Galapagos Sky

Welcome to the Galapagos Islands on board the M/V Galapagos Sky, the best diving option.

Gently swept by the waters of three major oceanic currents, the Galapagos Islands provide a stunning range of extraordinary diving encounters for live-aboard divers.

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Welcome to the Galapagos Islands on board the M/V Galapagos Sky, the best diving option.

Gently swept by the waters of three major oceanic currents, the Galapagos Islands provide a stunning range of extraordinary diving encounters for live-aboard divers.

Schooling Hammerheads, giant whale sharks, rays of all shapes and colors, turtles, huge schools of fish, galapagos fur seals, and astounding marine life diversity are just some of the riveting attractions of Galapagos liveaboard diving – a destination many divers feel is “the best in the world”.

Luxury Galapagos Liveaboardy

This 100 ft. (33m), 16 passenger luxury live-aboard yacht was launched in 2001 by owner Santiago Dunn. “Sky” has cruised the islands of the Galapagos Archipelago for nearly a decade – providing thousands of divers with high octane, extraordinary Galapagos diving experiences. Our Galapagos live-aboard cruises also offer a full line-up of luxury accommodations, excellent food, “extra touch” amenities, and a friendly, helpful staff.

Discover the Magic of Galapagos Diving

The Galapagos Islands are a National Park and Marine Sanctuary. Over 90 percent of the land and all of the waters are protected. You’ll be visiting a part of the world which has changed little since the time of Charles Darwin. It’s unique location at the confluence of three major currents make it one of the busiest, fishiest, and magical underwater places on earth. Discover the magic of Galapagos Diving on your next live-aboard cruise with DivEncounters and Galapagos Sky – see for yourself why many divers feel Galapagos is truly “the best diving” in the world.

DECK PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS

Specifications

L.O.A.: 100 feet

Beam: 24 feet

Cruising Speed: 12 knots

Range: 2,400 miles

Fuel Capacity: 8,000 gallons

Water Capacity: 6,000 gallons

Desalinator Production: 4,500 gallons per day

Compressors: two high / two low pressure

Voltage: 110 and 220 volts

Navigational Aids: VHF and HI-SUB radios, GMDSS, color radar, echo sounder, Furuno GPS

Safety Aides: EPIRB (emergency position indicator radio beacon)

M/V GALAPAGOS SKY (8 day / 7 nights)

Our Live-Aboard Diving Cruises to Galapagos are seven night cruises, and the itinerary offers a total of approximately 17 – 19 dives  and 3 land excursions on every trip. Diving in Galapagos IS considered ADVANCED diving as it occurs in the presence of strong currents, cold water and at times limited visibility. Diving from tenders/pangas (small inflatable boats) is also the rule and not an exception in this World Renowned destination.

We visit Wolf and Darwin Islands on every trip – the diving there is arguably the best in the world! The Galapagos Sky itinerary has two days with long (you’ll be asleep) overnight navigations in order to get to these crown jewels of world class diving.
You will enjoy 4 dives per day at Wolf and Darwin.

While diving the “central islands” on your Galapagos Sky cruise you will experience the diversity of Galapagos diving. Besides our resident mantas, sharks, and seasonal whale sharks, this is also the time to photograph little Galapagos invertebrates in vibrant color as well as keep an eye out for mola molas.

During your time in the central islands, you’ll also walk in the steps of Charles Darwin, with 3 guided land excursions. Your first land experience you will enjoy will be the beautiful panoramic views as you climb to the top of Bartolome.  Views will include those of Pinnacle Rock in the bay and also lagoons in the distance that those who have watch “Master and Commander” with Russel Crowe will recognize! You will also visit later in the cruise the Highlands in Santa Cruz in search of the Galapagos Tortoises in their natural habitat while later in the day you can finish this excursion with an unguided visit to the Charles Darwin Research Center during free time in the port area.  Lastly on Sunday morning our guests will explore the Interpretation center in San Cristobal where much about Galapagos history and conservation efforts can be learned. This visit occurs just before your return flight to Ecuador.

Please note that diving in the Galapagos is advanced due to strong currents, varying visibility and cold water. Temperatures range from low 60’s to upper 70’s in different areas of the itinerary and seasons. Divers must be comfortable in these conditions, as well as have very good buoyancy and be able to do negative (sometimes rapid) back-roll entries/descents from small boats. Recommended requirements include 50-100 open water dives, experience in currents, ability in removing gear in water and ability in getting into small boats in choppy seas.

