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Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands

14 – 27 SEPTEMBER 2020

Eagle rays soar close to divers

Galapagos is one of the most exciting destinations in the world. Guests will have the opportunity to dive with playful Sea Lions, travel to the famous Darwin and Wolf for thrilling diving to see Hammerhead Sharks, Whale Sharks, clouds of Tuna and much more on their Galapagos Islands liveaboard scuba diving trip. The scenic view of the Darwin Arch is as picturesque as you can imagine. The GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR® liveaboard departs from Baltra every Thursday afternoon.

In 2016, Ecuador created a marine sanctuary in the area of Darwin and Wolf that includes 15,000 square miles as off limits to all fishing to conserve the sharks that congregate there and the ecosystem on which they rely.
32% of the waters around the Galapagos islands will now be protected from fishing.

Our goal is to provide you with the ultimate Galapagos Islands liveaboard scuba diving experience. The GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR® offers a brand new itinerary in compliance with the Galapagos National Park regulations which requires companies with permits to follow the exact itinerary below. A maximum of four dives will be offered daily; two in the morning and two in the afternoon. In addition, two night dives and two land excursions per week will be offered.

Tour inclusions

Galapagos tortoise
Galapagos tortoise
  • Tour Leader Lee Johnson & Joey Pool
  • 14 days ex-Perth
  • Return flights from Perth-Santiago-Quayaquil-Baltra flying Qantas Airlines and LAN Airlines
  • 7 nights twin-share accommodation on Aggressor III Liveaboards
  • Up to 20 boat dives including night dives
  • All meals & non-alcoholic beverages on Aggressor III Liveaboard
  • Marine iguana dive
  • Galapagos tortoise land tour
  • 3 nights twin-share accommodation Macaw Hotel, Guayaquil
  • Return airport transfers
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The Galapagos Islands as filmed by Joey Pool

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Itinerary

The following dive schedule provided is based on tides, currents, and weather conditions.

Sealion relaxes on the beach
  • Thurs:  Baltra Airport, Afternoon Greeting by Staff, Bus Transfer to the Itabaca Channel Canal and Boarding. Welcome, and Orientation Dive at Punta Carrion at Itabaca Channel.
  • Fri:  2 Morning dives; Punta Carrion (Santa Cruz Island) or Bartolome Punta.  1 afternoon hike to Bartolome Summit and panga ride at Pinacle Rock. 
  • Sat:  2 morning dives, 1 afternoon and 1 night dive.
  • Sun:  2 morning dives and 2 afternoon dives at Darwin.
  • Mon: 2 morning dives at Darwin; and 2 afternoon dives at Wolf.
  • Tues: morning dive with Marine Iguanas and 2 afternoon dives at Punta Vicente Roca.
  • Wed: 1 morning dive at Cousins Rock. Wednesday afternoon arrive at Itabaca Channel or Puerto Ayora. After lunch guests will disembark at 1 pm to go ashore for a private bus tour to see the beautiful Highlands of Santa Cruz Island. This will include a scenic view over Santa Cruz and a Tortoise Reserve to see giant tortoises.
    After the hike, guests can walk through town, shop and visit the tortoise-breeding center Fausto Llerena at the Charles Darwin Research Station. Guests will have dinner ashore at a local restaurant of their choice (only meal not included in the cruise). We will depart at 10 pm from Puerto Ayora town to Baltra.
  • Thur: We will have a full breakfast then check out and depart to the Baltra Airport.

The Vessel

All staterooms are air conditioned and fitted with private toilets, showers, sinks, and hair dryers. Linens are changed mid-week and fresh towels are placed in each stateroom as needed. Breakfast (cooked to order), buffet lunch and an elegant chef prepared meal at dinner with tableside service are served in addition to fresh mid- morning and mid-afternoon snacks. Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are complimentary while onboard. Filled tanks, weights and weight belts are included.

The Galapagos Aggressor III is 100 feet long, built and powered for comfort, safety and stability. She is diesel powered, cruise at an average speed of 10 knots and have 110 and 220 volt power onboard. Comfortable accommodations include four deluxe staterooms which have two twin beds and three portholes and six master staterooms with a queen bed (which can be modified to 2 twin beds) and a large window. Each cabin has a private toilet, shower, hair dryer, TV/Blue Ray DVD, stereo CD player, temperature controls and safe storage box. The Galapagos Aggressor III sleeps 16 guests in privacy and comfort.

The Galapagos Aggressor III has a beautiful spacious salon, large sun deck with shading, chaise lounges and deck chairs, bar, grill, hot tub, and a complete photo/video center. The onboard video format is both NTSC and PAL. The yacht is not responsible for any lost, damaged or stolen items. We highly recommend extremely caution and care be taken if you plan to travel onboard with electronic equipment. This equipment should always be stowed after use to avoid the risk of damage. The Galapagos National Park does not allow drones or reef hooks.

