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Dive Review of Aggressor II in
Galapagos Islands

September, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Greg Regnier, IL, United States
Report Number 654
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Turks & Caicos Aggressor, Red Sea, Mediterranean, Persian Gulf,
Florida, Mid-west USA
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
65   to 73    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 65    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No specific restrictions other than the physical restritions of the dive
sites. On average, depths did not exceed 110 feet.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
Over all, this is indeed a trip of a lifetime. The service on board was
excellent, and the food was extraordinary. The crew was very attentive and
went out of their way to anticipate our needs. There were great evening
activities that included fish ID classes and an excellent star gazing
lesson on equitorial and southern hemisphere skys.

To say that the diving is strenuous is an understatement. To do this trip
again I would be spending a lot more time in the gym getting in shape.
Getting out of a panga is easy, getting back in when you're a little older
and not in peak physical shape - well that's another story.

The animals are fantastic. Getting up close and personal with both sea and
land animals in this setting is truly amazing. The sharks are abundant and
curious. And need I say anything about whale sharks? To see these animals
up close is breathtaking. Add to this the opportunity to have penguins
nibble on your toes, sea lions play with your fins, see eels, turtles and
fish by the thousands plus some great rides on the currents and you have a
dive vacation made in heaven. And, as if this were not enough already, the
appearance of a whale and her calf was the crowning occurrence.

A couple of notes on essential gear are in order. The absolute best thing
that I had with me was a pair of kevlar gloves. In many instances the dives
consisted of getting to a site, fighting the currents to get wedged into a
spot and watching the animals swim around you. Having a pair of gloves that
withstood the rigors of clinging to volcanic rock was priceless. I dove
with a drysuit, but would probably go with a 5mm suit if I were to do this
again. If you are inclined toward getting a chill, consider diving dry, but
do not feel compelled to go out and get more gear just for this trip.

My experience on the Aggressor II was great and I heartily recommend this
trip to those who enjoy a bit of adventure, are interested in seeing some
extraordinary animals and being pampered during the process.
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