Galapagos Sky Liveaboard

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Destination: Galapagos

Itineraries: Galapagos (7 nights) | From $914++/night

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The luxury liveaboard M/V Galapagos Sky is a 100 ft. (33m) state-of-the-art liveaboard diving yacht which has provided thousands of divers with high-octane, extraordinary Galapagos diving experiences since 2001.

 

Why You'll LIke Galapagos Sky Liveaboard

  • Free NITROX
  • Diving at Wolf & Darwin Islands
  • 8 luxurious en-suite cabins for up to 16 guests only
  • Spacious camera tables & gear lockers
  • Up to 4 dives daily + 1 night dive + land excursions
 

 

Dive Overview

Expect excellent diving with Big Animals! Most trips are 7-night long with a total of 17-19 dives. Up to 4 dives a day at Wolf and Darwin. Trips start from San Cristobal Island.

[See: Galapagos Marine Life]

 

Dive Requirements

Recommended requirements include 50-100 open water dives, experience in currents, ability in removing gear in water and ability in getting into small boats in choppy seas. All divers should have Nitrox certification. Divers without Nitrox certification will not be able to complete all dives on the 3 days spent at Wolf and Darwin islands due to depths and time lengths of dives and recreational non-decompression limits.

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Accommodations

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Galapagos Sky Liveaboard Accommodation Details

  • No. of Cabins: 8 cabins for up to 16 divers. 4 Deluxe Staterooms on the Dolphin deck and 4 Master Staterooms on the Iguana Deck
  • Beds: 2 twin beds (Deluxe) and 2 adjoinable twin beds (Master)
  • Amenities: En-suite bathroom, air conditioning, mirrored cabinet & wardrobe, bathrobes, hairdryer, and marine safe (biodegradable) toiletries, window (Master Cabin)
 

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Master Cabin (L) & Deluxe Cabin (R) 

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General Facilities

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Galapagos Sky Liveaboard Boat Features

  • Indoor Lounge, Sun Deck, Audio & Video Entertainment
  • Spacious Dive Deck
  • Fine Cuisine, Wine & Beers at Dinner Time, All Meals Included
  • Well-stocked International Bar
  • Onboard Shop

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Galapagos Sky Deck Plan: Upper Deck, Main Deck & Lower Deck

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Schedule, Rates & availability

Galapagos Sky Liveaboard Schedule & Rates

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Prices are in USD, per person and do not include transit card, National Park & chamber fees. 

[See also: Inclusions & Exclusions] 

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Package Inclusions

  • Cabin accommodation
  • All meals, snacks, beverages (including Beer and Wine with Dinner)
  • Air or nitrox filled tanks, weights, weight belt
  • Up to 4 dives per day on 5.5 days for 7-night cruises/ 8.5 days of diving on 10 night cruises
  • 3 land excursions
  • Service of naturalist guides/ dive masters
  • Transfers in the Islands between airport and dock from flights arriving before 1:00pm (13:00)
  • All other Galapagos Sky services and amenities.

 

Package Exclusions

  • Trip interruption or Cancellation Insurance
  • Diver’s Addident Insurance
  • International airfare to Ecuador
  • Domestic Airfare to the Galapagos Islands
  • Mandatory: Galapagos National Park entrance fee, transit card, hyperbaric chamber fee
  • Gratuities to guides and crew

 

RATES & AVAILABILITY

For more information on other departure dates, rates, and on availability email us at info@bluewaterdivetravel.com or call us at +1-310-915-6677 and we will gladly help you plan your dream dive vacation!

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Dive Information & Itineraries

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Galapagos Sky Liveaboard Itinerary Overview

The Live-Aboard Diving Cruises to Galapagos are seven-night cruises, and the itinerary offers a total of approximately 17 – 19 dives (check out dive included) all weather, current and sea condition dependant) and 3 land excursions on every trip. Diving in Galapagos IS considered ADVANCED diving as it occurs in the presence of strong currents, cold water and at times limited visibility. Diving from tenders/pangas (small inflatable boats) is also the rule and not an exception in this World Renowned destination.

