book numerous trips to Galapagos for divers and non-divers,
groups and individuals. We have enough experience since 1980,
the owner , worked as the first dive guide in the islands, therefore,
he is very familiar and very experienced with all aspects of
Galapagos travel and diving.
ABOARDS, 3-4 DIVES A DAY
aboard full diving option,
Our goal is to provide you with the ultimate Galapagos Live
Aboard diving experience while visiting the Galapagos Islands.
Prices ranges between USD $4.000 - USD $5.500 for a full diving
yacht space only.
The Galapagos National Park, on
their last regulations, with live aboard
diving tours including Wolf and Darwin islands, required
companies with permits, to choose either land excursions or
diving , therefore there are no combined
tours anymore. Under the new regulation, a maximum of
three dives will be offered daily; two in the morning and one
in the afternoon, depending on the yacht. The new itinerary
is extremely exciting because of the new areas the yachts will
be exploring:besides Wolf and Darwin islands, Roca Redona, Puenta
Vicente Roca on Isabela island , Cabo marshal. The Galapagos
itinerary is controlled by the Galapagos National Park, who
grants approval for normal itineraries , with these new Itineraries,
there are less land visits, but more dives per day, making Galapagos
one of the most exciting diving destinations in the world.
DIVING yachts have ONLY a 8 day/7 nights ITINERARIES and all
FULL DIVING YACHTS include WOLF -DARWIN islands.
All flights to Galapagos leave mainland Ecuador , QUITO or GUAYAQUIL
cities, in the morning. All fights returning from Galapagos
arrive into QUITO or GUAYAQUIL mainland Ecuador in the afternoon.
It is almost always necessary to add at least one day on each
side of your trip for travel. Therefore a trip which is 7 nights
in Galapagos will usually require you to spend a minimum of
9 nights total.
or Land based diving option,,DO
NOT INCLUDE WOLF /DARWIN ISLANDS,
only For 5 days/4 nights, or 7 days/6 nights,, Galapagos diving
with our packages Santa Cruz island-Hotel-based-diving tours
. It is specially for divers who prefer to enjoy with more options,
within the inhabitated islands, staying in a confortable hotel
at night and go on our daily diving cruises during the day,
from Santa Cruz island to the Central and Southern islands,
to the best dive sites, you don't need to book a liveaboard
diving yacht many months in advance, prices are much lower than
live-aboard Yachts, you will see places not visited by regular
liveaboard boats,we can assist you to arrange a custom tour
for you, just choose the number of days to stay in the islands
and its dates . Join our hotel-based diving groups , in our
fast boat for up to eight divers, with our highly trained divemasters
Hotel based diving
tours, Itineraries from Santa Cruz are around the best central
and southern islands dive sites,
HOTEL BASED DIVING ITINERARY, 2 DIVES
A DAY with lunch box between dives,
MONDAY: Floreana OR Gordon
TUESDAY: Gordon OR Beagle / Daphne
WEDNESDAY: Seymour (the channel) / Mosquera (North)
THURSDAY: Cousins / Bartolome
FRIDAY: Mosquera (South) / Seymour (the point)
SATURDAY: Beagle / Daphne OR Daphne / Gordon, 2 dives
SUNDAY: Seymour (the canal) / Gordon
OR Floreana, 2 dives
you are looking for a naturalist trip (non-diving) ,
you have different options available to you in a very wide range
of prices, trip length, and available dates. In order to find
the trip that will best suits your needs, you will have to decide
on the following options:
long of a trip are you looking for ? a dive or a non-dive trip?
Most naturalist or non diving yachts/ships run on 7
night itineraries however there are a few that offer 3, 4, night
you want a luxury class vessel or something less expensive ?
