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KEY FEATURES
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Class: Tourist Superior
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Capacity: 12 guests
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Crew:
Up to 9 crew and 2 guides in the Cruise Director Cabin.
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Cabins:
8 air-conditioned staterooms on main and lower decks, all with private bathrooms and showers. 2 main deck staterooms have queen beds only while seven staterooms have twin beds and can be converted to queen beds for couples.
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Speed: 12 knots
 
 
Itinerary A
8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS
Day AM PM
Wed Arrival to Baltra airport Baltra Northeast, check dive
Thu Carrion Point Navigation : in route to Wolf island
Fri Wolf Island : Shark Bay / La Banana Wolf island : La Ventana islet, El Derrumbe
Sat Darwin island : El Arenal Darwin Island : The Darwin´s Arch
Sun Darwin : El Arenal Wolf island : El Derrumbe, Shark Bay
Mon Fernandina : Douglas Cape (1 – 2 dives) Isabela : Vicente Roca Point
Tue Santiago : Cousins Rocks Santa Cruz : Highlands
Wed Transfer out to Baltra airport  

Day 1 – Wednesday:Arrival at the Gateway to the Enchanting Galapagos Islands

Welcome to the Galapagos Islands, where today marks the beginning of our diving adventure onboard the Galaxy Diver liveaboard yacht. Our journey starts with our arrival at Seymour Airport, also known as Baltra Airport, located on the island of Baltra. As we step off the plane, we’ll be greeted by our guide and the friendly staff of the Galaxy Diver, who will help us with our luggage and transfer us to the Galaxy Diver.
Then, we’ll enjoy a delicious lunch and settle into our cabins. But before we dive into the waters, it’s important to note that there are strict guidelines for passengers to the archipelago due to the area’s designation as a national park. These guidelines help preserve the delicate environment of the Galapagos Islands, ensuring that we can continue to enjoy the beauty of this unique ecosystem for years to come.
After all, we have the safety drill and check dive to try all the equipment by having our first immersion among the wonders of the Galapagos Islands. With the Galaxy Diver as our home base, we’ll explore the pristine waters and encounter incredible marine life that can’t be found anywhere else. It’s sure to be an unforgettable experience that will leave us with memories to last a lifetime.

Day 2 – Thursday :Carrion Point and en route to Wolf Island - A Diver's Paradise

As the sun rises on our first day of diving aboard the Galaxy Diver yacht, we can feel the excitement building for what’s in store at our first dive site, Punta Carrion. We gather our gear, and with the guidance of our expert dive master instructors, we dive into the crystal-clear waters surrounding the stunning Santa Cruz Island.
Descending deeper into the underwater world of Punta Carrion, we’ll be immediately mesmerized by the incredible visibility and the abundance of marine life that surrounds us—schools of hammerhead and whale sharks, this last one available between June to December. At the same time, playful sea lions dart in and out of the rocky underwater cliffs.
We learn more about the vivid and colorful world of tropical fish as we continue our exploration, including groups of surgeonfish, angelfish, and parrotfish. Luckily, we can even find a few secretive seahorses hidden in the reef’s crevices.
Later, we joyfully discuss our underwater excursions. At the same time, the onboard cook makes a lovely lunch when we return to the Galaxy Diver. Finally, in the late afternoon, we’ll begin our 14 hours of navigation through the Galapagos Sea to Wolf Island.

Day 3 – Friday: Shark Bay, La Banana, La Ventana Islet, and El Derrumbe - A Magnificent Marine Expedition

