Galapagos Aggressor I & II


Overview:

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. The scenic view of the Darwin Arch is as picturesque as you can imagine. The Galapagos Agressor I & II are sister ships and depart from San Cristobal every Thursday afternoon. Diving begins Thursday afternoon through late afternoon Tuesday. Guests will depart the yachts Wednesday morning to board a bus for a land tour to the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island to see tortoises, lava tubes, pit craters and the Scalesia Forest. Guests will enjoy lunch in the town of Puerto Ayora at a local restaurant (the only meal not included in the cruise) and will have time for shopping. Guests can also visit Fausto Llerena, a tortoise breeding center and the Charles Darwin Research Station. Wednesday afternoon, guests will return to the yachts for a cocktail party and dinner. The yachts will then depart for San Cristobal for a Thursday a.m. departure. Guests will wake up to a full made to order breakfast and check-out at 8:00 a.m. Transportation is provided to the airport.

Please Note: The National Parks Service has prohibited night diving in Galapagos due to extreme conditions on most sites. Beginner divers may find Galapagos diving challenging.

Accommodations:

The Galapagos Aggressors each sleep 14 guests in privacy and comfot. Comfortable accommodations include four deluxe cabins which have 2 twin beds, three port holes and three master cabins with a queen bed and a large window. Each cabin has a private toilet, shower, hair dryer, TV/DVD, stereo CD player, temperature controls and safe storage box.

The Galapagos Aggressors have beautiful spacious salons, large sun decks with shading, chaise lounges and deck chairs, bar, grill, hot tub, and a complete photo/video center.

Dining:

The menu onboard is varied and plentiful, with a variety of American feasts, barbecues and local cuisine. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let the boat know upon arrival. You will wake up to fresh fruits, hot entrees, cereals and juices. Lunches are buffet-style, featuring hot soups, homemade breads, salads and sandwiches and/or entrees. Dinners are chef prepared and served each evening and includ salads, vegetables, seafood, beef or chicken with a fresh homemade dessert.

Sample Itinerary:

  • Wednesday: Overnight hotel stay in Guayaquil
  • Thursday: Morning flight to San Cristobal, Galapagos SIlands. Guests are met at the San Cristobal airport and transferred to the boat. You luggage is taken aboard by the crew. Once aboard, the Dive Crew Staff gives a detailed welcome aboard and safety briefing. Check out dive in the afternoon. At evening, a welcome cocktail is offered.
  • Friday – Tuesday: The journey to Wolf and Darwin Islands begins with stops along the way at Mosquera, Bartolome, and Santiago. Guided land tours are offered throughout the week.
  • Wednesday: Diving ends mid-morning. The vessel arrives at Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Islands. A visit to Turtle Breeding Center is recommended. Shopping is available in Puerto Ayora. The Captain hosts a cocktail party on board at 6:00 p.m. Guests are shuttled ashore for dinner at a local restaurant. The Galapagos Aggressors depart for San Cristobal at 11:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: After a full breakfast, guests will checkout and they are then transferred to the local airport for the flight to mainland Ecuador.

The Diving:

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. It is recommended 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 it is also recommended you take precautions against motion sickness.

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 attration in Galapagos is the large pelagics such as schooling Hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, Mola Molas and Whale sharks. Occasionally, there is sighting of Whales, Marlin, Dolphins and Orcas. You will see a rare combination of warm and coldwater creatures including Sea Lions, Mantas, Penguins, Flightless Cormorants, Rays, Turtles, Moray Eels, and enormous schools of unusual fish.

See schooling Scalloped Hammerheads, Silkies, Galapagos, White-tipped sharks and more! Galapagos is considered the “Shark Mecca” of the world.

Dive Sites Include:

  • Santa Cruz Island:, Rocas Gordon: 1 to 2 knot current; 40 ft.-100ft. dive with Hammerhead Sharks, Manta Rays, White Tipped Sharks, Galapagos Sharks, Eagle Rays, Golden Rays, Green Turtles and Sea Lions.
  •  Santiago Island, Cousins: 40 ft.-100 ft. dive with Eagle Rays, Salema, Sea Horse, Frog Fish, Sea Lions, Green Turtles and White Tipped Sharks.
  •  Mosquera Island: 30 ft.-90 ft. dive with White Tipped Sharks, Eagle Rays, Green Turtles, Sea Lions and Tropical fish.
  • Wolf Island: 1 to 3 knot current; 40 ft.-90 ft. dive with Schooling Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks, Eagle Rays, Galapagos Sharks, Green Turtles, Sea Lions and Fur Seals, Jacks, Dolphins, Scorpion Fish.
  •  Darwin Island: 1 to 3 knot current; 40 ft.- 90 ft. dive with schooling Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks, Galapagos Sharks, Eagle Rays, Green Turtles, Hawksbill Turtles and possible Whale Sharks.

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