Would you prefer a cruise ship or a yacht ? There are many sizes
of vessels in Galapagos and they range widely in quality and
price. Also make sure to check the list of incidental expenses
that are associated with ANY trip to Galapagos regardless of
which vessel you use .
information depends on the Yacht you will be booking, also depends
on the type of tour, remember that the islands are in the Equator,
you have to be aware of the sun light and there are 12 hours
long every day, 365 days a year. The Galapagos islands are far
apart, sailing from one island to the next, it takes 2-3 or
more hours and in most Yachts navigation is normally during
the night, in order to reach the next island in the morning,
depending on the island.To reach Wolf and Darwin, the northermost
islands takes between 10 and 15 hours, depending on weather
many dives can I make? typically
in a full diving LIVE ABOARD tour,specially with Wolf and Darwin
Itineraries you will have 2-3 dives a day,with less land visits,with
a total of about 12-15 dives. in a hotel based diving trip,
you have 2 dives a day, while in a non-diving-naturalist trip,
2 land visits a day, plus snorkeling with sea lions, penguins,depending
on the island.
How many luggages can I carry in the Galapagos flight?
Domestic Galapagos airlines TAME(to Baltra or Cristobal island)
AEROGAL (Cristobal island) and LAN AIRLINES , requires no more
than 20 Kilos, the restriction do not includes carry-on bags or
included in the liveaboard scuba diving trips?
Accommodations aboard the vessel, diving, dive master lectures,
compressed air, tanks, weights and weight belts, land-tours,
airport transfers on day of arrival and departure in Galapagos,
3 meals a day and snacks, non-alcoholic beverages are included.
rental equipment ?, most of the live
aboard diving yachts have personal diving rental equipment,
you need to let us know what you will need , we pass on the
information to the Yacht,you will
need to pay in cash at the Yacht,a complete set is normally
about between $300-$350, for the week,
What does not include in the scuba diving trip ?
Hotels in Quito or
Guayaquil, transfers, unless is a package deal, USD $100 Galapagos
National Park entry fee, needs to be paid at any of the Galapagos
Airports, Cristobal or Baltra airports, .Alcoholic beverages
consumed on board
Personal diving equipment, and/or personal expenses,
Decompression Chamber Fee $35.00
International Air tickets .
Gratuities for crew members and guides. ..
should I arrive in Ecuador-mainland? You
MUST arrive in Ecuador at least one day prior to the vessel's
departure, preferable 2 days, in order to meet the flight
schedule to Galapagos from the mainland. If you do not make
this flight schedule, you will not meet the vessel's departure
time. Your travel arrangements should include a one night
stay-over (prior to the vessel departure) in either Guayaquil
or Quito, mainland Ecuador, the flights to Galapagos from
Quito or Guayaquil departs in the morning see the flights
schedule and prices here.
I need a visa to visit Ecuador and passport?
Some countries and U.S. citizens don,t need a visa for Ecuador
and you are required to have a valid passport with at least
6 months before expiration date. Non-U.S. citizens should
check with the appropriate consulate.
How do I meet the Galapagos Yacht on my arrival to the islands?
Once you arrive at any the airports , either Baltra or Cristobal,
depending on the Yacht Itinerary, you will be asked to pay
the National Park fees at the airport (in cash only). The
yacht Guide will be there to welcome you, take care of your
luggage, and drive you to the vessel, ten minutes bus ride
to the Dock from the Airport.
Can I stay in the islands after or prior my departure diving
trip? Yes you can
stay in any of the 2 major inhabited islands, Santa Cruz-Puerto
Ayora with its nearest airport Baltra, or Cristobal island
where its airport is right besides the Town and the main dock.
What is unique diving in the Galapagos?
Lots of large pelagics, particularly the schools of scalloped
hammerhead sharks. White-tip reef sharks and Galapagos sharks,
are also abundant, as are manta rays, eagle rays, golden rays,
turtles, sea lions, fur seals, schools of tuna, jack and snapper.
Whales sharks and dolphins are frequently sighted. There is
also the opportunity to snorkel with penguins and marine iguanas.
What is the water temperature?
The waters of the Galapagos Islands are a unique mixture of
warm and cold water, ranging between ,
- November: The water is cooler, 60-75F, 16-24C
Whale shark sightings are greater.
- May: The water is warmer, clearer 70-86F, 21-30C
Larger schools of hammerhead sharks, manta rays and eagle rays,
bathed by the cold Humboldt Current from about June to the
end of November. We recommend a 1/4" or(7mm) wet suit
with hood and booties, specially for these months, or 3 mm.
Dec, to June
TRAVEL, WEIGHT RESTRICTIONS, GENERAL INFORMATION
Regularly scheduled flights to Ecuador are available on American,
Delta, Continental, AeroGal, TACA, Lan Ecuador and . They
depart from Miami, New York, Atlanta or Houston.
