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Galapogas Sky Liveaboard

DATES & PRICE:   Scheduled dates available upon request.  Package includes return international & domestic flights,    
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ABOUT GALAPOGAS SKY:
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Galapagos Sky  offers seven (and ten) night cruises, and the itinerary offers a total of approximately 17 – 19 dives and 3 land excursions on every trip. Diving the Galapagos islands 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.

You will 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 the resident mantas, sharks, and seasonal 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. 

During your time in the central islands, you’ll also walk in the steps of Charles Darwin, with 3 guided land excursions. Your first land experience you will enjoy will be the beautiful panoramic views as you climb to the top of Bartolome.  Views will include those of Pinnacle Rock in the bay and also lagoons in the distance that those who have watch “Master and Commander” with Russel Crowe will recognize! You will also visit later in the cruise the Highlands in Santa Cruz in search of the Galapagos Tortoises in their natural habitat while later in the day you can finish this excursion with an unguided visit to the Charles Darwin Research Center during free time in the port area.  Lastly on Sunday morning our guests will explore the Interpretation center in San Cristobal where much about Galapagos history and conservation efforts can be learned. This visit occurs just before your return flight to Ecuador.

GALAPOGAS MACRO MAGIC: While The Galapagos Islands are known as one of the best big-animal encounter spots in the world, don’t overlook the small stuff!  Those same currents that deliver so many nuturients for the big guys also deliver plenty for the small ones as well.  Particularly in the central islands. 

WHALE SHARK SEASON - June to November: While you may see whale sharks during any cruise on M/V Galapagos Sky, the number of encounters goes up dramatically during the whale shark season.

DIVING WITH HAMMERHEADS: When you dive the islands of Wolf and Darwin on your next Galapagos Sky live-aboard cruise, hammerhead sharks are your constant companions.  You will see individual sharks, groups of 4-5 sharks, large schools numbering 100 or more sharks – and during Manta Season you can even see the sharks form a solid wall of hammerheads.  Despite their size, hammerhead sharks are a bit skittish – and while you’ll have no problem getting close enough to see them clearly – getting a good shot or video clip can be challenging.

MANTA SEASON - December to May: Manta Season is the “warm season” for Galapagos diving. Air temperatures go up a few degrees, but typically the water at Wolf and Darwin Islands will be anywhere from 78 – 82 degrees F – a full six – ten degrees warmer than other seasons.  Despite the warmth – visibility is also usually the best Galapagos has to offer during Manta Season.  So during this time of year you have the perfect diving backdrop to explore the underwater world of the Galapagos Islands. 


PACKAGE PRICE INCLUDES:

* Cabin accommodation
* All meals, snacks, beverages (including Beer and Wine with Dinner)
* Air or nitrox filled tanks, weights & weight belt
* Up to 4 dives per day on 5.5 days for 7-night cruises / 8.5 days of diving on 10 night cruises
* 3 Land excursions
* Service of naturalist guides/ dive masters
* Transfers in the Islands between airport and dock (on cruise dates)
* All other Galapagos Sky services and amenities.

PACKAGE PRICE INCLUDES:

* Trip interruption or Cancellation Insurance
* Diver’s Accident Insurance
* Galapagos National Park entrance fee
* Transit card
* Hyperbaric chamber fee
* Gratuities to guides and crew

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ITINERARY

SUNDAY: Embarkation day & Isla Lobos: Check out dive: When you arrive at the airport at San Cristobal on Sunday (Avianca flight 1636), the crew of the Galapagos Sky will personally meet you, collect your luggage, and escort you to the Galapagos Sky. Your luggage will be delivered to the dive deck for you. 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 where guests enjoy a favorite land tour where they can climb to the top of the hill to where breathe taking views abound. Conditions permitting, snorkeling with penguins will be allowed.  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 upon entry and 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 ISLANDS)

* Tuesday: 4 Dives a day at Wolf Island plus a night dive
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Wednesday: 4 Dives at Darwin Island
* Thursday: 3 Dives total - 2 at Darwin and 1 afternoon dive at Wolf before long transit back to central islands

Diving Wolf and Darwin Islands: 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 can provide some of the best diving encounters 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 multiple numbers on 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 Douglas 1 dive  /  Punta Vicente Roca up to 2 dives and Panga ride if time allows.  At Cape (Cabo) Douglas, on the western side of Isabela Island, we will do 1 dive Friday morning.  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.

