Deluxe Motor Yachts
Aggressor Fleet rated among top ten best diving live-aboard yachts in the world.
|First Class||100 ft /30.5m||16||8|
The Aggressor Fleet is the most long running, respected and successful diving operations in the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos Aggressors I & II were custom designed, built and equipped to offer a safe and luxury dive operation and the first live-aboard dive company to offer a permanent itinerary to offer a dive program combined with land visits. They work with the best dive masters in Galapagos – and are a very safe and professional operation. The yachts are very comfortable, the interiors are spacious, comfortable and fully air conditioned taking 16 guests in deluxe and master suite cabins and are fitted with private toilets, showers, sinks, and hair dryers. Linens are changed mid-week and fresh towels are placed in each stateroom as needed. Salon with entertainment center and wet bar, all rooms are with private bathrooms with air conditioning, and the yacht has excellent outdoor space which includes a hot tub, sun deck with wet bar and a good sized Dive deck.
8 cabins all with private bathrooms, hot water and air-conditioning. (3) "Master" staterooms (cabins 5, 6 and 7) are the upstairs cabins and have 2 single berths or can be made into 1 queen upon request. They have a picture window, lavatory, private head and shower, hair dryers and TV/DVD/MP3 players. Remainder are “Deluxe” staterooms with two single berths, lavatory, private head and shower, hair dryers, port window and TV/DVD/MP3 players.
- Fully air conditioned interior.
- Salon with entertainment centre, DVD player and wet bar.
- Elegant dining area with “sit down” style dining.
- Partially covered deck with built-in sitting area.
- Partially covered sun deck with wet bar.
- Hot tub.
- Full-service galley with freezer and refrigerator storage.
- Dive deck with personal gear lockers for in-place air/nitrox fill, rinse tanks and three-tier camera table with low-pressure air hoses.
Prices start at US$4795 (GB£3195) per person for an 8 day cruise
- Aggressors are available to charter
- Discounts available for groups (2 free space for each 13 booked)
- $200 discount for non-divers
- 5 ½ Days diving, 8 days on board the Aggressor, services of Dive Master and naturalist guide, full board, except meal on last night, non-bottled soft drinks (ie juice, tea, coffee and water), compressed air tanks, weights and weight belts, $10 Galapagos visitor card.
- Filled tanks, weights and weight belts are included
- 65% single supplement
- Excluding flight to Galapagos, travel insurance, equipment rentals, nitrox fills, $100 Galapagos National Park entrance fee, bottled and alcoholic drinks, tips and personal expenses
If you would like any more information or to chat over the details of the trip we would be delighted to help. Telephone 01964 552292 for more information or email us today.
San Cristobal You will be met upon arrival and will board your yacht the Aggresor (I or II) and your Galapagos Diving experience will begin.
The easternmost island in the archipelago, this island has a small town, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and is home to a fantastic interpretation centre, which provides an excellent overview to the islands natural history and the conservation work being done to protect it. You will have a last chance to do some shopping in the town before your cruise departs.
Isla Lobos Your check out dive will be in a protected area at a 7 metre depth. This is a short dive with a sandy bottom with the focus of checking the skills of every diver. Lobos Island is a dive filled with Sea Lions, Star Fish, Rays, Turtles, Eagle Rays. As the sun sets you will circumvent Kicker Rock where you will see Blue Footed boobies and Frigate Birds in a stunning setting.
Depth: 3 – 10 Metres / Visibility: 6 – 12 Metres / Current: Slight
Water temperature: Dec-Apr 23-25C May-Nov 17C – 23C / Experience level: Beginner
Punta Carrion Is close to the eastern mouth of the Itabaca Channel between Baltra Island and Santa Cruz. You will have the opportunity to observe a variety of fish, rays and possibly the harmless White Tip Reef Sharks as well as Galapagos Sharks and Hammerheads. Diving down rocky slopes where the boulder strewn reef is interspersed with sandy patches you will see Sea Lions, Creole Fish and Blue Striped Sea Slugs.
Depth: 10 – 30 Metres / Visibility: 10 – 25 Metres / Current: Moderate to strong
Surface conditions: Can be rough / Water temperature: 19 - 26°C / Experience level: Intermediate
Cousins Rock Located on the east coast of Santiago Island near the island of Bartolome, It is a triangular-shaped islet usually with no strong currents, diving is on a shelving reef, with many endemic black corals on the walls. Here you will have the chance to see Pacific Seahorses, Barracudas, Sea Lions, Galapagos Shark, White Tip Shark, Sea Turtles, Reef Fish, Stingrays and a variety of invertebrates and molluscs. Cousin's Rock is also known for the large groups of Spotted Eagle Rays you may spot here and is one of the best dive sites in Galapagos.
Depth: 5 – 27 Metres / Visibility: 9 – 18 Metres / Current: Moderate
Water temperature: 18 - 26°C / Experience level: Intermediate
SATURDAY, SUNDAY, MONDAY
Wolf and Darwin One of those magical islands, with several dive sites to choose from. If you want to see sharks, you are at the right spot. This is a place for schooling hammerhead sharks, large aggregations of Galapagos Sharks, and occasionally Whale Sharks. Seeing dolphins, large schools of tuna, Spotted Eagle Rays, Barracudas, Sea Lions and sea turtles is common. The bottom is littered with hundreds of Moray Eels, many of them free swimming. Being several degrees warmer than the central islands, you can look for many representatives of the Indo-Pacific underwater fauna.
