Aqua – Exclusive Diving – Galapagos Islands

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OVERVIEW:

Diving in Galapagos is possible with our 8 day itinerary aboard M/Y Aqua! We have designed it specially for travellers who want to travel “deeper” into the enchanted islands. Meet incredible marine life and enjoy only the most spectacular diving sites the Galapagos Islands has to offer!

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Experienced professional guides.
  • Dive into a magical world of pure uniqueness
  • Eye-witness incredible marine life, including the baleen whale
  • Swim with tropical fish, marine iguanas and even friendly sharks
  • Visit the best diving sites in the Galapagos, including Darwin’s Arch, Cousin’s Rock and more
  • See seahorses, white tip reef sharks, reef fish (including large schools of hunting yellow tailed surgeonfish), barracudas, turtles, mobula rays, sting rays, scorpion stone-fish, and various invertebrates up close
  • Observe the famous giant tortoise at the Twin Craters in the highlands of Santa Cruz

ITINERARY IN BRIEF:

Day 1: Baltra Airport - Baltra North East
Day 2: Bartolome - Cousin's Rock
Day 3: Wolf Island
Day 4: Darwin Island
Day 5: Wolf Island 
Day 6: Vicente Roca Point - Cape Douglas
Day 7: Roca Blanca - Pinzon
Day 8: Highlands - Baltra Airport

NOTE: Long itineraries are the combination of short ones; please let us know if you would like to book a long cruise.

  • Baltra Island - Baltra North East (1 Check Dive)

    AM - Baltra Airport
    Upon arrival at Seymour Ecological Airport, a check-up is carried out first, to ensure that no foreign plant or animal species are introduced on the islands. Furthermore, your TCC (Transit Control Card) is stamped; this must be kept safe during your trip, as it has to be presented again on your return flight. In addition, entrance to the Galapagos National Park is due for entry (US $ 100), if this has not yet been paid.Your guide will meet you at the airport, assist you with the luggage and accompany you on the short bus ride to the harbour of Puerto Ayora. Here you will climb aboard the yacht Aqua. After greeting the crew and the captain, your cabins will be assigned to you and then you will enjoy your first lunch on-board.

    PM - Baltra North East
    This is the perfect spot to start your adventure with mode- rate currents.This dive site is for adventurous divers looking to see fascinating lava and rock formations, as well as an incredible number of marine species. At the depth of around 20 m (60 ft) we might see white-tip reef sharks, pelagic fish, reef fish, rays, and turtles. Additionally, sea lions will be your companions upon entry and on the safety stops. Occasionally, hammerhead sharks can be spotted swimming nearby. (L. D.) (Private Transfer) (Shared Guide)

  • Bartolome (1 Dive) - Cousin’s Rock (2 Dives)

    AM - Bartolome
    Located east of Santiago Island, this small island is known for its unique spear-like pinnacle. Beneath the waves we dive over, we will go around a rocky platform and float around underwater cliffs that start at 15m and disappear into the sea bed, giving us a good chance to see pelagic animals.You can expect to see some of the following marine life: seahor- ses, white tip reef sharks, reef fish (including large schools of hunting yellow tailed surgeonfish), barracudas, turtles, mobula rays, sting rays, scorpion stone fish, and various invertebrates.

    PM - Cousin’s Rock
    Cousin’s rock is located north-east of Santiago island, near Bartolome.This site has a unique and stunning topography of jagged rocky shelves where animals, both big and small, can be found resting and feeding. It is one of the few places where you can see endemic black coral amongst the riot of colourful clams, algae, flora and fauna that cover the rocks like splashes of paint. During our surface interval, look out for penguins that inhabit the surrounding area.You can expect to see some of the following Marine Life: sea lions, Galapagos sharks, white tip reef sharks, turtles, seahorses, barracudas, stingrays, eagle rays, manta rays and reef fish (including large schools of floating bullseye pufferfish).(B. L. D.) (Shared Guide)

  • Wolf Island (4 Dives)

    AM / PM - Wolf Island
    Named after the German geologist Theodor Wolf, this extinct volcano reaches 253m (780ft) above sea level and lies around 160km (100m) nor thwest of Isabela Island. Land visits are not permitted, however, bird life such as: red-foo- ted boobies and vampire finches may be spotted from the boat. For our dives, we choose from a selection of reefs and walls, most have medium to strong currents, where the use of gloves and reef hooks is advised. Schooling pelagics are the main attraction, but you can also see hammerheads, white tips and Galapagos sharks. (May-November). (B. L. D.) (Shared Guide)

  • Darwin Island (4 Dives)

    AM / PM - Darwin Island
    A volcano that reaches 165m (490ft) above sea level was named in honour of naturalist Charles Darwin. It is amongst the smallest island within the Galapagos Archipelago and like Wolf Island, no land visits are permitted. One of the most famed diving sites is “Darwin’s Arch”, which provides an amazing drift dive along the wall at an average depth of just 9m. Medium to strong currents are to be expected, but you bring with them many hammerheads, black tips, silky and Galapagos sharks! Schools of jacks are a common sight, along with turtles, angelfish and moray eels. Occasional sightings of tiger sharks, manta rays and bottlenose dolphins make for a thrilling time.Whale sharks may also be seen between May – November. (B. L. D.) (Shared Guide)

  • Wolf Island (3 Dives)

    AM / PM - Wolf Island
    Again we will be diving around Wolf Island for the best of the Galapagos. (B. L. D.) (Shared Guide)

  • Vicente Roca Point (1 Dive) - Cape Douglas (1 Dive)

    AM - Vicente Roca Point
    We will cross the Bolivar Channel for the last time to Vicen- te Roca Point, just at the mouth of Isabela’s seahorse-shape. While entering a dark cave below a spectacular arch, roaring echoes of the waves will accompany you. Just around the corner, the collapsed amphitheatre of Volcan Ecuador offers another impressive view. The calmer waters of the coves are well-protected against the ocean swell and are great place for snorkelling amongst various species of shark, penguins, puffer fish and even seahorses!

