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MV Galapagos Sky- 17-19 Dives 7 nights - 6 Days

M/V Galapagos Sky

The luxury live-aboard M/V Galapagos Sky is a 100 ft. (33m) state-of-the-art live-aboard diving yacht exploring the fabled waters of the Galapagos Islands.

This luxury live-aboard hosts 16 passengers in 8 well appointed cabins. We operate year round (schedule).

Built to exceed any and all international safety standards, M/V Galapagos Sky is not only your live-aboard dive platform to the undersea wonders of Galapagos – but also has the crew, chefs, and amenities for you to enjoy five-star service during your entire trip.

Accommodations include eight private en-suite cabins with two twin or one king size bed options. Each cabin features a private head/shower, mirrored cabinet and wardrobe, bathrobes, hairdryer, and marine safe (biodegradable) toiletries.

The elegant M/V Galapagos Sky is fully air conditioned and features a spacious lounge area and separate fine dining area. Two dive masters and up to four dives a day ensure that your voyage will have ample underwater time to discover the magic of Galapagos diving.

Cruise Highlights

  • 3 Days diving Wolf and Darwin Islands on every cruise
  • 5 1/2 Days diving on all 8 day / 7 night cruises
  • Naturalist dive instructor and dive master
  • Ecuadorian and international cuisine
  • Main salon with audio/video entertainment center
  • Dive platforms with fresh water showers
  • Dive equipment and camera rentals
  • Ample space for personal gear storage
  • FREE NITROX for all new reservations
  • Additional Services (Gear Rental, Nitrox Courses, Camera Rental, Ecuador Land Tours)

Enjoy with our compliments

  • Beverages including wine and beer with dinner
  • Up to four dives daily (1 night dive in addition) plus land excursions in Galapagos
  • Dive Deck assistance and Dive Deck outdoor hot showers
  • Fresh hot towels after every dive
  • Cabin amenities including terrycloth bathrobes in your cabin, biodegradable shampoo, conditioner, and soap, and nightly Turn Down service
  • Morning beverage service
  • Dress is casual – but dining service is “fine” plated

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Gently swept by the waters of three major oceanic currents, the Galapagos Islands provide a stunning range of extraordinary diving encounters for live-aboard divers.

Schooling Hammerheads, giant whale sharks, rays of all shapes and colors, turtles, huge schools of fish, galapagos fur seals, and astounding marine life diversity are just some of the riveting attractions of Galapagos liveaboard diving – a destination many divers feel is “the best in the world”.

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 our 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.

 

Day 1
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 drills. 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!

Day 2
Monday • Bartolome – 1 dive and land walk • Cousins 2 dives

Bartolome – Penguins can be seen at this dive site. 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.

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.

Day 3
Tues • 4 Dives a day at Wolf plus a night dive

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!

Day 4
• Wed- 4 dives at Darwin

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.

Day 5
• Thurs-3 Dives total

2 at Darwin and 1 afternoon dive at Wolf before long transit back to central islands

Day 6
Friday • Cabo Douglas 1 dive • Punta Vicente Roca up to 2 dives

Cabo Douglas: On the western side of Fernandina 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.

Punta Vincente Roca: 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!).

Day 7
Saturday • Northeast tip of Isla Pinzon/Islote Dumb- 1 dive • Puerto Ayora/Highlands tour

sla Pinzon – 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 for dinner on board. The Sky will then return to San Cristobal for Sunday morning cruise completion.

Day 8
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.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Cabin accommodation
  • All meals
  • Snacks, beverages, beer and wine,
  • Nitrox fills
  • One 80 cu ft/12 liter tank
  • weights, weight belt
  • Up to 4 dives per day on 5.5 days for 7-night cruises
  • 3 land excursions
  • Service of Dive Guides 8:1
  • Transfers from and to San Cristobal airport and the dock from flights arriving before 1:00pm (13:00)
  • All other Galapagos Sky services and amenities
  • Nomadic Scuba T-shirt (sizes for each guest required)

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • Trip Interruption or Cancellation Insurance
  • Dive Accident Insurance (DAN or DiveAssure)
  • International Airfare to Ecuador (Quito UIO or Guayaquil GYE)
  • Domestic Airfare to the Galapagos Islands (Quito UIO or Guayaquil GYE to San Cristobal SCY)
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee $100
  • Transit card (TCT) $20
  • Hyperbaric chamber fee $35
  • Rental gear
  • Gratuities to guides and crew.
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I am an Open Water diver, can I dive in the Galapagos?

The Galapagos is a point on earth where 3 major bodies of water meet which tend to create strong currents and colder water. For safety reasons Nomadic Scuba would advise that you have at least 50-100 dives prior to booking, are comfortable in current and colder conditions and we would further advise that you are qualified to dive to 30m, comfortable with negative entries and rapid descents. Furthermore, you would benefit from being Nitrox certified otherwise some of your dives may have to be omitted from the schedule.

How do we get to San Cristobal?

You can fly internationally to Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador and then a further flight to San Cristobal. Let us know if you would like reservations for the Ecuador to San Cristobal leg of your journey as MV Galapagos Sky can arrange this and add it into your final invoice.

I've never done a liveaboard, will I be sea sick?

This question can never be answered precisely, each individual is effected by motion differently. My partner suffers from sea sickness on a ripple whereas I have never felt any issues. My general advice is to stay hydrated, eat well and if you are in any doubt and have no allergic reactions to medication then ask your pharmacist about motion sickness assistance.

I've never dived with sharks, is it safe?

As with all scuba diving there are some dangers involved but following the guidelines laid out by the dive operator should give you the confidence to know how to dive correctly with any sea life you encounter.

Am I going to see Whalesharks, Mantas and Marine Iguanas?

Scuba diving is the adventure of all adventures and if you are looking to witness a particular animal then it makes sense to be in the right place at the right time (and have a good pinch of luck too). Nothing is guaranteed but diving the right locations for particular species does sway the chances more in your favour.

Do I need to take cash?

Most dive operators now have a digital payment system but we would always advise on taking some local currency with you for any small local purchases you may decide to make. It is also best to offer cash as a gratuity or tip should you wish to do so, having worked as dive staff around the world I can assure you that tips are very welcome and appreciated.

Do they cater for vegan/ vegetarian/ lactose intolerant guests?

Of course. Once you decide to book a particular trip you can let us know when you complete your booking form and it will be highlighted to the staff prior to your embarkation.

I would prefer a Master Cabin, does it cost more?

Yes, the Master Cabins are priced USD200 more for the trip bringing the trip total to USD6,595

Price From USD $ 6,395/person
6395
Total $ 6,395 USD

Trip Facts

  • Yes
  • 50+ dives, 30m qualification, comfortable with quick and negative entry descents, comfortable with cold water
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