Explore the Galapagos

Baltra, Galapagos, Ecuador

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Blue Planet Scuba
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Mar 11 - 18, 2021
Group size: 14 - 14
Explore the Galapagos
Baltra, Galapagos, Ecuador

Blue Planet Scuba
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45 reviews

$6595
Deposit: $500
Mar 11 - 18, 2021
Group size: 14 - 14

About this trip

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, March 11. (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, March 18. 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
  • 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

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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.

Your Organizer


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45 reviews
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Reviews

Great trip, very covid safe and a total bargain! St Croix is beautiful, really nice reefs and wrecks, the dive operator Cane Bay Dive Shop was very professional friendly and were great hosts to our group. The lodging at Cottages by the Sea are located on a lovely white sand beach perfect for swimming or just floating in turquoise water was very comfortable and chill, each unit has full kitchen, staff were friendly and welcoming, and there's a nice casual restaurant next door with friendly owners and staff. Thank you again to Blue Planet for planning a wonderful safe trip despite the challenges of travel in 2020, I am glad to be able to contribute to safely keeping the dive and travel industries and related conservation work alive through our efforts.
As always, Blue Planet puts on a great trip. Thanks Heather!
Fantastic trip - well-organized, great location, and Josh was a great Open Water teacher! Can’t wait for our next Blue Planet trip!
I had a wonderful trip with Blue Planet! I traveled solo and was among many other solo travelers. The trip was organized very efficiently. I had the required information at each stage. The diving was exceptional.
The trip was wonderful! Well organized, amazing diving, a great group of people. Traveling with Blue Planet is always a great way to go on a dive trip!
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