Dive Travel Deal: Galapagos I and II, San Cristobal, OTHER, Ecuador
February 12 – February 12 2013 Galapagos I and II, San Cristobal, OTHER, Ecuador
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 i & ii are sister ships and depart from san cristobal every thursday afternoon and are the perfect platform for a galapgos diving holiday that you will remember for a lifetime.
our goal is to provide you with the ultimate galapagos live aboard diving experience while visiting the galapagos islands. the galapagos aggressor are offering a new itinerary. the galapagos national park regulations required companies with permits to choose either land excursions or diving (there are no permits offering both). under the new regulation, a maximum of three dives will be offered daily two in the morning and one in the afternoon. the new itinerary is extremely exiting because of the new areas the yachts will be exploring: roca redona, puenta vicente roca (isabela island) and pinta island. the galapagos itinerary is controlled by the national park who grants approval for normal itineraries and accepts requests for special itineraries.
guests will depart the yachts wednesday morning to board a bus for a land tour to the highlands of santa cruz island to see tortoises, lava tubes, pit craters and the scalesia forest. guests will enjoy lunch in the town of puerto ayora at a local restaurant (the only meal not included in the cruise) and will have time for shopping. guests can also visit fausto llerena, a tortoise-breeding center and the charles darwin research station. wednesday afternoon, guests will return to the yachts for a cocktail party and dinner. the yachts will then depart for san cristobal for a thursday am departure. the national parks service has prohibited night diving in galapagos due to extreme conditions on most sites. beginner divers may find galapagos diving challenging.
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 aerogal flight into san cristobal on thursday morning.
guests will be met by a crewmember in uniform at the san cristobal airport and transferred to the yachts. guests may board thursday beginning at 1 pm. diving on your galapagos liveaboard cruise begins thursday afternoon through late afternoon tuesday. guests will depart the yachts wednesday morning to board a bus for a land 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 san cristobal airport for the flight to the mainland.
galapagos scuba diving environment:
• june – november: the water is cooler, 60-75f, 16-24c whale shark sightings are greater.
• december – may: the water is warmer, clearer 70-86f, 21-30c larger schools of hammerhead sharks, manta rays and eagle rays.
• all dives from tenders,
• 5 – 7mm wetsuit recommended.
taxes & fees:
all paid in cash. usd $100 park fee, $10 galapagos visitors visa card.
message from the president of the galapagos aggressor i & ii
the galapagos aggressors i & ii have been operating as the premier galapagos live aboard dive yachts since 1993. these yachts were custom designed, built and equipped to offer a safe and luxury dive operation. every two years each yacht goes through an extensive dry-dock. we have been granted permits for the galapagos aggressor i and galapagos aggressor ii issued by the galapagos national park since 1994.
we want to assure our guests that we will continue to offer luxury diving and carry on our relentless effort to preserve the galapagos marine life. this is just an example of why aggressor fleet has the top diving live-aboards in the world.
president – galapagos aggressor i & ii