Diving the Galapagos Islands on board Humboldt Explorer and enjoy an unknown world of beauty and marine life.
The M/V Humboldt Explorer comfortably accommodates 16 passengers in 8 air-conditioned rooms, all of which have private bathroom facilities.
Most rooms have twin bunks than convert to larger beds for couples, flat screen televisions and all have windows to maximize the view of the Pacific Ocean and Galapagos Archipelago.
Cabins are located on the main and lower desk. The air-conditioned salon on the main deck includes dining tables, TV, VCR, CD/DVD, video library and lounge area. Sunning /viewing areas, ample seating and a Jacuzzi are located on the top level.
DECKS AND CABINS
Registry: Pto Baquerizo Moreno, Galapagos Islands
Length overall: 111.5 ft (34 meters)
Beam: 21.3 ft (6.5 meters)
Draft: 8.2 ft (2.5 meters)
Tonnage: 169 ITC
Main engines: Detroit Diesel 6V92, 350 hp
Generators: 2x Perkins 73 kw
Maximum Speed: 10 knots
Fuel Capacity: 5,300 gallons (20,000 liters)
Range: 1,800 nm
Crew: Up to 7 crew and 2 guides in crews’ quarters.
Safety Equipment: Life rafts (2), life rings/strobes, life vests/strobes, emergency position locator, flares, oxygen and first aid equipment
Air Systems: 2 electric Bauer compressors with nitrox membrane, producing 32% nitrox, bank storage
Tenders: Rigid hull inflatables (2), used for passenger transport and diver pickup
Days aboard the Humboldt Explorer generally involve a 6:30am dive followed by breakfast, a dive at 10:30am, lunch at 12:00pm, and afternoon dives at 2:00 pm and 4:30pm (On days with long transits between islands, the number of dives will be reduced to 2-3 dives – see itinerary). Dinner is served at approximately 7:00 pm. Under current National Parks guidelines, night dives and land visits are strictly regulated.
At this time, each week in the itinerary includes the same islands.
The order of the islands, however, is dictated by the National Parks Foundation.
The Humboldt Explorer must follow the schedule of islands and land tours as noted below
Day 1: Monday
Guests fly to the Galapagos Islands from Mainland Ecuador, arriving in the late morning. The dive guides will meet the guests at the airport and escort them to the Humboldt Explorer. Guests will board the vessel after 1:00pm, have lunch and listen to the briefings. After the briefings, the Humboldt Explorer will depart for a short crossing to Isla Lobos for a check out dive and safety briefing. After dinner the vessel will depart to the next scheduled destination.
The Galápagos National Park Visitor Center is a modern facility with displays explaining the biology and human history of the islands. It opened on the north side of town in 1998. The center presents educa¬tional interactive ecology events and videos in English and Spanish that give a complete, documented history of the archipelago, its ecosystems, flora and fauna. The main hall gallery has an outdoor theater and organizes rotating exhibits as well as cultural activities ‘.ike theater, exhibitions and workshops on dance and painting.
Day 2: Tuesday
Punta Carrion (2 Dives)
After breakfast, panga ride visit to Vicente Roca Point. Comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life, observing seahorses, sea turtles, rays, puffer fish, the strange yet fascinating Mola-mola (or sunfish), we see also penguins, blue-footed boobies and nazca boobies. Lunch on board.
Day 3: Wednesday
Wolf Island (4 Dives)
6:30, 10:30, 2:00 and 4:30 dives. Possible night dive.
Sightings often include hammerheads, whale sharks, eagle rays, sea lions, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks.
Night anchor at Wolf Island.
Day 4: Thursday
Wolf Island (2 Dives)
6:30 and 9:30 dives
Transit to Darwin Island (2 Dives)
2:00 and 4:30 dives
Sightings often include hammerheads, red-lipped batfish, eagle rays, sea lions, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks.
Day 5: Friday
Darwin Island (4 Dives)
6:30, 10:30, 2:00 and 4:30 dives
Sightings often include hammerheads, whale sharks (in season) eagle rays, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks.
Transit to Wolf Island
Day 6: Saturday
Wolf Island (3 Dives)
6:30, 9:00 and 11:00 dives
Sightings often include hammerheads, whale sharks (in season), eagle rays, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks.
Long transit to Cousin’s Rock (20+ hours)
Day 7: Sunday
6:30 and 9:30 dives
This is a great macro diving with an excellent chance of seeing sea horses, sea lions and eagle rays. Lunch will be served while transiting to Santa Cruz (3 hours). Travel by bus to the Santa Cruz Highlands to visit the giant tortoises in their natural habitat.
Visit the town of Puerto Ayora and the Darwin Centre on your own. Dinner on your own in Puerto Ayora. Return to the Humboldt Explorer at 8:30pm.
Day 8: Monday
Depart the vessel by 9 am. Guests are free to visit the beach in town to see sea lions and marine iguanas in their natural habitat or take a short walk to the Interpretive Centre.
Transfer back to the airport for flight back to Quito or Guayaquil.
Rates 2020 from January to June in DBL $ 5.395 / Charter $ 75.530
from July to December in DBL $ 5.495 / Charter $ 76.930
Rates 2021 from January to June in DBL $ 5.495 / Charter $ 76.930
from July to December in DBL $ 5.695 / Charter $ 79.730
Single Supplement 80%
- 7 nights/8 days aboard the vessel.
- 3 meals daily, plus between-dive snacks.
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
- 2-3 dives a day (days vary).
- Use of tanks, weights and belts.
- Air flight rate to/from Galápagos (US$500 per person).
- Transit Card (estimated us$ 20. – but can change).
- Galapagos National Park fee (US$100 per person).
- Fuer surcharge USD 150.
- Nitrox USD 150
- Wetsuit, BCD, regulator.
- Rental, instruction, and retail charges.
- Dive computer, fins, masks, booties, gloves, hoods.
- Personal expenses.