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8 Days 7 Nights
GPS Baltra Airport, Galapagos
Min Age : 15
Cruise Details

Tiburon Explorer Overview:

  • Newly built in 2020
  • Length – 129.6 ft (39.5m), 24.6 ft (7.5m)
  • Capacity – 16 guests and 11 crew
  • 9 large air-conditioned staterooms with ocean views
  • Multiple spacious decks for lounging, plus a hot tub
  • Buffet style meals are a blend of American and Ecuadorian favorites
  • Modern dive deck with all amenities; Air and Nitrox
  • English and Spanish speaking guides

PACKAGE OVERVIEW

  • 8 days / 7 nights aboard the Tiburon 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

GPS- Baltra Airport, Galapagos

Departure Time

1:00 PM / 13:00

Price

July 2022-June 2024
$6995 pp
Single Supplement (Private Cabin)
80%

Price Includes

  • 7 Nights accommodations on yacht
  • Tanks (air), weights, weight belts
  • Dive Alerts, SMBs & Nautilus Lifeline for those who do not have their own
  • 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)
  • Scuba Gear - full rental kit $250 & computer $100
  • Personal expenses, premium liquors and gratuities
Deals
2022 Availability
2023 Availability
Terms

Below are the discounted departures aboard the Tiburon Explorer:

  • 1-8 Oct: Save $1750! $5245 pp after discount
  • 22-29 Oct: Save $1750! $5245 pp after discount
  • 26 Nov – 3 Dec: Save $1750! $5245 pp after discount
  • 10-17 Dec: Save $1000! $5995 pp after discount

 

Date Yacht Spaces Shares Rate
27 Aug – 3 Sept Tiburon 1 1 M $6995 pp
24 Sept – 1 Oct Tiburon 1 1 M $6995 pp
1-8 Oct Tiburon 4   Promo:$5245 pp
8-15 Oct Tiburon 2   $6995 pp
22-29 Oct Tiburon 8   Promo: $5245 pp
5-12 Nov Tiburon 10   $6995 pp
12-19 Nov Tiburon 4   $6995 pp
26 Nov – 3 Dec Tiburon 9   Promo: $5245 pp
3-10 Dec Tiburon 7   $6995 pp
10-17 Dec Tiburon 4   Promo: $5995 pp
17-24 Dec Tiburon 8   $6995 pp
24-31 Dec Tiburon 8   $6995 pp
31 Dec – 7 Jan Tiburon 8   $6995 pp

 

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Date Yacht Spaces Shares Rate
7-14 Jan Tiburon 12   $6995 pp
14-21 Jan Tiburon 2   $6995 pp
21-28 Jan Tiburon 5   $6995 pp
28 Jan – 4 Feb Tiburon 8   $6995 pp
4-11 Feb Tiburon 14   $6995 pp
11-18 Feb Tiburon 8   $6995 pp
1-8 April Tiburon 16   $6995 pp
22-29 April Tiburon 14   $6995 pp
29 April – 6 May Tiburon 6   $6995 pp
20-27 May Tiburon 8   $6995 pp
27 May – 3 June Tiburon 4   $6995 pp
3-10 June Tiburon 6   $6995 pp
3-10 July Humboldt 16   $6195 pp
8-15 July Tiburon 13   $6995 pp
22-29 July Tiburon 10   $6995 pp
12-19 Aug Tiburon 4   $6995 pp
26 Aug – 2 Sept Tiburon 14   $6995 pp
2-9 Sept Tiburon 13   $6995 pp
23-30 Sept Tiburon 7   $6995 pp
7-14 Oct Tiburon 14   $6995 pp
21-28 Oct Tiburon 3   $6995 pp
28 Oct – 4 Nov Tiburon 14   $6995 pp
11-18 Nov Tiburon 16   $6995 pp
25 Nov – 2 Dec Tiburon 16   $6995 pp
2-9 Dec Tiburon 10   $6995 pp
9-16 Dec Tiburon 9   $6995 pp
16-23 Dec Tiburon 16   $6995 pp
23-30 Dec Tiburon 8   $6995 pp
30 Dec – 6 Jan Tiburon 14   $6995 pp

 

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Individual Payment Terms:

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

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 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

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

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 1SAT: Arrive Baltra . Transfer to yacht. Briefings & check dive.

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. 

Day 2SUN: Baltra North. North Seymour land visit.

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. 

Day 3MON: 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. 

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

Day 4TUE: Darwin Island

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.

Day 5WED: Wolf Island

Another full day of diving at Wolf Island. Dives at 6:30, 10:30, 2:00 and 4:30.

Day 6THU: Cabo Douglas. Punta Vicente Roca

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)

Day 7FRI: Cousins Rock. Highlands of Santa Cruz & Puerto Ayora

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.

Day 8SAT: Departure

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

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