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Dive Review of Galapagos Aggressor II in
Galapagos Islands/Includes Wolfe/Darwin

Galapagos Aggressor II, Jul, 2013,

by Randall S Preissig, TX, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 30 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 7091 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Raja Amphat, Komodo, Thailand, Burma, Sipadan, Palau, Truk, Fiji, Great
Barrier Reef and Coral Sea, Tahiti(including Ringora and others, Marquesas,
Ponape, Hawaii, Socorro isles, Cocos, Red Sea, Bonaire, Cozumel, Caymans,
Belize, Bahamas, Belize, Virgin Islands, Fl. Keys, PNG
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 59 to 74 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 30 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 55 minutes total time, dive buddy, above 100 ft., stay with the group or close by(at least for the first few days)
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 5 stars
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UW Photo Comments Somewhat small camera table/area but adequate. Fresh rinse water, air hose, etc. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
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Beginners 1 stars
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Comments First, let me emphasize that this is fantastic diving, but it is VERY COLD--as low as 59 degrees on some dives and never above the Low seventies. Bring a 7mm suit with thick boots and gloves and a thick hood or hooded vest. And there is often LOTS of current.
I actually did back-to-back weeks on the Galapagos Aggressor II. I figured the overnight 30 hour expensive($1700) trip each way justified more than 5 1/2 days of diving. This report will include both weeks.
Galapagos, especially Darwin, is world famous and is always rated as the or one of the best dive locations in the world--and you hear this wherever you go, including Indonesia, Palau, etc. It lived up to its reputation. I will only comment on the highlights: My first "real" dive after the check-out dive we ran into a school of over 100 mobula(devil rays)! This was one of the most impressive sights I've seen scuba diving. This sighting w ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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