scheduled topnew

Foreign Scheduled

Galapogas aboard the Aggressor lll Liveaboard

DATES & PRICE:   Scheduled dates available upon request.  Package includes return international & domestic flights,
                                     scheduled transfers & liveaboard component

AGGRESSOR lll:     Click here for details on the Aggressor Fleet


** Terms & Conditions apply
** Galapogas Land & Liveaboard Safaris
** Galapogas Dive Sites

** Galapogas Highlights

Aggressor


Galapagos is one of the most exciting destinations in the world. Guests will have the opportunity to dive with playful Sea Lions, travel to the famous Darwin and Wolf for thrilling diving to see Hammerhead Sharks, Whale Sharks, clouds of Tuna and much more. The scenic view of the Darwin Arch is as picturesque as you can imagine. The Galapagos Aggressor departs from Baltra every Thursday afternoon and are the perfect platform for a Galapagos diving holiday that you will remember for a lifetime.

The Aggerssor lll goal is to provide you with the ultimate Galapagos Live Aboard diving experience. The Galapagos Aggressor offers a brand new itinerary in compliance with the Galapagos National Park regulations which requires companies with permits to follow the exact itinerary below. A maximum of four dives will be offered daily; two in the morning and two in the afternoon. In addition, two night dives and two land excursions per week will be offered.
The new diving areas added to the itinerary are: Bartolome Punta, Cousins Rock and Cabo Douglas. The Galapagos National Park grants approval for normal itineraries and accepts requests for special itineraries.

GALAPOGAS MACRO MAGIC: While The Galapagos Islands are known as one of the best big-animal encounter spots in the world, don’t overlook the small stuff!  Those same currents that deliver so many nuturients for the big guys also deliver plenty for the small ones as well.  Particularly in the central islands. 

WHALE SHARK SEASON - June to November: While you may see whale sharks during any Galapogas cruise, the number of encounters goes up dramatically during the whale shark season.

DIVING WITH HAMMERHEADS: When you dive the islands of Wolf and Darwin on your next liveaboard cruis, hammerhead sharks are your constant companions.  You will see individual sharks, groups of 4-5 sharks, large schools numbering 100 or more sharks – and during Manta Season you can even see the sharks form a solid wall of hammerheads.  Despite their size, hammerhead sharks are a bit skittish – and while you’ll have no problem getting close enough to see them clearly – getting a good shot or video clip can be challenging.

MANTA SEASON - December to May: Manta Season is the “warm season” for Galapagos diving. Air temperatures go up a few degrees, but typically the water at Wolf and Darwin Islands will be anywhere from 78 – 82 degrees F – a full six – ten degrees warmer than other seasons.  Despite the warmth – visibility is also usually the best Galapagos has to offer during Manta Season.  So during this time of year you have the perfect diving backdrop to explore the underwater world of the Galapagos Islands. 


STANDARD LIVEABOARD PACKAGE INCLUDES:

* Return international and domestic flights to and from port of embarkation and disembarking (Balta or San Cristobel) and airport
   taxes
* All scheduled transfers
* 7 Nights onboard a luxury Liveaboard
* 6 Days diving
* Air-conditioned en-suite master or deluxe cabin
* All meals, including mid-morning & mid-afternoon snacks
* All beverages (fruit juice, soft drinks, water, tea, coffee, local beer and wine) – excluding premium brands
* Tanks & Weights
* Land excursions as stated

PACKAGE EXCLUDES

* Add on return flights to Johannesburg if required
* Personal travel, baggage and diving insurance
* $10 Galapagos Visitors Card (to pay in cash in Galapagos)
* $100 National Park Fee (to pay in cash in Baltra)
* Any meals or drinks not specified
* Gear hire
* Gratuities ($70)
* Any Visa requirements.(Visas are not required for SA passport holders for Argentina and Ecuador)
* Health Requirements – Yellow Fever and Meningitis vaccinations are required for Ecuador. (Ecuador is a low-risk Malaria area, 
   confirm with your doctor or travel clinic)


Aggressor1   Aggressor3   Aggressor2  
Aggressor4

ITINERARY:

 
THURSDAY: Baltra Airport, Afternoon Greeting by Crew, Bus Transfer to the Dock (Muelle) and Boarding. Welcome, and Orientation Dive at Punta Carrion at Itabaca Channel.

FRIDAY: 2 Morning dives; Punta Carrion (Santa Cruz Island) and Bartolome Punta.  1 afternoon dive at Bartolome Punta and hike to Bartolome Summit.

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 - 5 dives at Cabo Marshall; 2 morning dives, 2 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.

WEDNESDAY: 1 morning dive at Cousins Rock. Wednesday afternoon arrive at Itabaca Channel. After lunch guests will disembark at 1 pm to go ashore for 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 Reserve to 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). The Galapagos Aggressor will move from Itabaca Channel to Puerto Ayora. At 10 pm the boat will depart for Baltra.

