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  • 20+ years experience in diving tours.
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7 night expedition
Availability : 4 - 11th October 2021
San Cristobal, Galapagos

Built of steel, the Galapagos Master is set to be the most eco-friendly dive liveaboard cruising the Galapagos Islands. She has 8 well-appointed modern cabins. A spacious interior and generous outside space for relaxation and dive gear preparation… Overview Continued

  • World #1 dive location
  • Schooling Hammerheads, Dolphins, Whalesharks, Seals, Marine Iguanas and Sealions
  • Reduced dive guide ratios, smaller dive groups
  • The prime time of the year for diving
  • Hosted by Nomadic Scuba’s founder, Matt Waters
Know before you go
  • 7 nights - 18 dives
  • Closest international airport: San Cristobal, Galapagos
  • Departure locations: San Cristobal, Galapagos
  • Languages spoken onboard: English & Spanish

Master Liveaboards have priority on flight availability from mainland Ecuador to San Cristobal.  We would advise booking your return flights with our partners via us to take advantage of the additional weight allowance for the flights.  Let us know and we can add the additional cost to your invoice.  All visitors to the Galapagos are subject to a Marine Park entrance fee payable upon arrival – currently, it is USD100.

Price Includes

  • Dive guides
  • Tanks, weights, belts
  • Airport transfers in San Cristobal
  • Land excursions during the trip
  • Shared cabin accommodation (single supplement available)

Price Excludes

  • Marine Park entrance fees
  • Transit card fees
  • International airfares (domestic air fares available at additional cost)
  • Rental equipment
  • Gratuities and on board purchases
  • Dive and travel insurance

Cancellation Policy

  • 180 days or more before the trip : 15% cancellation fee
  • 180-91 days before the trip: 40% fee applies
  • 90-0 days before the trip: 100% fee applies
Book now, pay later
  • Get in touch with us by chat or use our enquiry form
  • We confirm the availability with the dive operator
  • Once you're happy with the planned itinerary, we issue an invoice
  • 48hr cooling off period before deposit due

I’ve never done a liveaboard before, what does it mean?

Liveaboard diving entails staying on a boat or ship for some time without returning to land. The advantage of this is that it enables the divers to reach those reefs which may be too far from land to visit by day. You may have seen the saying “Dive, eat, sleep, repeat” in the diving world, this is precisely what you do on a liveaboard.

Do I need to be a high-level diver for Thailand and Myanmar?

No, You can be new to diving and join the Phinsi as an Open Water diver for the trips in Thailand.  However, we would suggest that you have some experience at diving in currents for any of the trips to Myanmar, being qualified as an Advanced diver would also be of benefit for some of the more technical dive sites.

Do they cater to specific diets?

Yes, they do. The MV Taka has exceptional chefs onboard and they deliver food for a variety of dietary requirements given prior notice.

I sometimes struggle to get out of the water in dive gear, can I remove it in the water?

Yes, MV Taka has a specifically designed dive platform at the back of the boat which is at sea level. From here you can transfer onto the tender without equipment and the crew will move it for you before assisting you with putting it on or taking it off.

We are travelling a long way to get there. Is it possible to do more than one trip?

It certainly is. With multiple bookings, we can also offer you a discounted rate. Get in touch and let us know what you would like to do and we will advise on your best options.

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Diving conditions in the Galapagos

Specifically designed with the scuba diver in mind, the Galapagos Master offers superior comfort, the highest of professional service, and fine foods.  The spacious dive deck has a large area for kitting up and an allocated area specifically for camera preparation.

When to dive

The Galapagos can be dived all year round but the aquatic life does vary dependant on the season, or more accurately where one of the three currents acting in the region is the more dominant.  During our 2019 visit to the Galapagos we had the opportunity to meet quite a few local dive guides and when asked the question ‘When is the best time of year to dive?’ the response was a solid “mid-September to start of November.” 

There is a very good reason for this; Many divers visit the Galapagos to witness schooling Hammerheads, Dolphins or Whalesharks and Mantas, Marine Iguanas, Seals and Sealions, diving birds etc.  As we mentioned earlier, you have more chance of seeing a particular species at a particular time of year, but there is only one time of year when you have the chance to see them all at once! You guessed it, Sept-Oct.

In this highly variable climate, the hot and rainy season is from December to June, with high humidity and average temperatures of 26-30°C/79-86°F.

From June to November you can expect cool winds and an occasional light misty drizzle. Temperatures average 20-24°C/68-75°F during the day and are lower at night.

Diving is possible all year. Although 30 metre/100 foot visibility is not unheard of, it’s usually 10-20 meters/30-70 feet. 

The Galapagos is subjected to 3 global currents and as such, we would advise that anyone wishing to dive in this location should be comfortable diving in current, performing negative entry descents and be a minimum of Advanced diver having logged over 50 dives.

Expedition Schedule

The Galapagos Master operates from the island of San Cristobal.  Flights from mainland Ecuador via Quito and/or Guayaquil arrive at San Cristobal where the crew of the Galapagos Master await there guests for transfer to the harbour. 

We will sail north, diving at various sites and ultimately arriving at Darwin’s arch a few days into the expedition.  Darwin’s arch is probably the most famous of all the Galapagos islands and for good reason.  It is for this reason that we spend two days around Darwin’s and Wolf Island with each diving day containing a minimum of 4 dives per day. 

In general, liveaboards in the Galapagos work on a guest to dive guide ratio of 8:1.  To get the very best out of the diving and allow flexibility, Nomadic Scuba is hiring an additional dive guide for our trip to dramatically reduce these ratios and maximise our time in the water.

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