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Galapagos Aggressor III

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The luxury Galapagos Aggressor was built in 1994 and enjoys continual refits and upgrades to ensure an extensive assortment of amenities to make your diving trip a truly spectacular holiday.

"Since having a major refit with some practical modifications in 2014, Galapagos Aggressor is even better than before.  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."   ...    Dominick Macan

Vessel & diving details

  • The Galapagos Aggressor has 8 beautiful cabins accomodating 16 guests
    • 4 upper deck master staterooms with picture windows & 2 single beds convertible to 1 queen bed
    • 4 lower deck deluxe twin cabins each with two side by side twin beds (no upper berths)

    All cabins have en-suite bathrooms, TV/Blue Ray DVD, stereo, CD player, temperature controls and safe storage box.
  • Diving Amenities:

    • 80 cubic ft. tanks with K valves (American type), no DIN (European) valves
    • dive deck with personal gear lockers, freshwater showers, rinse tank, and camera table
    • two 10-passenger inflatable dive skiffs with outboard motors
    • one 8-passenger inflatable skiff for backup
    • nitrox is available - rebreather support is not
  • All Galapagos Aggressor III cruises include:
    • Darwin & Wolf
    • Cousin's Rock, Punta Carrion, Punta Vicente Roca, Cabo Marshall (Manta City)
    • Santa Cruz Island visit - Tortoise Reserve & Darwin Research Center

    See a detailed itinerary and map at the end of this page.
  • Included on all cruises:
    • accommodation & diving
    • meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages plus local beer & wine served with dinner
    • compressed air, tanks, weights and weight belts
    • airport transfers on day of arrival and departure
  • Extras:
    • Galapagos Park entry fee & Galapgos Visitor's Card
    • nitrox is an additional charge for unlimited supply
    • Aqua Lung rental gear
    • international & domestic airfares are not included

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Technical specifications & deck plan

See detailed yacht specifications, equipment & safety features plus the deck layout for Galapagos Aggressor III ...   click to open

SPECIFICATIONS

Built to Lloyd’s Registry and American Bureau of Shipping Standards
Length: 100 ft.
Beam: 22
Passengers: 16
Crew: 9
Cabins 8

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

Twin diesel engines on all steel and aluminum yachts
Two or more generators, 110-208 ac voltage, each capable of supplying the yachts needs independently
Two 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

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Hammocks, wet bar & a hot tub will spoil you

Galapgos Aggressor III is 4 levels of spacious & commodiadious living.   Starting at the top, the 4th deck is a sun deck with covered & uncovered space.  The 3rd deck houses 4 big cabins with picture windows while the remaining 4 cabins are situated on the 4th deck.

On the main deck (2nd level) you'll find a large, lovely dining area with restaurant atmosphere, the interior salon, and on the aft deck, another a 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. If you have any special dietary requirements, please advise us in advance.

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.

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.

Guests will have dinner ashore at a local restaurant of their choice (only meal not included in the cruise).

Itinerary & map

Itinerary for Galapagos Aggressor III.   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

Departures are from Baltra on Thursday and all items on the itinerary are subject to conditions Thursday to Thursday trips.
Boarding: Thursday 1 p.m.
Check out: Thursday 8 a.m.

ITINERARY

A maximum of 4 dives will be offered daily; two in the morning and two in the afternoon. In addition, one night dive and two land excursions per week will be offered.

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.

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 North East Coast of Baltra Island.

See diving details below the map

Galapagos AGGRESSOR itinerary map

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 & 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.

Saturday:
4 Dives at Wolf  -  2 morning, 1 afternoon  ...  plus June  -December 1 night dive

Sunday:
June to December  - 4 dives at Darwin - 2 morning & 2 afternoon
January to May  -  2 morning dives at Darwin and 2 afternoon dives at Wolf

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

Cabo Marshall (January to May Itinerary)
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.

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

 

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