Luxury liveaboard Galapagos - diving - mantas - sharks The 16-passenger Galapagos Sky, a live-aboard diving ship that was refurbished in 2010, now offe..
Luxury liveaboard Galapagos | Galapagos Sky
- 7 nights accommodation in a cabin on The Agressor III Yacht as per itinerary
- 7x breakfast, 7x lunch, 7x dinner
- English/Spanish-speaking naturalist guide on daily excursions and during briefings
- Snorkeling equipment
- Free coffee, tea or purified drinking water.
- Bus transfer to/from Airport
- Dives as detailed in the itinerary
- INGALA Transit Card (USD 20)
- Galapagos National Park fee (USD 100 per person)
- Soft- and alcoholic drinks
- Travel and medical insurance
Optional (Available upon request)
- Flights starting from USD 520
- Restaurant meal on final evening
- Scuba equipment (7 nights US$ 175, 10 nights US$ 260)
- Diving computer
- Dive insurance
- Extension: Island Hopping program
San Cristobal Galapagos
When you arrive at the airport at San Cristobal on Sunday, the crew of the Galapagos Sky will personally meet you, collect your luggage, and escort you to the Galapagos Sky. Your luggage will be delivered to the dive deck for you. After everyone is on board, you will be introduced to the boat and the mandatory safety briefings and drill. In the afternoon, we cruise to the area of Lobos Island for your check-out dive. This will be your first underwater introduction to Galapagos sea lions and fur seals! Watch them zoom in and out and dance playfully for you! Even on the first day of your liveaboard cruise – you begin to see the myriad and diverse land formations which comprise the Galapagos Islands topside. It is then you realize you will see nothing like it in your lifetime.
Bartolome: Land excursion | Cousins Islands (2 dives)
Bartolome is a lovely area where guests enjoy a favorite land tour where they can climb to the top of the hill to where breathe taking views abound. Conditions permitting, snorkeling with penguins will be allowed. PM: This dive off Cousins Rocks is an itinerary favorite. It is done along a beautiful wall and allows for great viewing opportunities for corals, frog fish, sea horses, scorpion fish and octopus. It is also a great dive for large schools of Barracuda and also Hammerhead shark sightings. Sea lions will be your companions upon entry and on the safety stops.
Wolf Island (4 dives a day plus a night dive)
Wolf Island is one of those magical islands, with several dive sites to choose from. If you want to see sharks, you are at the right spot. This is a place for schooling hammerhead sharks, large aggregations of Galapagos sharks, and occasionally whale sharks. Seeing dolphins, large schools of tuna, spotted eagle rays, barracudas, sea lions and sea turtles is common. The bottom is littered with hundreds of moray eels, many of them free swimming. In Wolf Island being several degrees warmer than the central islands, you can look for many representatives of the Indo-Pacific underwater fauna. On a night dive here, you will also enjoy spotting and watching the Red-lipped batfish walk along the bottom of the sea!
Darwin Island (4 Dives)
Darwin Island is considered by many experienced divers as the very best dive site in the world, the Arch at Darwin Island (actually several dive sites depending on where you enter, currents, etc.) lives up to its reputation. Warmer by a few degrees than the central islands, in one single dive you can find schooling hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, large pods of dolphins, thick schools of skipjack and yellow fin tuna, big eye jacks, mobula rays, and silky sharks. From June to November, it is not uncommon to encounter whale sharks in multiple numbers on one single dive. The presence of occasional tiger sharks, black and blue marlin, and killer whales add to this amazing diving experience. If you still have time to look for smaller stuff, you’ll find octopus, flounders, and an enormous variety and abundance of tropical fish. Darwin Island is the biggest jewel on the Galapagos Crown.
Darwin Island | Wolf Island
Two (2) more dives on Darwin Island One (1) more dive on Wolf Island before transit back to the central islands. Darwin Island (also named Culpepper), honors the archipelago's most famous visitor, Charles Darwin. Darwin Island is the northernmost island in the archipelago and is an incredible place for divers along with its nearby neighbor of Wolf Island. Although it has only a couple of dive sites, which are situated on the southeastern and northeaster sides of “Darwin's Arch,” these dives can be absolutely overwhelming and divers often return to the boat awed by their experiences. Darwin's Arch sits above the surface on a wide, flat plateau (rock platform), just off the southern end of Darwin Island. This is the only dive site at Darwin Island, but many visitors believe that it is the best dive site in the Galapagos Islands and one of the best dive sites in the world, especially from June to November, when the presence of the Humboldt Current is the strongest.
Fernandina Island: Cape Douglas (1 dive) | Isabela Island: Punta Vicente Roca
(up to 2 dives, and a Panga ride if time allows)
At Cape Douglas, on the western side of Fernandina Island, we will do one (1) dive Friday morning. Here you can expect to see Galapagos Penguins, Marine Iguanas, Flightless Cormorants, Sea Lions, Seahorse, Sea Turtles, Horn Sharks, Red Lipped Batfish, and occasional hammerhead sharks and white tip sharks. Also keep an eye out for chevron barracuda, snappers, yellow fin tuna, rainbow runners, and wahoo. There are also a lot of smaller fishes like creole fishes, parrot fishes, scrawled filefishes, pacific box fishes, and tiger snake eels. PM This afternoon, we will visit Punta Vicente Roca for up to two (2) dives. The coldest yet rapidly increasing favorite dive – steep, deep vertical wall covered in soft coral, sponges, and endemic black coral. Regular sightings of mola mola (oceanic sun fish,) sea horses, bullhead sharks, red lipped bat fish, various shrimp and many other marine invertebrates. Keep your eyes open for fly-bys of flightless cormorants, penguins and maybe even a marine iguana. The after-dive panga ride offers great topside photo ops for penguins, flightless cormorants, marine iguanas, sea lions, blue footed & Nazca booby Birds, magnificent frigates and noddy terns. The diving here is chilly (particularly below the thermocline – but not to be missed!).
Pinzon Islet (1 dive) | Santa Cruz Island: Puerto Ayora –
Highlands land excursión
While diving Pinzon Islet, you will be provided opportunities for encounters with a variety of species of sharks, sea lions, mantas, eagle rays, and moray eels, as well as many species of yellow tailed surgeonfish, king angelfish, Moorish idols, steel pompanos, snappers, grunts, creole fish and barracuda. PM: This dive is then followed by a transit to Itabaca Channel where guests will be transferred by bus (at approx. 14:00 p.m. and approx. a 45 minute ground transfer) to visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz to see the Galapagos Tortoises in their natural environment; and visit to Puerto Ayora. Guests will then be transferred back to Itabaca Channel to board the Galapagos Sky.
San Cristobal Island: Interpretation Center – Town Walk – Airport
Arrival on San Cristobal Island for a land excursion to the Interpretation Center (where an interesting human history of Galapagos is presented) and a town walk (last chance for shopping in the island). Late morning departure from the San Cristobal airport back to the Ecuadorian mainland.