- Galapagos Sky
- Dive Boat
- 16 Capacity
- 8 Days
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Summary : The Galapagos Islands are considered one of the most spectacular and pristine National Parks in the world. Divers delight in an underwater paradise surrounded by sea lions, manta rays, turtles, colorful reef fish, whale sharks and mola molas. Enjoy approximately 17-19 dives accompanied by an expert dive instructor and dive master, who are both naturalist guides certified by the Galapagos National Park Service, with essential knowledge of dive locations. On land, explore the Galapagos Highlands searching for giant tortoises and learn about conservation efforts at the Charles Darwin Research Center.
We strongly recommend two pre-cruise nights and one post-cruise night in Quito or Guayaquil. Please inquire about adding these or other services to your trip.
Activities : Birding, Diving, Hiking, Photography, Snorkeling
$999,999,999 to $0
Arrive at San Cristobal's airport where crew will personally greet you, help with luggage, and escort you to the expedition vessel. Cruise to Los Lobos and dive with playful Galapagos sea lions and fur seals. Later in the day, discover the myriad of diverse land formations which comprise the 'topside' while cruising the Galapagos Islands.
Enjoy up to 2 dives at Cousins Rocks with a possible Panga ride and snorkel. Dive along a beautiful coral wall discovering frog fish, sea horses, and octopus. Enjoy sea lion companions on your safety stops.
Discover captivating flora and fauna during a North Seymour land visit encountering sea lions, marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies.
Dive twice in the Cape Marshall area off Isabela Island's northeastern side. Encounter rocky volcanic cliffs sloping into crystal blue water. Observe manta and mobula rays, occasional hammerhead and white tip sharks, turtles, sea lions and huge schools of salemas. Keep an eye out for chevron barracuda, snappers, yellow fin tuna, rainbow runners, and wahoo. There are also many parrot fishes and tiger snake eels.
Visit Punta Vincente Roca for a dive and Panga ride. Diving here is chilly, particularly below the thermocline, but not to be missed! Discover a steep, deep vertical wall covered in soft coral, sponges, and endemic black coral. Observe mola mola, sea horses, horn sharks, red-lipped bat fish, various shrimp and many more marine invertebrates. After the dive, photograph penguins, flightless cormorants, marine iguanas, sea lions, Blue-footed and Masked Boobies, magnificent frigates, and noddy terns during the panga ride back to the ship.
Spend the next two days diving (up to four dives per day plus a night dive) spectacular locations at Wolf and Darwin Islands including The Arch, considered by many as the best dive site in the world. Experience Darwin Island and observe hammerhead sharks, bottle-nose dolphins, octopus, flounders, rays, turtles and multitudes of tropical reef fish found nowhere else in the islands. The presence of occasional tiger sharks, black and blue marlin, and killer whales adds to this amazing diving experience.
Discover Wolf Island's splendor and observe a plethora of shark species. This is the 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 covered with hundreds of moray eels, many of them free swimming. On a night dive, enjoy spotting and watching red-lipped bat fish walk along the bottom of the sea!
Enjoy up to 2 dives at Roca Redondo, a well known site for large schools of hammerheads and swift moving currents. This can be a pelagic wonderland due to currents and nutrient filled waters.
Visit Punta Vincente Roca for up to 2 dives. Rediscover its steep, deep vertical wall covered in soft coral, sponges, and endemic black coral. Observe mola mola, sea horses, horn sharks, red-lipped bat fish, various shrimp and many more marine invertebrates.
Pinzon Island provides opportunities for encounters with a variety of species of sharks, sea lions, mantas, eagle rays, and moray eels. Enjoy one dive here observing many fish species including yellow tailed surgeonfish, king angelfish, moorish idols, steel pompanos, snappers, grunts, creole fish, and barracuda.
After the dive, visit Santa Cruz Island's Highlands to observe Galapagos Tortoises in their natural habitat. Explore a Lava Tube and visit the Charles Darwin Research Center to learn more about the islands' conservation programs.
In the morning, visit the Interpretation Center to discover the natural and human history of the islands. After your visit, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the mainland.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Ship Dry Dock Dates: Mar 9 - Apr 21, 2013
11-Day and 15-Day Cruise Options:
Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details about 11-day and 15-day cruise itineraries aboard the Galapagos Sky.
Dive equipment available for rent: Buoyancy compensator device (BCD), regulator and gauge; computer, wetsuit, mask, fins, booties and snorkel. Please contact ExpeditonTrips for gear rental rates.
Required surface safety devices for each diver entering the water include the following: 1) Safety Sausage 2) Dive Alert or similar audible surface signalling device 3) Sea Marshall electronic surface tracking device (this item is provided free of charge to each diver during their cruise aboard the Galapagos Sky).
Accommodations aboard ship; all meals and beverages (including beer and wine with dinner); service of naturalist guides/dive masters; transfers and baggage handling between island airport and ship; up to 4 dives a day at Wolf and Darwin and up to 3 dives and/or snorkeling opportunities per day in the central islands mixed with 2 land excursions; diving equipment (filled tanks, weights, weight belt and Sea Marshall electronic surface tracking device); free nitrox fills; dive deck assistance and fresh water rinses; terry cloth robes and biodegradable shampoos, conditioners, and soaps; midweek linen change; morning beverage service.
Hotel nights before/after cruise; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil; Galapagos National Park entrance fee, USD$100 (children under 12 subtract $50), subject to change without notice; Galapagos Transit Card ($10 per person); international airfare; airfare to/from Galapagos Islands; gratuities are left to the discretion of the passenger; purchases in onboard boutique; traveler’s insurance; hyperbaric chamber fee ($35 per person); Nitrox course; dive gear equipment rentals; underwater photo course or camera equipment; fuel surcharge may apply.
We are happy to add hotels, air and land arrangements as requested, and you will be quoted for services.
Airfare between Quito/Guayaquil and the Galapagos Islands:
The flights between mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) and the Galapagos Islands are an additional cost. To secure your seats on often overbooked flights, ExpeditionTrips must reserve these flights for you at the time of cruise booking. Approximate cost (including service fee): $450-$550 per adult; $250-$325 per child under 12 (copy of passport required).