THURSDAY: Guests will have a full breakfast then check out and depart to the Baltra Airport.

** Itinerary is subject to change without notice.


DIVE SITES OF THE GALAPOGAS - WHY IS THE DIVING SO GOOD?

Large Hammerhead Sharks are your near-constant companions at Wolf & Darwin.  The islands of Charles Darwin fame offer some of the most dramatic diving in the world.  Many divers say the best.  It is unquestionably the hammerhead shark capital of the world – but also home to the sleek Galapagos shark, horn sharks, white tips, silkies, and the occasional pelagic visitors like the tiger shark.  That’s the beginning.  Add whale sharks, giant manta rays, and graceful rays of every description (mobula, golden, spotted eagle, and marble), and you wonder if a week is enough time to see it all.  Throw in some giant schools of fish gracefully providing circular tunnels of ingress and egress in blue water – plus incredible macro marine life,  and now you realize just how exciting Galapagos diving can be. 

Galapagos diving is neatly divided into two seasons:  Whale Shark Season (June thru November) and the slightly warmer Manta Season (December thru May).

A graceful school of Mobula Rays glides by. . . . . . . .  The Galapagos islands are among the most geographically remote on earth – on the equator, 605 miles from mainland Ecuador. They are pristine and largely untouched by man.  15 main islands and countless smaller ones dot the archipelago – providing plentiful shallow water habitats. Deep, oceanic water lies just offshore, and The Galapagos Islands are washed by 3 major oceanic currents (Humboldt, Cromwell, and Panama), a constant source of nutrients for the resident marine life.  Galapagos delivers amazing biodiversity from big animals to small invertebrates. Exciting, heart pounding dive encounters with giant whale sharks immediately followed by a graceful, swooping procession of 200 schooling mobula rays.

You simply never know exactly what will happen on any Galapagos dive – but experience tells us something unique and unusual will – something you’ve never seen before – and this is a big part of the magic of Galapagos diving. 


DIVE SITES ON-BOARD THE AGGRESSOR lll

The new diving areas added to the itinerary are: Bartolome Punta, Cousins Rock and Cabo Douglas. The Galapagos National Park grants approval for normal itineraries and accepts requests for special itineraries.

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND, PUNTA CARRION: 40 ft. - 90 ft. dive with White Tipped Sharks, Stingrays, Eagle Rays and Marbled Rays, Scorpion Fish, Sea Turtles and Sea Lions.

BARTOLOME PUNTA: 20 ft. - 90 ft. 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.

WOLF ISLAND: 1  to 3 knot current; 40 ft. - 90 ft. 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 ft. - 90 ft. 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 DOUGLAS, FERNANDINA ISLAND: 20 ft. - 90 ft. 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, ISABELA ISLAND: 20 ft. – 90 ft. 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.

COUSIN ROCKS: 20 ft. - 100 ft. 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.

CABO MARSHALL, ISABELA ISLAND: January to May Itinerary - 20 ft. - 100 ft. dive with Giant Manta Rays, Creole Fish, Barracudas, White Tipped Reef Sharks, Sea Lions, Fur Sea Lions, Yellow Fin Tunas, Groupers, Snappers, Salemas.

Please note that diving in the Galapagos is advanced due to strong currents, varying visibility, and cold water. Temperatures range from low 60’s to upper 70’s in different areas of the itinerary and seasons. Divers must be comfortable in these conditions, as well as have very good buoyancy and be able to do negative (sometimes rapid) back-roll entries/descents from small boats. Recommended requirements include 50-100 open water dives, experience in currents, ability to remove gear in water and ability to get into small boats (inflatable tenders) in choppy seas.

Galapagos Dive Sites

GETTING THERE, PASSPORT & VISA DOCUMENTATION

The Galapagos Islands are located in the eastern Pacific Ocean, 605 miles (973 km) off the west coast of South America. 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 Avianca flight from Guayaquil to Baltra on Thursday morning. (see flight schedule in Know Before You Go) Aerogal Airlines was recently purchased by Avianca Airline.

Visitors must have a current passport, adequate funds to support themselves, and a return airline ticket. US citizens require a passport that must be valid for 6 months from date of entry. It is the travelers’ responsibility to ensure they have the proper visa to travel into each country on his or her itinerary as well as for re-entry and return to their country. Since regulations vary by country, contact your consulate or embassy of your country for the requirement.


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 Wednesday 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.


TAXES & FEES

All paid in cash. USD $100 Park fee, $20 Galapagos Visitor's Visa card


For enquiries, quotes or bookings, please contact Lynne on:
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Cell: (+27) 83 463 2163