Today, we’ll have an exciting diving adventure as we discover the hidden riches of this enchanted location.
Our first stop is the breathtaking Shark Bay, where we can spot the majestic Galapagos shark, eagle ray, and sea lion will meet you as you plunge into the ocean’s depths. These magnificent creatures are a sight to behold, with exquisite movements that will take your breath away.
Following a thrilling morning dive, we’ll travel to La Banana to continue our journey and discover the Galapagos Islands’ abundant marine life. In addition, we’ll be able to see playful sea lions in their native environment, darting and whirling about us with elegant, engaging, and mesmerizing beauty.
As the day unfolds, we’ll make our way to La Ventana Islet and El Derrumbe, two diving locations known for their diverse marine life. Go into the fascinating world of colorful fish, turtles, and sea stars as they welcome you into their natural home. The beauty and magic of the undersea environment will wow you as you explore these hidden jewels.
As we wrap up our diving day, take a minute to enjoy the beautiful sunset while reflecting on the incredible experiences of the day. The Galapagos Islands are indeed a treasure trove of natural beauty, and we are privileged to accompany you on this magnificent voyage. Therefore, be ready to immerse yourself in a world of wonder and go on a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Day 4 – Saturday: El Arenal and The Darwin's Arch - A Journey of Discovery

Today, we’ll take you to El Arenal. This magnificent location will leave you spellbound by the natural beauty of the Galapagos Islands. A diving site considered one of the best diving points in the world. This site is close to Darwin’s Arch and offers moderate to strong currents with depths ranging from 46 to 121 ft and visibility from 40 to 80 ft. As you dive deeper into the sea, you’ll be greeted by the impressive Galapagos underwater biodiversity.
We’ll then move on to Darwin’s Tower, commonly known as Darwin’s Arch, one of the most iconic dive sites in the world. This awe-inspiring location is a must-visit for any avid diver. We’re thrilled to share this incredible experience with you. As you dive into the deep blue waters, a world of vibrant coral, schools of colorful fish, and the majestic beauty of the hammerhead shark will be waiting for you with their imposing presence and graceful movements.
The thrill of diving at Darwin’s Tower is indescribable, and you’ll be amazed by the sheer beauty of this underwater wonderland.

Day 5 – Sunday: El Arenal, El Derrumbe, and Shark Bay - A Marine Adventure

Our first dive site of the day is El Arenal. As we explore the vibrant coral reefs and discover the diverse marine life, we’ll have the chance to encounter an incredible array of species. Some of them could be dolphins commonly sighted feeding on schools of fish, hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, rays, Galapagos sharks, and even tiger sharks and killer whales. But the beauty of El Arenal isn’t just in its impressive marine life; the geological formations are also a sight to behold.
After an exhilarating morning dive, we’ll move on to El Derrumbe, where we’ll discover the fascinating marine diversity of the Galapagos Islands. This site offers a unique diving experience with its underwater cliffs and caves. You’ll encounter many species, including green turtles, sea lions, and eagle rays. But what makes this site truly special is the presence of bull sharks, one of the few places in the world where you can dive with them in shallow waters.
Our last dive of the day takes us to Shark Bay, where we’ll explore the hidden treasures of the Galapagos Islands. This site is famous for its incredible diversity of marine life, including the Galapagos shark, eagle ray, and sea lion. But what makes this site truly unique is the presence of whale sharks that visit the Galapagos Islands every year from July to November. It’s a rare opportunity to witness these gentle giants, and we’re honored to share this experience with you.

Day 6 – Monday: Douglas Cape and Vicente Roca Point - A Journey into the Unknown

As we continue our journey through the pristine waters of the Galapagos Islands onboard the Galaxy Diver, we have some incredible dives planned for you on this sixth day in the deeper sea of the Galapagos Islands.
We start our day by diving at Douglas Cape, where you can observe the marine iguanas feeding on algae underwater. These graceful creatures spend time basking in the sun to warm up before diving into the sea for about 20 minutes to feed. Watching them glide through the water is a truly unforgettable experience. The seas surrounding Douglas Cape are teeming with unique marine life, such as the famous Galapagos marine iguana, red-lipped batfish, fur seals, Galapagos penguins, and flightless cormorants.

Our following dive site is Vicente Roca Point, located on the northwest coast of Isabela Island. The abundance of colorful corals and gorgonians make this site one of the best in the Galapagos Islands for enjoying macro life, such as seahorses, different species of nudibranchs, toadfish, and even the elusive Mola Alexandrini (mola mola), the largest bony fish in the world. You may also encounter penguins and flying cormorants, green turtles, and, if lucky, a cat shark. The stunning coral formations and the impressive array of marine life at Vicente Roca Point will take your breath away.

