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Humboldt Explorer Yacht - 7 Nights itinerary

Built specifically for diving in the Galapagos, the Humboldt Explorer liveaboard has all the amenities, services, equipment and the itinerary required to ensure a memorable diving experience. The Humboldt can accommodate 16 passengers in 8 comfortable cabins (all with air conditioning and private bathrooms), with the ship having a wide range of facilities to meet its guests’ diving and relaxation requirements. Your diving experience will include Galapagos sharks, schooling hammerheads, marine turtles, schools of tuna, eagle rays, sea lions, whale sharks and more! The Humboldt live-aboard diving tour includes the world famous diving sites of the Wolf and Darwin islands. In addition to the up to 18 dives, the trip includes a total of three land visits/Galapagos trekking excursions. Humboldt offers a diving experience designed for diving experts, providing tanks, weights, air compressors and rental diving equipment, two rigid hull inflatables used for passenger transportation and diver pickup.

Ecuador Galapagos Humbolt Explorer Diving Cruise
Testimonials

“I was very happy in every way with your booking and Cuyabeno Lodge. It surpassed my expectations in every way. No hitches with flights and transportation. The lodge was beautiful. The staff was professional and friendly.”Tim Matheson

Highlights
Galapagos Islands, Lobos, Punta Carrion (2 dives), Wolf (7 dives), Darwin (5 dives), Cousin's Rock (1 dive)
Itinerary at a Glance
Day 1: San Cristobal Island: Airport // Lobos Island: Check Out Dive + Safety Briefing
Day 2: Santa Cruz Island: Punta Carrion (2 dives) // North Seymour Island (land excursion)
Day 3: Wolf Island (3+ dives)
Day 4: Wolf Island // Darwin Island
Day 5: Darwin Island (4 dives)
Day 6: Wolf Island (3 dives) // Long Transit to Cousin´s Rock
Day 7: Cousin´s Rock (1 dive) // Santa Cruz Island: Highlands (land excursion)
Day 8: San Cristobal Island: Interpretation Centre – Airport
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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 - Monday
San Cristobal Island: Airport // Lobos Island: Check Out Dive + Safety Briefing

AM: In the morning you will fly from either Quito or Guayaquil (on the Ecuadorian mainland) to the Galapagos Islands. At the airport on San Cristóbal Island, after you will pay your entrance fee to the national park, a member of the ship's crew will welcome you and accompany you to your diving yacht: the Humboldt Explorer.

PM: Boarding will take place just after 1:00 p.m. and departure will follow soon. The crew’s first objective will be to take guests to a calm site off Lobos Island for a check-out dive and safety briefing. Following dinner, the Humboldt Explorer will depart to the next scheduled destination.

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Tuesday
Santa Cruz Island: Punta Carrion (2 dives) // North Seymour Island (land excursion)

AM: This morning we will visit Carrion Point, which is close to the eastern mouth of Itabaca Channel, between Baltra Island and Santa Cruz Island. You will see some almost ever-present creatures such as sea lions, Creole fish and Blue-striped sea slugs. You will also have a good chance of seeing mobula rays cruising by – sometimes in small schools. Whitetip reef sharks are also commonly sighted here. And, if you are lucky, you might see some Galapagos sharks and hammerheads – especially if you’re a scuba diver.

PM: This afternoon we will head to Bartolome Island for a dive, depending on weather. Upon arriving on Bartolome Island, you’re likely to see harmless Whitetip reef sharks sunning in these waters. For many visitors, this may turn out to be one of the best of diving experiences, as the water here is generally clear, without too much surf and full of marine life. This location is best known for its countless schools of rays and fish. Guests will then depart for the northern islands.  

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Wednesday
Wolf Island (3+ dives)

AM/PM: Wolf Island is 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. We will take four (4) dives during the day and possibly one (1) dive at night. Guests will spend the night here at anchor.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Thursday
Wolf Island // Darwin Island

AM/PM: Transit to Darwin Island for four (4) dives. Sightings often include hammerhead sharks, red-lipped batfish, eagle rays, sea lions, Galapagos sharks, and silky sharks. Guests will spend the night at anchor. 

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5 - Friday
Darwin Island (4 dives)

AM/PM: Four (4) more dives on Darwin Island. Sightings often include hammerheads, whale sharks (in season), eagle rays, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks and whale sharks.     

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 6 - Saturday
Wolf Island (3 dives) // Long Transit to Cousin´s Rock

AM: Return to Wolf Island for three (3) dives. Sightings often include hammerheads, whale sharks (in season), eagle rays, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks and whale sharks.

PM: Long Transit to Cousin´s Rock   

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 7 - Sunday
Cousin´s Rock (1 dive) // Santa Cruz Island: Highlands (land excursion)

AM: Galapagos diving tours at Cousin’s Rock offer an excellent opportunity to see eagle rays, sea horses and sea lions. Lunch will be served in transit to Santa Cruz Island (3 hours).

PM: On Santa Cruz, guests will get to visit the giant tortoises in the highlands, the visit the town of Puerto Ayora and the Darwin Research Center on their own. Humboldt Explorer will then depart from Santa Cruz at 9 p.m. for San Cristobal.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 8 - Monday
San Cristobal Island: Interpretation Centre – Airport

AM: Guests will disembark at 9 am. Guests are free to visit the beach in the town of San Cristobal to see marine iguanas and sea lions in their natural habitat or take a short walk to the Interpretation Center. There will be transportation services back to the airport to catch flights back to Quito and Guayaquil.  

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2017 - Price per person
Room
8 Days
DoubleUS$ 4,995
Included in the price:
  • A cruise on board the M/V Humboldt Explorer,
  • accommodations in a double cabin with private facilities,
  • all meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • all transfers in the Galapagos Islands
  • services of an English/Spanish-speaking naturalist guide on daily excursions and during briefings
  • use of snorkeling equipment
  • free purified drinking water
  • use of tanks
  • weights and weight belts
  • all air fills
  • alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (premium alcoholic beverages available for an additional charge).
Not included in the price:
  • Flights to/from the Galapagos Islands
  • entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park ($100 USD per adult)
  • transit control card ($20 USD per person)
  • bottled soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • single cabin supplements
  • tips and gratuities
  • personal items
  • travel/medical insurance
  • nitrox ($150 USD per person)
  • hyperbaric chamber fee ($35 USD per person)
  • wetsuits (7mm wetsuit rental $90 USD per week)
  • dive computer
  • fins
  • masks
  • booties
  • gloves
  • hoods (hooded vests available $35 USD per week)
  • Galapagos cruise fuel surcharge
  • tips
  • personal items
  • insurance.
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