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Galápagos Islands 2021
September 30 – October 7, 2021
Join us on the Galápagos Aggressor Liveaboard. $6995.00** per person / double occupancy cash or check prices. Airfare not included. Additional Galápagos taxes not included. Credit card fees additional. see note ** below.
For more information or to book, call (305) 451-5844.
Galápagos 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 Galápagos Islands liveaboard SCUBA diving trip. The scenic view of the Darwin Arch is as picturesque as you can imagine. The Galápagos Aggressor liveaboard departs from Baltra every Thursday afternoon and are the perfect platform for a Galápagos diving holiday that you will remember for a lifetime.
In March 2016, Ecuador created a marine sanctuary in the area of Darwin and Wolf Islands that includes 15,000 square miles as off limits to all fishing to conserve the sharks that congregate there and the ecosystem on which they rely. 32% of the waters around the Galápagos islands will now be protected from fishing.
Our goal is to provide you with the ultimate Galápagos Islands liveaboard SCUBA diving experience. The Galápagos Aggressor offers a brand new itinerary in compliance with the Galápagos 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. New diving areas added to the itinerary are: Bartolome Punta, Cousins Rock and Cabo Douglas.
Airfare is not included as part of this offer and is the responsibility of the divers. See “Getting There” below.
Getting There, Passports & Visa Documentation
The Galápagos 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. Schedule your own travel on Avianca 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.
Diving from Tenders:
Number of Tenders: 2
Length: 8 ft x 20 ft. All diving is from tenders. Shore excursions are offered during the week.
Arrival / Boarding / Departure
Your travel arrangements should include a one-night stay (prior to the yacht’s departure) in Guayaquil (we highly recommend Guayaquil) or Quito. Please be aware that if you are traveling through Quito, your plans might change due to the activity of the volcanoes surrounding that city. In addition, the new Quito International Airport is located over one hour from downtown Quito. A one-night stay in Guayaquil or Quito is also recommended after the charter due to airline schedules. (A few airlines offer a red-eye flight Thursday evening) It is important you notify the Aggressor Adventures Reservations Office of your choice hotel so you can be notified if there is a flight schedule change to Baltra Thursday morning. If there is a schedule change, this would affect your airport meeting time.
On the day of departure to the Galapagos Aggressor III, be sure to be at the airport in Quito or Guayaquil at least 2 hours before departure. Prior to check-in at the airline ticket counter at the Quito or Guayaquil Airport, you are required to pay $20 for the Galápagos Visitors Card. This will be paid at the “Consejo de Gobierno de Galápagos” counter.
Once you arrive at the Baltra Airport, you will be asked to pay the $100 USD National Park fee in cash. Please keep your Park Fee receipt. An Aggressor Guide will be there to welcome you in uniform, take care of your luggage and transport you to the yacht. Guests will board Thursday at 1 pm. Diving on your Galápagos Islands liveaboard SCUBA diving trip 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.
If you plan to make your own way to the Galápagos Aggressor III, it is necessary to call the Galápagos Aggressor III office in Guayaquil to advise them of your plans. In case of flight problems please call either of these numbers to inform the staff.
If you are already in Galápagos and making your own way to the boat, you will need to meet on the dock at the Baltra side of the Itabaca Channel at 12.00 noon on the departure date. This is the channel between Santa Cruz (Puerto Ayora town) and Baltra Isla (airport).
Taxes & Fees
All paid in cash. USD $100 Park fee, $20 Galapagos Visitor’s Visa card, 12% Ecuadorian tax on onboard services.
**Deposit & Prices quoted are cash or check prices. Credit card prices are 4% additional for credit card processing fees. Deposit counts towards total cost.
Message from the President of the Galápagos Aggressor
The Galápagos Aggressor has been operating as the premier Galápagos Islands Liveaboard SCUBA diving yacht since 1993. The yacht was custom designed, built and equipped to offer a safe and luxury dive operation. Every two years the yacht goes through an extensive dry-dock. We have been granted permits for the Galápagos Aggressor issued by the Galápagos 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 Galápagos marine life. This is just an example of why Aggressor Fleet has the top diving liveaboards in the world.
President – Galápagos Aggressor
Know Before You Go
AVIANCA AIRLINES DOMESTIC FLIGHTS– ECUADOR TO GALAPAGOS
Must Be Purchased At Least 30 Days Prior to Departure. Note: KLDC recommends that you purchase all of your airfare at the earliest possible opportunity to insure that you have a seat.
Flight Times Are Subject to Change
Airline tickets to/from Guayaquil (GUY) or Quito (UIO), to Baltra, Galapagos (GPS) can be purchased directly from Avianca Airlines
We highly recommend spending one night in Guayaquil (instead of Quito) the night before your charter start date and flying to Baltra. Passengers who are not at the airport timely will be considered a ‘no show’ and will incur loss of reservation. It is VERY important to notify Aggressor Liveaboards of your hotel reservation as soon as it is made. In Quito and Guayaquil, you must make your own way to the airport.
Quito – UIO Guayaquil – GYE / Baltra – GPS Local times: Quito/Guayaquil GMT – 5 Galápagos GMT – 6
Health Insurance Requirement
Guests may be required to show proof of health insurance upon arrival. This is a new Galápagos regulation.
Galápagos is one of the most exciting destinations in the world. The scenic view of the Darwin Arch is as picturesque as you can imagine.
The following dive schedule provided is based on tides, currents, and weather conditions.
Thursday: Baltra Airport, Afternoon Greeting by Staff, Bus Transfer to the Itabaca Channel Canal and Boarding. Welcome, and Orientation Dive at Punta Carrion at Itabaca Channel.
Friday: 2 Morning dives; Punta Carrion (Santa Cruz Island) or Bartolome Punta. 1 afternoon hike to Bartolome Summit and panga ride at Pinacle Rock.
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: 4 dives at Cabo Marshall; 2 morning dives, 1 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 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 Galápagos Aggressor will depart at 10 pm from Puerto Ayora town to Baltra.
Thursday: Guests will have a full breakfast then check out and depart to the Baltra Airport.
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