Galapagos Aggressor | Galapagos Diving Liveaboard | Scuba Travel

Galapagos Aggressor | Galapagos Diving Liveaboard - Pacific

  • Guests 16
  • Rooms 4 Master Staterooms,4 Delux Staterooms
  • Restaurants Buffet in Main deck diining area
  • Food and Drinks Variety of American feasts, barbecues and local cuisine.
  • Facilities30m long, built and powered for comfort, safety and stability.
  • Diving Your diving experience will include Galapagos sharks, schooling hammerheads, marine turtles, schools of tuna, eagle rays, sea lions, whale sharks and more !!!
  • Diving Extras Ask about rental gear and courses at time of booking
  • Internet Access Email is available onboard through the satellite system. There is a charge for incoming and outgoing email.

About Galapagos Aggressor

The Galapagos is a true wish list destination for nearly every diver. The promise of hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, sea lions, iguanas, even whalesharks and manta... these are the unique encounters that draw divers to Ecuador for the trip of a lifetime. Galapagos Aggressor has been diving this incredible wonderland since 1993 and now you can sail in complete comfort on board the modern Galapagos Aggressor 3

At a touch over 30m, Galapagos Aggressor 3 brings a new level of comfort for her divers. There are only 16 divers on board, split between the lower deck deluxe cabins and upper deck master cabin options. The deluxe cabins have twin beds, whilst the master cabins can be arranged for either twin bed or made into a queen sized double. All of the cabins have a private en-suite and air con. Hair dryers are available on board and the deluxe cabins boast a TV/DVD player. The decor throughout is clean, crisp and airy.

Most diving is from the panga tender boats, and are fully guided at all times. Nonetheless, the dive deck is large and spacious, with plenty of room for all your dive and camera kit. In between dives head into the comfy lounge and dining area. Meals are social with a full seated dining service. Relax into a jacuzzi at the end of a day or take in the iconic views of the islands from the sun deck. The Galapagos Park authorities currently permit selected land excursions as part of your holiday, including a hike to Bartolome Summit, a highland tour of Santa Cruz a trip to the Tortoise reserve and visit to the Charles Darwin research centre. Still want to see more? Speak to your travel consultant about planning a bespoke extension to your liveaboard on either the Galapagos Islands or Ecudaor mainland.

Master Stateroom

Each with 2 single beds side by side that can be made into a queen bed, (upon request) private head and shower, closet, port window, individual climate control, monitor with media player and hair dryer.

Deluxe Stateroom

Each with two lower single beds (side by side) with private head and shower, individual climate control and monitor with media player and hair dryer. Staterooms #3 and #4 can be made into a queen bed.

Current itinerary and dive map

Boat layout

Please note these prices may not include flights. Click select for the full holiday details

David

2012-02-21 13:31:18

Hi, what a trip? Galapagos Aggressor 2 very good. Diving out of this world, Wolf and Darwin islands so many Hammer Heads, Galapagos shark, Eagle Rays and Whale Shark it was unreal? Sea temp good but did need the 5mm and hood lowest temp 16c. One thing which I would suggest, that a longer gap between flights once you get to US as it takes so long to get through \'security\', mad dash to get connecting flights (made it by 25mins)this applies to the return as well. Many thank\'s for all your help and once again thank you Scuba Travel for another great trip.

Tom & Karen

2011-04-26 11:47:03

Just wanted to say thanks for organising our trip. We had an amazing time and did some of our best dives ever - I have to say that diving with Sea Lions is quite special! The Cloud Forest was also amazing and we had a really nice couple of days there.

Grahame & Nicky

2010-05-11 10:10:24

Just a quick message to thank you for all your assistance in making this trip to the Galapagos & Ecuador a wonderful experience. All the (re-)arrangements you made for us worked perfectly, and even the ash cloud couldnt stop the holiday to go ahead a second time (though it did try!). Once again, thanks for all your help and hard work in making this a memorable holiday.

