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The Galapagos 2020 Expedition - 8 Days

The Galapagos Islands Master liveaboard

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.

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.

Service aboard the boat

With 12 dedicated and highly skilled crew you can relax in the knowledge that you are in good hands. A good team is a family, and that’s how the Galapagos Masters crew work. Do not be surprised to see stewards offering a hand when you are coming up from a dive or dive crew assisting with the preparation of fresh fish for the chef. Your cabins are fully air conditioned, and maintained daily. Each cabin has its own private en-suite shower and toilets, fresh towels and a bed ready to assure a good nights slumber.  The vessel does have an upper and lower deck so if you want an amazing view book quick!

Providing an exceptionally high standard of food is a priority in the kitchen.  The staff work relentlessly and can cater for all diets (with advance notice of course). Finally, after a great day of diving there is only one thing left to do, kick back, enjoy a beer, watch the sun set and reminisce on the days awesome activities.

Weather and Temperatures in the Galapagos Islands

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.

Further information

For more in-depth details of the expedition, hotels on San Cristobal and  the mainland cities of Quito and Guayquil please CLICK HERE.

The Expedition

Nomadic Scuba are grateful of this rare opportunity to bring you a full charter on board the Galapagos Master during the best month of the year to dive, October.

During October the Humbolt current draws the colder waters up from the Antarctic and with it an abundance of nutrients creating a banquet for all aquatic life to feast on.  We will meet the crew at San Cristobal airport upon arrival and transfer to the boat for our 8 day/ 7 night adventure of a lifetime.

Itinerary Overview

Flying into San Cristobal form Quito or Guayquil, we will be met at the airport by the Galapagos Master crew and transported to the boat. The following 8 days will comprise of up to 18 dives and at least 2 land excursions to experience the beauty of the Galapagos Islands both above and below the surface.

Availability

The Galapagos Master accommodates 16 guests with 8 double or twin shared cabins. To maximize your experience Nomadic Scuba is taking two members of staff, therefore we have space for 14 guests.  We are also hiring a highly experienced additional dive guide to maximize your experience and reduce the dive ratios from 8:1 to 5:1

Reservations

To secure your reservation on this epic adventure please contact us via EMAIL or social media. Once we receive your US$250 deposit we lock in your reservation.

 

 

Day 1
Monday 26 Oct 2020

Airport arrival and transfer to Galapagos Master for check-in and lunch. In the afternoon a shallow checkout dive to check equipment and ascertain proper weighting as the seas tend to be 6% saltier around the Galapagos.

Day 2
Tuesday 27 Oct 2020

2 dives in the morning at Punta Carrion & Baltra north east followed by an afternoon land visit to North Seymour island before cruising north during the evening.

Day 3
Wednesday 28 Oct 2020

Full day of diving at Darwin island

Day 4
Thursday 29 Oct 2020

Full day of diving at Darwin island

Day 5
Friday 30 Oct 2020

Full day of diving at Wolf island before cruising south in the evening

Day 6
Saturday 31 Oct 2020

Full day of diving at Punta Vicente Roca and Cabo Douglas

Day 7
Sunday 1 Nov 2020

Morning dives at Cousin Rock and Los Gemelos followed by a land excursion to Santa Cruz and the giant land tortoises.

Day 8
Monday 2 Nov 2020

Morning disembarkation from Galapagos Master with an opportunity to visit the interpretation center before transferring to either a local hotel (if you have booked) or San Cristobal airport for departures to Quito and Guayquil.

Price includes

  • Cabin accommodation
  • All meals
  • Snacks, drinking water and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Tank, weights & belts
  • Up to 4 dives per day (18 dives)
  • At least 2 land excursions
  • Service of dive guides
  • Additional dive guide courtesy of Nomadic Scuba reducing ratios to 5:1
  • Airport transfers in San Cristobal for flights arriving before 13:00

Price excludes

  • Nitrox*
  • Trip interruption or cancellation insurance
  • Dive accident insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfares
  • Domestic airfares between San Cristobal and mainland Ecuador*
  • Transit card
  • National Marine park fees*
  • Rental equipment*
  • Gratuities to crew
  • *can be included upon booking and request
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FAQ's

I'm not sure about the currents, what do you think?

The rumors of the Galapagos currents are not just rumors, they are indeed strong. The general consensus is that you should have some experience in strong current and have logged a minimum of 50 dives. Having experienced the diving in Galapagos we will be hiring an additional dive guide to ensure that if individuals need a rest from the current, but still want to dive we can accommodate all levels of divers on the trip.

It seems very expensive, is it worth it?

In a nutshell, yes. After 1,000's of dives around the world I would put the Galapagos in my top two locations, ever. The amount of fish and the diversity is unique, as is the scenery above the surface. A dream of a destination.

Can I book accommodation in Quito, the National park fees & domestic flights all together?

Yes. Once we have received your deposit of US$250 we then continue the process and obtain your requests for adding to your invoice.

What options are available for making payments?

Nomadic Scuba have accounts in the UK and Australia for receiving GBP and USD. To save on any transfer fees and loss in currency conversions we also have the option available to pay Master Liveaboards directly in USD by card or bank transfer with 0% fees.

If I have to cancel my trip, what is the policy on refunds?

Once you decide to reserve a place on the expedition we will send you our terms and conditions along with the payment policy. The percentage of monies retained depends on how close to the trip you have to cancel. Feel free to get in touch and ask for more details.

I'm nervous about sharks, is it dangerous?

Sharks rarely attack humans, especially divers. There is always an element of danger when diving with wild animals but as long as you follow the instruction of your guides and the Nomadic Scuba staff we will advise you on safe diving practices prior to any in-water activity.

Price From USD $ 5,850/person
5,850
Total $ 5,850 USD

Trip Facts

  • 50+ dives, 30m qualification, comfortable with current and negative entry descents
  • 14 places available on board. Reduced dive guide ratios to 6:1 plus 2x 5:1
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