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Dive Review of Aggressor in
Galapagos Islands

Aggressor, May, 2008,

by Dr. Mark Wolff, CO, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 4357.

No photos available at this time

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 N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was my first experience with Aggressor. I was very impressed! The food, service and accommodations were great. I had one of the upper level rooms and was very comfortable. The food was very good and the presentation was outstanding. The meals had edible centerpieces that were truly works of art. Any time my glass started to get low Salomon was there to refill it. Several in our group had special dietary needs and they were well taken care of.

The diving was very exciting. We saw many hammerheads, white tips, black tips, seals and sea lions. As well as one whale shark. There were turtles and eels on every dive. The divemaster, Walter, knew just where to take us and was very attentive and service oriented. He was also our shore tour guide. He was extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife both above and below the water. He could answer almost any question.

However, there were some issues. The people in our group that had lower level cabins complained about noise from the anchor and engines. Many of those folks had to sleep in the salon one night because the crew varnished wood down below and the fumes were overpowering. The boat had just come out of dry dock and these maintenance projects should have been before passengers boarded.

We went in May. This is just the very start of whale shark season. The water temp was still pretty warm and this prevented the arrival of most of the whale sharks and mantas. We felt very lucky to find the one. If I go back, I will go in mid summer when the water is colder so we can see more whale sharks and mantas.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, Caymans, Cozumel, Fiji, Florida, Holbox, Jamaica, Puget Sound, Roatan, St. Lucia & Ice Diving in Colorado.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, cloudy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 75-78°F / 24-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 30-60 Ft/ 9-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Only those needed for safety
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 5 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 Spacious camera tables with compressed air and dedicated camera rinse.
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