    PM - Cape Douglas
    Cape Douglas is sure to provide you amazing opportunities to observe a large amount of marine life, above and under the water! As you prepare for your dive, you can see Gala- pagos Penguins, Galapagos Flightless Cormorants, and Gala- pagos Marine Iguanas- animals only found exclusively on the Islands. A sure sight is incredible marine iguanas swimming and feeding on the rocks under the surface. Some marine life you may see are: Red-lipped Batfish, Horn Sharks, Mola Mola, and possibly Baleen Whales! (B. L. D.) (Shared Guide)

  • Roca Blanca (1 Dive) - Pinzon (1 Dive)

    AM - Roca Blanca
    For divers, Roca Blanca is a mecca for sea life. Located on the South East coast of Isabela Island, it’s one of the best diving sites the central islands offer. Due to the cooler and waters in the central islands, this increases the diversity of marine life.You will get to see amazing life here, such as: shark, manta & eagle rays, sea lions, moray eels, lobsters, and a vast population of tropical fish.

    PM - Pinzon
    It is a small island located off the western coast of Santa Cruz, about 1 hour from Puerto Ayora. It is a great spot for beginners and experienced divers, offering many playful sea lions, turtles, and red lipped batfish.The deep drop off wall is for more experienced divers, and is a great spot to see sea horses, rays, different species of sharks, and lobster. In the warmer months, Pinzon is a favourite site for the Manta Rays and pods of dolphins. (B. L. D.) (Shared Guide)

  • Highlands - Depart Baltra Airport

    AM - Highlands
    The road to the highlands leaves from Bellavista, a small village located a 15-minute drive from Puerto Ayora, and passes through the agricultural zone, near the National Park boundary, the Miconia Zone, and then goes to the Fern and Sedge zone. With clear weather, this area boasts beautiful scenes of rolling hills and extinct volcanic cones covered with grass and lush greenery all year round. Here you will visit the Twin Craters, which are two pit craters, as well as a local ranch where we can observe the giant tortoise of Santa Cruz Island in its natural habitat.

    Baltra Airport
    It’s time to say goodbye to Galapagos! It’s been a pleasure accompanying you on this unique trip and hope to see you again very soon!
    Assisted by the naturalist guide and some crew members, the dinghy will bring you and your luggage to the Seymour Ecological Airport, where we will take the shuttle back to the airport.
    In case you have booked your trip for a longer stay with us, we would be welcoming any potential new fellow passengers to the yacht, and continue our trip to the next visiting site! (B.) (Shared Guide)

SPECIFICATION

  • Type: Motor Yacht
  • Year Built: 1998 (remodelled in 2019)
  • Category: Mid-range
  • Length: 26 metres / 85 feet
  • Beam: 5.5 metres / 18 feet
  • Max. Capacity: 16 passengers
  • Cabins: 9 (During the 2019 refurbishment, 1 cabin will be added)
  • Crew: 8 members + 1 instructor guide and 1 divemaster guide (for naturalist cruises only 1 bilingual naturalist guide)
  • Zodiacs: 2 Caribe (C-20 & C-17) with 50 HP Yamaha four stroke outboards
  • Max speed: 9 knots
  • Electricity: 110V/220V
  • Engines: 2 x 250HP Caterpillar
  • Generators: 1x 80 kW & 1x 60 kW Cummins

CABINS DETAILS:

Lower Deck Triple Cabin 

Lower double bed and a single upper bed, portholes, private bathroom with hot shower, toilet and washbasin, biodegradable soap, shampoo and conditioner, air-conditioning, closet and towels.

Main Deck Double Cabins

Lower double bed, picture window, private bathroom with hot shower, toilet and washbasin, biodegradable soap, shampoo and conditioner, air-conditioning, closet and towels.

Upper Deck Twin Cabins

Upper and lower bunk beds, picture window, private bathroom with hot shower, toilet and washbasin, biodegradable soap, shampoo and conditioner, air-conditioning, closet and towels.

Note: Single travellers share a cabin with a person of the same sex unless a single room is booked and the single room surcharge is paid (guaranteed single cabin). Individuals who are willing to share their cabin are exempt from the single room supplement, even if no fellow traveller is added.

DECKPLAN

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Accommodation on board
  • All meals, water, tea & coffee
  • All excursions as described in the programme (subject to change) with bilingual guide (Spanish / English)
  • Airport assistance at Quito airport (when flight and cruise are booked together)
  • All transfers to Galapagos (AirportYacht-Airport only included when booked together)
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Bath and beach towels

DIVING

  • Nitrox available
  • DIN Adaptors
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving
  • Sidemount Diving
  • Shaded Diving Area

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • International and National (Ecuador-Galapagos-Ecuador) flights
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance, US $ 100 (To be paid upon arrival, in cash)
  • Transit Control Card, US $ 20 (To be paid upon departure from the mainland to Galapagos, in cash)
  • Galapagos Airport Transport, if the flight has not been booked together
  • If necessary, single room supplement
  • Optional wetsuit (to be paid in cash only)
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks (to be paid in cash only)
  • Personal expenses, extras & gratuities
  • Travel insurance

NOTE: Long itineraries are the combination of short ones; please let us know if you would like to book a long cruise.

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