 

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Galapagos Sky Liveaboard Typical Itinerary

  • Sunday: Isla Lobos - Pick up at the airport, transfer to the boat. Introductory briefings and drills. Cruise to Los Lobos for a check dive with sea lions and fur seals.
  • Monday: Bartolome Land Tour & 2 dives at Cousins Rocks. Dive along a beautiful wall. See amazing corals, frogfish, seahorses, scorpion fish and octopus. Also great to see large schools of Barracuda, Hammerheads, and sea lions.
  • Tuesday-Thursday: 4 dives a day at Wolf + 1 night dive. 4 dives at Darwin. 2 more dives at Darwin the next day and 1 dive at Wolf. The highlights at Darwin include bottlenose dolphins, endemic fish, schooling hammerheads, sharks, schools of skipjack and yellow fin tuna, big eye jacks, mobula rays, and silky sharks. Wolf Island offers schooling hammerheads, aggregations of Galapagos sharks, dolphins, spotted eagle rays, sea lions, sea turtles and roe!  
  • Friday: 1 dive at Cabo Douglas where you can see Galapagos Penguins, Marine Iguanas, Flightless Cormorants, Sea Lions, Seahorse, Sea Turtles, Horn Sharks, Red Lipped Batfish, occasional hammerhead sharks, white tip sharks, and more. Up to 2 dives at Punta Vicente Roca which features regular sightings of mola mola (oceanic sunfish,) seahorses, bullhead sharks, red lipped bat fish, various shrimp and many other marine invertebrates.
  • Saturday: 1 dive at the Northeast tip of Isla Pinzon where you can see a variety of sharks, sea lions, mantas, eagle rays. moray eels, and a great variety of tropical fish. Followed by a Puerto Ayora/Highlands tour to see the Galapagos Tortoises in their natural environment.
  • Sunday: Land tour at Interpretation Center which features an interesting human history in Galapagos and a chance for shopping. Departure in the late morning. 

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What to Expect During the Manta Season (December - May)

See hammerhead action, giant mantas, large (200 plus) schools of mobula rays, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, cow-nosed rays, and marble rays. Expect anything from 70 to 82 degree water during this season.

 

What to Expect During the Whale Shark Season (June - November)

As the name suggests expect to see Whale Sharks! Up to 35 feet in length, these giant fish (the largest in the sea) may be seen at any time of the year in Galapagos – but with startling regularity during these 7 months. Multiple whale shark encounters on multiple days are not uncommon.

 

Galapagos General Dive Information

  • Water Temperature: 60-75 F in June-November (Whale Shark Season) & 70-82 F in December-May
  • Currents: Can be strong
  • Required Skill: Advanced with a min. of 50-100 dives
  • Recommended Wetsuit: 5-7 mm during the Whale Shark season
 

[Read More: Galapagos Dive Travel Guide]

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Boat Specifications

  • Length.: 100 feet
  • Beam: 24 feet
  • Cruising Speed: 12 knots
  • Range: 2,400 miles
  • Fuel Capacity: 8,000 gallons
  • Water Capacity: 6,000 gallons
  • Desalinator Production: 4,500 gallons per day
  • Compressors: two high / two low pressure
  • Voltage: 110 and 220 volts
  • Navigational Aids: VHF and HI-SUB radios, GMDSS, color radar, echo sounder, Furuno GPS
  • Safety: EPIRB (emergency position indicator radio beacon)

 

Practical Information

  • Entry Requirements: A valid passport, with at least 6 months remaining before expiration. Visas are not required for visitors from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Europe.
  • Time Zone: GMT -5
  • Local Currency: US Dollar since 2000.
  • Language Spoken: English & Spanish spoken aboard
  • Electricity: 110/AC 60 cycle (same as in the USA) with same 220 outlets on the dive deck
  • Flight Time: Miami to Guayaquil, Ecuador is a 4 hour, 10 minutes flight. Flights to the Galapagos Islands from Guayaquil via Avianca (formerly Aerogal) are 1 hour and 40 minutes. International flight schedules do not allow most passengers to make the connection in one day – so most of our guests overnight in either Guayaquil or Quito, Ecuador on both ends of the trip. We are happy to make hotel arrangements for you.
  • Payment Onboard: Cash (USD), Travelers Checks, MasterCard and VISA (No American Express)

 

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Reviews (5)

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The Galapgos Sky was well run, spacious and included well conceived dive plans. The food was very good, the diving was excellent. Underwater, between Wolfe, Darwin and the other dive sites, we saw hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, a whale shark, sea lions, maring iguanas, and more.

I would recommend the Galapagos Sky for liveaboard diving. The dive guides emphasized safety which they obviously take very seriously. On a couple of dives, the profiles went from deep to relatively shallow to deep again, which is not a profile I would recommend, but with 10 days on a liveaboard, something will occasionally be imperfect.

Overall, I would wholeheartedly recommend the dive operation.

