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Tiburon Explorer Overview:
GPS- Baltra Airport, Galapagos
1:00 PM / 13:00
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Please bring your C card , Nitrox card and log book (if you have one). Please bring a copy of your dive cruise application and waiver to present when you board or you will need to fill it out again. If you have dietary requests that were noted in your cruise application, please also remind your dive guide and/or the chef once you board.
7mm wetsuits are recommended. Gloves are necessary for protection, not warmth. Bring your own gloves! No camera rentals exist.
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, organize equipment and listen to the safety briefings.
AM: Baltra North. Equipment check, 7:00 and 10:00 dives. Sightings include rays and schools of fish.
PM: 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 are also common.
Depart for Wolf Island (long transit)
Depart for Northern Islands. Navigation time is around 14 hours.
Wolf Island, along with its sister Darwin Island, is considered one of the best dive destinations in the world. This small island located more than 100 kilometers to the northwest of the main Galapagos Islands chain.
Sightings include: large schools of Hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, Eagle Rays, Sea Lions, Mantas, Turtles, Jacks, Trumpetfish, Butterfly fish, Morish Idols, Moray Eels, Dolphins and, in season, Whale sharks. Wolf Island is also prolific in corals and reef life, with more than 8 species of corals, and the greatest diversity of tropical fish in the islands. Some of Wolf’s dive sites are Shark Bay, The Landslide, La Banana and Islote La Ventana. Wolf is also a great experience above water. It is home to literally hundreds of thousands of seabirds such as Nazca boobies (also known as masked boobies), frigates, pelicans and swallow-tailed gulls.
Dives at 6:30, 10:30. 2:00 and 4:30. Possible night dive.
Sightings often include hammerheads, whale shark (in season), eagle rays, sea lions, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks
Darwin is considered by most to be the best dive site on the planet, Darwin is the northernmost island in Galapagos. This site is only visited by divers are there is no land access. Sightings include large schools of Hammerheads, free swimming morays, Galapagos sharks, Dolphins, Puffers and Porcupine fish, huge schools of Jacks and, of course, Whale Sharks between June and Nov. This is the only place on the planet where you can swim with 50+ ft / 15+ mt pregnant whale sharks. The island itself is home to countless birds, including the rare red-footed booby. Fur seal colonies also make Darwin their home.
Dives at 6:30, 10:30, 2:00 and 4:30.
Another full day of diving at Wolf Island. Dives at 6:30, 10:30, 2:00 and 4:30.
AM: Cabo Douglas. Sightings include marine iguanas feeding underwater, penguins, flightless cormorants and turtles.
Transit to Punta Vicente Roca
PM: Punta Vicente Roca (1-2 Dives) Sightings often include mola molas, turtles, penguins and macro life.
Transit to Cousins Rock (10 hours)
AM: Cousin’s Rock. 2 dives. This combination of wall and coral covered rock is home to a variety of smaller creatures, a huge variety of tropical fishes and it’s not unknown to drop in on mantas or eagle rays. Black corals, small hard corals, sea fans and red sponges cover the tiered wall providing cover on the small ledges for many critters including Turtles, Frogfish, Long-nose Coral Hawkfish and the giant Pacific Sea Horse. Off in the blue, it’s not uncommon to spot Mobulas, Mantas, Eagle rays as well as sharks and sea lions.
PM: Santa Cruz Island. This tour begins with a stop at “Los Gemelos” (The Twins), two enormous craters that occurred when surface materials collapsed into fissures or chambers below. It is an awe-inspiring visual reminder of the power of nature. The short, easy hike is teeming with endemic flora and fauna, including a Scalesia Forest. Most say this relative of the sunflower reminds them of a forest of giant broccoli.
Next is a visit to a private ranch where you will have to chance to see the iconic giant tortoises in the wild.
Then, we visit the town of Puerto Ayora. You can explore the Darwin Center on your own, shop for souvenirs or just hang out in town. Dinner will be a restaurant in Puerto Ayora.
Return to the Tiburon Explorer at 8:30 pm.
Depart the vessel by 9 AM. Transfer to GPS Airport for your flight back to Ecuador.