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Dive Review of Galapagos Aggressor I in
Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Aggressor I, Apr, 2010,

by Robert M. Jackson, FL, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 5481.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Mediterraean, SW Pacific, N Pacific, N Atlantic, Caribbean, Indian Ocean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 40 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 55 minutes, no decompression, variable depth limit
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Small camera table, but adequate. Charging station adequate. No internet access. Crew handled cameras well.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Diving in the Galapagos is challenging, but eminently rewarding. The water can be cool and a 7 mm wetsuit at minimum is advised. The diver should be in good physical condition to deal with currents and climbing into inflatables.

That said, the environment is stunning, the diving superb and exciting, and this boat and crew are among the very best.

While the number of dives is limited by the shore excursions, the opportunity to walk in Darwin's footsteps is well worth losing a few. Everyone learned an immense amount of natural history.

Divermasters Walter Torres and Nelson Martinez are among the best.

Lenses should include a telephoto (70-300 mm) for land and birds, a 24 mm, 16 mm and 60 mm (for the seahorses).

Go. Now. And support the environmental stewards.
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