Marine iguana

Pack for a Purpose

The Galapagos Aggressor III is proud to be a member of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers to make a lasting impact in the community. If you can save just a few lbs. of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for area schools you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of local children and families in Ecuador. The Galapagos Aggressor III has chosen Escuela Fiscal Mixta Julio H. Puebla Castellanos which is a school serving 40 children between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. Their immediate needs are:

Age appropriate story books in English or Spanish, Alphabet flash cards in English or Spanish, Biology text books, Chalk, Colored construction paper, Colored pencils, Compasses, Craft scissors, Crayons, Dictionaries in English or Spanish, Encyclopedias in English or Spanish, Erasers, Exercise books in English or Spanish, General science text books, Glue sticks, Hand held pencil sharpeners, Health text books, Human body educational wall charts, Language educational wall charts in English or Spanish, Language/grammar text books in English or Spanish, Math educational wall charts, Math flash cards, Math text books, Markers, Pencils, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, Science educational wall charts, Solar calculators, Watercolor paints, Word flash cards in English or Spanish, World maps. Flash drives/memory sticks, Printers, Solar-powered working laptops, Working laptops, USB cables.

Schooling hammerhead sharks

Additional Needs: Scrabble, stuffed animals/soft toys, netball/basketballs, soccer balls, team uniforms/kits for soccer, new or gently used children’s clothing and children’s shoes.

Diving

DIVING

The crew of the Galapagos Aggressor III, with their unique combination of talents, offers the ultimate in service. While onboard you may pick a buddy of your choice or dive with one of the yachts crewmembers. There is ample storage space for your diving equipment in your personal locker. The Galapagos Aggressor III provides 80 cubic feet tanks, weight belts, and weights. All tanks have K-valves (American type), no DIN (European) valves. Nitrox is available for an additional fee, see our website for details.

We suggest you pack the following: mask, fins, snorkel, regulator with visible pressure gauge, depth gauge, dive computer, buoyancy compensator, light for night diving, batteries and dive gloves. Strongly recommended: Spare mask, safety sausage, whistle, Dive Alert, mirror and/or other safety devices. Dive computers are mandatory for each guest. Each piece of gear should be marked with waterproof paint or tape. Please see our “Captain’s Log” on our website for current diving conditions.

Sunfish

The waters of the Galapagos Islands are a unique mixture of warm and cold water, ranging between 65°F and 85°F, with thermoclines about 65°F. We recommend you bring a 5mm-7mm wet suit with hood and gloves or a dry suit with light underwear all year round. The cruises to some of the islands can be rough and we recommend you take precautions against motion sickness. See the “Captain’s Log” on the Galapagos page, www.aggressor.com, for current diving conditions. The diving in Galapagos can be strenuous, due to its currents and surge, varying water temperatures, limited visibility, and diving from dinghies. The trip is recommended for intermediate and advanced divers.

The primary attraction in Galapagos is the large pelagics such as schooling Hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, Silky Sharks, Bullhead Sharks, Reef Sharks, Mola Molas and Whale sharks. Occasionally, there is sighting of Whales, Marlin, Dolphin and Orcas. You will see a rare combination of warm and cold-water creatures including Sea Lions, Mantas, Penguins, Flightless Cormorants, Sting Rays, Eagle Rays, Turtles, Moray Eels, Sea Horses, Marine iguanas and enormous schools of unusual fish. Many of the marine creatures are found nowhere else on earth!

The best diving around the Galapagos Islands is made possible through the use of dinghies (or inflatable’s) manned by our crewmembers. Few dives are directly from the main vessel itself. Dinghy diving is made easy for you! Once your dive is completed, you hand your weight belt to the dinghy driver, take off your BCD and climb in.

Large pregnant female whale sharks frequent Darwin and Wolf Island

DIVING SUPERVISION

You’ve chosen a LiveAboard vacation for the diving freedom that it offers. While in the water, you and your buddy are in charge. Every dive starts with a dive briefing from our staff. However, as a certified diver, you and your buddy are responsible for planning and conducting your own dives within the limitations set forth by the briefing. The staff will be on the dive deck providing surface support for divers. We will also have staff in the water offering support, u/w photography and videography, and critter spotting services as well. On some dive sites a staff member will offer to lead a group and assist them in locating specific points of interest. However the yacht does not offer direct supervision of dives. If you start out with a group, as long as you and your buddy remain in contact with each other and are ok – you may follow your own dive plan. Divers who desire more personal attention and structured/supervised dives should consider taking one of our numerous specialty courses. An underlying skill featured in all of specialty training is planning, executing, and debriefing after your dive in order to build a more confident diver.

Relax in the spa with a view of Darwin’s Arch

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