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. Keep your eyes open for fly bys from the flightless cormorants, penguins and maybe even a marine iguana. Our 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!).

SATURDAY: Northeast tip of Isla Pinzon/Islote Dumb- 1 dive  /  Puerto Ayora/Highlands tour.  Isla Pinzon –  NEWEST SITE TO THE ITINERARY- first visited in 2013! While diving Isla Pinzon you will be provided 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 where guests will be transferred 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.  Guests will then be transferred back to Itabaca Channel to board the Galapagos Sky approx. 1900h. 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.


DIVE SITES OF THE GALAPOGAS - WHY IS THE DIVING SO GOOD?

Large Hammerhead Sharks are your near-constant companions at Wolf & Darwin.  The islands of Charles Darwin fame offer some of the most dramatic diving in the world.  Many divers say the best.  It is unquestionably the hammerhead shark capital of the world – but also home to the sleek Galapagos shark, horn sharks, white tips, silkies, and the occasional pelagic visitors like the tiger shark.  That’s the beginning.  Add whale sharks, giant manta rays, and graceful rays of every description (mobula, golden, spotted eagle, and marble), and you wonder if a week is enough time to see it all.  Throw in some giant schools of fish gracefully providing circular tunnels of ingress and egress in blue water – plus incredible macro marine life,  and now you realize just how exciting Galapagos diving can be. 

Galapagos diving is neatly divided into two seasons:  Whale Shark Season (June thru November) and the slightly warmer Manta Season (December thru May).

A graceful school of Mobula Rays glides by. . . . . . . .  The Galapagos islands are among the most geographically remote on earth – on the equator, 605 miles from mainland Ecuador. They are pristine and largely untouched by man.  15 main islands and countless smaller ones dot the archipelago – providing plentiful shallow water habitats. Deep, oceanic water lies just offshore, and The Galapagos Islands are washed by 3 major oceanic currents (Humboldt, Cromwell, and Panama), a constant source of nutrients for the resident marine life.  Galapagos delivers amazing biodiversity from big animals to small invertebrates. Exciting, heart pounding dive encounters with giant whale sharks immediately followed by a graceful, swooping procession of 200 schooling mobula rays.

You simply never know exactly what will happen on any Galapagos dive – but experience tells us something unique and unusual will – something you’ve never seen before – and this is a big part of the magic of Galapagos diving.  For more information about Galapagos diving, please visit our pages on Whale Shark Season, Manta Season, Macro Life, and our cruise Itinerary.


DIVE SITES ON-BOARD THE GALAPOGAS SKY

The new diving areas added to the itinerary are: Bartolome Punta, Cousins Rock and Cabo Douglas. The Galapagos National Park grants approval for normal itineraries and accepts requests for special itineraries.

Santa Cruz Island, Punta Carrion:40 ft. - 90 ft. dive with White Tipped Sharks, Stingrays, Eagle Rays and Marbled Rays, Scorpion Fish, Sea Turtles and Sea Lions.

Bartolome Punta: 20 ft. - 90 ft. dive with Groupers, Creole Fish, White Tipped Sharks, Barracudas, Scorpion Fish, Sea Turtles, Guinea Puffer Fish, Red Lipped Batfish, Reef Corals, occasionally Hammerheads and Bottlenose Dolphins.

Wolf Island: 1 to 3 knot current; 40 ft. - 90 ft. dive with Schooling Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks, Eagle Rays, Marble Rays, Galapagos Sharks, Silky Sharks, Eagle Rays, Green Turtles, Octopus, Sea Lions, School of Bonitos Tuna, Yellow Fin Tuna, Snappers, Groupers, Wahoo, Barracudas, Almaco Jack, Moray Eels, Parrot Fish, Dolphins, Galapagos Reef Coral, Sea Lions and Fur Seals.   Occasionally Whale Sharks and Orcas.

