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Dive Review of Aggressor I in
Galapagos Islands

December, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Scott Johnson, ca, usa
Sr. Contributor   (20 reports)
Report Number 1495
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Truk, Red Sea, Sipadan, Catalina, Loreto, Hawaii, Australia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy, surge, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
68   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 65    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
3 stars    
I visited the Galapagos Islands from 12-16-2004 thru 12-23-2004. On the
Aggressor I. The Galapagos Aggressor I is superb! Excellent service, food,
accommodations, courtesy of staff etc. Nothing but the best.....well one
thing needs to be improved... the Wine, a Bad Chilean blend. Excellent
group on Board. We were all from USA except one Swiss couple. We had a
great time together. Here is a description of the dives and general
information about the Galapagos. 

Day One: Landed in San Cristobal, check out dive. Water about 72 degrees,
Yikes! (I dive the South Pacific where temps are 82 degrees).  Visibility
about 15 feet. One seal made a brief appearance. Do not under estimate your
weights. You need to be over weighted as you do backward rolls off dinghys
and straight down.

Day Two: North Seymour. Bad night, rough boat ride to Baltra. COLD water
about 72 degrees wore my hood, vest and gloves this time. On the first dive
visibility was about 30 greenish color saw a Seal and not much else.
Started to swim against a current, burnt through my air. People who could
stay the extra 10 minutes saw a group of White Tips. Sick for the second
dive. Everyone said they saw about the same as the first dive.

Day Three: Wolf. This is about a 12-hour (or more) ride from N. Seymour. 
The waters were not as rough; ride (overnight) was ok. WARM waters about 77
degrees, 60 visibility and blue. First dive, saw three Hammerheads (made
my dive) but not much else. Second dive, this is what I came here for! Wall
of Hammerheads a hundred or more, Excellent dive. Third dive same as first.
Fourth divesick again.

Day Four: Darwin. Finally calm waters, sunny and bright blue waters! First
dive, water temp about 77 degrees. No Whale Sharks, they say this is the
second year in a row they have not seen whale sharks in December. Saw a
couple of Hammerheads, which was about it. Dive two, similar to the first
dive but I sat in sandy area and had three Hammerheads that kept circling
me and would come within four feet to check me out. Great Dive!   Then back
to Wolf for two more dives. Dive one at Wolf was only about 40 visibility
not much to see and sick for fourth dive.

Day Five: Cabo Marshall. The one dive at Wolf and these two dives is what I
expected to see in the Galapagos. First dive, water about 75 degrees. There
was a school of Grunts that must have been in the tens of thousands
covering the reef. Looking up you saw a school of Barracuda (about 100) and
a Seal swimming through to break them up. Saw Mantas, Seals, Sharks etc.
Great Dive! Dive two, not as impressive as dive one but a lots of small
schools of fish.

Day Six, Gordon rocks, one dive. This dive was well almost everyones least
favorite. Cold water maybe 70 degrees. Rough waters, very strong currents
and maybe 30 feet visibility. After fighting to get through the surface
current, then you dealt with many different currents (some people say it is
a washing machine). I could of dealt with the current if there was
visibility. Saw three Hammerheads I was at 67 feet they were at about 90.
Forget it.... surface.

This diving is not for the beginner. First your dive masters (guides) tell
you from the start, they are not baby sitters! You need to hang with you
buddy or with the group and make you way to the top when you get low on
air. Which is what I prefer as I am an air hog. The only complaint about
the diving is a few times we swam against the current and I burned my air.
Where i believe we could of have a great drift dive. Very frustrating as
most of my dives were 35 to 40 minutes. One Big Thank you to the aggressor
dingy drivers is when i would come up early they would take me back to the
boat as i would get sea sick sitting in the dingy. By the way all dives are
done from a dingy and they find you. You are given a folding dive flag
(that goes about 5 or 6 high) and a waterproof radiophone. Just in case
you end up in Open Water!

Regarding rough waters they can be and are if you have a problem of motion
sickness... You will be!

Water temps, I refused to break out my 6.5mm as i do most of my diving in
the South Pacific and have not worn anything but a 2-1 mm shorty for 5
years. Well BRING MORE THAN THAT! I brought an 3-2 with a hood and vest. I
survived and was just OK with that. But their recommendation is a 5
mmprobably the best bet. Also i read suggestions to bring Kevlar gloves. I
never found the rocks sharp more of the opposite slippery except the
barnacles, which you do not touch. I suggest bring a reef hook for the
strong currents.

Overall I would have to rate the diving as a C trip. There were 3 couples
on board that had been there before 3, 5 and 10 years ago. One couple said
the Land and Marine life were 10 fold during the same week in the years
past and there were always Whale Sharks. I had only three dives that I saw
what I expected. Maybe they were on Vacation!
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