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Galapagos – Family Dive Adventures

GALAPAGOS LIVEABOARDS
The Galapagos is an experience out of a dream, alone in the deep with a whale shark the size of a school bus, accompanied by a school of Hammerheads-like children running to catch the bus. On one dive, it is normal to encounter whale sharks, giant turtles, schools of Hammerheads, and sea lions.

Family Dive Adventures can handle your entire family dive trip to the Galapagos. We can assist you with round-trip air details and pre or post-liveaboard tours within the Galapagos.

Hotel Information:

Trip Information:

Main deck Staterooms (1-6): Twins or queen beds, dresser, closet, and private ensuite bathroom with shower. Lower deck suites (7-9): large port windows, twin or queen beds, lounge area with sofa bed, and private ensuite bathroom with shower.
Plus: Galapagos National Park Fee ($100), Chamber Support Fee ($35), Tourist card ($20), and fuel tax. Airfare to Galapagos Islands and land options before/after cruise additional. Guaranteed Single Occupancy is billed an extra 80% of the retail stateroom/suite price. *Fuel tax included as of July 2021

Package includes

  • Seven nights/8 days aboard the vessel
  • Three meals daily, plus between-dive snacks
  • 2-4 dives daily – a total of 18-19 dives
  • Use of tanks, weights, and belts
  • All domestic alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Airport transfers between GPS and boat for same-day arrivals and departures

Packages do not Include

  • Hotel accommodations
  • Flights to/from Galapagos
  • Last evening dinner
  • Rental, instruction, nitrox, and retail charges
  • Crew gratuities
  • Trip cancellation & dive accident insurance
  • Premium alcoholic beverages
  • Hyperbaric chamber fee

Diving with Dive Encounters or Explorer Ventures fleet

Please note: All the published prices on this page are introductory prices valid for travel 2023-24. We do expect some pricing to change.

The Liveaboards for the Galapagos
Humboldt Explorer, 2022-2025: Pricing from $5,995 to 6,295
Tiburon Explorer, 2022-2025: Pricing from $6,895 to 7,195

The packages include

  • Northern Itinerary: Wolf and Darwin diving
  • Seven days of diving
  • Land tours
  • Free nitrox
  • Private divemasters
  • Hammerheads
  • Turtles
  • Giant oceanic mantas
  • Whale sharks
  • Four dives per day
  • All meals and beverages

Not included in the packages

  • Airfare (international and domestic)
  • Insurance
  • Equipment rentals
  • Certification or specialty courses
  • Hotel stays and day rooms
  • Crew gratuity
  • Port /park fees and or taxes
  • Fuel surcharges (when applicable, cancellation/trip, and dive insurance are highly recommended)

Sample Itinerary (Itinerary subject to change due to weather conditions.)

  • Saturday: Baltra (1 Check Out Dive at Punta Carrion) Guests fly to the Galapagos Islands from Mainland Ecuador, arriving in the late morning. The dive guides will meet the guests at the airport between 11:30 am and 12 pm and escort them to the Galapagos liveaboard, Tiburon Explorer. Guests will board the vessel, have lunch, and listen to the briefings. After the briefings, the guests will do a checkout dive at Punta Carrion. After dinner, the vessel will depart to the next scheduled destination.
  • Sunday: Baltra North (2 Dives) 6:30 and 9:30 dives Sightings include rays and schools of fish—Afternoon North Seymour land visit. Walk the path around North Seymour Island to see the large colonies of Blue Footed Boobies and Frigate Birds. Sighting of Sea Lions and Marine Iguanas is common. Depart for Wolf Island (long transit)
  • Monday: Wolf Island (4 Dives) 6:30, 10:30. 2:00 and 4:30 dives. Possible night dive. Sightings often include hammerheads, whale sharks (in season), eagle rays, sea lions, Galapagos, and silky sharks.
  • Tuesday: Darwin Island (4 Dives) 6:30, 10:30, 2:00, and 4:30 dives. Sightings often include hammerheads, whale sharks (in season), eagle rays, Galapagos, and silky sharks. Transit to Wolf Island
  • Wednesday: Wolf Island (3-4 Dives) 6:30, 10:30, 2:00, and 4:30 dives. Sightings often include hammerheads, whale sharks (in season), eagle rays, Galapagos, and silky sharks. Transit to Cabo Douglas (12 hours)
  • Thursday: Cabo Douglas (1-2 Dives) Sightings include marine iguanas. Transit to Punta Vicente Roca. Punta Vicente Roca (1-2 Dives) Sightings often include mola-mola, turtles, and macro life. Transit to Cousins Rock (10 hours)
  • Friday: Cousins Rock (2 Dives) 6:30 and 9:30 dives. This is great macro diving, with an excellent chance of seeing sea horses, sea lions, and eagle rays. Lunch will be served while transiting to Santa Cruz (3 hours). Travel by bus to the Santa Cruz Highlands to visit the giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Transfer to the town of Puerto Ayora. Dinner on your own in Puerto Ayora. Return to the Tiburon Explorer at 8:30 pm.
  • Saturday: Baltra, Depart the vessel by 9 am. Transfer to the airport.

