Explore the Galapagos...Again

      Baltra, Galapagos, Ecuador

      BP
      Blue Planet Scuba
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      153 reviews
      May 6 - 13, 2021
      Group size: 14 - 14
      Explore the Galapagos...Again
      Baltra, Galapagos, Ecuador

      Blue Planet Scuba
      • Email address verified
      153 reviews

      May 6 - 13, 2021
      Group size: 14 - 14

      About this trip

      Our March trip sold out so we booked another one! Join Blue Planet on the trip of a lifetime! Tour the Galapagos Islands on board the Galapagos Aggressor III and dive with playful sea lions, travel to the famous Darwin and Wolf islands for thrilling diving to see hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, clouds of tuna and much more.

      The Galapagos

       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).  In March 2016, Ecuador created a marine sanctuary in the area of Darwin and Wolf 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. 


      The primary attraction in Galapagos is the large pelagics such as schooling Hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, Silky Sharks, Bullhead Sharks, Reef Sharks, Mola Molas and Whale sharks. Occasionally, there is sighting of Whales, Marlin, Dolphin and Orcas. You will see a rare combination of warm and cold-water creatures including Sea Lions, Mantas, Penguins, Flightless Cormorants, Sting Rays, Eagle Rays, Turtles, Moray Eels, Sea Horses, Marine iguanas and enormous schools of unusual fish. Many of the marine creatures are found nowhere else on earth! 

      The Diving

      Minimum dive certification/experience: PADI Advanced Open Water Diver with 50 dives. PADI Enriched Air/Nitrox certification strongly recommended.


      The Galapagos Aggressor III offers a brand new itinerary in compliance with the Galapagos National Park regulations which includes a maximum of four dives daily; two in the morning and two in the afternoon. In addition, two night dives and two land excursions per week will be offered. All diving will be done from zodiacs.

       

      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. The cruises to some of the islands can be rough and the diving in Galapagos can be strenuous, due to its currents and surge, varying water temperatures, limited visibility, and diving from dinghies. The trip is recommended for intermediate and advanced divers. 

      The Galapagos Aggressor III

      The Galapagos Aggressor III is 100 feet long, built and powered for comfort, safety and stability. The yacht has a beautiful spacious salon, large sun deck with shading, chaise lounges and deck chairs, bar, grill, hot tub, and a complete photo/video center. The onboard video format is both NTSC and PAL.  


      The Galapagos Aggressor III sleeps 16 guests in privacy and comfort. Accommodations include four deluxe staterooms which have two twin beds and three portholes and four master staterooms with a queen bed (which can be modified to 2 twin beds) and a large window. Each cabin has a private toilet, shower, hair dryer, TV/Blue Ray DVD, stereo CD player, temperature controls and safe storage box. Linens are changed mid-week and fresh towels are placed in each stateroom as needed. 


      Breakfast (cooked to order), buffet lunch and an elegant chef prepared meal at dinner with tableside service are served in addition to fresh mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks. Beverages (alcoholic and nonalcoholic) are complimentary while onboard. 

      Travel

      Plan to fly into Baltra from either Quito or Guayaquil on Thursday, May 6. (An overnight hotel stay in Quito or Guayaquil is usually required prior to the flight.) We’ll board the yacht that afternoon, begin diving and continue through Wednesday morning. Checkout is Thursday morning, May 13. Please contact the shop before booking any flights or hotels.


      Interested in extending your trip? We’re exploring land-based excursions on the Galapagos and in the Ecuadorian Amazon before and after the liveaboard.

      Cancellation Policy

      Upon cancellation of a reservation for any reason, the refund of the deposit and payments made or due will be contingent upon Blue Planet reselling the participant's reservation. Any refund may also be subject to a cancellation fee and payment of any non-refundable fees imposed by the tour company, dive operator or any other contractor associated with the trip. 


      Dive accident insurance is required for all divers on this trip. We strongly recommend travel insurance to protect your vacation investment. Contact us if you need more information. 

