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Dive Review of Galapagos Aggressor II in
Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Aggressor II, Jul, 2010,

by Jack M Bernstein, OH, US ( 1 report). Report 5783.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Most of Caribbean, Red Sea, Costa Rica, Florida, California, Turks and Caicos
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas currents
Water Temp 68 to 75 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No real restrictions but we usually dove with the dive master and followed his profile. Currents were a bit intense to fool around too much.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments You want big stuff, you get it. Tons of sharks, whale sharks, rays and so forth. Hard to see many little things for the big

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was a great operation.very attentive to safety with excellent briefings. The dive masters were excellent and led us to lots of great encounters. On the first day, the checkout dives were with seals, which played with us. The highlight was Darwin Island. You immediately drop down to 60' and grab on to a rock and hold on for dear life. This is NOT diving for beginners. You really need to be confident and have good buoyancy control. I am a photographer and it took me a while to figure out how to handle my camera in the conditions. My wife found it too rough for her liking and sat out further Darwin dives. BUT, boy was there stuff here. We saw 4 whale sharks, hundreds of hammerheads and Galapagos sharks, and flights of Eagle Rays. It was like being at the movies. You didn't need to hunt for much. Wolf Island was a close second. We saw flights of Eagle Rays there, again in a mostly passive way. Additionally saw some Cow Rays and turtles.When we headed back, we stopped at Gordon Rock where we were buzzed by at least 4 Mantas, which circled us in the sunken crater.

Didn't notice much little stuff except for some blue nudibranchs, probably because we were concentrating on the big stuff.

Land tours were a bit more 'standard' but still useful and informative.

I really have few substantive complaints. The wet suits we rented were 'holy' but we were comped on them. Food was good to excellent. Service was exemplary.

We will definitely go with Agressor again.
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