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Dive Review of Aggressor in
Galapagos Islands

Aggressor, Aug, 2005,

by Bill Hardee, Texas, USA . Report 2672.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cocos, Red Sea, Borneo, Maldives, all over the Carribean, Florida, Mexico, Bonaire, Indonesia, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy, dry Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 66 to 73 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Because of conditions, cold and ripping currents, no one was a "loner". The divemasters were very good at keeping track of all of us and pointing out all of the critters. Although it would be pretty hard to miss a whaleshark, with our low vis. their help was appreciated.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The boat was amazing, charging stations-camera areas-help with equipment. The only thing a diver had to do was get in the water and hang on to their gear. Photography was not easy because of conditions, but the crew did everything they could to facilitate the photographers (virtually our entire group)

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We had 28 people in our group - both Aggressors - and I would rate this trip as one of the best we have ever done, and we have been all over the world. This Aggressor operation is far and away one of the best run, and best organized I have ever had the opportunity to dive with. From the minute we landed in San Cristobal, until we boarded our return flight, we were in very capable hands. These guys have their act together. The boats were in great shape, and the food and crew were nothing short of amazing!

Diving was nothing short of spectactular. Once we got used to the 68 degreee water and RIPPING currents at 90 feet, we could sit back, hang on, and wait for the show. Sharks, rays, sea lions, they were all there!

I have no bad things to say - other than the cluster ---- that we endured on our return due to the world lock down on air travel after Aug. 10. It took us 16 hours to get from San Cristobal to Quito, normally a 2.5 hour trip. The crossing to Wolf & Darwin was trying (6-8 foot seas and against a VERY strong current), but once there, the diving was well worth the trip. Sea lions, dolphins, sharks of every kind, rays, and the highlight of every dive - whale sharks. Our only dissapointment, if you could call it that, was that we saw no whales or orkas. A group that was there the previous month was lucky enough to encounter both

I would not linger in Quito after dark, it is a very dangerous place,. But during the day it is a world class city, with wonderful people and a vibrant economy.

Every advanced diver should do whatever it takes to make a trip to Galapagos happen. A diver has not "been there, done that" until they have marked Galapagos on their list of locations they have visited. This is truly one of the most unique places on the planet.

ps: This trip is not for the inexperienced Cozumel drift diver. Divers need skills and knowledge to truly enjoy what this advanced location has to offer.
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