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Diving Galapagos

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This 8-day cruise aboard the Galapagos Sky is a scuba diver's dream. Journey throughout the Galapagos to scuba dive in some of the best spots in the world! Take a land tour in Bartolome and dive in Cousins Rocks. Dive with sharks on Wolf Island and Darwin Island. Experience a wide array of wildlife both in and out of the water on this scuba adventure. 
Encounter tropical wildlife while you sail on the AranuiWith our favorite tortoiseSnorkelers interacting with a friendly whale shark.Have the opportunity to swim with Manta RaysGalapagos SkyScuba diving in the reefs
  • Dive in Cousins Rocks and see sea horses, corals, frog fish and octopi
  • Take a land tour in Bartolome and experience breathtaking views
  • See Galapagos penguins, marine iguanas and sea lions at Cape Douglas
  • Watch Galapagos turtles in their natural habitat
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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: San Cristobal | Embark | Isla Lobos

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the afternoon, board the Galapagos Sky to meet the crew and your new shipmates. Then participate in a mandatory safety briefing and drill before heading to Isla Lobos for a check-out dive! 

This is 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.

Day 2: Bartolome Island | Cousins Rocks

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Bartolome is a lovely area where you can enjoy a favorite land tour and a climb to the top of the hill to where breathe taking views abound, followed by diving at Bartolome where penguins can be seen.
Activities: 1 dive

Afterward, take two dives in Cousins Rocks. These dives are itinerary favorites, as they provide great opportunities to see species such as sea horses, corals, frogfish, octopus, and scorpion fish. They are also fantastic dives to search for large schools of barracuda and hammerhead sharks. Sea lions are your companions upon entry and on the safety stops.
Activities: 2 dives

Day 3: Wolf Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Most experienced divers agree, Wolf and Darwin can provide some of the best diving encounters in the world!  Wolf Island is a great place to see several species of shark, including hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, and occasionally whale sharks. You many also find 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 can also enjoy spotting and watching the red-lipped batfish walk along the bottom of the sea!
Activities: 4 dives plus a night dive (depends on the sea condition)

Day 4: Darwin Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Darwin is 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. 
Activities: 4 dives

Day 5: Darwin & Wolf Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Three dives are planned during day five, two at Darwin Island and one at Wolf Island. After diving, journey back to the central islands.
Activities: 2 morning dives (Darwin), 1 afternoon dive (Wolf Island)

Day 6: Cape Douglas | Vicente Roca Point

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning experience one dive in Cape Douglas, located on the western side of Fernandina Island. Here you can expect to see Galapagos penguins, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, sea lions, seahorses, sea turtles, horn sharks, red-lipped batfish, and occasional hammerhead sharks and white tip sharks. 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.

Afterward, head to Vicente Roca Point for two dives and a Panga ride if time allows. This is the coldest yet rapidly increasing favorite dive – a 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 batfish, various shrimp, and many other marine invertebrates. Keep your eyes open for fly-bys from the flightless cormorants, penguins, and maybe even a marine iguana. The after-dive panga ride offers great topside 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!).
Activities: 1 dive for marine iguanas (Cape Douglas), then depending on the timing, 1-2 dives (Puna Vincente Roca), followed by a Panga ride if time allows.

Day 7: Pinzon Island | Santa Cruz

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning take one dive in Pinzon Island, a place with plenty of 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, and barracuda. This dive is then followed by a transit to Itabaca Channel and a transfer by bus (at approx. 1400h and approx.. 45 minute ground transfer) to visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz to see the Galapagos Tortoises in their natural environment; and visit to Puerto Ayora. Afterwards, head back to Itabaca Channel to board the Galapagos Sky approx. 1900h. The Sky returns to San Cristobal for Sunday morning cruise completion.
Activities: 1 dive (Northeast tip of Isla Pinzon/Islote Dumb), Shore excursion

Day 8: San Cristobal | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Spend the morning visiting the Interpretation Center and walking around San Cristobal before disembarking the ship.
Activities: Shore excursion


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Please note: Galapagos is considered advanced diving. We highly recommend that all divers are Nitrox certified prior to their cruise and that all divers bring their own dive computer and dive gear. We do have limited rental gear available.  Divers must have a minimum of 50-100 dives. No divers under the age 15.  Agents and trip leaders are required to prequalify/prescreen divers’ experience and ability. We are very happy to help with that process if you have any questions.  If an agent or trip leader books an under qualified diver or a diver without Nitrox Certification, we can require a Private Dive Guide to be hired at their expense.

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Children under 12 may receive discounts on Galapagos flight fares and entrance fees. Contact us for details.
  • 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
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Shore Excursions, Swimming and Snorkeling 
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
  • Full bar with dinner including beer, wine, sodas, and juices.
  • Bilingual naturalist dive guides (8:1 ratio).
  • one 80 cu ft/12 liter tank, weights, weight belt, up to 4 dives per day on 5.5 days for 7-night cruises
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  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • 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.
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675
  • Limited quantities of diving equipment are available for rent on board. Inquire for rates.
  • For the Galapagos Sky, please add:
    Hyperbaric chamber fee $35 USD
    Nitrox (Enriched Air) $200 USD
    Fuel Surcharge $150 USD


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