It is true that the Humboldt Explorer is among the oldest Galapagos diving cruises. However, it has been recently refurbished and is always updating its safety features. Despite its “age”, just by going through its reviews, one can clearly notice it is one of the best choices for Galapagos liveaboard diving. It has all the amenities, services, equipment and the itinerary – especially the itinerary – required to ensure a memorable experience.
Let’s start with the amenities and equipments. The Humboldt can accommodate 16 passengers in eight (8) comfortable cabins (all with air conditioning and private bathrooms), with the ship having a wide range of facilities to meet its guests’ requirements. All cabins are equipped with TV/DVD, hot water, private bathrooms, showers and of course, amazing island views. There are eight (8) air-conditioned rooms, and most having twin bunks that convert to larger beds for couples. It features air-conditioned social areas, shaded back deck and a sundeck with Jacuzzi, something you won’t find on any other Galapagos cruises. Even though you will be spending all day underwater, you will appreciate the warm and relaxing jacuzzi – add to this, a chilly and refreshing cocktail. The ship provides tanks, weights, air compressors and rental equipments, two rigid hull inflatables used for passenger transportation and diver pickup. The yacht also uses an underwater tracking device (really nice feature), two life rafts, life rings, life vests, flares, oxygen and first-aid equipment which ensures the safety of its passengers. Moving on to services, the yacht only employs the most talented divers and personnel. Each cruise has 7 crew members, including an experienced dive instructor and diver’s assistant. In this manner, it provides the perfect balance of premium service with a “scuba-nized” adventure, thus making the most of your Galapagos diving cruise. Finally, the itinerary… It focuses on the highlights; to start with, you will be diving in the Darwin and Wolf Islands for four days! You then have Cousin’s Rock, Isla Lobos, Punta Carrion, and North Seymour. This itinerary becomes even more thrilling during the “cold season” or the “whale shark season”. It is when the Humboldt Current flows through the archipelago; perhaps this is the very reason it was named as Humboldt Explorer. In addition to the one-of-a-kind diving adventures, travelers can also enjoy the islands’ rich wildlife and unique species through the yacht’s land excursions.
All these are the reasons we have chosen it for our selection of Galapagos liveaboard cruises. It is not as fancy as others, but this is not an important factor for us – and most probably, neither it is for any authentic explorer. The Humboldt Explorer is like the veteran diver in the archipelago. Whether you are looking to focus on the northern islands or for seasoned and experienced dive instructor, it is definitely a great choice. After all, its long service with great reviews says it all. If you would like more information about this ship, contact us! Let’s talk and plan how we can tailor this journey to an exceptional one!
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