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8 Days 7 Nights
SCY - San Cristobal
Min Age : 15
Max People : 16
Cruise Details

HUMBOLDT EXPLORER LIVEABOARD OVERVIEW

  • Length – 102 ft (31 m), beam 21 ft (6.5 m)
  • Capacity – 16 guests and 11 crew
  • 8 air-conditioned staterooms with ensuites
  • Multiple decks for lounging and socializing
  • Buffet style meals are a blend of American and Ecuadorian favorite
  • Roomy dive deck with all amenities; Air and Nitrox
  • English and Spanish speaking guide

PACKAGE OVERVIEW

  • 8 days / 7 nights aboard the Humboldt Explorer 
  • 2-4 dives a day (up to 19 during trip) and 2 land visits
  • Accommodation, meals, snacks, and alcohol/non-alcohol beverages
  • Around the clock service from a friendly and professional crew
  • All diving amenities; Nitrox and rental equipment additional
  • Access through Quito (UIO) or Guayaquil (GYE) to Galapagos Islands

Departure & Return Location

SCY – San Cristobal Airport, Galapagos Ecuador

Departure Time

13:00

Price

Until July 2022
$5995 pp
July 2022 - June 2024
$6195 pp
Single Supplement (Private Cabin)
80%

Price Includes

  • 7 Nights accommodations on yacht
  • Tanks (air), weights, weight belts
  • All meals, snacks & beverages (Premium liquors excluded)
  • Park Certified Bi-lingual Dive Guide
  • Transfer from/to airport on day of arrival/departure

Price Excludes

  • Airfare to Galapagos
  • TCT card ($20) & National Park Entrance Fee ($100)
  • Nitrox ($150) & Fuel Surcharge ($150)
  • Personal expenses, premium liquors and gratuities
Deals
Availability
Payment Terms
Cancellation Terms

The following are promotional rates on the Humboldt Explorer:

4-11 July :  Save $2000! $4195 pp after discount

11-18 July : Save $2000! $4195 pp after discount

18-25 July : Save $2000! $4195 pp after discount

25 July – 1 Aug: Save $2000! $4195 pp after discount

29 Aug – 5 Sept:  Save $1550! $4695 pp after discount

3-10 Oct: Save $1550! $$4695 pp after discount

7-14 Nov: Save $1550! $$4695 pp after discount

5-12 Dec: Save $1000! $5195 pp after discount

2022:

  • 4-11 July: 5 spaces. PROMO $4195 pp
  • 11-18 July: 9 spaces. PROMO $4195 pp
  • 18-25 July: 6 spaces. PROMO $4195 pp
  • 25 July – 1 Aug: 13 spaces. PROMO $4195 pp
  • 22 – 29 Aug: 2 spaces
  • 29 Aug – 5 Sept: 5 spaces
  • 5-12 Sept: 4 spaces
  • 12-19 Sept: 3 spaces
  • 3-10 Oct: 13 spaces. PROMO $4645 pp
  • 17-24 Oct: 1 space
  • 24-31 Oct: 16 spaces
  • 31 Oct – 7 Nov: 10 spaces
  • 7-14 Nov: 12 spaces. PROMO $4645 pp
  • 14-21 Nov: 11 spaces 
  • 21-28 Nov: 16 spaces
  • 28 Nov – 5 Dec: 16 spaces
  • 5-12 Dec: 2 spaces. PROMO $5195 pp
  • 19-26 Dec: 16 spaces

2023:

  • 13 – 20 March: 14 spaces
  • 27 March – 3 April: 16 spaces
  • 3-10 April: 9 spaces
  • 10-17 April: 1 space
  • 17-24 April: 16 spaces
  • 1-8 May: 9 spaces
  • 8-15 May: 16 spaces
  • 15-22 May: 16 spaces
  • 22-29 May: 16 spaces
  • 29 May – 5 June: 16 spaces
  • 5-12 June: 16 spaces
  • 3-10 July: 16 spaces
  • 10-17 July: 16 spaces
  • 17-23 July: 15 spaces
  • 31 July – 7 Aug: 16 spaces
  • 7-14 Aug: 8 spaces
  • 14-21 Aug: 16 spaces
  • 21-28 Aug: 13 spaces
  • 28 Aug-4 Sept: 16 spaces
  • 11-18 Sept: 16 spaces
  • 18-25 Sept: 16 spaces
  • 25 Sept – 2 Oct: 16 spaces
  • 2-9 Oct: 14 spaces
  • 16-23 Oct: 16 spaces
  • 23-30 Oct: 16 spaces
  • 30 Oct – 6 Nov: 16 spaces
  • 27 Nov – 4 Dec: 16 spaces
  • 4-11 Dec: 16 spaces
  • 11-18 Dec: 16 spaces
  • 18-25 Dec: 16 spaces
  • 25 Dec – 1 Jan: 16 spaces

