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Diving Cruise

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Galaxy Diver II
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Embark on an 8-day Galapagos Diving cruise aboard the Galaxy Diver II. Start with a safety drill and check dive, immersing yourself in the wonders of the Galapagos Islands. Dive into crystal-clear waters at Punta Carrion, encountering hammerhead and whale sharks. Explore La Banana, La Ventana Islet, and El Derrumbe, discovering diverse marine life. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking El Arenal, Darwin's Tower, and Shark Bay, where encounters with dolphins, hammerheads, and whale sharks await. Dive into the iconic Marshall Cape, renowned for its volcanic walls and manta rays. Explore the City of the Mantas, a hidden gem boasting encounters with giant manta rays. Conclude with a vibrant dive at Cousin Rock and a visit to the Santa Cruz Highlands. Bid farewell, taking with you the magic of the Galapagos Islands.
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Highlights
  • Dive into Galapagos' renowned site, El Derrumbe, for underwater exploration
  • Explore La Banana, a challenging dive site for experienced divers
  • Discover Shark Bay's depths, swimming with Hammerheads and Galapagos sharks
  • Witness dolphins, sharks, and impressive geological formations
Places Visited
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Baltra Airport | Embark | Baltra Northeast

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Welcome to the Galapagos Islands, where today marks the beginning of your diving adventure onboard the Galaxy Diver liveaboard yacht. The journey starts with your arrival at Seymour Airport, also known as Baltra Airport, located on the island of Baltra. As you step off the plane, you'll be greeted by the guide and the friendly staff of the Galaxy Diver, who will help you with your luggage and transfer you to the Galaxy Diver.

Then, enjoy a delicious lunch and settle into your cabins. But before you dive into the waters, it's important to note that there are strict guidelines for passengers to the archipelago due to the area's designation as a national park. These guidelines help preserve the delicate environment of the Galapagos Islands, ensuring that you can continue to enjoy the beauty of this unique ecosystem for years to come.

After all, you have the safety drill and check dive to try all the equipment by having your first immersion among the wonders of the Galapagos Islands. With the Galaxy Diver as your home base, you'll explore the pristine waters and encounter incredible marine life that can't be found anywhere else. It's sure to be an unforgettable experience that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

Difficulty: None
Immersions PM: 1 check dive

Day 2: Carrion Point | Wolf Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
As the sun rises on your first day of diving aboard the Galaxy Diver yacht, feel the excitement building for what's in store at your first dive site, Punta Carrion. Gather your gear, and with the guidance of the expert dive master instructors, dive into the crystal-clear waters surrounding the stunning Santa Cruz Island.

Descending deeper into the underwater world of Punta Carrion, you'll be immediately mesmerized by the incredible visibility and the abundance of marine life that surrounds you—schools of hammerhead and whale sharks, this last one available between June and December. At the same time, playful sea lions dart in and out of the rocky underwater cliffs.

Learn more about the vivid and colorful world of tropical fish as you continue your exploration, including groups of surgeonfish, angelfish, and parrotfish. Luckily, you can even find a few secretive seahorses hidden in the reef's crevices. Later, joyfully discussed your underwater excursions. At the same time, the onboard cook makes a lovely lunch when you return to the Galaxy Diver. Finally, in the late afternoon, you'll begin your 14 hours of navigation through the Galapagos Sea to Wolf Island.

Difficulty: Moderate
Immersions AM: 2

Day 3: Shark Bay | La Banana | La Ventana Islet | El Derrumbe

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, you'll have an exciting diving adventure as you discover the hidden riches of this enchanted location.

The first stop is the breathtaking Shark Bay, where you can spot the majestic Galapagos shark, eagle ray, and sea lion that will meet you as you plunge into the ocean's depths. These magnificent creatures are a sight to behold, with exquisite movements that will take your breath away.

Following a thrilling morning dive, travel to La Banana to continue your journey and discover the Galapagos Islands' abundant marine life. In addition, you'll see playful sea lions in their native environment, darting and whirling about you with elegant, engaging, and mesmerizing beauty.

As the day unfolds, make your way to La Ventana Islet and El Derrumbe, two diving locations known for their diverse marine life. Go into the fascinating world of colorful fish, turtles, and sea stars as they welcome you into their natural home. The beauty and magic of the undersea environment will wow you as you explore these hidden jewels.

As you wrap up your diving day, take a minute to enjoy the beautiful sunset while reflecting on the incredible experiences of the day. The Galapagos Islands are indeed a treasure trove of natural beauty and you are privileged to accompany you on this magnificent voyage. Therefore, be ready to immerse yourself in a world of wonder and go on a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Difficulty: Moderate
Immersions AM: 2
Immersions PM: 2
Immersions PM: 2

Day 4: El Arenal | The Darwin's Arch

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, you'll go to El Arenal. This magnificent location will leave you spellbound by the natural beauty of the Galapagos Islands. A diving site considered one of the best diving points in the world. This site is close to Darwin's Arch and offers moderate to strong currents with depths ranging from 46 to 121 ft and visibility from 40 to 80 ft. As you dive deeper into the sea, you'll be greeted by the impressive Galapagos underwater biodiversity.

Then move on to Darwin's Tower, commonly known as Darwin's Arch, one of the most iconic dive sites in the world. This awe-inspiring location is a must-visit for any avid diver. You're thrilled to share this incredible experience with you. As you dive into the deep blue waters, a world of vibrant coral, schools of colorful fish, and the majestic beauty of the hammerhead shark will be waiting for you with their imposing presence and graceful movements. The thrill of diving at Darwin's Tower is indescribable, and you'll be amazed by the sheer beauty of this underwater wonderland.

