28/2 to 7/03/2022
Copyright Simon J Pierce
Join us on an Expedition to the undisputed Nr 1 dive destination in the world - Galapagos in Ecuador. This place has one of the highest fish biomasses in the world. Sharks, dolphins, penguins, sea lions, millions of fish as well as giant schools of hammerheads await you. We reserved the perfect dates - right over Chinese New Year for those in Asia.
In a week of diving the rugged and remote islands of the Galapagos you will encounter countless different species of habitat and animals. Four different currents converge in Galapagos making it the most unusual place in the world to dive. Check out the video by Darren Saddler from our last expetion to Galapagos.
Your Galapagos liveaboard diving adventures in will encompass everything from sharks to dolphins and even macro. The islands are best known for amazing shark diving around Wolf and Darwin Islands. These small and remote islands are best reached by liveaboard vessels for divers. Your diving experience here will generally include Galapagos sharks, silky sharks and lots of schooling hammerheads being cleaned by king angelfish. Seeing marine turtles, schools of tuna, eagle rays, and sea lions is very common. All the islands you travel to are amazing sites for underwater photography. Unrivaled is the experience of diving with the Marine Iguana, one of the many species that can only be found in Galapagos.
Macro photographers will have their fill of sea horses, barnacle blennies, coral hawk fish, and many others. An abundance of rays are at many of the dive sites (including spotted rays, marble rays, golden rays and stingrays) along with sea lions, sea turtles, schools of grunts and snappers. The variety of life in these water is unlike any other place, with thick schools of the native brown stripped salema, snappers, groupers, Chevron barracuda and huge sea turtles.
The Humboldt Explorer comfortably accommodates 16 passengers in 8 air-conditioned rooms, all of which have private bath and shower facilities. Most cabins can be arranged to provide two twin beds or one large bed depending on guest needs. All cabins have flat screen televisions 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.
A partially covered sundeck with jacuzzi and ample seating areas is located on the top level, and a salon including a lounge area, a spacious dive deck with a large camera table are just some of the features.
The dive deck is equipped with individual gear bins, large 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 pangas (tenders), easily boarded from the dive deck. The Humboldt Explorer is also equipped with a satellite telephone for emergency calls worldwide.
Diving in Galapagos is a bit more challenging than other places. The water rougher, there are currents and water temperatures will vary. We recommend to have at least 80 dives under your belt and generally feel comfortable in the water.
Please contact us for rates at Simon@insiderdivers.com
As all our trips this trip is operated by Southern Cross Travel Limited, Hong Kong