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Dive Review of Galapagos Aggressor I in
Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Aggressor I, Aug, 2009,

by Charlotte Lennie, Alberta, Canada ( 1 report). Report 5033.

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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 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Food aboard Galapagos Aggressor I was excellent and varied. Hot luncheon soup, 2 desserts daily, roast turkey!!! Hot snacks,cocoa/Hot towels after every dive. Divemasters Giancarlo and Nelson gave careful pre-dive briefings and advice - answered all questions in clear English. 9 staff in total on board to cover all areas smoothly. Beer & wine included after diving day. Wore 5mm BARE Elastek suit with Merino long underwear+rash guard shirt underneath - was never cold; most divers wore medium thick gloves and hoods but thinner gloves and snap-on Caribbean hoods would suffice. One guest wore 8mm suit with shorty and was still chilly. 67-82F. Aggressor I and II are side by side for duration but dive times staggered. Saw huge schools of scalloped Hammerheads, Silky & Galapagos sharks, lots of turtles, dolphins, parrots, sea lions, and tons of moray eels, 7 WHALE SHARKS. Water on surface very choppy and leaping into Zodiacs can be challenging. Was mostly overcast, coolish, with intense periods of sun and very hot & dry on land tours. Good visability most dives, variable currents, never waited long for Zodiac spotting & pick-up. Don't forget sunblock,hat, fly spray, drinkin' water. Had no problem buying Bonine in US airport kiosks to tackle seasickness issues. Took 1 tablet in early morning and 1 again around bedtime - very effective. Take care with sensitive toilets in cabins (easy on the handle and paper use!!) and be prepared for several long night crossings with roaring engines for 13 or 14 hours. Got a bit knackered from rocking & rolling sleeping bunks. Try p.m. naps on shorter dive days. Otherwise, WOW, WOW, WOW!!!

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Cayman, Belize, Hawaii, Fiji, Australia, Solomons, Thailand, Tahiti, Turks&Caicos, Victoria, Mexico, Saba, Cozumel, Mombasa, Honduras, Caribbean, Çuba, BVI's
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy, dry Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 67-82°F / 19-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30-100 Ft/ 9-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Nitrox depth limits, 50-55 dive time with 5 minute 15 foot safety and 40 foot stop as required on some dives by computer.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Only had one serious big camera guest. Had no trouble with set up or handling. Professional underwater video available for $65.00. Well worth it plus extra photos given in addition to video. Other guests had small cameras that captured excellent pictures as well. Decent visability on most dives. Whale sharks were cooperative during filming.
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