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M/V Galapagos Sky Dive Cruise 8 days

 
Destination(s): Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Frequency: Sunday departures, weekly
Price: Starting at $6,195.00 per person / double
  *single supplement: 65% add-on from double rate
Deadline to book: Open booking
 
 
 

Gently swept by the waters of three major oceanic currents, the Galapagos Islands provide a stunning range of extraordinary diving encounters for live-aboard divers.

Schooling Hammerheads, giant whale sharks, rays of all shapes and colors, turtles, huge schools of fish, galapagos fur seals, and astounding marine life diversity are just some of the riveting attractions of Galapagos liveaboard diving – a destination many divers feel is “the best in the world”.

DivEncounters is the worldwide representative of the luxury live-aboard M/V Galapagos Sky (formerly the M/V Sky Dancer of the Dancer Fleet). Co-founded by Peter A. Hughes and Santiago Dunn, DivEncounters’ luxury live-aboard cruises visit all of the top dive sites in the Galapagos – including Wolf and Darwin Islands on every trip. DivEncounters’ mission is to find the most exceptional underwater adventures on our planet – and deliver them to you in luxury style.

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Seven night’s accommodation aboard the M/V Galapagos Sky, Deluxe cabin
  • Meet & greet in Quito/Guayaquil by Ecoventura ground staff on cruise departure days prior to domestic flights. Guests will be met at the airport after the flight arrives in San Cristobal by Yacht crew and escorted to the port for vessel boarding.
  • 5 ½ days of diving. Up to 4 dives a day at Wolf and Darwin and between 1-3 dives per day in the central islands, 1 night dive and 3 land excursions during the cruise.
  • FREE NITROX for all reservations.
  • All meals and beverages (including beer and wine with dinner- additional alcoholic beverages are available for sale). Most Dietary needs accommodated.
  • Yacht amenities include spacious lounges and guest cabins, en-suite cabin facilities, including individual air conditional control, terry cloth robes and biodegradable shampoos, conditioners, and soaps.
  • Onboard boutique for incidental and/or souvenir purchases, full entertainment center and bar.
  • Value priced rental packages featuring Scubapro equipment.
  • Experienced and professional crew to serve you on your cruise
  • Galapagos National Park certified naturalist dive team to guide you underwater and on land excursions.
  • Midweek linen changes
  • Morning Beverage service

NOT INCLUDED:

  • International & domestic airfare
  • Galapagos National Park Fee. INGALA Transit Card Tax, Recompression Chamber Support
  • Pre/Post land services
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

M/V GALAPAGOS SKY - 7 Night Cruise

Our Live-Aboard Diving Cruises to Galapagos are seven night cruises, and the itinerary offers a total of approximately 17 – 19 dives (check out dive included) all weather, current and sea condition dependant) and 3 land excursions on every trip. 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.

We visit Wolf and Darwin Islands on every trip – the diving there is arguably the best in the world! The Galapagos Sky itinerary has two days with long (you’ll be asleep) overnight navigations in order to get to these crown jewels of world class diving.

You will enjoy 4 dives per day at Wolf and Darwin.

While diving the “central islands” on your Galapagos Sky cruise you will experience the diversity of Galapagos diving. Besides our resident mantas, sharks, and whale sharks, this is also the time to photograph little Galapagos invertebrates in vibrant color as well as keep an eye out for mola molas.

As on any live-aboard or diving adventure – Itineraries may be changed due to current or pending weather conditions or at the Captain’s discretion for your safety. Itineraries can also be changed at the discretion of the Galapagos National Park who administers cruise itineraries.

Your Galapagos Cruise Itinerary

Sunday (Embarkation day): • Isla Lobos- Check out dive

When you arrive at the airport at San Cristobal on Sunday (aboard the Aerogal 2K36 group flights), the crew of the Galapagos Sky will personally meet you, collect your luggage, and escort you to the Galapagos Sky. Your dive bags will be delivered to the dive deck, and personal luggage to your cabins. After everyone is on board, we will introduce you to the boat and do our mandatory safety briefings and drill. Then, we cruise to the area of Los Lobos for your check-out dive.

This will be your first underwater introduction to Galapagos sea lions and fur seals! Watch them Zoom in and out and dance playfully for you!

Even on the first day of your live-aboard cruise – you begin to see the myriad and diverse land formations which comprise the Galapagos Islands topside. It is then you realize you will see nothing like it in your lifetime.

Monday • Bartolome Land walk • Cousins 2 dives

Bartolome is a lovely area providing wonderful photo opportunities. This is also where guests enjoy a favorite land tour where they can climb to the top of the hill to where breathe taking views abound.

Cousins Rocks- this dive is an itinerary favorite and is done along a beautiful wall and allows for great viewing opportunities for corals, frog fish, sea horses, scorpion fish and octopus. It is also a great dive for large schools of Barracuda and also Hammerhead shark sightings. Sea lions will be your companions on the safety stops.

