The Aggressor Fleet operates Galapagos Aggressor III in the Galapagos Islands. It's a 30m (100ft) long steel ship, equipped with 8 comfortable double/twin cabins for up to 16 guests. It offers regular 7 night excursions from Thursday to Thursday each week. All excursions include diving at Wolf and Darwin Islands. Galapagos Aggressor III is a very comfortable dive boat.
Scheduled excursions always start and finish in Baltra. The ship dock is reached in a short 5-10 minute bus ride from the airport in Baltra (Santa Cruz).
Galapagos Aggressor III is fully air-conditioned and there is a spacious lounge with a separate dining areas. An AV system, e-mail and telephone service are available. Meals are served at the table. Beverages (including local alcoholic beer and wine) are included in the excursion price.
The ship has two sun decks (with partial sun protection) and the deck chairs are ideal for those who love to sunbathe. The Jacuzzi invites you to relax on board. Outdoor showers are available on the spacious dive deck. There is a large dive platform which features separate rinse sinks for equipment and cameras and two camera tables. The boat's technical and electronic equipment meet the latest safety standards. Two dinghies are available on board the Galapagos Aggressor.
All cabins contain individually controlled air conditioning, a TV / DVD player, hairdryer and comfortable en-suite bathroom.
The 4 deluxe staterooms are located on the lower deck of the ship and have 2 single beds (side by side) with a porthole window. The 4 master staterooms are on the upper deck. They each have 2 single beds which can be converted to a queen bed, as well as a large window for great views.
A maximum of four dives will be offered daily. Two dives in the morning and two in the afternoon. Under new 2013 National Parks guidelines, in addition, two night dives and two land excursions per week will also be offered.
The best diving around the Galapagos Islands is made possible through the use of dinghies (or inflatable’s). 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. On board, rental equipment is available (must be booked in advance) and 12L aluminum tanks with INT-adapters. Nitrox is available for an additional charge.
The excursions are designed for intermediate and advanced divers. Dives are conducted in small groups with a detailed briefing beforehand. The waters surrounding the Galapagos Islands are quite cool. From December to May: 21°-27°C (70°-80°F) and from June to November 15°-23°C (60°-75°F). It is advisable if you bring at least a 5mm - 7mm wetsuit (semi-dry) with hood, boots and gloves. If you have, bring a dry suit.
The following amazing dive areas will be visited (weather permitting) as part of the excursions:
Wolf and Darwin Islands: you may see hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, Galapagos sharks, manta rays, eagle rays, green and hawksbill turtles. Another attraction for sure are the fur seals, jacks, scorpionfish and dolphines. Perhaps even a whaleshark around Darwin Islands. Expect 1 to 3 knots currents!
Santiago Island: dive with eagle rays, sea lions, green turtles and whitetip sharks. Also seahorses and frog fish are spotted here often. Santa Cruz Island: dive with Galapagos sharks, whitetip sharks, manta rays, turtles, sea lions. Currents are strong here too, 1 to 2 knots.
Email is available on board through the satellite system. There is a charge for incoming and outgoing email. Private calls may be made from the yacht by satellite phone.
You should know...
NEW regulation from 1 May 2018: Any person who enters Ecuador as a tourist must be able to present proof of public or private full coverage international health insurance for the duration of their stay in Ecuador.
The Galapagos Aggressor III is a very comfortable liveaboard vessel, good service and high standard.