This is where the nutrient filled waters of three major ocean currents collide. Therefore, these waters are filled with large pelagics that come here to feed on smaller fish and plankton. Strong currents up to 5 knots and down drafts make this area unsuitable for scuba diving with less than advanced diver certification and 50-100 logged dives in similar current conditions and using similar dive equipment. In exchange for your accumulated dive knowledge and physical fitness, you may see 28 different species of sharks, and 500 species of fish: 17% of these creatures are only found in these islands. So, just like Darwin, while onboard the Galapagos Aggressor III, you may view flightless cormorants, marine iguanas, equatorial penguins, and indigenous fur seals. You may also do up to 19 dives in one of the most exclusive and legendary ecosystems in the world.
The meals are delicious while onboard the Galapagos Aggressor III. Diving is from Thursday to Thursday. There are two main schedules depending on the time of year you depart. From June to December, when the waters are colder, you need a 7ml wetsuit, hood, and gloves. They go all the way out to Darwin Island and look for whale sharks. So, from December to May, the waters are warmer and you may get by in a 5ml wet suit or less. Moreover, at this time of year, they go as far as Wolf Island in search of for schooling hammerheads. Finally, while on board the Galapagos Aggressor III, plan on doing at least two shore excursions and see giant tortoises the size of small cars, hike Bartolome Summit, shop in town, and visit the tortoise breeding center at the Charles Darwin Research Center.
To say that the Galapagos Islands make up a thriving ecosystem is an understatement. Think you've seen it all and done it all? Then exploring the Galapagos Islands is the next trip for you.