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Dive Review of Galapagos Aggressor I in
Galapagos Islands

August, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Charlotte Lennie, Alberta, Canada (1 report)
Report Number 5033
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, cloudy, dry  
choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
67   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox depth limits, 50-55 dive time with 5 minute 15 foot safety and 40
foot stop as required on some dives by computer.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Only had one serious big camera guest.  Had no trouble with set up or
handling.  Professional underwater video available for $65.00.  Well worth
it plus extra photos given in addition to video.  Other guests had small
cameras that captured excellent pictures as well.  Decent visability on
most dives.  Whale sharks were cooperative during filming.
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    
1 stars   
5 stars    
Food aboard Galapagos Aggressor I was excellent and varied.  Hot luncheon
soup, 2 desserts daily, roast turkey!!!  Hot snacks,cocoa/Hot towels after
every dive. Divemasters Giancarlo and Nelson gave careful pre-dive
briefings and advice - answered all questions in clear English.  9 staff in
total on board to cover all areas smoothly.  Beer & wine included after
diving day.  Wore 5mm BARE Elastek suit with Merino long underwear+rash
guard shirt underneath - was never cold; most divers wore medium thick
gloves and hoods but thinner gloves and snap-on Caribbean hoods would
suffice.  One guest wore 8mm suit with shorty and was still chilly. 67-82F.
 Aggressor I and II are side by side for duration but dive times staggered.
 Saw huge schools of scalloped Hammerheads, Silky & Galapagos sharks,
lots of turtles, dolphins, parrots, sea lions, and tons of moray eels, 7
WHALE SHARKS.  Water on surface very choppy and leaping into Zodiacs can be
challenging.  Was mostly overcast, coolish, with intense periods of sun and
very hot & dry on land tours. Good visability most dives, variable
currents, never waited long for Zodiac spotting & pick-up.  Don't
forget sunblock,hat, fly spray, drinkin' water.  Had no problem buying
Bonine in US airport kiosks to tackle seasickness issues. Took 1 tablet in
early morning and 1 again around bedtime - very effective.  Take care with
sensitive toilets in cabins (easy on the handle and paper use!!) and be
prepared for several long night crossings with roaring engines for 13 or 14
hours.  Got a bit knackered from rocking & rolling sleeping bunks.  Try
p.m. naps on shorter dive days.  Otherwise, WOW, WOW, WOW!!!   
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