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The Humboldt Explorer spends 4 full days at Darwin and Wolf while all others spend 3 days and opt to dive western sites for one day instead, which the Humboldt doesn't offer. Western sites include Punta Vicente Roca, Cabo Douglas, Cabo Marshall and Roca Redonda. Punta Vicente Roca is known for mola molas, turtles, red lipped batfish, seahorses, penguins, flightless cormorants and very cold water. Cabo Douglas is one of the few places where you can dive with feeding marine iguanas. Cabo Marshall is known for mantas. Roca Redonda is an active underwater volcano with fumerole activity and is known for hammerheads.
High season primarily refers to when whale sharks are usually sighted at Darwin and Wolf and when marine life is most abundant, June - Dec. Sept & Oct are considered the best 2 months of the year to dive Darwin and Wolf, peak high season. Hammerhead populations are still abundant in Dec, however, the whale shark migration begins to fade towards the end of Nov.
See additional notes at the bottom of this chart.
** All onboard charges, including gear rentals, are subject to a 14% VAT. Full kit rentals may or may not include a computer. Please check with us. Computers generally rent for $75-$100 per week. Gear does not include gloves either, so be sure to bring your own as you WILL need them, not for warmth, but for protection from sharp barnacles. Camera rental is not common in Galapagos, so please plan ahead.
**Please note that where credit cards are accepted onboard, they are subject to the 14% Ecuador sales tax and sometimes up to a 6% credit card processing fee. Best to bring cash for fuel surcharge, Nitrox and gratuities. Recommended gratuities are 10% of the cost of your trip per person. This is divided between the crew and dive guides.