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Private Charter- North Central Galapagos Islands Diving Cruise

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Enjoy an unforgettable 8-day cruise exploring the highlights of the North Central Islands of the Galapagos. Indulge in this unique experience aboard the Calipso, a small ship cruise equipped with all the supplies needed for an extraordinary diving experience. Start your cruise by exploring the amazing wildlife at Cousin Rock for close encounters with white-tip reef sharks, Mola mola, sea horses, and several types of reef fish. Visit Wolf Island for a diving exploration of the eroded underwater caverns and tunnels. 
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Highlights
  • Explore Lobos Island, named for the large number of sea lions in the area
  • Discover the pristine flora and fauna of the uninhabited Manchena Islands
  • Watch for whale sharks, hammerheads and dolphins
  • Dive at Darwin's Arch, recognized as one of the best dive sites in the world
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: San Cristobal Airport | Embark | Lobos Island

Arrive at San Cristobal and transfer to the ship.

One of the many islets that pepper the archipelago, Lobos Island is named for the mass amounts of sea lions that invade the area. Often used as a check-out dive site, Lobos Island is a sweet dive filled with starfish, rays, various fish, turtles, eagle rays, and sometimes marine iguanas.

Day 2: Punta Carrion | North Seymour

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Punta Carrion located on the island of Santa Cruz. Carrion Point creates a sheltered lagoon with beautiful, turquoise water. During this visit, you can snorkel and see a variety of fish, rays and perhaps the harmless white-tip reef sharks. The point is on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island at Channel of Itabaca.

Afterwards, explore Seymour, an island known for having great dives. Sightings include mobulas, white tip reef sharks, Galapagos sharks, Hammerheads, and many fish species.

Day 3: La Ventana | Shark Bay Point | El Derrumbe, Wolf Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wolf Island is located in the far northern part of the archipelago. There are no land visits to this island, and it is only visited by liveaboard dive ships. This is a dive site only for experienced divers. The surge is heavy, currents can be quite strong, and visibility is often limited. Some very impressive and large animals such as whale sharks, hammerheads and dolphins are spotted here. 

Day 4: Darwin's Arch | El Arenal, Darwin Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Darwin´s Arch is an impressive 15 M (50 ft) lava arch. A fast descent in current, where you will then grab onto the rocks below and basically be a spectator to the stuff blowing past! This is the most famous dive site in the Galapagos Islands and recognized as one of the best dive sites in the world! Whale sharks and schools of hammerheads and dolphins play in the waters. Accessible only by dive liveaboards, Darwin Island is an underwater Disneyland.

Often coined “the best dive site in the world”, Isla Darwin is an underwater circus with stars like whale sharks, hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, pods of dolphins, and a few orca whales and tiger sharks making guest appearances! El Arenal is an underwater sloping sand “driveway” of Darwin's Arch teeming with amazing marine life. Stick with your expert guide who can show you the safest and best routes in the currents.

Day 5: La Banana | Shark Bay Point | Anchor Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Wolf Island is located in the extreme northern part of the archipelago. There are no land visits to this island, and it is only visited by liveaboard dive ships. This is a dive site only for experienced divers. The surge is heavy, currents can be quite strong, and visibility is often limited. Some very impressive and large animals such as whale sharks, hammerheads and dolphins are spotted here. 

Day 6: Cape Douglas | Vicente Roca Point

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Highlights of Cape Douglas include fur sea lions and Galapagos sea lions mingling with the marine iguanas. If you're lucky you may even have a few Galapagos penguins zoom past you underwater.

Highlighting an enormous amount of the “small stuff”, Punta Vicente Roca offers up a sweet home to octopi, sea horses, red-lipped batfish, frogfish, and nudibranchs. The mola mola or sunfish has been spotted here as well. This drift wall dive will bring you up close and personal to a long list of invertebrates including sponges and flat worms. Keep your eyes peeled for the endemic camotillo and the occasional Port Jackson shark!

Day 7: Cousin's Rock | ​El Chato Tortoise Reserve ​| Charles Darwin Station | Fausto Llerena Breeding Center

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Just one of the many islets that help form the archipelago, this dive has a great deal to offer the advanced diver. With sloping rock plate formations and a wall that drops farther than the eye can see, divers will come across hidden sea horses and octopi, Galapagos black coral, frogfish, and hammerheads and Galapagos sharks!

The El Chato reserve is divided into two areas: Caseta and Chato. The trail begins at Santa Rosa (13.7 miles / 22 km) from Puerto Ayora, with the Caseta route being the more challenging. The reserve allows visitors to observe giant tortoises in the wild during the dry season and is also a good place to spot short-eared owls, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, Galapagos rails and paint-billed crakes.

The Charles Darwin Research Station is home to turtles ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Subspecies of turtles interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own. 

Day 8: San Cristobal Airport

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the San Cristobal Airport.

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6 upper deck cabins and 2 main deck cabins (120 ft²/11.2 m²-140 ft²/13.5 m²), twin beds with the option of a matrimonial bed. Each cabin has a private bathroom, individual climate control, TV, hairdryer, 2 USB plugs, and a storage area.

Child Discount

20% discount for children under 12 years at time of Galapagos cruise traveling with two adults. Child discounts are conditional and may not apply on certain departures. Please contact us for more information.

Children under 12 may receive discounts on Galapagos flight fares and entrance fees. Contact us for details.
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Snorkeling equipment, wetsuits, transparent sea kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards are all included in the cruise cost and are available for your use onboard.
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide 
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Shore Excursions, Swimming and Snorkeling 
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $100 per adult, $50 per child under 12
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675
  • Diving available on specific 8-day itinerary. 

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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