Day 7 – Tuesday: Cousin Rock and Santa Cruz Highlands - An Adventure to Remember

This morning we’ll have the opportunity to do our last dive at Cousin Rock—one of the most colorful dive sites in the archipelago. The vibrant coral walls and gorgonians create a stunning backdrop for encounters with seahorses, reef fish, and various nudibranchs. Keep an eye out for the curious coral hawks as they dart around the reef. As we dive deeper, we might glimpse a school of eagle rays gracefully gliding by or spot a white-tip shark resting in a crevice. If we’re lucky, we might even see mobulas and schools of barracudas. Finally, the playful sea lions will appear and invite us to join their underwater games.
After lunch, we disembark and head for a reserve in the Santa Cruz Highlands. Here, we have the unique opportunity to witness the iconic Galapagos Tortoise in its natural habitat. Walking through the lush vegetation, we might even spot some of the other residents of the highlands, like the elusive Galapagos Rail or the bright Vermilion Flycatcher.

Day 8 – Wednesday: Baltra Airport - A Farewell to the Enchanting Galapagos Islands

After a week of unforgettable experiences, it is time to bid farewell to this enchanting land. As you’ll be transferred to Baltra Airport, take the memories of a lifetime and the magic of the Galapagos Islands.

INCLUDED

  • Accommodation as confirmed
  • Up to 4 dives daily (weather permitting)
  • All mentioned meals (full board), except Sunday´s evening meal
  • Between-dive snacks
  • Filtered water, tea, coffee
  • All guided excursions and activities as mentioned in the itinerary by a National Park certified naturalist guide
  • Beach towels, linens
  • Transfers in Galapagos
  • Use of tanks, weights and weight belts
  • All air fills
  • Local alcohol
  • Non-alcoholic beverages

NOT INCLUDED

  • Round trip flight to the Galapagos
  • Soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Galapagos National Park : $100
  • Transit Control Card : $20
  • Dive instruction and retails sales
  • Dive gear rental (wetsuit, BCD, regulator, dive computer, fins, masks, booties, gloves, hoods)
  • Hyperbaric chamber fee $35 per person
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenses, extras
  • Premium alcoholic beverages
  • Tips

DIVING EQUIPMENT RENTAL PRICES PER PERSON PER WEEK

BCD $75,00
BOOTS & HOODS $40,00
DIVE COMPUTER $70,00
FINS $40,00
REGULATOR WITH OCTOPUS AND CONSOLE $75,00
WETSUIT 7mm (full length) $70,00
15L Aluminum Tank $80,00
MASK (frameless) $25,00
LANTERN (limited number of Novalight (per
day) $15,00
GLOVES 1.5 mm Tropic (only for sale) $5,00
FULL DIVE KIT $275,00
NITROX Course $250,00

NOTES

  • Full Dive Kit includes BCD, regulators, wetsuit, mask, booties, hoods and fins only. Price per person and must be requested prior arrival in order to guarantee service The person who rents the equipment is responsible for any loss or damage to the rented equipment while in his/her possession and agrees to return it in the same condition as received. All rental gear must be rinsed with fresh water and properly cleaned before it is returned. In case of damages, the renter will have to cover its expenses

REPLACEMENT COSTS FOR DAMAGE OR LOSS OF PROVIDED OR RENTED EQUIPMENT:

Dive Alert or SMB $ 50 USD replacement cost
Nautilus Lifeline $ 250 USD replacement cost
Nitrox Analyzer or Computer $ 350 USD replacement cost
Weight Belt with weight (non-emergency loss) $ 75 USD replacement cost
Mask $ 100 USD replacement cost
Fins or lantern $ 150 USD replacement cost
Booties $ 50 USD replacement cost
Wetsuit, BC, Regulator, Hoses $ 50 – $750 USD replacement cost.

Important Notes :

  • Itinerary subject to change in case of unforeseen situations or request by the National Park.
  • Please note we cannot guarantee the encounter of specific elusive species.

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