Covid Information for Galapagos Aggressor

INFORMATION PROVIDED BY AGGRESSOR FLEET

Last Updated: 14AUG 2020

An in-depth look at Aggressor Adventure's Clean, Refresh & Sanitise program. Currently, our staff are hard at work getting all yachts and properties ready for the safe, healthy, and happy return of our valued guests. Our number one priority is to clean, refresh, and sanitise all our destinations. All safety checks are also being reviewed, updated, and improved including every safety drill from a stubbed toe to evacuations. Our staff continue to be fully trained in emergency response so that your next Adventure of a Lifetime is both fun and safe!

Clean refresh & sanitise Programme

Aiming to establish consistency across every destination
Restart plans reviewed at local level/protocols, each vessel's flag state regulations & internal Aggressor regulations
Operations team will visit each destination to ensure quality & consistency


Be sure to read your Aggressor liveaboard's specific covid know before you go information sheet

While boats have been out of operation:

Galley deep cleans
AC units stripped back
If a surface can be lifted, it has been lifted (carpets, matting on dive decks etc)
Re-inspection of tanks (beyond the standard quarterly tank inspections) & compressors
Preventative maintenance & stripping back of mechanical parts
Dive ladders refurbished
Window frames & windows refurbished
Better water heaters for showers
Safety kit inspection, upgrades & removal where required
Wood maintenance, painting and polishing
Carbon monoxide & smoke detectors installed (in addition to any in built fire suppressant systems a vessel may have) plus on board spares

Crew development during down time:

Staff CPR & first aid training
MOB drills
Emergency & rescue training scenarios
Evacuation training
Muster station training
Making sure staff understand PPE and covid secure requirements & protocols
Dive staff completed relevant digital SSI training and certifications

What is Aggressor going to do to protect me? How are the staff protected?

Many destinations have lower risk/infection rates than guests are travelling from

Social distancing at all times is encouraged but we recognise, more than 1m may not be not realistic at all times
Guest temperature check on boarding
Morning & evening temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for any service personnel boarding between charters
Designated quarantine procedures if someone has a fever
Medical referral for guests who become ill, with transport to a shore based facility for evaluation
Divers to bring their own PPE, masks, hand sanitiser - hand sanitiser will also be availbe on board, but do bring your own
Using outside space available as much as possible (briefings, taking meals outside on other decks etc)
Removal of self service buffets
Mask and gear rise buckets removed
Only dive crew staff will be allowed to use the camera rinse tanks for for customer cameras
Majority of on board courses can still be delivered (using digital) but some courses have been removed if they need very hands on education
New safety protocols & evacuation plans including battery charging procedures, night watch & life jackets
Emergency procedures quick reference guides produced- like an airplane seats emergency plan
Power point briefings on every boat
Transfers - steps will depend on your destination and if it is a public service (eg taxis comply with local rules) or Aggressor provide

Sanitise!

Working out what the proper products are for each type of material (CDC & EU informed)
Sanitising procedures overhauled for entire vessel, with focus on cabins, kitchens, indoor common areas, rental kit, bathrooms & salon curtains
Rental kit stored in sanitised bags - washed, second stages removed & disinfected, fresh water rinse (if required), sealed up
2 step cleaning and sanitising process, with extra focus on high contact areas
AC systems will have UV lights built in (replacement or retro fitted)
Dive deck towel service will keep all individual towels separate
Chemical washing/spraying & UV light sanitisation techniques being applied
Increased frequency of cleaning, especially throughout day, of high touch areas
Handheld UV lights for disinfection of small items (phones, tablets laptops)
Twice daily cabin cleaning, especially high touch areas & bathrooms
Enhanced cleaning if somebody develops a fever
Hand washing instructions in all cabins
Updated procedures check in/check out of cabins to allow for deep cleaning between charters

INFORMATION PROVIDED BY TROPIC - TOURS AND EXTENSIONS TO YOUR LIVEABOARD HOLIDAY

SAFE TRAVELS TO THE GALAPAGOS

Last Updated: 13AUG 2020

Every government has established health and safety protocols that are mandatory for all hotels and restaurants. Our operations team will be specifically monitoring our partners' adherence to these protocols with spot checks. Our Costs and Negotiations team is asking for protocol compliance and affidavits before including them as options for our guests.

CONSTANT TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT

Our local guides undergo rigourous professional training with our Guardians program covering first-aid, storytelling and crisis management, meaning your clients are always in the safest hands when travelling with us.

