- Galapagos Sky
- Dive Boat
- 16 Capacity
- 8 Days
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Summary : 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
$5,295 to $5,695
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 while cruising the Galapagos Islands.
Bartolome is a lovely dive spot at Cousins Rocks boasting a variety of colorful fish and unique photo opportunities. Travel along a beautiful coral wall discovering frog fish, sea horses, and octopus. Enjoy sea lion companions on your safety stops.
Enjoy a post-dive hike with a breath taking view or snorkel in the crystal blue water.
Spend the next three 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. Whale sharks are common from June through November. 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 watching red-lipped bat fish walk along the bottom of the sea!
Dive Cape Marshall 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 up to 2 dives and a 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.
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. 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. Diving in Galapagos IS considered ADVANCED diving as it occurs in the presence of strong currents, cold water and at times limited visibility. Diving from tenders/pangas (small inflatable boats) is also the rule and not an exception in this World Renowned destination. Recommended requirements include 50-100 open water dives, experience in currents, ability in removing gear in water and ability in getting into small boats in choppy seas.
Dry Dock Dates: Jan - Feb 21, 2015
ScubaPro Demo Week Departures: 3/15/2015
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: Divers are required to bring their own dive equipment including: mask, fins and snorkel, regulator, depth and pressure gauges, bottom timer or dive watch; buoyancy compensator device (BCD); dry suit or thick wet suit (1/4” or 5-7mm), hood and gloves; open water diving certification; optional items: underwater camera, video camera, dive computer.
Rental Dive Equipment: Buoyancy compensator device (BCD); regulator and gauge; computer; underwater camera; wetsuit, mask, fins, booties and snorkel. Rates vary with trip length. Please contact ExpeditonTrips for details. Limited sizes and quantities available. Please make sure to reserve in advance.
Required surface safety devices for each diver entering the water include the following: 1) Safety Sausage 2) Dive Alert or similar audible surface signaling device 3) Nautilus Lifeline 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 including wine with dinner (additional alcoholic beverages are available for sale); beer is available free of charge at any time; non-alcoholic beverages including filtered drinking water; morning beverage service; service of naturalist guides/dive masters; transfers and baggage handling between island airport and ship; diving equipment (filled tanks, weights, weight belt and Nautilus Lifeline 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. Subject to change without notice.
Hotel nights before/after cruise; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil; Galapagos National Park entrance fee, subject to change without notice; Galapagos Transit Card; 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 (recompression support) fee; 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-$600 per adult.
*Cruise Interruption and Cancellation Insurance:
We strongly recommend that all passengers traveling on Galapagos Sky invest in comprehensive medical, accident, trip cancellation and trip interruption insurance at the time of your reservation. This investment will protect you and your financial commitment in the event of unforeseen travel delays/ airline cancellations, weather, personal or family illness or injury which may not allow for you to make your scheduled cruise. We also strongly recommend diving accident insurance.
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