Visited on 10/2016 - Submitted on 05/17/2018
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The overall the experience was fantastic and the marine life was like no other I have previously experienced. Tons of Hammerhead sharks, Silky sharks, Galapagos sharks, Marine Iguanas, etc., etc. The area has more wildlife than can be expressed in this review and it is by far the healthiest ecosystem I have ever had the privilege of diving. The Darwin dive site by itself is worth the price of admission. Unfortunately, Whale sharks were out of season and we did not see the Mola mola or Giant Manta, but that didn’t take away anything from the experience. Diving in the Galapagos Islands is truly amazing and impossible to express in a review.
I would caution that some of the dives can be quite cold and the current is very strong at times with relatively low visibility, so new divers or even semi-experienced divers should do their research before booking. There is an expected level of ability that the dive masters will expect you to have both on deck and in the water and it can be very frustrating for the entire group if one person’s inexperience holds up the group. That said, the dive masters do their best to make sure everyone gets the best of what the Galapagos has to offer.
The Galapagos Sky and crew were great. The ship and state rooms were comfortable and clean and the staff was always courteous and professional. The ship was well maintained and the sun decks were great for lounging between dives or having drinks at night. They crew bent over backward to make sure we had everything we wanted and were comfortable at all times, including hot towels and fresh baked snacks immediately after every dive. Despite diving 3 – 4 times a day, I think I actually gained weight on the trip.
The biggest downside is that the trip is expensive. Once you get past the sticker shock, the rest of the trip quickly falls into the “once-in-a-lifetime” category. I would definitely recommend this trip and the Galapagos Sky to anyone.

Visited on 01/2017 - Submitted on 11/27/2017
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My friend and I traveled aboard the Galapagos Sky in Dec. 2016. It was truly an amazing trip. The diving was terrific and the service aboard the sky was equally impressive. The crew was knowledgeable, friendly, and safety conscious. The dive guides were excellent and provided us with the best possible experience on every dive. The marine life surpassed my admittedly high expectations.

The pre-dive briefings were incredibly helpful and the crew was great about getting us in and out of the water quickly and safely. The food was also excellent.

Bluewater did an excellent job helping us arrange the trip, and getting us prepared for what ended up being a trip of a lifetime.

Visited on 12/2016 - Submitted on 11/27/2017
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My trip was 30-7 Dec. and we had very good conditions with the sea and the wind. Underwater the best conditions were on Wolf Island and Darwin Arch, with about 25 meters (80ft) of visibility and not to much current.

Galapagos, hammerheads and Silky sharks were especially friendly with us, but we did not see any whale sharks because the temperature of the water was too warm.The dive guides Max Catillo and Nico were very professional and made our dives easy. Everything in the boat was fine, but the food was a 10/10. Roca Vicente dive site gave us the occasion to see iguanas and penguins underwater with also big balls of Salemas. Fernandina Island was the place full of Iguanas and we got the opportunity to get a great pictures of the iguanas, very difficult but with great satisfaction. Last dive site was Pizon, a very good surprise with lots of fish and big schools of salemas and barracudas. Just got home, but with the dream of returning to Galapagos with Sky Galapagos Liveaboard.

Visited on 12/2014 - Submitted on 12/10/2014
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We had a great time on the Sky Liveaboard in the Galapagos. You should be an advanced or better diver on this trip, as there were very often currents great than 5 knots and low visibility. The wildlife was spectacular. My only complaint was an engine on our boat broke the second day and we weren't able to dive one of the locations that I was looking forward to and we did not receive any refund or really an apology for the broken engine. We still made it to Wolf and Darwin, but our trip was definitely diminished by the lack of one engine not working.

The rooms on the boat were very nice. We had an ocean view room and it was comfortable. The boat itself was one of the nicest liveaboard I've been on, although a little older.

The dives were run off dingys that you would load onto and off of every morning. The best diving is at Wolff and Darwin, so as soon as you can get out there, go! They have very strict park rules on how many dives you can do a day anywhere in the Galapagos (only 3). But its still worth the trip, because once you get out to Wolff and Darwin the hammerheads are amazing. You were divided into two groups and each dive was led by a divemaster because of the currents. At Wolff and Darwin, you'd spend 20-30 minutes holding onto something and staying in the same spot watching hammerheads pass you by, and big rays and galapagos sharks. The end of the dive was spent swimming straight into the blue. Never a boring moment as you can run into whale sharks, walls of hammerheads, silky sharks and all sorts of other free swimming blue water fish.

I do not remember loving the food nor do I remember disliking the food, so it must have been decent! The crew was very sweet and did their best to make your trip memorable.

Visited on 03/2011 - Submitted on 02/25/2014

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