      What’s included

      • 7 nights accommodations
        Sharing a Deluxe or Master cabin
      • Up to 4 dives a day
        See itinerary for details
      • All meals and beverages
      • Airport transfers
        From Baltra airport to vessel

      What’s not included

      • Enriched Air/Nitrox
        For Nitrox certified divers
      • International flights
        Flights to Ecuador
      • Domestic flights
        Flights to Baltra
      • Scuba equipment
        Only tanks and weights included; rental gear available
      • Tips
        Tips for the boat's excellent crew
      • Park fees
        $120 USD paid in cash on site

      Available Packages

      Trip Price
      $6,595
      Deposit: $500

      Available options

      Isabela: Casita de la Playa Ocean View
      $1,565
      Isabela: Casita de la Playa Interior
      $1,425
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      Isabela: Baltra flights
      $485
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      Amazon package
      $1,570
      Amazon flights
      $280
      2022 price
      $400
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      Itinerary

      Thursday
      Board the Galapagos Aggressor III

      Fly into the Baltra Airport. Transfer to the boat.


      Welcome and orientation dive on the Northeast coast of Baltra Island.

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      BP
      Blue Planet Scuba
      153 reviews
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      Reviews

      AM
      Another great trip with Blue Planet! BP worked with the Aggressor office and the boat staff to ensure our safety during Hurricane Beryl. All guests were safe and we had a great time inland. Anthony provided a clear outline of next steps and options.
      By Andy M for July 4th on the Belize Aggressor III on Jul 08, 2024
      SF
      This was my first livaboard experience, and the crew of the Aggressor III went above and beyond all expectations to ensure we had a great time in spite of having to put us ashore early on account of Hurricane Beryl. The diving was moderately challenging for me, forcing me to contend with some surface current, without seeming overwhelming. It forced me be more thoughtful and aware of what was happening, in order to anticipate the movement of the boat and get back aboard smoothly. After three days of excellent diving, including the Great Blue Hole, and other dive sites, during which I completed my Deep Specialty Certification, and encountered sharks for the first time, the captain was compelled to take us to shore by the Belizian government. There they set us up to shelter in a hotel in the Belizian highlands, along with two excellent crewmembers, Terrilyn and Ruth as well as a tour bus driver who proved the be especially knowledgeable about Mayan archeology. Our dive trip transformed into a jungle exploration trip! With the plan having been rendered irrelevant by present circumstances, the ship's crew members and the driver became not just staff taking care of us, but valuable team members for helping us navigate Belize. Ruth in particular proved excellent having grown up in the area where we sheltered. As the weather situation evolved, we set out into the jungle and went zip lining, explored the ecological richness of the Belizian wetlands and rivers, and admired Mayan ruins from afar. Adventures often do not go according to plan and the crew of the Aggressor III proved to be exceptional in their ability to adapt to uncertain and rapidly changing circumstances. In the course of doing so they provided us with what I would argue was a more rich experience than I suspect we'd have had if we'd only dove the whole time. Future liveaboard crews will have a difficult time exceeding the adaptability demonstrated by the Aggressor III's crew on this trip. I will miss them.
      By Sarah F for July 4th on the Belize Aggressor III on Jul 08, 2024
      MT
      This trip was nothing but amazing! From the dive sites, the crew, and the fellow travel mates. Everything was well executed and such a seamless process. Definitely looking forward to my next trip with Blue Planet.
      By Marie T for Maldives Liveaboard Adventure! on Jun 05, 2024
      Another great dive adventure with Blue Planet! Looking forward to the next!
      By Meryl G for Maldives Liveaboard Adventure! on Jun 04, 2024
      Jen and Ryan were so welcoming and awesome! I had a great time on the trip and hope to visit again. They were very conscientious of dietary restrictions and able to adjust plans on the fly if needed. The Blue Planet Team was great as always. Definitely looking forward to more trips.
      By Christine A for Sirens & Sunsets in St Maarten on May 14, 2024
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