Sleep in luxury on the open ocean

After an exciting and fantastic day of diving in the Galapagos, you might be a little tired. The Tiburon Explorer has just the cabins to refresh and recharge to dive again the next day. Accommodations: 16 passengers in 9 air-conditioned staterooms on the main and lower decks, all with private bathrooms and showers. All nine staterooms have twin beds, and the staterooms can be converted to queen beds for couples: up to 9 crew and two guides in the Cruise Director Cabin.
Master Stateroom cabins: 1-4 are located on the Dolphin deck (deck plans) and have two twin beds (that can be joined together), private facilities, window view, mirrored cabinet, wardrobe, bathrobes, hairdryer, biodegradable toiletries, fresh towels daily, air conditioning and volume controls.
Deluxe Stateroom cabins: 5-8 are located on the Iguana deck (deck plans) and have two twin beds, private facilities, a Portlight view, a mirrored cabinet, a wardrobe, bathrobes, a hairdryer, biodegradable toiletries, fresh towels daily, air conditioning, and volume controls.

Rates include

  • Cabin accommodation
  • All meals, snacks, and beverages (including beer and wine with dinner)
  • Air or nitrox-filled tanks, weights, weight belt
  • Up to 4 dives per day on 5.5 days for 7-night cruises
  • 8.5 days of diving on 10-night cruises
  • Three land excursions, service of naturalist guides and dive masters
  • Transfers in the Islands between the airport and dock from flights arriving before 1:00 pm

The Tiburon Explorer specifications:

  • Length overall: 125ft (38 meters)
  • Beam: 24.6 ft (7.5 meters)
  • Maximum Speed: 12 knots
  • Safety Equipment: Life rafts (2), life rings/strobes, life vests/strobes, emergency position locator, flares, oxygen, and first aid equipment
  • Air Systems: 2 electric Bauer compressors with a nitrox membrane, producing 32% nitrox
  • Tenders: Rigid hull inflatables (2) used for passenger transport and diver pickup
  • Accessories: Diving Equipment

Diving in the Galapagos

The Galapagos is a rustic and raw destination. We travel to Darwin and Wolf, the farthest Northern Islands of the Galapagos, to dive with the larger and rarer pelagics. To do that, we are on a luxury Liveaboard Yacht. I would not recommend this trip for anyone under the age of 10 for sure, and I genuinely prefer ages 12 and up.
Having said that, we have been taking families with kids as young as 8 to the Galapagos for 14 years. Those kids I accepted were very mature and excellent swimmers and snorkelers, so they enjoyed playing with sea lions and snorkeling with turtles and marine iguanas and had no issues with being on a boat concerning seasickness. I take kids that are certified divers at ages 10 and 11, and it is pretty easy for me to do. However, at that age, their maximum depth is 40ft. So it’s perfect for wild dolphins, iguanas, sea lions, and turtles. However, to truly experience diving in the Galapagos, the 70 ft limit of kids age 12+ is more desirable for a more memorable experience.