By definition, the entire Galapagos Archipelago is geographically remote. But after this day of your live-aboard cruise finds you heading toward the most isolated, northernmost part of the Galapagos Islands – the uninhabited, untouched, twin cathedrals of world class diving – Wolf and Darwin Islands.

Tuesday-Thursday- Wolf & Darwin • Tues-4 Dives a day at Wolf plus a night dive • Wed- 4 dives at Darwin • Thurs-3 Dives total: 2 AM Dives at Darwin and 1 afternoon dive at Wolf before long transit back to central islands

Diving Wolf and Darwin

You’ll spend the next three days diving (up to four dives per day plus a night dive) the legendary islands of WOLF & DARWIN.

Most experienced divers will agree, Wolf and Darwin are the best diving sites in the world! Whale sharks are common here from mid-May through November. At The Arch at Darwin, you will see hammerhead sharks either individually, in small groups, or large schools. Bottlenose dolphins are common. The reef contains many warm water varieties of fish found nowhere else in the Islands.

Once you see Wolf and Darwin – you’ll immediately understand why there are no shore excursions on this part of the cruise – there is no way up the vertical cliffs!

Darwin Island: Considered by many experienced divers as the very best dive site in the world, The Arch at Darwin Island (actually several dive sites depending on where you enter, currents, etc) honors its reputation. It is warmer by a few degrees than the central islands. In one single dive you can find schooling hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, large pods of dolphins, thick schools of skipjack and yellow fin tuna, big eye jacks, mobula rays, and silky sharks. From June to November, it is not uncommon to encounter whale sharks in numbers of up to 8 different individuals in one single dive. The presence of occasional tiger sharks, black and blue marlin, and killer whales adds on to this amazing diving experience. If you still have time to look for smaller stuff, you’ll find octopus, flounders, and an enormous variety and abundance of tropical fish. Darwin Island is the biggest jewel on the Galapagos Crown.

Wolf Island: One of those magical islands, with several dive sites to choose from. If you want to see sharks, you are at the right spot. This is a 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 littered with hundreds of moray eels, many of them free swimming. Being several degrees warmer than the central islands, you can look for many representatives of the Indo-Pacific underwater fauna. On a night dive here you will also enjoy spotting and watching the Red Lipped bat fish walk along the bottom of the sea!

Friday • Cabo Marshall 1 dive • Punta Vicente Roca up to 2 dives and Panga ride if time allows.

At Cape (Cabo) Marshall, on the north-eastern side of Isabela Island, we will do 1 dive Friday morning and encounter rocky volcanic cliffs which drop down to the ocean’s surface and then slope into the blue. This is our best opportunity to see manta rays and mobula rays, occasional hammerhead sharks, turtles, and white tip sharks. We also see huge (HUGE) schools of the endemic salemas, and feeding sea lions. Also keep an eye out for chevron barracuda, snappers, yellow fin tuna, rainbow runners, and wahoo. There are also a lot of smaller fishes like creole fishes, parrot fishes, scrawled filefishes, pacific box fishes, and tiger snake eels.

This day we also visit Punta Vincente Roca for up to 2 dives. Our coldest yet rapidly increasing favorite dive – steep, deep vertical wall covered in soft coral, sponges, and endemic black coral. Regular sightings of mola mola (oceanic sun fish,) sea horses, bullhead sharks, red lipped bat fish, various shrimp and many other marine invertebrates. Our after-dive panga ride offers great photo ops for penguins, flightless cormorants, marine iguanas, sea lions, blue footed & nazca booby Birds, magnificent frigates and noddy terns. The diving here is chilly (particularly below the thermocline – but not to be missed!).

Saturday • Northeast tip of Isla Pinzon- 1 dive • Puerto Ayora/Highlands tour

Isla Pinzon - This site has quickly become a favorite with guests! Isla Pinzon has been providing opportunities for encounters with a variety of species of sharks, sea lions, mantas, eagle rays, and moray eels. Many Species of fish and tropicals including yellow tailed surgeonfish, king angelfish, moorish idols, steel pompanos, snappers, grunts, creole fish, octopus and barracuda.

This dive is then followed by a transit to Puerto Ayora and then a Land Visit to the Highlands of Santa Cruz to see the Galapagos Tortoises in their natural environment. Puerto Ayora is also where we will disembark guests who have chosen to extend their holiday on Santa Cruz Island. The Sky will then return to San Cristobal for Sunday morning cruise completion.

Sunday Morning- Land Tour and Day of Departure • Interpretation center.

Arrive San Cristobal—(Land Excursion) visit the Interpretation Center where an interesting human history of Galapagos is presented, town walk (last chance for shopping). Late morning departure.

We are very excited about our itinerary schedule and look forward sharing our Exceptional Underwater Adventures with you!

Revised February 2014


Note: All itineraries are subject to change, due to weather and other conditions. All times indicated are approximate, and are also subject to change.

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