BEFORE FLYING TO ECUADOR

Valid Passport at least 6 month after date of travel
Round trip Galapagos tickets (e-tickets)
Special pass issued by the Ministry of Tourism (through the tour operator)
PCR test carried out no more than 7 days prior to arrival in Ecuador
Travel Insurance
Confirmed service

ONCE ARRIVING TO ECUADOR

Show the result of the PCR test carried out in your country as NEGATIVE
Take a NEW PCR test in Quito or Guayaquil, to reconfirm the results before flying to Galapagos (Cost paid directly per test per person)
Fill the Traveller Health Declaration
Our guide and private transportation will be waiting for you outside (following biosafety protocols at all times). Transfer to your hotel.
The use of a mask in public spaces and social distancing is mandatory. We consider masks a personal item bring as many as you like and feel comfortable and safe with.

OUR GREEN ECUADOR SAFE TRAVEL EXTENSION

Use Our exclusive Tropic Transfers
Stay at least 3 nights in mainland until the PCR test result is ready.
Use Green Ecuador Ecolodges while waiting for your Galapagos flight
The result will be sent to you via e-mail (Between 48 to 72 hours after test).
With negative result, continue onto the Galapagos islands.
If test ispositive mandatory quarantine will be required

FLYING TO GALAPAGOS

Once at the airport in Quito or Guayaquil you will need to show the aforementioned documents at various checkpoints:
The special MINTUR pass.
Buy the Transit Control Card - be sure to book it in advance
Luggage control and scan for introduced species


Country Covid Travel Information

Galapagos Islands are no exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

The Ecuadorian 14 quarantine for visitors to Ecuador and the Galapagos islands. However, there are a lot of requirements that visitors need to know before arrival. Please ask your travel consultant for full details.

You will need a must show proof of a negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test taken within 7 days of arrival ,AND undergo another RT-PCR test, at their own cost ($120-$140 USD), at the checkpoint of the Ministry of Public Health upon arrival at the Quito UIO or Guayaquil GYE airport.

You have to complete this form online before you arrive in the UK from any country:
Form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK

You have to self-isolate when you arrive in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, when you are travelling home from Galapagos.

Last Updated: 17AUG2020

Frequently Asked Questions

Location

It usually takes around 16 hours flying time to reach Guayaquil - this is your gateway to the Galapagos islands. The flight from Guayaquil to San Cristobal is then around 2 hours. The Galapagos has year round big fish. It's most famous for the schooling hammerheads, but from December to May, Manta Season is the “warm season” for Galapagos diving. Air temperatures go up a few degrees, but typically the water at Wolf and Darwin Islands will be anywhere from 25-27C. Despite the warmth, visibility is also usually the best Galapagos has to offer during Manta Season. Between June and November, the number of whaleshark encounters increases dramatically.

Covid Travel Information

Galapagos Islands are no exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. This is based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

The Ecuadorian 14 quarantine for visitors to Ecuador and the Galapagos islands. However, there are a lot of requirements that visitors need to know before arrival. Please ask your travel consultant for full details.

You will need a must show proof of a negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test taken within 7 days of arrival ,AND undergo another RT-PCR test, at their own cost ($120-$140 USD), at the checkpoint of the Ministry of Public Health upon arrival at the Quito UIO or Guayaquil GYE airport.

You have to complete this form online before you arrive in the UK from any country:
Form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK

You have to self-isolate when you arrive in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, when you are travelling home from Galapagos.

Last Updated: 17AUG2020

Weather and Climate

The Galapagos has good weather all year round. The weather is not normally too wet (inspite of its equatorial location), with the dry season running from Jul - Dec and the warm season from Jan - Jun. Temps range from 21-30C.

Travel

Flight options

Our holidays to the Galapagos can be quoted with most major airlines from Heathrow to Guayaquil or Quito. We are able to book most major airlines. If you would like to depart from a different UK airport (eg. Glasgow/Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham or Gatwick) or have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. Times and any applicable costs will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Guayaquil, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.

Stopovers

As there are no direct flight, it is simple to add a stop over en route - simply ask your travel consultant for a quote. Popular locations include the USA, Amsterdam or Madrid.

