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Galapagos on Calipso, 19-26 August 2021

Galapagos on Calipso, 19-26 August 2021

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 June-October 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 Calipso Liveaboard.

Galapagos 7 night itinerary
Day 1 – Boarding Calipso and check-dive at Isla Lobos
Day 2 – Diving at Marchena
Day 3 – Diving at Wolf Island
Day 4 – Diving at Darwin Island
Day 5 – Diving at Darwin Island & Wolf Island
Day 6 – Diving at Cape Douglas & Punta Vicente Roca
Day 7 – Diving at Cousins Rock and Land Tours on Santa Cruz Island
Day 8 – Visit the Interpretation Centre on San Cristobal and disembark Calipso

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. 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.

Marchena has typically only been dived by scientists and film makers. It is known for having very large pods of Dolphins, schools of Hammerheads and Galapagos Sharks. One film maker said he had never seen so many Stingrays anywhere in the world. Other species include Turtles, Moray and Garden Eels, reef fish species and sometimes Red-Lipped Batfish.

Calipso Galapagos is a 109 ft. yacht. She has been completely rebuilt in 2018 for diving and all systems, interior spaces, dive deck and sun deck with hot tub are brand new. Calipso Liveaboard’s spacious salon and dining areas offer amazing panoramic views on both sides. Calipso has 6 double/twin cabins on the upper deck and 2 double/twin cabins on the main deck. These cabins all have panoramic windows for views. Cabin amenities include ensuite bathrooms with hot water showers, individual climate control, TV with hundreds of films, hair dryers and safety deposit box. The dive deck has a bi-level rinse tank – deep for big rigs and shallow for GoPros, a large camera table, dry charging area, hot showers, individual dive stations with storage, wetsuit racks and dive deck bathroom. Nitrox is available on Calipso as is satellite Wi-Fi.

There are spaces available on this trip.

Galapagos on Calipso, 19-26 August 2021

The cost of the trip is 5,695 USD including 7 night/8 day cruise on Calipso with up to 4 dives per day, tanks/weights/weight belts, land-tours, all meals (except evening meal on the final night), snacks, coffee, tea, soft drinks, juices, and return transfers from San Cristobal airport to the vessel.

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

Trip prices in GBP and EURO are also available upon request.

Galapagos Video

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