ITINERARY

Cruise (Sun - Sun) - 8 day / 7 nights

Day 1: Sunday
Isla Lobos- Check out dive
When you arrive at the airport at San Cristobal on Sunday (Avianca flight 1636), the crew of the Galapagos Sky will personally meet you, collect your luggage, and escort you to the Galapagos Sky. Your luggage will be delivered to the dive deck for you. After everyone is on board, we will introduce you to the boat and do our mandatory safety briefings and drill. Then, we cruise to the area of Los Lobos for your check-out dive.

This will be your first underwater introduction to Galapagos sea lions and fur seals! Watch them Zoom in and out and dance playfully for you!

Even on the first day of your live-aboard cruise – you begin to see the myriad and diverse land formations which comprise the Galapagos Islands topside. It is then you realize you will see nothing like it in your lifetime.

Day 2: Monday
Bartolome Land walk / Cousins 2 dives
Bartolome is a lovely area where guests enjoy a favorite land tour where they can climb to the top of the hill to where breathe taking views abound. Conditions permitting, snorkeling with penguins will be allowed.

Cousins Rocks- this dive is an itinerary favorite and is done along a beautiful wall and allows for great viewing opportunities for corals, frog fish, sea horses, scorpion fish and octopus. It is also a great dive for large schools of Barracuda and also Hammerhead shark sightings. Sea lions will be your companions upon entry and on the safety stops.

By definition, the entire Galapagos Archipelago is geographically remote. But after this day of your live-aboard cruise finds you heading toward the most isolated, northernmost part of the Galapagos Islands – the uninhabited, untouched, twin cathedrals of world class diving – Wolf and Darwin Islands.

Day 3 – 4 – 5: Tuesday –  Wednesday – Thursday
Wolf & Darwin

  • Tues-4 Dives a day at Wolf plus a night dive
  • Wed- 4 dives at Darwin
  • Thurs-3 Dives total, 2 at Darwin and 1 afternoon dive at Wolf before long transit back to central islands

Diving Wolf and Darwin
You’ll spend the next three days diving (up to four dives per day plus a night dive) the legendary islands of WOLF & DARWIN.

Most experienced divers will agree, Wolf and Darwin can provide some of the best diving encounters in the world! Whale sharks are common here from Mid May through November. At The Arch at Darwin, you will see hammerhead sharks either individually, in small groups, or large schools. Bottlenose dolphins are common. The reef contains many warm water varieties of fish found nowhere else in the Islands.

Once you see Wolf and Darwin – you’ll immediately understand why there are no shore excursions on this part of the cruise – there is no way up the vertical cliffs!

Darwin Island: Considered by many experienced divers as the very best dive site in the world, The Arch at Darwin island (actually several dive sites depending on where you enter, currents, etc) honors its reputation. It is warmer by a few degrees than the central islands. In one single dive you can find schooling hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, large pods of dolphins, thick schools of skipjack and yellow fin tuna, big eye jacks, mobula rays, and silky sharks. From June to November, it is not uncommon to encounter whale sharks in multiple numbers on one single dive. The presence of occasional tiger sharks, black and blue marlin, and killer whales adds on to this amazing diving experience. If you still have time to look for smaller stuff, you’ll find octopus, flounders, and an enormous variety and abundance of tropical fish. Darwin Island is the biggest jewel on the Galapagos Crown.

Wolf Island: One of those magical islands, with several dive sites to choose from. If you want to see sharks, you are at the right spot. This is a place for schooling hammerhead sharks, large aggregations of Galapagos sharks, and occasionally whale sharks. Seeing dolphins, large schools of tuna, spotted eagle rays, barracudas, sea lions and sea turtles is common. The bottom is littered with hundreds of moray eels, many of them free swimming. Being several degrees warmer than the central islands, you can look for many representatives of the Indo-Pacific underwater fauna. On a night dive here you will also enjoy spotting and watching the Red Lipped bat fish walk along the bottom of the sea!

Day 6: Friday
Cabo Douglas 1 dive / Punta Vicente Roca up to 2 dives and Panga ride if time allows
At Cape (Cabo) Douglas, on the western side of Isabela Island, we will do 1 dive Friday morning. Here you can expect to see Galapagos Penguins, Marine Iguanas, Flighless Cormorants, Sea Lions, Seahorse, Sea Turtles, Horn Sharks, Red Lipped Batfish, and occasional hammerhead sharks and white tip sharks. Also keep an eye out for chevron barracuda, snappers, yellow fin tuna, rainbow runners, and wahoo. There are also a lot of smaller fishes like creole fishes, parrot fishes, scrawled filefishes, pacific box fishes, and tiger snake eels.

