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Galapagos Aggressor

GalapagosAggressorIIIExt1 cropped optThe luxury Galapagos Aggressor was built in 1994 for the comfort & convenience of serious scuba divers. Her itineraries include the best of Galapagos diving including Darwin & Wolf.

A word from Dom : "An excellent choice for Galapagos diving since 1994, her layout, refined interior and crew are typical of the high-level standards which apply to all Aggressor vessels.  Since her major refit which included some practical modifications in 2014, Galapagos Aggressor is even better than before. Certainly one of the top choices in Galapagos ... "  ..... Dominick Macan


Cabins ... diving overview ... what's included



  •  4 upper deck MASTER staterooms
     2 single beds convertible to 1 queen bed & picture windows 
    4 lower deck DELUXE twin cabins
    2 side by side twin beds (no upper berths)
     
    All cabins have en-suite bathrooms, TV/Blue Ray DVD, stereo, CD player, temperature controls and a safe.
  •  7-night charters: up to 20 dives
    all dives from two 10-passenger inflatable dive skiffs
    80 cubic ft. tanks with K valves (American), no DIN valves (European)
    nitrox (at extra charge)
    Water temperature:
    (Jun - Nov) 60 - 75F, 16 - 24C  ...  (Dec -May) 70 - 86F, 21- 30C
    5 - 7mm wetsuit recommended with hood and gloves
  • accommodation & diving
    meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages
    local beer & wine served with dinner
    compressed air, tanks, weights and weight belts
    airport transfers on day of arrival & departure
  • airfares
    nitrox
    Aqualung rental gear 
    (please request in advance)
    Galapagos Park entry fee
    Galapgos Visitor's Card



On board Galapagos Aggressor III


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    Aggressor at Darwin's Arch
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    sundeck
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    exterior lounge - stern
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    spa pool
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    salon
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    dining & salon
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    dining room
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    twin stateroom
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    double stateroom
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    dive deck
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    panga


Deck Plan ... Dive Map ... Technical Specifications

Itinerary map, deck & cabin layout, yacht specs, equipment & safety features for Galapagos Aggressor III .... open

 

DECK PLAN

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ITINERARY MAP

Galapagos AGGRESSOR itinerary map

 

SPECIFICATIONS

Built and maintained to the specifications of the local regulatory agencies and the regulations of the country of the flag.

Port: Baltra, Galapagos
Length: 100 ft.
Beam: 22
Passengers: 16
Crew: 9
Cabins 8

Galapagos has been an Aggressor destination since 1993.

PROFESSIONAL CREWS

Captains and staff are professionally licensed as required by the laws of the country in which the yacht operates and complies with and the appropriate flag state regulations and/or SOLAS (International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea) standards. All yachts are required to follow Aggressor Fleet® Standard Operations Procedures (SOP). Dive instructors and divemasters are trained and certified by international recognized certification agencies. Each receives proficiency training and annual inspections to review safety aspects.

MACHINERY

Generator(s) 110-208 ac voltage capable of supplying the yachts needs
SCUBA air compressors with cascade storage
Nitrox membrane system with cascade storage
Watermaker with ample storage
Support dinghies with outboard motors for shore excursions and scuba diving

NAVIGATION

Radar
Magnetic Compass
Depth sounders
Global Positioning Systems (GPS)

COMMUNICATIONS

Multiple VHF radios
Long Range Single Side Band Radio
Satellite Phone (where necessary)
Satellite Email (where necessary)

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Hang bar for safety stops (where necessary)
Complete First Aid Kit and medical supplies
D.A.N. Oxygen System with 100% demand regulator
Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)
Fire and Smoke Detection Systems
Fire extinguishers and Fire Fighting Equipment
EPIRB – Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon
Life rafts & rescue craft
Life jackets equipped with lights and whistles for all passengers and crew
Full Complement of Safety and Rescue Equipment
Emergency flares

Hammocks, wet bar & a hot tub will spoil you 


Galapgos Aggressor III is four levels of spacious & commodious living. Starting at the top, the 4th deck is a sun deck with covered & uncovered space to bask in the sun and enjoy spectacular views of the Galapagos islands. The 3rd deck houses four large cabins with picture windows while the remaining four cabins are situated on the 1st (lower) deck. 

On the main deck (2nd level) you'll find a large, lovely dining area with restaurant atmosphere, the interior salon complete with entertainment center, featuring a TV, stereo player and an assortment of movies and books. On the aft deck, another sun deck with comfortable chairs, tables & loungers, plus wet bar, hammocks a BBQ grill. To top it all off, the fore deck offers a hot tub for those of you with a desire for true decadence!

The dive deck is located on the main deck and has personal gear lockers, freshwater showers, rinse tank, and camera table – and scuba diving equipment rental is available. In addition to snorkeling & diving, you'll want to grab the opportunity for guided land tours with naturalist guides.

The Galapagos Aggressor III offers a complete digital photo facility including a PC for downloading photos. The photo pro is available for free coaching with equipment rental.


Aggressor food & cheer 


Always meeting the excellent standards of the Aggressor Fleet, the menu on board is varied with a combination of American & local cuisine and barbecues.  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 include salads, vegetables, seafood, beef or chicken with a fresh homemade dessert.  If you have any special dietary requirements, please advise us in advance.