Difficulty: Moderate
Immersions AM: 2
Immersions PM: 2

Day 5: El Arenal | El Derrumbe and Shark Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The first dive site of the day is El Arenal. As you explore the vibrant coral reefs and discover the diverse marine life, you'll have the chance to encounter an incredible array of species. Some of them could be dolphins commonly sighted feeding on schools of fish, hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, rays, Galapagos sharks, and even tiger sharks and killer whales. But the beauty of El Arenal isn't just in its impressive marine life; the geological formations are also a sight to behold.

After an exhilarating morning dive, move on to El Derrumbe, where you'll discover the fascinating marine diversity of the Galapagos Islands. This site offers a unique diving experience with its underwater cliffs and caves. You'll encounter many species, including green turtles, sea lions, and eagle rays. But what makes this site truly special is the presence of bull sharks, one of the few places in the world where you can dive with them in shallow waters.

Your last dive of the day takes you to Shark Bay, where you'll explore the hidden treasures of the Galapagos Islands. This site is famous for its incredible diversity of marine life, including the Galapagos shark, eagle ray, and sea lion. But what makes this site truly unique is the presence of whale sharks that visit the Galapagos Islands every year from July to November. It's a rare opportunity to witness these gentle giants, and we're honored to share this experience with you.

Difficulty: Moderate to Advance
Immersions AM: 2
Immersions PM: 2

Day 6: Marshall Cape | City of the Mantas

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Marshall Cape is an iconic location in the Galapagos Islands, especially known for its majestic volcanic walls that plunge into the ocean's depths. This underwater landscape becomes a sanctuary for large schools of fish and graceful manta rays that dance in the waters. Popular among divers, Cabo Marshall, as it is known in Spanish, offers a unique diving experience, thanks to the currents and the rich biodiversity these waters house.

Diving: Its volcanic walls provide shelter to various marine species. It's not uncommon to encounter schools of hammerhead sharks, barracudas, and, of course, the elegant manta rays that call this spot home

Highlights: Underwater volcanic walls, manta rays, schools of fish, and hammerhead sharks.

City of the Mantas: It's one of the hidden gems of the Galapagos Islands, a site that, as its name suggests, is famous for its encounters with manta rays. This destination offers visitors the chance to immerse themselves in a deep blue world, where giant manta rays, along with other marine residents, glide gracefully and majestically. The area, besides being a sanctuary for these creatures, is a biodiversity spectacle, with colorful corals and tropical fish complementing the scene.

Diving: Provides an even more intimate experience with marine life, where the sensation of floating among manta rays becomes a tangible reality.

Highlights: Manta rays, rich coral reefs with diverse marine fauna.

Difficulty: Moderate
Immersions AM: 1
Immersions PM: 1

Day 7: Cousin Rock | Highlands, Santa Cruz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning you'll have the opportunity to do your last dive at Cousin Rock—one of the most colorful dive sites in the archipelago. The vibrant coral walls and gorgonians create a stunning backdrop for encounters with seahorses, reef fish, and various nudibranchs. Keep an eye out for the curious coral hawks as they dart around the reef. As you dive deeper, you might glimpse a school of eagle rays gracefully gliding by or spot a white-tip shark resting in a crevice. If you're lucky, you might even see mobulas and schools of barracudas. Finally, the playful sea lions will appear and invite you to join their underwater games.

After lunch, disembark and head for a reserve in the Santa Cruz Highlands. Here, you'll have the unique opportunity to witness the iconic Galapagos Tortoise in its natural habitat. Walking through the lush vegetation, you might even spot some of the other residents of the highlands, like the elusive Galapagos Rail or the bright Vermilion Flycatcher.

Difficulty: Moderate
Immersions AM: 2
Immersions PM: None

Day 8: Santa Cruz | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
After a week of unforgettable experiences, it is time to bid farewell to this enchanting land. As you'll be transferred to Baltra Airport, take the memories of a lifetime and the magic of the Galapagos Islands.

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Galaxy Diver II

Galaxy Diver II
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The upper deck features 4 double cabins convertible into a matrimonial setup, with large windows that offer beautiful light and a spectacular panoramic view of the ocean. Each cabin is equipped with a private bathroom with a shower and hot/cold water, a hair dryer, and a towel dryer.
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The main deck features 2 twin cabins with panoramic views and one cabin that can be matrimonial or twin. The lower deck has one twin cabin. Each cabin includes a private bathroom with a shower and hot/cold water, a hair dryer, and a towel dryer.

Child Discount

10% discount for children under 12 (between 6 to 11 years old). Child discounts are conditional and may not apply to 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, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Beach Towels
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Unlimited purified water, coffee, and tea
  • One snack after each activity (except last day)
  • Transportation Airport-Channel / Channel-Airport (Lobitos Bus)
  • Shampoo, hair conditioner, and soap for daily use
  • Bilingual Dive Masters
  • Weights & belts, 12L aluminum tank, Nitrox use, Surfer marker buoy, and Nautilus lifeline
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: $200 per adult, $100 per child under 12 (fees of $100 per adult and $50 per child valid on arrivals through Aug 1, 2024). Payable upon arrival to the Galapagos, only in cash dollars. Subject to increase by Galapagos Park Service.
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.
  • Insurance for equipment
  • Hood, gloves, reef hooks
  • Nitrox course
  • Dive Equipment (wetsuit, BCD, regulator, fins and booties)
  • Diving insurance (DAN recommended)

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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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