The Galapagos Islands feature about 30 available dive areas. This is why Galapagos is definitively the best location for Ecuador’s scuba diving adventures.
Northern Galápagos Islands dive adventure: The best and most abundant marine life is around the archipelago’s northern islands, especially Wolf Island and Darwin Island.

Live-Aboard Only can access these islands.
The waters around the small, remote islands of Darwin and Wolf contain the largest biomass of sharks on the planet. You will learn about the most important species for the survival of our oceans. Sharks are found here like no other place on Earth. Many come here, migrating in large numbers from around the world to reproduce. This makes them so vulnerable to commercial shark fin poachers and long-line fishermen. Although the numbers decreased yearly due to worldwide shark finning, diving in the Galapagos still yields massive schools of Hammerheads, rays, and other marine life. You will see and experience what may not be around for other generations to come. Upon arriving in the Galapagos, each person pays a $100 park fee in cash. This goes to support, protect, and care for this remarkable preserve.

At Wolf Island, divers are rewarded with many reef fish, including schools of angelfish, after the long twelve-hour trip from Santa Cruz. The sea depth ranges from 12 to 20 meters. The area known as El Derrumbe is reputed to be the best place in the Galápagos to see hammerhead sharks. The caves around the island offer opportunities to observe white-tipped reef sharks, hawkfish, sea turtles, and pufferfish. Darwin Island is just two hours north of Wolf Island. The shelves drop from 15 to 22 meters. Various sea life lives here, including moray eel, surgeonfish, serranid, carangid species, and triggerfish.

 

Food aboard the Tiburon Explorer
The Tiburon Explorer, lunch and evening meals usually consist of salad, potatoes, rice, chicken, beef, pork, and fish. Breakfast is the usual fare of eggs, cereal, toast, and fresh fruit. If you have any dietary restrictions or requests, please indicate so on your KSC application form.

Please note that specific brands of soft drinks, dressings, and foods are often unavailable on the islands, and it can be challenging for a remote liveaboard to find low-fat or soy products and other items common elsewhere. While the Tiburon Explorer will do its best to accommodate your requests, please be realistic and consider bringing your own food items if the lack thereof may constitute a health risk or seriously compromise the enjoyment of your vacation.

It’s all about diving!
There really isn’t anything else to do on the Galapagos Sky but dive. Yeah, we will take afternoon walks on some islands, but it is a liveaboard. This is a “Bucket List” adventure. Let’s go diving! So here’s more diving information for the trip.

Gear on The Tiburon Explorer (See the video of what you could see!)
We highly recommend that divers bring their gear. Advanced diving conditions common in Galapagos call for divers to be on their own, known, and adequately fitting gear. Keep in mind Limited Sizes & Quantities are available. Please note that The Tiburon Explorer doesn’t rent or sell gloves, torches/underwater lights, or dive knives. The vessel provides tanks, weights, and weight belts for your use. If you prefer to rent the rest of your equipment from us, we have all the equipment you need. Please indicate on your application form what equipment (and size) you require. Otherwise, the following items are the diver’s responsibility:

  • Certification Card
  • Diving Log Book (strongly encouraged)
  • Mask
  • Snorkel
  • Fins/Booties
  • Buoyancy Control Device (required)
  • Regulator w/alternate air source, submersible pressure, and depth gauges (required)*
  • Dive computer (required)
  • Dive light
  • Wet suit, 5 mm to 7 mm
  • Hooded vest or hood
  • Gloves
  • Repair kit w/ spare parts
  • Safety flag
  • DiveAlert air horn for the regulator
  • Nautilus Lifeline

Available for rent onboard. Rental/Course Pricing (PDF) Most of our guests bring their own complete set of dive gear. This is the ideal situation; however, due to weight limits or additional travel plans, some of our guests choose to rent gear. We strongly recommend bringing your mask, gloves, booties, fins, hood or hooded vest, and computer. A personal wetsuit is also a good idea if you have space. Diving in Galapagos can be challenging, and you must be comfortable. Gloves are suggested as the rocks can be sharp and can damage hands.

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