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Galapagos on Galapagos Master, 29 Aug-5 Sept 2022

Galapagos on Galapagos Master, 29 Aug-5 Sept 2022

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 Galapagos Master Liveaboard.

Galapagos 7 night itinerary
Day 1 – Boarding Galapagos Master and check-dive at Isla Lobos
Day 2 – Diving at Punta Carrion & Baltra North East and Land Tour on North Seymour
Day 3 – Diving at Darwin Island
Day 4 – Diving at Darwin Island
Day 5 – Diving at Wolf Island
Day 6 – Diving at Punta Vicente Roca & Cape Douglas
Day 7 – Diving at Cousins Rock & Los Gemelos and Land Tour to Darwin Station in Puerto Ayora
Day 8 – Visit the Interpretation Centre on San Cristobal and disembark Galapagos Master

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.

Built in 2004 the yacht, previously known as Deep Blue, has joined the Master Liveaboards brand after undergoing a full refit. The Galapagos Master refit was supervised by the experienced yacht builders of Worldwide Dive and Sail, who have also brought you the Siren Fleet. Galapagos Master has 9 well-appointed modern cabins, a spacious interior and generous outside space for relaxation and dive gear preparation. Communal areas comprise of a spacious indoor lounge, on the middle level, with cushioned bench seating and plasma screen for movie and photo viewing. Adjacent to the lounge is the indoor dining area complete with cocktail bar. An indoor camera set-up station, with numerous charging points and storage drawers is situated to the rear and further camera preparation areas can be found on the rear deck next to the dive deck.

The upper level has shaded outdoor bench seating with cushioned loungers from where you can enjoy the fresh air and views of the Galapagos Islands. For those who enjoy to relax in the sun there is the top level sun-deck or upper level bow area with additional cushioned loungers provided for your comfort. Guests are free to take advantage of the gangways on both the port and starboard sides to walk around the yacht or visit the Captain in his bridge on the upper deck. The dive equipment set up is found on the aft deck of the lower level. There are individual set up areas, with under bench storage for all your personal items. Rinse tanks are conveniently located for washing dive equipment and camera gear, whilst there are two shower heads for those wishing for a quick post-dive rinse down. A further two deck heads are situated on the starboard side of the boat, just in front of the salon entrance.

There are 3 spaces available on this trip.

Galapagos on Galapagos Master, 29 Aug-5 Sept 2022

The cost of the trip is 6,160 USD in a Lower-deck cabin or 6,265 USD in a Main/Upper-deck cabin. These prices include 7 night/8 day cruise on Galapagos Master with up to 4 dives per day, tanks/weights/weight belts, land-tours, all meals, snacks, fresh coffee, tea, soft drinks, juices, and return transfers between San Cristobal airport and the vessel on the day of embarkation and disembarkation.

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.