This day we also visit Punta Vincente Roca for up to 2 dives. Our coldest yet rapidly increasing favorite dive – steep, deep vertical wall covered in soft coral, sponges, and endemic black coral. Regular sightings of mola mola (oceanic sun fish,) sea horses, bullhead sharks, red lipped bat fish, various shrimp and many other marine invertebrates. Keep your eyes open for fly bys from the flightless cormorants, penguins and maybe even a marine iguana. Our after-dive panga ride offers great topside photo ops for penguins, flightless cormorants, marine iguanas, sea lions, blue footed & nazca booby Birds, magnificent frigates and noddy terns. The diving here is chilly (particularly below the thermocline – but not to be missed!).

Day 7: Saturday
Northeast tip of Isla Pinzon/Islote Dumb- 1 dive / Puerto Ayora/Highlands tour
Isla Pinzon – NEWEST SITE TO THE ITINERARY- first visited in 2013! While diving Isla Pinzon you will be provided opportunities for encounters with a variety of species of sharks, sea lions, mantas, eagle rays, and moray eels. Many Species of fish and tropicals including yellow tailed surgeonfish, king angelfish, moorish idols, steel pompanos, snappers, grunts, creole fish, and barracuda.

This dive is then followed by a transit to Itabaca Channel where guests will be transferred by bus (at approx. 1400h and approx.. 45 minute ground transfer) to visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz to see the Galapagos Tortoises in their natural environment; and visit to Puerto Ayora. Guests will then be transferred back to Itabaca Channel to board the Galapagos Sky approx. 1900h. The Sky will then return to San Cristobal for Sunday morning cruise completion.

Day 8: Sunday
Land Tour and Day of Departure
Arrive San Cristobal—(Land Excursion) visit the Interpretation Center where an interesting human history of Galapagos is presented, town walk (last chance for shopping). Late morning departure.

Additional Services

Additional services offered on Galapagos Sky:
NITROX FILLS are included. No additional fee for Nitrox

  • Nitrox certification course (4 hours): – $150 including two supervised dives
  • Nitrox completion course: – $50 for two dives + written exam if referral is from PADI.

Dive gear equipment rental rates:   
Galapagos Sky has been become a Premier Scubapro Test Boat. In doing so Galapagos Sky has been outfitted with high quality exceptional gear for our guests needs in the event they do not wish to “Pack” theirs along. Our gear rental packages are priced to please and provide great value to our clients. Keep in mind Limited Sizes & Quantities Available are available so please make sure to reserve your package in advance.

  • Full Gear Rental Package – $250 for full set (BCD, Reg-set, & wetsuit, mask, snorkel, and fins). Excludes computer and gloves.
  • BCD – $80 per charter
  • Reg & Gauge Set – $80 per charter
  • Computer – $75 per charter
  • Wet Suit – $45 per charter
  • Hood- $25 per charter
  • Fins/Booties – $25 per charter
  • Mask & Snorkel – $25 per charter
  • 125 cu ft/15 L tank upgrade – $60 per charter

Replacement Costs:

Full Gear Set-up – NA
BCD – $449
Reg & Gauge Set – $670
Computer – $500
Wet Suit – $280
Hood- $55
Fins/Booties – Fins $190, Booties $60
Mask & Snorkel – $90

RATES

7 nights Cruise RateMaster CabinDeluxe Cabin
Jun 1 2020 – May 31 20217.0956.805
Jun 1 2021 – May 31 20227.5957.295
Single Supplement  85%Single Supplement  65%

IMPORTANT:

The Galapagos National Park regulations require that all guests must carry their Diving Certification Cards for verification of your training. Photocopies will NOT be accepted. Please bring your certification card and log book(s) for verification of your dive training and experience. You will be required to complete and sign a “Waiver Of Claims, Express Assumption Of Risk, Release Of Liability, And Indemnity Agreement” form at the time of your initial reservation confirmation. Please remember that you alone are responsible for determining your medical and physical fitness to dive or to take part in any other activities during your cruise aboard the Galapagos Sky. ALL DIVING AND SHIPBOARD ACTIVITIES ARE CONDUCTED AT YOUR OWN RISK.

INCLUDES

  • Cabin accommodation
  • All meals, snacks, 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
  • 3 land excursions
  • Service of naturalist guides/ dive masters
  • Transfers in the Islands between airport and dock (on cruise dates)
  • All other Galapagos Sky services and amenities

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Trip interruption or Cancellation Insurance
  • Domestic Airfare to the Galapagos Islands,
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee – $100
  • Transit card – $20
  • Hyperbaric chamber fee
  • Gratuities to guides and crew