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The Galapagos Aggressor is a 100 ft. /30.5 mt. yacht built for diving the Galapagos. It is diesel powered and cruises at an average speed of 10 knots. We have 110 and 220 volt power onboard.
The Galapagos Aggressor has comfortable accommodations which include deluxe cabins (lower deck) with 2 twin beds and three port holes. Upper deck cabins have 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. All staterooms are air conditioned and fitted with en-suite bathrooms. Linens are changed mid-week and fresh towels are placed in each stateroom as needed.
The Galapagos Aggressor has spacious salons, large sun decks with shading, chaise lounge, deck chairs, bar, grill, hot tub as well as a complete photo/video center.
The menu aboard is varied with a variety of American feasts, barbecues and local cuisine. 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. Dinners include salads, vegetables, seafood, beef or chicken with a fresh homemade dessert. All special diets can be accommodated by chefs aboard the Galapagos Aggressor.
Beverage selections includes fruit juices, soft drinks, iced water, iced tea, coffee and a limited selection of local beer and wine, complimentary with meals. Due to the high duty charged on liquor, we suggest you bring your favorite brand aboard.
GPS – Baltra Airport, Galapagos Ecuador
1:00 PM / 13:00
15-22 Dec. Save 25%! $5246 pp after discount
UD = Upper Deck
LD = Lower Deck
|24 Nov – 1 Dec||10||$6995 pp|
|1-8 Dec||1||1 M ld||$6995 pp|
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Please bring your C card , Nitrox card and log book (if you have one). 7mm wetsuits are recommended. Gloves are necessary for protection, not warmth. Bring your own gloves! No camera rentals exist. Dive insurance is highly recommended.
You will be met at the airport by Aggressor crew, escorted to a bus for the drive to Baltra dock. There you board a panga to the Aggressor. Lunch will be served following by briefings and your check dive.
AM: 2 dives at Punta Carrion. Sightings include rays and sea lions, occasionally mola molas.
PM: Bartolome is an iconic Galapagos site and perhaps the most photographed of all sites. The island’s best known feature is the remains of a tuff cone called Pinnacle Rock. Snorkeling opportunities with penguins, sea lions and sea turtles. Panga rides provide magnificent view of lava fields and geological formations. The trek up the Summit Trail leads to some of the most panoramic views in the Galapagos.
Jan – May: AM: 1 dive at Roca Blanca. Aggressor is the only Galapagos liveaboard with Roca Blanca and Cowley on their itinerary. Roca Blanca is a site no one goes, not even fishermen. As a result, marine life is extremely relaxed around divers. There is lots of coral, large schools of yellow tailed surgeon fish and other reef fish including the hard to find long nosed hawkfish. Often there are mantas and juvenile sharks.
PM: Cabo Marshall is so well known for the giant oceanic manta ray that they even named one dive site Manta City. Galapagos sharks are also common in Cabo Marshall.
June to Dec: Wolf Island, along with its sister Darwin Island, is considered one of the best dive destinations in the world. This small island located more than 100 kilometers to the northwest of the main Galapagos Islands chain. Navigation time is around 14 hours to arrive.
Sightings include: large schools of Hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, Ea- gle Rays, Sea Lions, Mantas, Turtles, Jacks, Trumpetfish, Butterfly fish, Morish Idols, Moray Eels, Dolphins and, in season, Whale sharks. Wolf Island is also prolific in corals and reef life, with more than 8 species of corals, and the greatest diversity of tropical fish in the islands.
Some of Wolf’s dive sites are Shark Bay, The Landslide, La Banana and Islote La Ventana. Wolf is also a great experience above water. It is home to literally hundreds of thousands of seabirds such as Nazca boobies (also known as masked boobies), frigates, pelicans and swallow-tailed gulls.
Jan – May: Wolf Island, along with its sister Darwin Island, is considered one of the best dive destinations in the world. This small island located more than 100 kilometers to the northwest of the main Galapagos Islands chain. Navigation time is around 14 hours to arrive.
June – Dec: Darwin is considered by most to be the best dive site on the planet. It is the northern- most island in Galapagos. This site is only visited by divers as there is no land access. Sightings include large schools of Hammerheads, free swimming morays, Galapagos sharks, Dolphins, Puffers and Porcupine fish, huge schools of Jacks and, of course, Whale Sharks between June and Nov. This is the only place on the planet where you can swim with 40+ ft / 12+ mt pregnant whale sharks. The island itself is home to countless birds, including the rare red-footed booby. Fur seal colonies also make Dar-win their home. And, of course, there is the world-renowned Darwin’s Arch (now Darwin’s Pinnacles) to provide a memorable photo-op.
AM: 2 dives in the most iconic dive site on the planet, Darwin. More high voltage pelagic adventure!
PM: 2 dives at Wolf for more pelagics!
Cabo Douglas is located on the northwestern side of Isla Fernandina, the volcanic hotspot of Galapagos. Volcano La Cumbre is the most active of all volcanoes in Galapagos, one of the most volcanically active places on earth. Fernandina has the largest of all marine iguanas in Galapagos and watching them feed will be one of the highlights of your dive. While marine iguanas are abundant in Galapagos, diving with them is far more rare than seeing them sunning outside of the water. Other endemic species sightings possible are the flightless cormorant and the Galápagos penguin.
Isabela is the largest island of the archipelago. It is roughly shaped like a seahorse. On the northwestern side, in what would be the “mouth” of the seahorse, is Punta Vicente Roca. Here the remains of Volcano Ecuador form two coves with a bay protected from the ocean swells. The upwelling of the Cromwell current, very rich in nutrients, gives rise to an incredible abundance of marine life. It is a Mola Mola (sunfish) cleaning station. Other sightingsinclude Red-Lipped Batfish, Seahorses, Sea Lions, Turtles, Galapagos Penguins, Galapagos Bullhead shark, schools of Black-striped Salemas and fish species not found elsewhere in Galapagos. Flightless cormorants are also often sighted at Punta Vicente Roca.
Both Cabo Douglas and Punta Vicente Roca are located on the far western side of the archipelago in the direct path of the cold Cromwell current. You can expect water temperatures as low as 54 F / 12 C.
AM: Cousin’s Rock: This combination of wall and coral covered rock is home to a variety of smaller creatures, a huge variety of tropical fishes and it’s not unknown to drop in on mantas or eagle rays. Black corals, small hard corals, sea fans and red sponges cover the tiered wall providing cover on the small ledges for many critters including Turtles, Frogfish, Long-nose Coral Hawkfish and the giant Pacific Sea Horse. Off in the blue, it’s not uncommon to spot Mobulas, Mantas, Eagle rays as well as sharks. rays, mantas and sharks (white tipped reef and hammerheads), sea lions and large groups of spotted eagle rays.
PM: Santa Cruz Highlands: This tour begins with a stop at “Los Gemelos” (The Twins), two enormous craters that occurred when surface materials collapsed into fissures or chambers below. It is an awe-inspiring visual reminder of the power of nature. The short, easy hike is teeming with endemic flora and fauna, including a Scalesia Forest. Most say this relative of the sunflower reminds them of a forest of giant broccolis. Next we visit a ranch where you can see the endemic Galapagos tortoise in its natural habitat.
After the Highlands, 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).
The Aggressor will depart at 10 pm from Puerto Ayora town to Baltra.
Then, we visit the town of Puerto Ayora. You can explore the Darwin Center on your own, shop for souvenirs or just hang out in town. Dinner will be a restaurant in Puerto Ayora.
Return to the Humboldt Explorer at 8:30 pm.
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Baltra Airport for your departure.