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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet in
Galapagos Islands

Aggressor Fleet: "Challenging Dive Conditions; Wonderful Marine Life", Apr, 2017,

by Michael J. Millet, CA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 84 reports with 49 Helpful votes). Report 9609 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was my second dive trip to the Galapagos. This trip was aboard the Galapagos Aggressor III.
After spending the night in Guayaquil, flew into Baltra where we were met by Nelson, the tour guide and dive master. The transfer to the boat went very smoothly. That afternoon we did a check-out dive in very murky conditions in waters near Baltra.

The next day we did 2 OK dives off of San Bartoleme Island (SBI) with somewhat low viz and cold-ish water about 70˚F. The highlight of the dives was encountering mating Roboastra nudibranchs.
The afternoon was spent with a land excursion on SBI with beautiful views of Pinnacle Rock, and a skiff ride along the shoreline encountering Galapagos penguins and blue-footed boobys.

The 3rd day was spent with 4 dives off of Cape Marshall on the northeast side of Isabela Island. Here the water temps varied from 72˚F - 79˚F. Here we encountered large schools of pelican barracuda on most dives.

We then cruised overnight up to Wolf Island, Darwin Island and Darwin Arch where the water temps were in the low 80˚'s F. Four dives were done at Wolf Island then on the 5th day, we did 2 dives at Darwin Arch and 2 more at Wolf Island. The highlight of these dives was several close encounters with many, many hammerhead and Galapagos sharks. The dive conditions were quite challenging even for experienced divers with very unpredictable, significant surge and strong current. Often one had to hunker down in the rocks to keep from getting blown away. A bit hard on both dive and camera gear. I managed to nick the dome on my wide-angle port while thrashing about the rocks.

The next day we were back south of the Equator at Punta Douglas on the west side of Fernandina Island. Despite cold water (66˚- 70˚F), had an awesome dive with marine iguanas. The next 2 dives were at Vincente Rosa on the northwest side of Isabela Island. Again with cold water, had a tremendous dive with 3 mola molas.

The next day we did our last dive at Cousins Rock, on the east side of Isabela Island where the water was much warmer (78˚F). Here we had nice encounters with Galapagos sea lions and spotted eagle rays. That afternoon was spent at Santa Cruz with a very interesting excursion to the highlands to visit a Galapagos tortoise reserve.

I had a single cabin on the upper deck that was very spacious and comfortable. The food on board was excellent and plentiful with made-to-order breakfast, buffet lunch and buffet/plated dinner. Local beer and wine (quite average) is included.

The dive deck is spacious and well managed. On 4 tank dive days, we had 2 AM dives and 2 PM dives with the first dive at about 7:30 AM. All diving is from pangas with back roll entry. The crew was quite accommodating providing 7 mm wetsuits on the 2 cold water dive days.

Nelson and Richard are excellent dive guides and top-side naturalists. A special thanks goes to Richard for repairing my leaky float strobe arm.

All transportation connections at Baltra and Santa Cruz Island went smoothly with no hassles. I stayed overnight at the Finch Bay Resort in Puerto Ayora; the crew coordinated the transfer of my luggage to this resort.

The Galapagos Islands offer some very challenging dive conditions with heavy surge, strong currents and cold water. But the abundance and variety of marine life along with the unique topside critters make it all very worthwhile.

Websites Aggressor Fleet   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving All over the Caribbean; Galapagos, Socorro, Fiji, Solomons, GBR, Vanuatu,
PNG, Philippines, Indonesia, Palau, Yap, Kosrae
Closest Airport Baltra Getting There Spent one night in Guayaquil

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 65-82°F / 18-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 25-75 Ft/ 8-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No Deco; No diving below/beyond Nitrox limit; usually 55 minute dives
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Aggressor had large camera rinse tanks and an adequate camera table with compressed air for blow offs. The panga crew was diligent when handling camera gear.
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