A modern liveaboard and the best way to explore the best dive sites in the Galapagos.

Galapagos Master Liveaboard

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The most spectacular pelagic diving on the planet. The Galapagos is one of those rare places where you can dive through hundreds of hammerhead sharks to find a whale shark cruising along. Toss in silky sharks, sea turtles, giant morays and schooling fish in their thousands… And that’s just the first dive at Darwin! At Wolf Island, you can expect huge Galapagos sharks and eagle rays up close, whilst dives at Cabo Marshall will put you face to face with giant manta rays and inside a school of millions of black-striped salemas. Mola mola (sunfish) may be seen in the depths too. Macro life is plentiful. Black coral bushes shelter seahorses, blennies, nudibranchs, hawkfish and frogfish. Marine iguanas are a unique sight, along with speedy Galapagos penguins and playful sea lions.

Overview

This is but a mere taste of why divers consistently proclaim the Galapagos to have the healthiest marine life in the Pacific. Situated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, nearly 1,400 km due west from the coast of Ecuador, the archipelago’s unique flora and fauna is mainly due to the isolated location.The various racing ocean currents around the islands bring with them nutrients and the world famous marine life.

Above water, this isolated group of volcanic islands has a striking range of landscapes which are home to an unparalleled number of endemic species. Brought to prominence by Charles Darwin in his renowned book ‘On the Origin of Species’ following his 1835 visit on board HMS Beagle, the islands were named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978.

Yacht Information Built in 2004 the yacht, known as Deep Blue, joined the Master Liveaboards brand and underwent a full refit in November 2014. The refit was supervised by the our own experienced team of yacht builders, who have also brought you the Siren Fleet.

Divided over 2 decks, there are 8 comfortable cabins with en-suite facilities. Our 16 guests have a choice of fixed doubles, fixed twins and convertible double/twin cabins. Communal areas comprise of a spacious indoor lounge, on the middle level, with cushioned bench seating and plasma screen for movie and photo viewing. Adjacent to the lounge is our indoor dining area complete with cocktail bar. An indoor camera set-up station, with numerous charging points (US flat pin plug) and storage drawers is situated to the rear providing ample room for a full photography charter group. Further camera preparation areas can be found on the rear deck next to the dive deck. The upper level has shaded outdoor bench seating with cushioned loungers from where our guests can enjoy the fresh air and views of The Galapagos.

For those who enjoy to relax in the sun there is the top level sun-deck or upper level bow area with additional cushioned loungers provided for your comfort. Guests are free to take advantage of the gangways on both the port and starboard sides to walk around the yacht or visit the Captain in his bridge on the upper deck.

The dive deck is found on the aft of the lower level deck. We provide individual dive equipment set up areas, with under bench storage for all your personal items. Rinse tanks are conveniently located for washing dive equipment and camera gear, whilst there are 2 shower heads for those wishing for a quick post-dive rinse down.
A further 2 deck heads are situated on the starboard side of the boat, just in front of the salon entrance.

On a typical diving day, the boat offers up to 4 day dives aside from the days where they offer land excursions. On the 7-night itinerary up to 18 dives are scheduled, whilst during the 10-night itineraries, up to 27 dives will be possible. Night dives in the Galapagos are not allowed.

The diving day aboard the Galapagos Master is scheduled as follows:
Light Breakfast followed by a briefing and Dive 1
Full Breakfast, relaxation period, briefing and Dive 2
Lunch, relaxation period, briefing and Dive 3
Snack relaxation period, briefing and Dive 4
Dinner

To allow you to explore the Galapagos to its fullest, on days 2, 7 and 10, dives 3 and 4 will be substituted by island visits at North Seymour, Santa Cruz or Isla Isabela.

Diving in the Galapagos can be challenging, even for the experienced diver. At many sites currents can be strong and visibility may diminish due to currents and an influx of nutrients. We highly recommend our guests have training beyond beginner level and a minimum experience of 50 dives, preferably in similar conditions. If our dive crew feel that you do not have the relevant skills or experience to dive the more challenging sites safely then they may stipulate that you sit out some dives.

Water temperature ranges from 21-30°C (70-86°F) between December and May when manta rays are more commonly sighted. However, it drops to an average of 16-24°C (60-75°F) between June and November when the Humboldt Current comes up from the south, bringing with it plankton; making this the best time for seeing whale sharks. Thermoclines can also be expected and divers are advised to bring suitable thermal protection.

Inclusions

Cost includes

  • Return transfer between San Cristobal airport and the vessel on days of embarkation and disembarkation
  • Full board accommodation (based on double occupancy)
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Fruit juice & soft drinks
  • Land excursions
  • Up to 4 dives daily
  • Single 12ltr cylinder with air fills
  • Weights
  • Weight belts
  • SMB
  • Land excursion

Cost excludes

  • Flights
  • Equipment hire (7mm wet suit)
  • Nitrox
  • On board merchandise
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Crew and dive guide gratuities
  • Marine Park & Port Fees
  • $35 USD Chamber Support Fee
  • $25 USD Tourist Card (before boarding your domestic flights to the Galapagos visit the INGALA booth at Guayaquil airport)
  • Ecuadorian Departure Taxes (between $28 USD and $41 USD if not included in your flight ticket)
  • Obligatory surcharges - Marine Park & Port Fees: $100 USD Galapagos National Park Fees (upon your arrival in the San Cristóbal)

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Galapagos Master Liveaboard