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Extreme Diving in the Galapagos

Made famous by the studies of Charles Darwin, in the development of what became his “Theory of Evolution”, the volcanic islands of the Galapagos have been declared a National Park of Ecuador, and the second largest marine reserve in the world.

The Galapagos Islands National Park features an amazing diversity of indigenous animals, many endemic and mysterious; and M/Y Aggressor now offers guests the rare opportunity to dive these enchanted waters up to four times a day.

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Accommodation Details

GALAPAGOS AGGRESSOR INCLUDES:

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.

CABIN DESCRIPTIONS:

“Master” staterooms are larger and can have different configurations depending on the yacht. They can have a double bed, a queen or 2 singles that make into a queen (couples preferred). “Deluxe” staterooms have a double bed and one single bunk. “Single Supplement” A single supplement rate is 1 and 65% times the charter rate if an individual traveller prefers a private room. The “Single Supplement” rate is available on discounted charter weeks. The 65% is based on the full charter rate.

Facilities Detail

THE YACHT

The Galapagos Aggressors is a 100 ft. yacht built and powered for comfort, safety and stability. They are diesel powered, cruise at an average speed of 10 knots and have 110 and 220 volt power onboard.

Comfortable accommodations include four deluxe cabins which have two twin beds and three portholes and four master cabins 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/DVD, stereo CD player, temperature controls and safe storage box.

The Galapagos Aggressor

sleep 14 guests in privacy and comfort.

The Galapagos Aggressor has beautiful spacious salons, large sun decks 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. (laptops, ipads, ipods etc) This equipment should always be stowed after use to avoid the risk of damage.

Activities Detail

The Galapagos Aggressor offer a new itinerary in compliance with the Galapagos National Park regulations which required companies with permits to follow exactly the itinerary mentioned below. A maximum of four dives will be of-fered daily; two in the morning and two in the afternoon. In addition two night dives and two land excursions per week.

New diving areas have been added to the itinerary: Bartolome Punta, Cousins Rock and Cabo Douglas.

The Galapagos itinerary is controlled by the National Park who grants approval for normal itineraries and accepts requests for special itineraries.

Thursday: Crew welcome at Baltra airport, bus transfer to the dock (muelle) and boarding. Orientation Dive at North East Coast of Baltra Island.

Friday: Two morning dives, one at Punta Carrion (Santa Cruz Island) and one at Bartolome Punta. One afternoon dive at Bartolome Punta and hike to Bartolome summit.

Saturday: Two morning, two afternoon and one night dive at Wolf.

Sunday:

January to May: Two morning dives at Darwin and two afternoon dives at Wolf.

June to December: Two morning , two afternoon and one night dive at Darwin.

Monday:

January to May: Two morning, two afternoon and one night dive at Cabo Marshall.

June to December: Two morning and two afternoon dives at Wolf.

Tuesday:Two Morning dives at Cabo Douglas and two afternoon dives at Punta Vicente Roca.

Wednesday: One morning dive at Cousins Rock.

Wednesday afternoon the Galapagos Aggressor I & II will arrive to Itabaca Channel and guests will disembark at 1pm, after lunch to go ashore. A private bus will take everyone for a tour to see the beautiful Highlands of Santa Cruz Island.

This will include Los Gemelos (The Twins, two enormous sinkholes), Scalesia Forest for a scenic view over Santa Cruz, a Tortoise Reserve to see giant tortoises, and Lava Tubes. After the hike guests can walk through town, shopping 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 (the only meal not included in the cruise).

The Galapagos Aggressor will move from tabaca Channel to Puerto Ayora , and will depart again from Puerto Ayora to Baltra at 10 pm.

Thursday: After a full breakfast, check out is at 8 am. Guests will then be transported to Baltra Airport.

Location Details

The Galapagos Islands are located in the eastern Pacific Ocean, 605 miles (973 km) off the west coast of South Ameri-ca. The closest land mass is the mainland of Ecuador to the east (the country to which they belong).

An overnight hotel stay is usually required and we recommend staying in Guayaquil prior to the trip.

Guests board a charter AeroGal flight from Guayaquil to Baltra on Thursday morning. Arrival/Boarding/Departure:

Guests will be met by a crewmember in uniform at the Baltra Airport and transferred to the yachts. Guests will board Thursday at 1 pm.

Diving on your Galapagos LiveAboard cruise begins Thursday afternoon through Tuesday morning. Guests will depart the yachts Wednesday after lunch for a private bus tour to the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island.

Checkout is Thursday morning at 8 am after a full breakfast. Transportation is provided back to the Baltra Airport for the flight to the mainland.

Galapagos Scuba Diving Environment

  • June – November: The water is cooler, 60-75F, 16-24C; Whale Shark sightings are greater.
  • December – May: The water is warmer, clearer 70-86F, 21-30C; Larger schools of Hammerhead Sharks, Manta Rays and Eagle Rays.
  • All dives from tenders
  • 5 – 7mm wetsuit recommended. See Captains Reports to get exact water temperatures.

Taxes and Fees

All paid in cash. USD $100 Park fee, $10 Galapagos Visitor’s Visa card.

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