Why we love it
Over the course of 7 days, dive on the best dive sites of the archipelago and see schools of hammerheads at Darwin’s Arch, Galápagos sharks and eagle rays at Wolf Island, giant manta rays at Cabo Marshall, schooling fish in their thousands, Galápagos endemic sea iguanas, speedy penguins and sea lions. With only 16 divers on board, and 11 dives at Darwin and Wolf, this is the best value liveaboard in Galápagos!
The liveaboard is committed to Green Fins guidelines for responsible diving, and provides ecological soap and shampoo on board.
Who is it for?
For passionate experienced divers. Strong currents attract the pelagic, this is why most sites are challenging. Minimum of 50 logged dives required.
Prices and Dates
- 7 nights cruise, in a twin shared accommodation basis with en-suite bathroom and air-conditioning
- 19 dives
- All meals (international and Ecuadorian dishes, served in buffet style). Vegetarian or special meals available on demand.
- Water, coffee and tea
- All transfers in the Galápagos (airport-yacht-airport).
- Weights, belts, and scuba safety equipment (personal marine rescue GPS, storm whistle, diving beacon, and surface marker buoy)
- 12 L tanks for enriched air
- One land excursion
- Additional fees, payable locally: Galápagos National Park Tax, payable on arrival at San Cristobal Airport and Ingala Transfer Card, payable on arrival at Guayaquil or Quito Airport
- Rental dive equipment, Nitrox
- Soft and alcoholic drinks
- Tips for the crew
- Flight tickets and overnight-stays at hotels
- Galápagos Marine Reserve, established in 1998, is the second-largest marine preserve in the world
- The Marine Reserve has been added as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001 (an expansion from the Galápagos National Park which was recognized in 1978)
- Located at the confluence of three ocean currents, the Galápagos are a “melting pot” of marine species: the extraordinary diversity of marine life is unmatched anywhere else in the world
- Nearly 20% of marine life in Galápagos is endemic, found nowhere else on earth, such as the world’s only marine iguana and the most northern-living penguin
- Due to the island topography, pelagic species such as tuna, manta ray, and hammerhead shark can be seen extremely close to the shoreline
- The diversity of underwater terrain is exceptional and cannot be found anywhere else in the world
- Season: December to May is when manta rays are more commonly sighted and it’s also the best season to see plenty of hammerheads. Warmest season but also expect daily rain showers and cloudier skies. June to November is when the Humboldt current comes up from the south, bringing with it plankton and making this the best time for seeing whale sharks. Cooler temperatures with occasional showers.
- Currents: strong to very strong
- Visibility: 10 to 20 m (30 to 66 ft)
- Water Temperature: 21° to 30°C (70° to 86°F) from December to May and 16° to 24°C (61° to 75°F) between June and November.
- Depth: shallow and deep dives
- On a typical day we offer up to 4 day dives.
- A total of 19 dives for a 7-night itinerary.
DAY 1: ‘Arrival & Check Dive’
- Morning: pick-up from Baltra Seymour airport (GPS)
- Afternoon: Baltra NE (Check Dive)
DAY 2: ‘Three Dives’
- Morning: Cabo Marshall, Puerto Coca
- Afternoon: Manta Ray City
DAY 3: ‘Four Dives’
- Morning: Darwin
- Afternoon: Darwin
DAY 4: ‘Four Dives’
- Morning: Darwin
- Afternoon: Wolf
DAY 5: ‘Three Dives’
- Morning: Wolf
- Afternoon: Wolf
DAY 6: ‘Two Dives’
- Morning: Punta Vicente Roca
- Afternoon: Cabo Douglas
DAY 7: ‘Two Dives’
- Morning: Roca Cousin
- Afternoon: Tour of Highlands in Santa Cruz
DAY 8: ‘Airport Transfer’
- Morning: Transfer back to Baltra Seymour Airport (GPS)
- Dive operator in the area since 2008
- Boat renovated in 2019
- Languages spoken: English, Spanish
- Maximum 8 divers per guide
- Equipment Recommended: a 7 mm long wetsuit, a hood, dive gloves, an SMB and a marine GPS, and the usual diving equipment. All can be rented on board.
- Insurance: Both dive insurance and travel insurance are mandatory. We recommend Dive Assure that has plans to cover both - ask us for a quote.
- Nearest Hyperbaric Chamber: Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz island
Visas, flights, and more!
- You must have a valid passport to enter Ecuador, and a return ticket
- Most citizens do not require a visa to stay in Ecuador for up to 90 days
- Ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond the period you intend to stay
- Please check current visa policies that apply for your country on Ecuador Virtual Consulate
How to get there
- You need to first go to Guayaquil (GYE) or Quito, at the Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in Ecuador.
- Plan to arrive in Ecuador at least 1 day before the cruise departure.
- The next day, take a domestic flight from Quito to Seymour Airport (GPS) in Baltra island.
- In all cases, we recommend to spend an additional night before the cruise in Santa Cruz island in Galápagos, to ensure you do not miss any connection and are well-rested before diving.
- Bring reef-safe sunscreen, a hat, mosquito repellent and long clothes (dengue is present in the Galápagos).
- December to May has an average day time air temperature of 23°C (73°F) with daily rain showers and cloudier skies.
- June to November is drier, but with cooler temperatures - average of 21°C (70°F) - with local rain showers generally confined to the highlands of the larger islands. Evening temperatures can drop to just 15°C (59°F) so bring extra trousers, jumpers and a windbreaker.