Land visits


Your first land visit is a hike up Bartolome where, from the top, you get spectacular panoramic views of the islands. Later in the itinerary you'll have a private bus 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 Reserveto see giant tortoises, and Lava Tubes. After the hike, guests can walk through town, shop and visit the tortoise-breeding center Fausto Llerena at the Charles Darwin Research Station.

On the final evening, guests will have dinner ashore at a local restaurant of their choice (the only meal not included in the cruise).


Itinerary


The Galapagos itinerary is controlled by the National Park who grants approval for all diving itineraries.  The following sample itinerary is based on tides, currents, winds and weather conditions and may vary.   Please note the itinerary starts at BALTRA .... not San Cristobal.

Itinerary for Galapagos Aggressor III.  You'll have up to 4 dives per day .... including Darwin & Wolf.  The exact itinerary is always weather and conditions dependant ... however, this itinerary is valid unless conditions dictate a change and the plan will always be to visit the following sites  ...   continue reading

Thursday: Baltra Airport pick-up and check-out dive
Afternoon greeting by crew, bus transfer to the Itabaca channel and boarding
Welcome and orientation dive at Punta Carrion

Friday: 2 morning dives - Punta Carrion (Santa Cruz Island) and 1 afternoon dive at Bartolome Punta
Punta Carrion
40 - 90 foot dive with white tipped sharks, stingrays, eagle rays and marbled rays, scorpion fish, sea turtles and sea lions.

Bartolome Punta
20 - 90 foot dive with groupers, creole fish, white tipped sharks, barracudas, scorpion fish, sea turtles, guinea puffer fish, red lipped batfish, reef corals, occasionally hammerheads and bottlenose dolphins.

You'll have a Friday afternoon hike to Bartolome Punta and a panga ride at Pinacle Rock

Saturday – Monday – diving at Darwin, Wolf or  Darwin, Wolf / Cabo Marshall
Wolf Island
(1 to 3 knot current)  40 - 90 foot. dive with schooling scalloped hammerhead sharks, eagle rays, marble rays, galapagos sharks, silky sharks, eagle rays, green turtles, octopus, sea lions, school of bonitos tuna, yellow fin tuna, snappers, groupers, wahoo, barracudas, almaco jack, moray eels, parrot fish, dolphins, galapagos reef coral, sea lions and fur seals - occasionally whale sharks and orcas

Darwin Island
(1 to 3 knot current)  40 - 90 foot dive with schooling scalloped hammerhead sharks, galapagos sharks, silky sharks, eagle rays, green turtles, almaco jack, snappers, groupers, wahoo, hawksbill turtles and whale sharks. occasionally manta rays and orcas.

Cabo Marshall
20 - 100 foot dive with giant manta rays, creole fish, barracudas, white tipped reef sharks, sea lions, fur sea lions, yellow fin tunas, groupers, snappers, salemas.

Saturday:
January to May - 4 Dives at Wolf; 2 morning, 2 afternoon dives
June to December - 2 morning dives, 1 afternoon and 1 night dive

Sunday:
January to May - 2 morning dives at Darwin and 2 afternoon dives at Wolf
June to December - 2 morning dives and 2 afternoon dives at Darwin

Monday:
January to May - 4 dives at Cabo Marshall; 2 morning dives, 1 afternoon and 1 night dive
June to December - 2 morning dives at Darwin; and 2 afternoon dives at Wolf

Tuesday:  2 morning dives at Cabo Douglas and 2 afternoon dives at Punta Vicente Roca.

Cabo Douglas,

20 - 90 foot dive with Galapagos penguins, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, sea lions, seahorses, sea turtles, horn sharks, red lipped batfish, groupers, snappers, and creole fish

Punta Vicente Roca
20 - 90 foot dive with Galapagos horn sharks, red lipped batfish, sting rays, marbled rays, mola mola or pacific ocean fish, seahorses, galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants, shrimps, big schools of salema, king angel fish, slipper lobsters, blue footed boobies, frigate birds, and brown pelicans.

Wednesday:  1 morning dive at Cousins Rock
Cousins Rock
20 - 100 foot dive with eagle rays, jacks, sea lions, green turtles, barracudas, fur seals, king angel fish, snappers, puffer fish, groupers, marble rays, sting rays, creole fish, black coral.

Wednesday afternoon the Galapagos Aggressor III will arrive at Itabaca Channel or Puerto Ayora.  After lunch guests will disembark and 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).

The Galapagos Aggressor III will depart at 10 pm from Puerto Ayora town to Baltra.

Thursday:
Guests will have a full breakfast then check out and depart to the Baltra Airport.  Be sure to remember the suggested 24-hour no-fly rule when planning your departure.

Itinerary is subject to change without notice.


Your cruise logistics


Departures are from Baltra on Thursday.  You will be met by a crewmember in uniform at the Baltra Airport and transferred to the yacht for boarding at 1 pm.  Diving begins Thursday afternoon and continues through Wednesday morning. Departure from the yacht is Wednesday after lunch, when you will enjoy 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 your flight to the mainland.

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