Darwin Island: 1 to 3 knot current; 40 ft. - 90 ft. dive with Schooling Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks, Galapagos Sharks, Silky Sharks, Eagle Rays, Green Turtles, Almaco Jack, Snappers, Groupers, Wahoo, Hawksbill Turtles and Whale Sharks. Occasionally Manta Rays and Orcas.

Cabo Douglas, Fernandina Island: 20 ft. - 90 ft. dive with Galapagos Penguins, Marine Iguanas, Flightless Cormorants, Sea Lions, Seahorses, Sea Turtles, Horn Sharks, Red Lipped Batfish, Groupers, Snappers, and Creole Fish.

Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela Island: 20 ft. – 90 ft. dive with Galapagos Horn Sharks, Red Lipped Batfish, Sting Rays, Marbled Rays, Mola Mola or Pacific Ocean Fish, Seahorses, Galapagos Penguins, Flightless Cormorants, Shrimps, Big Schools of Salema, King Angel Fish, Slipper Lobsters, Blue Footed Boobies, Frigate Birds, and Brown Pelicans.

Cousin Rocks: 20 ft. - 100 ft. dive with Eagle Rays, Jacks, Sea Lions, Green Turtles, Barracudas, Fur Seals, King Angel Fish, Snappers, Puffer Fish, Groupers, Marble Rays, Sting Rays, Creole Fish, Black Coral.

Cabo Marshall, Isabela Island: (January to May Itinerary): 20 ft. - 100 ft. dive with Giant Manta Rays, Creole Fish, Barracudas, White Tipped Reef Sharks, Sea Lions, Fur Sea Lions, Yellow Fin Tunas, Groupers, Snappers, Salemas.

Please note that diving in the Galapagos is advanced due to strong currents, varying visibility, and cold water. Temperatures range from low 60’s to upper 70’s in different areas of the itinerary and seasons. Divers must be comfortable in these conditions, as well as have very good buoyancy and be able to do negative (sometimes rapid) back-roll entries/descents from small boats. Recommended requirements include 50-100 open water dives, experience in currents, ability to remove gear in water and ability to get into small boats (inflatable tenders) in choppy seas.

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GETTING THERE, PASSPORT & VISA DOCUMENTATION

The Galapagos Islands are located in the eastern Pacific Ocean, 605 miles (973 km) off the west coast of South America. The closest land mass is the mainland of Ecuador to the east (the country to which they belong). An overnight hotel stay is usually required and we recommend staying in Guayaquil prior to the trip. Guests board a charter Avianca flight from Guayaquil to Baltra on Thursday morning. (see flight schedule in Know Before You Go) Aerogal Airlines was recently purchased by Avianca Airline.

Visitors must have a current passport, adequate funds to support themselves, and a return airline ticket. US citizens require a passport that must be valid for 6 months from date of entry. It is the travelers’ responsibility to ensure they have the proper visa to travel into each country on his or her itinerary as well as for re-entry and return to their country. Since regulations vary by country, contact your consulate or embassy of your country for the requirement.


ARRIVAL, BOARDING & DEPARTURE

Guests will be met by a crewmember in uniform at the Baltra Airport and transferred to the yachts. Guests will board Thursday at 1 pm. Diving on your Galapagos LiveAboard cruise begins Thursday afternoon through Wednesday morning. Guests will depart the yachts Wednesday after lunch for a private bus tour to the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Checkout is Thursday morning at 8 am after a full breakfast. Transportation is provided back to the Baltra Airport for the flight to the mainland.


TAXES & FEES

All paid in cash. USD $100 Park fee, $20 Galapagos Visitor's Visa card


PLEASE NOTE

Please note that diving in the Galapagos is advanced due to strong currents, varying visibility and cold water. Temperatures range from low 60’s to upper 70’s in different areas of the itinerary and seasons.  Divers must be comfortable in these conditions, as well as have very good buoyancy and be able to do negative (sometimes rapid) back-roll entries/descents from small boats. 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.


TAXES & FEES

All paid in cash. USD $100 Park fee, $20 Galapagos Visitor's Visa card


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