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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. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : San Cristobal | Embark | Isla Lobos
Day 2 : Pinzon Island | Cousins Rocks
Day 3 : Wolf Island
Day 4 : Darwin Island
Day 5 : Darwin & Wolf Island
Day 6 : Cape Douglas | Vicente Roca Point
Day 7 : Bartolome Island | Santa Cruz
Day 8 : San Cristobal | Disembark

Highlights

  • 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

Ship

Galapagos Sky

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bartolome
  • Cousin's Rock
  • Darwin Island
  • Highlands
  • Isabela
  • Leon Dormido
  • Pinzon Island
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Airport
  • San Cristobal Interpretation Center
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Vicente Roca Point
  • Wolf Island

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Scuba diving in the reefs Encounter tropical wildlife while you sail on the Aranui With our favorite tortoise Snorkelers interacting with a friendly whale shark. Have the opportunity to swim with Manta Rays

Day 1 San Cristobal | Embark | Isla Lobos

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 Pinzon Island | Cousins Rocks

  • Ship
  • 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.

Afterwards, take two dives in Cousins Rocks. These dives are itinerary favorites, as they provide great opportunities to see species such as sea horses, corals, frog fish, 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.

Day 3 Wolf Island

  • Ship
  • 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!

Day 4 Darwin Island

  • Ship
  • 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. 

Day 5 Darwin & Wolf Island

  • Ship
  • 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.

Day 6 Cape Douglas | Vicente Roca Point

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning experience one dive in Cape Douglas, located in the western side of Fernandina Island. Here you can expect to see Galapagos penguins, marine iguanas, flighless cormorants, sea lions, seahorse, 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.

Afterwards, head to Vicente Roca Point for two dives and a Panga ride if time allows. This is the 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. 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!).

Day 7 Bartolome Island | Santa Cruz

  • Ship
  • 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. 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.

Day 8 San Cristobal | Disembark

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

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Notes

For the Galapagos Sky, please add a $35/person hyperbaric chamber fee and a a $100/person (10 day tour) or $140/person (13 day tour) fuel surcharge.

Sky Dancer’s 7 night 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. Recommended requirements include 50-100 open water dives, experience in currents, ability in removing gear in water and ability in getting into small boats in choppy seas. 

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 administer cruise itineraries.

Child Discount

Children under 12 receive a discount of $135 off adult flight rates, and discounted Galapagos Entrance Fee of $50

Included

  • Accommodations on board Galapagos Sky based on double occupancy
  • Meals while in the Galapagos
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide
  • Shore Excursions
  • Swimming and Snorkeling
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos

Excluded

  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Divers are required to bring their own snorkel equipment: mask, fins & snorkel
  • Limited quantities of diving equipment are available for rent on board. Inquire for rates. Divers are required to bring their own equipment: mask, fins & snorkel, wetsuit, regulator, depth & pressure gauges, bottom timer or dive watch.
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

  • Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $530 - $595
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $540

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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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