Individual Payment Terms:

  • 30% of regular rate at reservation
  • Balance due in full 90 days prior to departure

Group Payment Terms: 

  • Deposit due at reservation: 5% of regular rate
  • Deposit due 12 months prior to departure: 5% of regular rate
  • Deposit due 8 months prior to departure: 20% of regular rate
  • Final payment due 90 days prior to departure

The terms above are for regular rates. Discounted departures may have different terms. Please inquire.

Individual Cancellation Terms:

  • 12+ months prior to departure – Fully refundable
  • 8-12 months prior to departure – 10% of regular rate
  • 6-8 months prior to departure – 20% of regular rate
  • 120 days – 6 months prior to departure – 30% of regular rate
  • 119-90 days prior to departure – 30% of regular rate
  • 89-60 days prior to departure – Full payment due & non-refundable

Group Cancellation Terms:

  • 18+ months prior to departure – 100%
  • 12-18 months prior to departure – 5% of original regular rate (if over half of berths cancelled) OR date change OR cancel and forfeit deposit
  • 8-12 months prior to departure – 10% of regular rate
  • 6-8 months prior to departure  – 20% of regular rate
  • 3-6 months prior to departure – 30% of regular rate
  • 89-60 days prior to departure -30% of regular rate
  • 59 or less days prior to departure – Payment due in full & non-refundable
The terms above are for regular rates. Discounted departures may have different terms. Please inquire.
Notes

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. 

  • Basic Dive Alerts (not for alt air sources), SMBs and Nautilus Lifelines provided if you don't have your own.
  • Full equipment rental $250 & computer rental $100. Computers are mandatory.
  • AL80 tanks with yoke valves, weights and weight belts are provided.
  • Nitrox mix is 32%. Nitrox analyzers are onboard for shared use
Itinerary

Day 1 MON: Arrive SCY. Transfer to yacht. Briefings & Check dive.

Guests fly to the Galapagos Islands from Mainland Ecuador, arriving in the islands mid- day. Guests are met at the airport and taken to the vessel. You will depart for a short crossing to the a calm site for a check out dive and safety briefing. After dinner the vessel will depart to the next scheduled destination. 

Day 2TUE: AM: Punta Carrion. PM: North Seymour Land Visit

AM: Punta Carrion. 2 dives. Sightings include rays and sea lions.

PM: North Seymour is a flat, bushy island which has the largest population of nesting Frigates in the Galapagos.There is a 2 kilometer trail around the island which will put you very up close and personal with these birds in addition to nesting Blue Footed Boobies. 

You could see Blue Footed Booby hatchlings. You can also see my favorite swooping in the air, the ethereal Tropicbird. You will see other bird species, land iguanas, sea lions, marine iguanas and the typical cast of fearless Gala- pagos characters.

Depart for Northern Islands. Navigation time is around 14 hours. 

Day 3WED: Wolf Island

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. Night at anchor. 

Day 4THU: AM: Wolf. PM: Darwin

AM: Wolf Island.2 dives. Crossing to Darwin.

PM: Darwin: 2 dives. 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. 

Day 5FRI: Darwin Island

Another full day of diving at Mecca for divers – Darwin. 

Day 6SAT: Wolf Island

And back to Wolf for 3-4 more great dives. If you have come to Galapagos specifically for sharks, only the Humboldt offers 4 full days of diving in the north – Darwin and Wolf.

Depart for the Central Islands. 

Day 7SUN: AM: Cousins Rock. PM: Santa Cruz Land Visit

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 Humboldt Explorer at 8:30 pm.

Day 8MON: Departure

Depart the vessel by 9 AM. Transfer to SCY Airport for your flight back to Ecuador. 

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