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Dive Review of Galapagos Aggressor II in
Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Aggressor II: "Epic Galapagos experience", Sep, 2016,

by Beverly Sobelman, WA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 9121 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 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 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments What an amazing experience. Expensive but definitely bucket-list stuff.

The good: Tons of sharks - including at least half a dozen different pregnant whale sharks of up to 45' in length, hammerheads, silkies, Gapalagos, bullhead, and a few black-tipped reef sharks. Rays, turtles, marine iguanas, sea lions, huge schools of fish. Best diving overall was at Darwin, plus the marine iguana site off of Fernandiina.

The challenging: water ranged from manageable in a 7mm wetsuit with hood (low 70s) to really super-cold (57F). Watch out for intense thermoclines. Current and surge ranged from mild to hang-on-for-dear-life, but that also brings the large pelagics so it was worth it. Absolutely bring warm gloves and hood. I had bootie liners and a 4th Element underlayer that saved me on the colder dives.

The boat is well-equipped, the cabins comfortable, the crew attentive and enthusiastic. There is a jacuzzi, which is much-appreciated after the colder dives. Divers are greeted with warm towels and snacks after most dives. Attention to details like that made it really a wonderful experience.

This is definitely not a trip for beginners - there was little hand-holding and a clear expectation that we could all manage ourselves in the water and out. Entries and exits were from a dinghy, which could be challenging. But for our group, it was fantastic and the right kind of challenging - the kind with huge payoffs!
Websites Galapagos Aggressor II   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Australia, Puerto Rico, Dominica, Honduras, Costa Rica, Tanzania
Closest Airport Baltra Getting There Fly into Quito or Guayaquil and book flights to/from Baltra from there on Tame or one of the other Ecuadorian airlines.

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 57-73°F / 14-23°C Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 20-50 Ft/ 6-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Max length was 45-60 min depending on site.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals 2 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 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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