On local flights, All airline companies passengers are allowed
a carryon bag with weight limit of 22 lbs. and one or two
pieces of checked luggage, which is limited to 20 kg. (approx.
44 lbs) total or 35 kg. (77 lbs) if tickets are purchased
CURRENCY, TIME, LANGUAGE The
U.S. dollar is Ecuador’s standard currency. Ecuador
is in the same time zone, as Eastern Standard Time in the
U.S.A. Daylight Savings Time, however, is not observed. There
is a sales tax of 12% on all purchases in Ecuador. Spanish
is the official language of Ecuador.
INSURANCE We strongly recommend
each guest purchase comprehensive accident, medical, baggage
and trip cancellation and interruption insurance when space
is reserved. Trip insurance will protect you from financial
disappointment if you are prevented from making your scheduled
trip due to illness, family illness or in the event that unforeseen
circumstances prevent the airline or yacht from making its
scheduled trip. In the event you cancel your trip, be familiar
with Galapagos Divers cancellation policies.
FEES & TAXES (per person)The
following taxes and fees are charged during your trip to Galapagos:
$100 Galapagos Park Entry fee (cash only)
$10 Galapagos Visitors Card (cash only)
12% Sales tax on all onboard services
Onboard fees and charges may be paid in cash, Travelers Checks
or credit card. Government fees are subject to change without
notice. Fees, taxes and fuel surcharge (when applicable) are
not included in the charter rate.
INTERNET/EMAIL On most yachts, Email is available onboard
through the satellite system. Check with your booking agent.
Internet services depends on the yacht. There is a charge
for incoming and outgoing email. Private calls may be made
from the yacht by satellite phone.
FOOD The menu aboard is varied
and plentiful, with a variety of American feasts, barbecues
and local cuisine. If you have any special dietary requirements,
please add this to your reservation through your booking agent
and speak to the yacht chef once onboard so he/she can adequately
prepare to meet your needs. You will wake up to fresh fruits,
hot entrees, cereals and juices.
Lunches are buffet-style, featuring hot soups, homemade breads,
salads and sandwiches and/or entrees. Dinners are chef prepared
and served each evening and include salads, vegetables, seafood,
beef or chicken with a fresh homemade dessert.
BEVERAGES All yachts selection
includes fruit juices, soft drinks, iced water, iced tea,
coffee, and a limited selection of local beer and wine, which
are complimentary. Due to the high duty charged on liquor,
we suggest you bring your favorite brand. Drinking and diving
do not mix..
CLOTHING Please plan to travel
light as on all live-aboard dive yachts, space is limited.
We recommend that you pack your gear in soft luggage such
as a duffel bag for easy stowage and to add to your comfort
in your cabin. Clothing should be lightweight, comfortable
sportswear and swimsuits and sunscreen are a must. A windbreaker
or sweatshirt and sweatpants are ideal for evenings. Dress
is always casual and informal. Additional items you may want
to bring are sunglasses, insect repellent, a hat and walking
shoes for your time on shore.
The Galapagos Islands have many
different climates, which change with the seasons. The cooler
months are June through
November, when the air temperatures range from 65?F (evening)
to 85?F (day). During the warmer months from December
through June, the temperature ranges from 75?F (evening) to
100?F (day). If you need additional clothing items see our
TIPS Most of diving yachts have a trained crew, who
offers the ultimate in service, to assist you,.
onboard you may pick a buddy of your choice or dive with one
of the yachts crewmembers. There is ample storage space for
your diving equipment in your personal locker. They provide
with 80 cubic feet tanks, weight belts, and weights. Currents
can range from 1 to 5 knots at the dive sites, and visibility
is generally between 30 and 80 feet.Most divers are comfortable
with a 7mm wetsuit June-November with a hodded vest and gloves
and a minimum 5 mm wetsuit December-May,
and hoods are strongly recommended,
suggest you pack the following: mask, fins, snorkel, regulator
with visible pressure gauge, depth gauge, dive computer, buoyancy
compensator, light for night diving, batteries and dive gloves.
