this is his life passion, and its INTOXICATING!
After Galapagos, Roberto invited us to dive with him at Bajo Cope, where he told us that we would see huge Mantas. He was so enthusiastic about it that I almost felt like he was exaggerating. He was not. As soon as we got there, we got to see multiple mantas jumping out of the water. So naturally we jumped INTO the water as soon as possible. The mantas stayed with us during our entire dive, they were super curious. It was an unforgettable experience.
Overall, we had a great time in Ecuador. I realized that Galapagos is not a place you check off a list, Galapagos has become the list! Since I got back, I have been diving more than ever and rediscovering that passion that took me into the water in the first place. I have plans to return to Galapagos next year, and Roberto will surely be a part of that trip as well! He made us feel like locals, he knew his stuff and his passion made the trip special.