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Dive Review of Aggressor in
Galapagos Islands

August, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Bill Hardee, Texas, USA
Report Number 2672
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cocos, Red Sea, Borneo, Maldives, all over the Carribean, Florida, Mexico,
Bonaire, Indonesia, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

cloudy, dry  
choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
66   to 73    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Because of conditions, cold and ripping currents, no one was a
"loner".  The divemasters were very good at keeping track of all
of us and pointing out all of the critters. Although it would be pretty
hard to miss a whaleshark, with our low vis. their help was appreciated.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The boat was amazing, charging stations-camera areas-help with equipment. 
The only thing a diver had to do was get in the water and hang on to their
gear.  Photography was not easy because of conditions, but the crew did
everything they could to facilitate the photographers (virtually our entire
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  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
We had 28 people in our group - both Aggressors - and I would rate this
trip as one of the best we have ever done, and we have been all over the
world.  This Aggressor operation is far and away one of the best run, and
best organized I have ever had the opportunity to dive with.  From the
minute we landed in San Cristobal, until we boarded our return flight, we
were in very capable hands.  These guys have their act together. The boats
were in great shape, and the food and crew were nothing short of amazing! 

Diving was nothing short of spectactular.  Once we got used to the 68
degreee water and RIPPING currents at 90 feet, we could sit back, hang on,
and wait for the show.  Sharks, rays, sea lions, they were all there!

I have no bad things to say - other than the cluster ---- that we endured
on our return due to the world lock down on air travel after Aug. 10.  It
took us 16 hours to get from San Cristobal to Quito, normally a 2.5 hour
trip.  The crossing to Wolf & Darwin was trying (6-8 foot seas and
against a VERY strong current), but once there, the diving was well worth
the trip.  Sea lions, dolphins, sharks of every kind, rays, and the
highlight of every dive - whale sharks.  Our only dissapointment, if you
could call it that, was that we saw no whales or orkas.  A group that was
there the previous month was lucky enough to encounter both

I would not linger in Quito after dark, it is a very dangerous place,. But
during the day it is a world class city, with wonderful people and a
vibrant economy.

Every advanced diver should do whatever it takes to make a trip to
Galapagos happen. A diver has not "been there, done that" until
they have marked Galapagos on their list of locations they have visited. 
This is truly one of the most unique places on the planet.

ps:  This trip is not for the inexperienced Cozumel drift diver.  Divers
need skills and knowledge to truly enjoy what this advanced location has to
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