Although the Galapagos Islands have been an Aggressor Fleet destination since 1993, this vessel was fully renovated in 2014, making it one of the most comfortable and professional Galapagos dive liveaboards available. The ships caters for up to 16 guests, with a spacious lounge area, separate dining room and two sun decks, one of which has an indulgent jacuzzi to relax in between dives.
Seven night excursions on the Galapagos Aggressor liveaboard depart from Baltra on Santa Cruz Island for the world-renowned dive sites around Wolf and Darwin Islands, known for their large pelagic encounters and the opportunity to witness endemic species found nowhere else in the world. The chance to meet the animals that call this magnificent place home, is unique because they’ve not been exposed to many humans, and as such, have not developed fear of them.
In addition to exploring the unforgettable underwater world on a Galapagos scuba diving vacation, excursions to Bartolome Summit, the Galapagos Tortoise reserve and a visit to the Charles Darwin research center can also be incorporated into the Galapagos Aggressor III itineraries.
Each of the Galapagos Aggressor III’s eight cabins come with en-suite bathrooms, individually controlled air conditioning, a TV with DVD player, and hairdryer facilities.
Deluxe staterooms: Lower deck
There are four deluxe staterooms on the lower deck of the Galapagos Aggressor III, each of which has two single beds (side by side), en-suite bathroom with shower and toilet, and a porthole window.
Master staterooms: Upper deck
The four upper deck master staterooms have two single beds located side by side which can be made into a queen bed on request. They have a port window and a closet which offers slightly more storage space than the lower deck staterooms.
The Galapagos Aggressor liveaboard has a spacious separate dining area where sit-down meals are served, and all beverages, including soft drinks, fruit juice, coffee, tea, water, local beer and wine, are included in the price. The menu features a variety of locally-inspired and western dishes drawing on fresh produce, meats & baked goods.
Lunches are buffet style, with a selection of hearty salads, meats and freshly baked bread, while dinners are a la carte, with warming soups and delicious desserts accompanying meals. Breakfasts are cooked to order and include both hot and cold dishes which change daily, while freshly-prepared snacks are served between dives and hot chocolate awaits when you surface. Some special dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notification.
The Galapagos Aggressor III boasts a climate-controlled interior with an entertainment center equipped with TV, DVD player and stereo system where guests can select from an assortment of movies to view in either the lounge or their individual cabins. Its two decks offer superb views across the archipelago and are partially covered with sun loungers for those who want to sunbathe, while there are two hammocks available to kick back and relax with a good book.
There is a Jacuzzi to relax and stargaze from at night, as well as plenty of outdoor seating areas where you can grab a refreshment from the bar and chat with your fellow divers. The Galapagos Aggressor III also has a barbecue grill area where guests can enjoy an alfresco dining experience on select nights.
In addition to a well-equipped and spacious dive deck to facilitate ease of preparation for daily dives, there is also a camera table with low pressure air hoses for underwater photographers to keep equipment clean, a PC for downloading photos and viewing photos, as well as a strobe charging station.
The Galapagos Aggressor III focuses its diving around the thrilling, shark-rich sites of Darwin and Wolf Islands which have recently been included in a newly-designated marine sanctuary. Fishing is now completely off-limits to protect the shark species and their natural resources in these waters, making encounters with hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, Galapagos sharks and manta rays ever-more common on your Galapagos scuba diving vacation.
The waters around Santiago and Santa Cruz Islands offer the chance to see white-tip sharks, green turtles, eagle rays and playful sea lions, while Bartolome Punta, Cousins Rock and Cabo Douglas are also included in some Galapagos Aggressor III itineraries, depending on conditions.
This Galapagos liveaboard offers a maximum of four dives per day – two in the morning and two in the afternoon – as well as two-night diving opportunities throughout the week and two land excursions, as permitted by the Galapagos National Park authorities.
Galapagos diving is challenging, and is best suited for advanced to intermediate divers. We recommend that you have a minimum of 100 logged dives under your weight belt before scuba diving in the Galapagos Islands. Dives are conducted in small groups by experienced dive masters and instructors and from zodiacs. The waters are cool, dropping to as low as 60°F (15°C) in winter, and at least a 5mm-7mm, semi-dry wetsuit is recommended, as well as hood, boots and gloves. But the advantage of diving in the cold winter months is a greater chance of whale shark sightings!
The Galapagos Aggressor III boasts a large dive platform with separate rinse sinks, personal lockers and freshwater showers, as well as two dinghies which are used to access most of the dive sites. They use 12 litre aluminum tanks with INT-adapters and full rental equipment is available with advanced notice, as well as Nitrox for an additional charge.