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Dive Review of Aggressor/Galapagos Aggressor I in
Galapagos Islands

June, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Eric Eckes, CA, United States
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Report Number 5206
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, La Paz, Fiji, Hawaii, Indonesia, Malaysia, Palau, Philippines, Yap
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, currents  
Water Temp
75   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Dedicated camera bench and fresh water rinse tank. Compressed air.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
2 stars   
5 stars    
This was a trip of a lifetime. My girlfriend, Margi,  and I traveled with
another couple onboard the Galapagos Aggressor I. We were joined by ten
other divers from Finland, Sweden, Curacao, Montana, Florida, Georgia and
Texas. After flying into Guayaquil, we flew the local airline, Aerogal, to
the Galapagos. A nice benefit of diving with Aggressor is they have an
agreement with Aerogal not to charge their passengers for excess weight.
This proved beneficial given the amount of camera gear we brought on the

The crew of the Aggressor was fantastic. Nelson Martinez and Lenin Barrera
served as our hosts and divemasters for the week. Simply put, they were
fantastic. All concerns were immediately addressed and they took us to the
large critters!

One the day of our arrival we were treated to one checkout dive at Isla
Lobos. Here we were greeted by several playful sea lions. The following
morning we found ourselves at North Seymour Island. Our objective was two
dives in search of whitetip sharks. We didnt have to look far as they were
everywhere! They were somewhat difficult to photograph with my DSLR as the
current was ripping. Gloves are a must to hang onto the rocky reefs which
were covered with barnacles.

After diving, we were treated to our first land tour on North Seymour
Island. We were greeted by sea lions (including a pup nursing), blue-footed
boobies, frigates, and lots of iguanas (land and marine). It was amazing
how comfortable the wildlife was with our group. Nelson  and Lenin did a
wonderful job of explaining the Galapagos conservation efforts.

We then began our fifteen hour trek to Wolf Island. Diving Wolf was a dream
come true. My desire to photograph hammerhead sharks was quickly met from
the first dive. There were hammerheads and Galapagos sharks in all
directions. We also saw several Turtles and Spotted Eagle Rays. We were
treated to a pod of dolphins that swam through us (above, below, left, and
right) chattering as they passed. It was a surreal experience.  As we
surfaced, we noticed large schools of Silky Sharks circling below us, as
curious about us as we were them. 

Our journey continued to Darwins Arch. Here we were treated to six dives
around the Arch. The highlight? A fifteen foot whale shark visited us on
two separate dives. I had snorkeled with whalesharks but that didnt come
close to actually diving with them. Again, we saw lots of sharks including

We headed south to Cousins Rock where we enjoyed two dives. Here we traded
in the big critters for some macro opportunities: frogfish and a seahorse.
That evening we snorkeled with Galapagos penguins off Bartolome Island. Our
final dive took place the following morning at Gordon Rocks. All-in-all
seventeen spectacular dives.

I was surprised to find the current less strong up north at Wolf and Darwin
than at the southern dive sites. All dives were started via backrolls from
dinghys. Climbing back into the dinghys were adventures due to surface
chop. Fredy and Junior, the dinghy captains, were there to assist with our
gear and to lend a hand. The Aggressor I provided plenty of space for our
gear and to suit up. There was a dedicated area for our camera gear as well
as a fresh water rinse tank. Nitrox was available for a fixed fee covering
the seventeen dives.

We had a room on the lower level. It was clean and well maintained. The
only disappointment were the twin beds! Dining aboard the Aggressor I was a
treat. I have experienced so-so liveaboard food and was blown away with
the meals. Close your eyes and youd swear you were dining in a five star

It would be an understatement to say I am enthusiastic about this trip!
This trip ranks #1 one my list of places to revisit. Kudos to our divemates
and the crew. It was a most enjoyable week!
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