Ship Name: Galapagos Sky -
Dive boat - 16 passengers
Activities: Hiking, Photography, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling,
We strongly recommend two pre-cruise nights
and one post-cruise night in Quito or Guayaquil. Please
inquire about adding these or other services to your trip.
Experience one of the best dive destinations in the world! In
the Galapagos Islands, you will experience a scuba diving adventure
you will never forget with penguins, sea lions, marine iguanas,
sea turtles, angelfish, giant manta rays, whale sharks and schools
of hammerhead sharks by your side. Enjoy up to four dives a day
in the world-renowned northern islands of Wolf and Darwin. (Note:
All dives are for intermediate/expert divers only, due to the strong
The marine community of Galapagos is one of the
most unique and exotic in the world. You will see penguins swimming
with tropical fish and iguanas that feed underwater. The creatures
of the sea exhibit the same bold curiosity and lack of fear characteristic
of the terrestrial wildlife. Almost one quarter of the marine life
in Galapagos is endemic to this archipelago 17% of its fish and
35% of its marine invertebrates are native and found nowhere else
in the world. The underwater scene is rich in nutrients and teems
with colorful life. Great schools of fish cruise the open water,
at times so thick they nearly block out the sun. The reefs are an
amazing profusion of invertebrate life. Swept by both cold-water
currents from Antarctica and warm currents from the tropical Pacific,
the marine life is a bizarre mixture of cold and warm water species.
Day 1: San Cristobal Island / Embark
arrival to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal, the crew of the
Sky Dancer meets you at the airport to escort you to your ship.
After the initial briefing, there is a mandatory check-out dive
at Isla Lobos where you encounter sea lions. At sunset, circumnavigate
Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido), a vertical tuff cone formation that
abruptly juts up almost 500 feet out of the ocean. Here you see
blue-footed boobies, masked boobies and magnificent frigate birds
on the cliffs.
Day 2: Bartolome Island / Cousins Rocks
Bartolome is a lovely dive spot at Cousins Rocks boasting a
variety of colorful fish and unique photo opportunities. Travel
along a beautiful coral wall discovering frog fish, sea horses,
and octopus. Enjoy sea lion companions on your safety stops.
Enjoy a hike to a favorite hilltop with breathtaking views.
Conditions permitting, snorkel in crystal-blue water with the
possibility of penguins as companions.
Days 3-5: Diving Wolf and Darwin
You'll spend the next three days diving (up
to three dives per day) the legendary islands of Wolf and Darwin.
Most experienced divers will agree - Wolf and Darwin are the best
diving sites in the world! Whale Sharks are common here, particularly
from mid-May through November. At the Northern Arch at Darwin, you
will see Hammerhead sharks either individually, in small groups,
or large schools. Bottlenose dolphins are not uncommon. The reef
contains many warm water varieties of fish found nowhere else in
the islands and is the most consistent place to see Hammerheads.
Once you see Wolf and Darwin - you'll immediately understand why
there are no shore excursions on this part of the cruise - there
is no way up the vertical cliffs!
Day 6: Cape Douglas / Punta Vincente Roca
At Cape Douglas, on the western side of Isabela Island, you
will do one dive Friday morning. Here you can expect to see
penguins, marine iguanas, flightless 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.
Vincente Roca for up to 2 dives and a Panga ride. Diving here is
chilly, particularly below the thermocline, but not to be
missed! Discover a steep, deep vertical wall covered in soft
coral, sponges, and endemic black coral. Observe mola mola, sea
horses, horn sharks, red-lipped bat fish, various shrimp and
many more marine invertebrates. After the dive, photograph
penguins, flightless cormorants, marine iguanas, sea lions,
blue-footed and masked boobies, magnificent frigates, and noddy
terns during the panga ride back to the ship. .
Day 7: Pinzon Island / Santa Cruz
Pinzon Island provides opportunities for
encounters with a variety of species of sharks, sea lions,
mantas, eagle rays, and moray eels. Enjoy one dive here
observing many fish species including yellow tailed surgeonfish,
king angelfish, moorish idols, steel pompanos, snappers, grunts,
creole fish, and barracuda.
After the dive, visit the
highlands of Santa Cruz Island to observe Galapagos Tortoises.
Explore the coastal town of Puerto Ayora before heading back to
Day 8: Interpretation Center / San Cristobal
This morning, visit the Interpretation Center to
learn more about the natural and human history of the Islands. After
your visit, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Quito.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com
is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Above rates are per person and based on double
occupancy and subject to change without notice.
Galapagos Airfare (Quito or Guayaquil): Approx. $450-$600 per
Galapagos National Park Fee: $100 per adult; $50 per
child under 12
Galapagos Transit Card: $20 per person
Rental Dive Equipment: Please enquire with ExpeditionTrips for
prices. Sizes and quantities are limited so please reserve in
Fuel surcharge may apply
Single Rate: 1.65 times the regular rate. On
select departures, solo travelers (same gender) can be matched
up to share a double cabin and will be charged the double
We strongly recommend two pre-cruise nights and one
post-cruise night in Quito or Guayaquil. Please inquire about
adding these or other services to your trip.
This itinerary is subject to change.
ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Diving in Galapagos IS considered ADVANCED diving as it
occurs in the presence of strong currents, cold water and at
times limited visibility. Diving from tenders/pangas (small
inflatable boats) is also the rule and not an exception in this
World Renowned destination. Recommended requirements
include 50-100 open water dives, experience in currents, ability
in removing gear in water and ability in getting into small
boats in choppy seas.
Dry Dock Dates: Jan 8 - Feb 19, 2017
Rental Dive Equipment: BCD; regulator and
gauge; computer; underwater camera; wetsuit, hoood, mask and
snorkel, and fins/booties. Please contact ExpeditonTrips for
details. Limited sizes and quantities available. Please
make sure to reserve in advance.
Cabin accommodations; meals
aboard yacht including beer and wine with dinner; non-alcoholic
beverages including filtered drinking water; service of
naturalist guides/dive masters; transfers and baggage handling
in the islands between airport and ship; diving equipment:
filled tanks, weights, weight belt; free nitrox fills; up to 4
dives per day over 5.5 days; 3 land excursions. Subject to
change without notice.
Airfare; hotel nights
before/after cruise; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil; Galapagos
National Park entrance fee; Galapagos Transit Card; gratuities
to guides and crew; purchases in onboard boutique; travelerís
insurance*; hyperbaric chamber fee; dive gear and equipment
rentals; fuel surcharge may apply.
We are happy to add hotels, air and land arrangements
as requested, and you will be quoted for services.
Airfare between Quito/Guayaquil and the Galapagos
The flights between mainland Ecuador
(Quito or Guayaquil) and the Galapagos Islands are an additional
cost. To secure your seats on often overbooked flights,
ExpeditionTrips must reserve these flights for you at the time
of cruise booking. Approximate cost (including service
fee): $450-$600 per adult.
*Cruise Interruption and Cancellation Insurance:
We strongly recommend that all passengers traveling on Galapagos
Sky invest in comprehensive medical, accident, trip cancellation
and trip interruption insurance at the time of your reservation.
This investment will protect you and your financial commitment
in the event of unforeseen travel delays, airline cancellations,
weather, personal or family illness or injury which may not
allow for you to make your scheduled cruise. We also strongly
recommend diving accident insurance such as coverage provided by
Divers Alert Network.