Depth: 12 – 30 Metres / Surge: Strong / Water temperature: Dec-Apr 25 – 28C May Nov 23 – 25C Experience level: Advanced
Darwin Island Considered by many experienced divers as the very best dive site in the world, The Arch at Darwin island (actually several dive sites depending on where you enter, currents, etc) honours its reputation. It is warmer by a few degrees than the central islands. In one single dive you can find schooling hammerhead sharks, Galapagos Sharks, large pods of dolphins, thick schools of Skipjack and Yellow-Fin Tuna, Big Eye Jacks, Mobula Rays, and Silky Sharks. From June to November, it is not uncommon to encounter Whale Sharks in numbers of up to 8 different individuals in one single dive. The presence of occasional Tiger Sharks, Black and Blue Marlin, and Killer Whales adds on to this amazing diving experience. If you still have time to look for smaller stuff, you’ll find octopus, flounders, and an enormous variety and abundance of tropical fish. Darwin Island is the biggest jewel on the Galapagos Crown.
Depth: 9 – 40 Metres / Visibility: 12– 24 Metres / Current: Moderate to very strong
Water temperature: 24-28C (May- Nov 22-26C) / Experience level: Advanced
Darwin’s Arch The most famous dive site in Galapagos and one of the best in the world! Schools of Hammerheads and Dolphins, Galapagos Sharks and enormous schools of tropical fish enjoy this area. Seasonal sightings of Whale Sharks are also common.
Darwin This morning you will have another chance to dive again at this spectacular site with alternative dives available Jan – May at Vincente Roca.
(alternative from January to May: Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela Island)
Vincente Roca Travelling to the North-western side of Isabella you visit Punta Vincente Roca for 2 dives. Your coldest dive – steep, deep vertical wall covered in soft coral, sponges, and endemic Black Coral. Regular sightings of Mola Mola (Oceanic Sun Fish,) Sea Horses, Horn Shark, Red Lipped Bat Fish, various shrimp and many other marine invertebrates. Your after-dive panga ride offers great photo ops for Galapagos Penguins, Flightless Cormorants, Marine Iguanas, Sea Lions, Blue Footed & Nazca Boobies, Magnificent Frigates and Noddy Terns. The diving here is chilly (particularly below the thermocline – but not to be missed!).
Depth: 5 – 30 Metres / Visibility: 10 – 15 Metres / Current: Mild
Surface Conditions: Usually calm / Water temperature: 15 - 24°C / Experience level: Beginner
Vincente Roca Another chance to dive here today with the morning offering alternative diving available Jan – May at Cape Marshall
Cape Marshall on the eastern side of Isabela island, you will encounter rocky volcanic cliffs which drop down to the ocean floor as an almost vertical wall. You may see Manta Rays, Marble Rays, Hammerhead Sharks, Mola Mola (oceanic sun fish) and Marine Turtles. It is also possible to see Chevron Barracuda, Snappers, Yellow Fin Tuna, Rainbow Runners, Wahoo and Groupers as well as smaller fish. .
Depth: 5 – 30 Metres / Visibility: 3 – 10 Metres / Current: Strong / Surface Conditions: Can be rough
Water temperature: 19 - 26°C / Experience level: Intermediate to Advanced
Santa Cruz – Highlands After breakfast you will disembark and head inland. The highlands of Santa Cruz are home to fascinating geological features, like lava tubes and the twin sinkhole craters of Los Gemelos, which are home to some 300 different fern species as well as a “forest” of Sunflowers and some elusive endemics like the Woodpecker Finch (one of only two bird species in the world to use twigs as tools), the Small Tree Finch, Vegetarian Finch and Galapagos Rail all found in the lush forest of Scalacia (Giant Daisies) that characterize the highlands of this island. The highlands of Santa Cruz are one of the best places to see Giant Tortoises in the wild. Lunch will be provided back onboard your yacht.
Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Research Station The Charles Darwin Research Station offers a great chance to learn about the work being done to conserve and protect the islands wildlife. For some visitors (depending on the time of year) this is the only time to see Giant Tortoises and certainly the closest range opportunity. It is also a great chance to see the Tortoise Rearing Centre.
You then have the evening to try out a local restaurant of your choice before your last night on board.
Guests will check out of the yacht after enjoying a full breakfast and you will be taken to the airport at San Cristobal Island for your flight back to the mainland.
Please note: Itineraries are unlikely to change significantly but are subject to change. Weather, wildlife breeding, instructions from the Galapagos National Park, specific abilities and interests of passengers as well as operational matters may cause your guide or captain to change the times or nature of your visits. Your guide will always endeavour to have the best itinerary for you within these constraints.
Deck Plan / Spec
- (2) 300 hp. Turbo diesel engines
- (2) 65 KW generators, 110 outlets throughout
- (2) Bauer Air and nitrox compressors
- 4,800 gallons water storage
- 1,200 gallon/day water maker
- (2) Ten-passenger inflatable dive skiffs with outboard motors
- Full line of scuba equipment rentals *
- Personal Epirbs and Dive Alerts for drift dives
- 80 cu. ft air/Nitrox tank for each guest
*additional equipment available upon request
- Global Positioning System (GPS)
- 24-mile and 48-mile radars
- Weather Facsimile
- Auto pilot with electronic compass
- (2) VHF radios
- SSB Marine radio
- Epirb emergency position system
- Fire detection and extinguishing system
- First aid kit, DAN Oxygen System
- Length: 100 feet
- Beam: 22 feet
- Cruising Speed: 10 knots
- Range: 2,000 nautical miles
- Year Built: 1992
- Year Refit: 04/2010
- Staterooms: Seven
- Passengers: 14