Why we love it
Join other SeaCrush members on this once-in-a-lifetime dive trip! We’ll do 19 dives over 7 days on the best sites of the Galápagos archipelago. May is an excellent month to go as it’s peak hammerhead time and also manta rays season! We’ll get to see big 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 onboard and 11 dives at Darwin and Wolf, this is the best value and friendliest 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. Upper and main deck cabins available for a little extra - ask us.
- 19 dives
- All meals (international and Ecuadorian dishes, served in buffet style). Vegetarian or special meals are available on demand.
- Water, coffee, and tea
- Weights, belts, and scuba safety equipment (personal marine rescue GPS, storm whistle, diving beacon, and surface marker buoy)
- Transfers in Guayaquil or Quito if the flight has been booked with the dive cruise company (ask us)
- All transfers in the Galápagos (airport-yacht-airport), and one land excursion the day of arrival, provided you book the local flights we recommend you (ask us)
- Additional fees, payable locally: Galápagos National Park Tax, payable on arrival in Galápagos and Ingala Transfer Card, payable on arrival at Guayaquil or Quito Airport
- Full dive equipment rental (BCD, regulator, mask, fins, 7mm wetsuits, hoods, gloves, boots, dive computer, torch)
- Soft and alcoholic drinks
- Tips for the crew
- Flight tickets and overnight stays at hotels
- Travel insurance (Medical coverage, Trip cancellation & Dive Accident insurance)
- 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: May is in peak season to see hammerhead sharks and manta rays
- Currents: medium to strong
- Visibility: 10 to 20 m (30 to 66 ft)
- Water Temperature: 23° to 27°C (73° to 81°F) in May, and some thermoclines
- Depth: shallow and deep dives
- On a typical day, we offer up to 4 dives.
- A total of 19 dives on 5 different islands of the Galápagos!
DAY 1: Tuesday
- Morning: pick-up from Baltra airport (GPS) at 11 am
- Afternoon: North Seymour, Baltra island (Check Dive)
DAY 2: Wednesday
- Morning: Cabo Marshall, Isabela island (2 dives)
- Afternoon: Manta Ray City, Isabela island (1 dive)
DAY 3: Thursday
- Morning: Darwin’s Arch (2 dives)
- Afternoon: Darwin’s Arch (2 dives)
DAY 4: Friday
- Morning: Darwin’s Arch (2 dives)
- Afternoon: Wolf island (2 dives)
DAY 5: Saturday
- Morning: Wolf island (2 dives)
- Afternoon: Wolf island (1 dive)
DAY 6: Sunday
- Morning: Vicente Roca Point, Isabela island (1 dive)
- Afternoon: Cape Douglas, Fernandina island (1 dive)
DAY 7: Monday
- Morning: Cousin’s Rock, Santiago island (2 dives)
- Afternoon: Tour of Highlands in Santa Cruz to see the giant tortoise and lava tunnels
DAY 8: Tuesday
- Morning: Transfer back to Baltra Airport at 9 am (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, a reef hook, and the usual diving equipment. All can be rented on board.
- Insurance: Both dive insurance and travel insurance are mandatory. We recommend DAN Europe 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. The dive cruise company can book these for you and will arrange the airport transfers too - ask us!
- Bring reef-safe sunscreen, a hat, mosquito repellent, and long clothes (dengue is present in the Galápagos).
- Evening temperatures can drop so bring extra trousers, jumpers, and a windbreaker.