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Galapagos on Majestic Explorer, 15-22 August 2020

Galapagos on Majestic Explorer, 15-22 August 2020

Equator Diving invites you to join a trip of a lifetime to dive the world famous Galapagos Islands. Our trip is purposefully timed for prime Whale and Whale Shark season. Galapagos has big stuff year round but July-September brings in the biggest of the big. Whale Sharks, Humpback, Pilot and Melon Headed Whales are amongst the visitors, and they will be sharing the seas with the Galapagos Islands year round residents – the schooling Hammerheads, Galapagos Sharks, Silky Sharks, Penguins, Marine Iguanas, Mola Mola, Sea Lions and the fascinating Red-Lipped Batfish. Our trip will take place on the luxurious Majestic Explorer Liveaboard.

Galapagos 7 night itinerary
Saturday – Boarding Majestic Explorer and check-dive at Punta Carrion (1 dive)
Sunday – Diving at Baltra North (2 dives) and Land Tour on North Seymour
Monday – Diving at Cape Douglas (2 dives) & Punta Vicente Roca (2 dives)
Tuesday – Diving at Wolf (4 dives)
Wednesday – Diving at Darwin (4 dives)
Thursday – Diving at Wolf (3 dives)
Friday – Diving at Cousins Rock (1-2 dives) and Land Tour on Santa Cruz Island
Saturday – Disembark Majestic Explorer

Wolf Island & Darwin Island
Wolf Island, along with its sister Darwin Island, is considered one of the best diving destinations in the world. Wolf Island is located more than 100 kilometres to the northwest of the main Galapagos island chain. Here you’ll have it all – schools of hundreds of Hammerhead Sharks, Galapagos Sharks, Silky Sharks, Sea Lions, Manta Rays, Eagle Rays, Turtles, Amberjacks, Trumpetfish, Hogfish, Butterflyfish, Moray Eels, Dolphins and, with some luck, Whale Sharks. Wolf Island is also prolific in corals and reef life, with more than 8 species of corals, and a great diversity of tropical fish. Some of Wolf Island’s incredible dive sites are Shark Bay, The Landslide, Elephant Rock, The Caves, La Banana and Islote La Ventana. Here you will see Scalloped Hammerhead activity year round. Wolf is also a great experience above water, for it is the home of literally hundreds of thousands of seabirds such as Red-Footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies (also known as Masked Boobies), Frigates, Pelicans and Swallow-Tailed Gulls. Considered by many the best place to dive in the world, Darwin Island (formerly known as Culpepper Island) marks the end of the archipelago to the North West. The island is barely over 1 km² in size and 168 metres at its highest point. Here you’ll have the opportunity to encounter Dolphins, Eagle Rays, Moray Eels, Manta Rays, Hammerhead Sharks, Galapagos Sharks, Pilot Whales, Melon Headed Whales, Humpback Whales and the enormous pregnant female Whale Sharks. Encounters with the Whales and Whale Sharks peak in July-September, coinciding with this exclusive Equator Diving charter. Also on these amazing dive sites you may encounter Blue-Spotted Jacks, Scorpionfish, Rainbow Runner, Hogfish, Big Eye Jacks, Sailfish, Trumpetfish, Parrotfish and many other different species of marine life. Darwin Island is really a diver’s dream come true. There is no dry access to the island for it emerges vertically, but from the liveaboard you may spot the endemic Darwin Mockingbird, Sea Lions, Galapagos Penguins, Red-Footed Boobies and Masked Boobies. Another famous attraction of this island is the Darwin’s Arch, an impressive arch-like stone formation emerging in the middle of the ocean.

Cape Douglas & Punta Vicente Roca
Located on the island of Ferdinand, Cape Douglas is one of Galapagos best spots for encountering Marine Iguanas feeding underwater, Galapagos Penguins, Sea Lions, Galapagos Bullhead Sharks, Electric Rays, Seahorses, Turtles and Red-Lipped Batfish. Upon surfacing you will probably find yourself surrounded by swimming Marine Iguanas! Isabela is the biggest island of the archipelago, and it is shaped roughly like a seahorse. On its northwestern coast, in what would be the “mouth” of the seahorse, is Vicente Roca’s Point. Here the remains of Volcano Ecuador form two coves with a bay protected from the ocean swells. Part of the volcano slid into the ocean, leaving a spectacular cutaway view of the volcanic caldera. The upwelling of Cromwell current, one very rich in nutrients, gives rise to an abundance of marine life which, in combination with the protection of the coves, makes Punta Vicente Roca one of the top diving destinations in Galapagos. Huge Mola-Mola (Sunfish), Sea Lions, Turtles, Pufferfish, Marlin, Galapagos Penguins and Galapagos Bullhead Sharks can be spotted here. Among the smaller fishes Punta Vicente Roca offers you are Frogfish, Electric Rays, Seahorses and the Red-Lipped Batfish. Along the shore you might spot Galapagos Penguins, Marine Iguanas and Flightless Cormorants.

The Majestic Explorer comfortably accommodates 16 passengers in 8 air-conditioned cabins, all of which have private bath and shower facilities, dressers, closet and windows to maximize the view of the Pacific Ocean and Galapagos Archipelago. Cabins are located on the main and lower decks. The air-conditioned salon on the main deck includes dining tables, TV, CD/DVD, video library and lounge area. Sunning and viewing areas, ample seating and a hot tub are located on the top deck. The dive deck is equipped with individual gear bins, camera table, recharging station, air and nitrox filling stations, tank racks, and a separate fresh water rinse tank for underwater camera equipment. Diving operations are conducted from two large dive tenders, easily boarded from the dive deck.

Spaces are available on this trip.

Galapagos on Majestic Explorer, 15-22 August 2020

The cost of the trip is 5,075 GBP (6,095 USD) including 7 night/8 day cruise on Majestic Explorer with up to 4 dives per day, tanks/weights/weight belts, land-tours, all meals (except evening meal on the final night), snacks, non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages (excluding premium brands), and return transfers from Baltra airport to the vessel. Flights are not included in the price, but can be readily arranged by Equator Diving upon request.

National Park fee: 100 USD
Transit Card fee: 20 USD
Hyperbaric Chamber fee: 35 USD
Fuel Surcharge: 150 USD
Nitrox: 150 USD

Galapagos Video


Filmed by Jennie Brown on Equator Diving’s 2013 Galapagos group trip.