Arrange before you go

Visa requirements

UK passport holders are able to obtain a free 90 day tourist visa on arrival. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date to prevent any issues with immigration. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here

Insurance

Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here

Immunisations

Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here

Preparing to fly

Seating

You will be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.

Check in

As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.

Lounge

An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here

Parking

Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think. click here

What happens when I arrive?

On arrival to the Ecuador mainland, you will need to clear immigration and collect your baggage. You will then be met outside of arrivals by a representative. They will be holding a board with either your destination or your name on it. If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.

Transfers

Quito airport is around 1 hour by car from Quito city. Guayaquil airport is closer to the city, and transfers to your hotel are usually no more than 30mins. You will be advised locally of your pick up time for your return to the airport and flight to the Galapagos Islands. The flying time is around 2 hours between Guayaquil and San Cristobal

Departures

At the end of your holiday, your return transfer details will be advised locally. On leaving the Ecuador there is an departure tax of $30-$40 which must be paid in cash.

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Tipping

Crew gratuities are not included in the charter. Aggressor believe gratuities should be voluntary and based upon the quality of service the crew has provided. When settling your account on the final morning morning, the Captain will have an envelope for gratuities that will be divided equally among the crew.

Currency

The U.S. dollar is Ecuador’s standard currency. We strongly recommend taking cash USD to the Galapagos for gratuities and onboard charges are best paid in cash. This avoids any additional Ecuadorian taxes and service fees. Credit cards are subject to the 14% VAT plus 5% in bank fees.

Phone coverage

Private calls may be made from the yacht by satellite phone.

Plugs and electricity

110 and 220 volt power

Extras

Hire equipment

A full line of Aqua Lung rental gear is available aboard including regulators, BCs and dive computers.

Extras

Several diving specialty courses are offered onboard including Nitrox, Advanced Open Water, UW Photography, Master Diver and more.

Souvenirs

There is a mini-boutique onboard with assorted t-shirts and miscellaneous items. Due to limited availability, we recommend bringing extra batteries and CD/DVD’s for photos. The Galapagos Aggressor III accepts cash, traveler’s checks, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Sorry, personal checks or Discover cards are not accepted.

Nitrox/Gas

Unlimited Nitrox is $100 per 7 night charter/ $150 per 10 night charter

Payments

Deposits and Balances

Special payment conditions apply to this booking. Your travel consultant will confirm the deposit required to secure your booking. All deposits and interim payments (where required) are non refundable. Cancellation at any stage will be with full loss of all monies paid to date.

Ways to pay

We accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Overseas bank transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.

Group Payments

If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation

Discounts

Repeat Guests

Are you one of Scuba Travel's repeat customers?
Over 60% of our customers trust Scuba Travel to book their next diving holiday, time after time.

And we believe you deserve a huge thanks for your ongoing support over the years, which is what our repeater discount is all about! Travel with us again in either 12 months or 24 months and you will qualify for a discount. That's all you have to do. No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction.

5% off for repeat customers travelling with Scuba Travel within 24 months
5% off plus £100 bonus for repeat customers travelling within 12 months

Plus travel on a second trip in 12mths for an extra $100 discount or $200 on your third trip in 12 mths. Dive the World travellers get an extra 10% discount all yachts for rental gear, nitrox, boutique, photography equipment rentals, videos and courses and a special birthday discount to spend at the online boutique.
Repeat discounts are not cumulative and cannot be applied to special offer prices

Included

Your liveaboard accommodation is based on a deluxe cabin on a full board basis - your last night dinner is not included in your charter package

Soft drinks, water, tea, coffee and a limited selection of local beer and wine

All diving, 12lt international tanks, air fills and weights are included

Airport transfers for embarkation/disembarkation

Excluded

International flights, domestic flights and any overnight stays where required are not included in your trip. Please ask your travel consultant for a quote to add these

To pay locally are the Galapagos island transit card ($20) and Marine Park fees ($100) and airport departure taxes (approx $35)

Nitrox for 7 nights is $100 on all Aggressor charters, kit rental, souvenirs or private guiding services are paid for on board. All on board sales are subject to a 14% local tax


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