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Galapagos & Machu Picchu

Travel BMorin COMMENTS30 Nov, 2018

Join ADI on the Galapagos Islands Aggressor III

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 on their Galapagos Islands liveaboard scuba diving trip.


October 29th - November 5th

Galapagos Live-Aboard Trip

Galapagos Aggressor ADI

November 6th - November 11th

Optional Lima & Machu Picchu Land Tours

Machu Picchu ADI

Galapagos Diving

Diving in the Galapagos allows divers to see a wide variety of underwater life and experience the sea's world. As with the animals residing on the land, the species living underwater have also not learned to fear people which makes them interested in what you are doing under the water. The underwater ecosystem is varied. You might very well get to see sea lions and dolphins, as well as sea turtles and marine iguanas under the surface. There are also a massive variety of sharks to be spotted. These include the Galapagos shark, white-tipped reef sharks, blacktip sharks and whale sharks.Hammerhead sharks can also be seen with some frequency, especially at dive sites near Wolf and Darwin. You can also expect to see various varieties of rays including manta rays, or more likely, eagle rays. As well as these species, there are also a very wide variety of colorful fish and commonly spotted types include water jacks, grunts, barracuda, snappers and groupers. Also seen sometimes include bloody frogfish, rainbow basslet and Galapagos clingfish, among many, many others. The underwater world is also home to starfish, crabs, and even seahorses for divers that are lucky enough to spot them.

Marine Iguana

The waters of the Galapagos Islands are a unique mixture of warm and cold water, ranging between 65°F and 85°F, with thermoclines about 65°F. We recommend you bring a 5mm-7mm wet suit with hood and gloves or a dry suit with light underwear all year round. The cruises to some of the islands can be rough and we recommend you take precautions against motion sickness. See the “Captain’s Log” on the Galapagos page, www.aggressor.com, for current diving conditions. The diving in Galapagos can be strenuous, due to its currents and surge, varying water temperatures, limited visibility, and diving from dinghies.

Live-Aboard Diving

The crew of the Galapagos Aggressor III, with their unique combination of talents, offers the ultimate in service. While onboard you may pick a buddy of your choice or dive with one of the yachts crewmembers. There is ample storage space for your diving equipment in your personal locker. The Galapagos Aggressor III provides 80 cubic feet tanks, weight belts, and weights. All tanks have K-valves (American type), no DIN (European) valves. Nitrox is available for an additional fee.


They suggest you pack the following: mask, fins, snorkel, regulator with visible pressure gauge, depth gauge, dive computer, buoyancy compensator, light for night diving, batteries and dive gloves. Strongly recommended: Spare mask, safety sausage, whistle, Dive Alert, mirror and/or other safety devices. Dive computers are mandatory for each guest. Each piece of gear should be marked with waterproof paint or tape.

You’ve chosen a LiveAboard vacation for the diving freedom that it offers. While in the water, you and your buddy are in charge. Every dive starts with a dive briefing from our staff. However, as a certified diver, you and your buddy are responsible for planning and conducting your own dives within the limitations set forth by the briefing. The staff will be on the dive deck providing surface support for divers. We will also have staff in the water offering support, u/w photography and videography, and critter spotting services as well. On some dive sites a staff member will offer to lead a group and assist them in locating specific points of interest. However the yacht does not offer direct supervision of dives. If you start out with a group, as long as you and your buddy remain in contact with each other and are ok – you may follow your own dive plan.

Itinerary

Itinerary

 

  • Thurs:  Baltra Airport, Afternoon Greeting by Crew, Bus Transfer to the Itabaca Channel Canal and Boarding. Welcome, and Orientation Dive at Punta Carrion at Itabaca Channel.

 

  • Fri:  2 Morning dives; Punta Carrion (Santa Cruz Island) or Bartolome Punta.  1 afternoon hike to Bartolome Summit and panga ride at Pinacle Rock. 

 

  • Sat:  2 morning dives, 1 afternoon and 1 night dive.

 

  • Sun:  2 morning dives and 2 afternoon dives at Darwin.

 

  • Mon:  2 morning dives at Darwin; and 2 afternoon dives at Wolf.

 

  • Tues: 2 morning dives at Cabo Douglas and 2 afternoon dives at Punta Vicente Roca.

 

  • Wed: 1 morning dive at Cousins Rock. Wednesday afternoon arrive at Itabaca Channel or Puerto Ayora. 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 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® will depart at 10 pm from Puerto Ayora town to Baltra.

 

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

Those wanting to continue their trip to for the optional land tour will fly into Guayaquil & then Lima.

  • Fri: TBD
  • Sat: TBD
  • Sun: TBD
  • Mon: TBD - Depart to Cusco
  • Tues: Machu Picchu Tour
  • Wed: Depart home

 

Package Details

7 Nights Accommodations in (4) Deluxe Cabins or (4) Master Cabins

 on the Galapagos Aggressor III

All meals, snacks daily, alcholic & non-alcholic beverages

Up to 4 dives per day, including 3 full days at Wolf & Darwin Islands

2 Lands Tours

Roundtrip Airfare from Orlando to Baltra

 

 

 

 


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