Strongly recommended: Spare mask, safety sausage, whistle,
Dive Alert, mirror and/or other safety devices. Dive computers
are mandatory for each guest. Each piece of gear should be
marked with your name or tape.
The waters of the Galapagos Islands are a unique mixture of
warm and cold water, ranging between 65°F and 85°F,
with thermoclines about 65°F. We recommend you bring a
5mm-7mm wet suit with hood and gloves or a dry suit with light
underwear all year round. The cruises to some of the islands
can be rough and we recommend you take precautions against
The diving in Galapagos can be strenuous, due to its currents
and surge, varying water temperatures, limited visibility,
and diving from dinghies. The trip is recommended for intermediate
and advanced divers.
The primary attraction in Galapagos is the large pelagics
such as schooling Hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, Silky
Sharks, Bullhead Sharks, Reef Sharks Mola Molas and Whale
sharks. Occasionally, there is sighting of Whales, Marlin,dolphins
, orcas between islands, You will see a rare combination of
warm and coldwater creatures including Sea Lions, Mantas,
Penguins, Flightless Cormorants, Sting Rays, Eagle Rays, Turtles,
Moray Eels, Sea Horses, Marine iguanas and and enormous schools
of unusual fish. Many of the marine creatures are found nowhere
else on earth!
The best diving around the Galapagos Islands is made possible
through the use of dinghies (or inflatable’s) manned
by our crewmembers. Few dives are directly from the main vessel
itself. Dinghy diving is made easy for you!
The Galapagos Islands are a National Park and a Marine Reserve.
Conservation laws do not permit spear fishing,
Is there night diving?
Some yachts offer night dives, you will need to check with the
yacht you are booking, even though , there is a new regulation
from the Galapagos National Park , no night diving due to extreme
conditions and strong currents on most dive sites.
You must have surface intervals between dives, you must wait
24 hours before flying out, all divers must submerge together,
which usually does not happen, therefore the crew will take
one or two hours to assist to all group before the dive. and
the transport to the dive sites are in PANGAS or dingys.
type of terrain are the walking trails in Galapagos?
The islands are volcanic in origin and the walking trails
are rocky along the shores and mountainous on the highlands,
you are able to see some volcanoes still active.We
give our passengers personal attention from the beginning
of the tour to the end:
Our trip services begin when our passengers arrive at the
international airport of their first destination. Our representative,
accompanied by an informative guide, transfers them to their
hotel and assists with check-in. They do the same for all
other airport transfers during the trip.
A guide familiar with the destination accompanies the group
on most tour segments.
Unneeded luggage is stored. We hold on to tickets (except
for E-tickets obtained pre-flight) and any hotel vouchers
until the day they are needed.
To ensure the safety of our travelers, our guides are linked
with outside services 24 hours a day in all locations to provide
assistance when necessary.
Galapagos Divers and its operators take all precautions to
ensure that your adventure is safe and enjoyable, certain
risks are involved while traveling. We recommend that you
purchase your own short-term travel insurance. Cost effective
and simple, travel insurance protects you and your equipment
from any problems that might arise, such as damage or loss
of baggage, health problems, cancelled or delayed trips, and
other unanticipated disturbances. We encourage you for the
following travel insurance as you prepare for a safe
and enjoyable trip.
All divers must be certified as open water scuba divers by
an internationally recognized certification organization.
• All divers must be experienced divers (we recommend
that you have more than 100 logged dives) and have logged
at least one dive within the 6 months prior to boarding the
vessel. Dives are very often at an advanced level.
• Currents can be very strong and often divers are required
to swim against them.
• All dives are guided by an instructor/naturalist guide
and due to Galapagos National Park regulations all divers
must dive with the guide at all times.
• All divers must log in and out of the water with a
member of the diving staff.
• All divers must have a submersible console including
SPG & depth gauge, time piece or dive computer with these
• Decompression diving is not allowed under any conditions.
The maximum allowed depth is 130' (110' on nitrox).
• Diving activities must cease when the consumption
of alcohol begins.
• All divers must present proof of dive insurance per
Galapagos National Park regulations.
• All divers must also carry a DiveAlert, a surface
signaling device, and an electronic beacon while diving (all
available on board).
Note:-There is a recompression
chamber in the island of Santa Cruz- Pto . Ayora, Galapagos.
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