Galapagos Sky | Galapagos Diving Liveaboard - Pacific

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About Galapagos Sky

A Galapagos liveaboard is in the top 5 wish list of most divers - this is THE scuba diving holiday that no one wants to skip, especially for anyone serious about diving with sharks (hammerheads galore!). And with Galapagos Sky (formerly known as Sky Dancer), you can make this dream into a thrilling reality. With a wealth of experience under their belts, the Galapagos Sky sails the seas around the islands and islets towards the the unmissable Wolf and Darwin where the pelagic encounters roll in thick and fast. Diving in the Galapagos is famed for its unique biodiversity so jump about Galapagos Sky and set sail for the jaw dropping dive sites that propelled this tiny corner of the world into the limelight.

At 33m in length Galapagos Sky sleeps only 16 guests - you will not feel crowed either on board or in the water on this liveaboard! There are 4 twin cabins below decks which are the standard deluxe cabins. There are then a further 4 upper deck master cabins which can be set up as twin or king size double bed. Both the master and deluxe cabins have en suite, air con, dressing gowns and hair dryers. Even the on board toiletries are marine safe and fully biodegradable.

The facilities on onboard Galapagos Sky are state of the art with an attentive eye on the small details. Enjoy fresh towels each day and a warm drink at the end of your dive. Dining is French style with an eye on the high quality of ingredients that cater for all dietary requirements. Enjoy free beer and wine with your evening meal. The main saloon is spacious with TV, DVD and audio. Photographers will love the full video and photo facilities, ready and waiting.

Delxue cabin

There are 4 deluxe, twin cabins in the lower Iguana deck.

Master cabin

There are 4 master cabins on the upper deck. These can be arranged as twin or double beds

Master Stateroom

There are 4 master cabins on the upper deck. These can be arranged as twin or double beds

Ensuite bathroom

Each cabin features a private head/shower, mirrored cabinet and wardrobe, bathrobes, hairdryer, and marine safe (biodegradable) toiletries. (cabin rates, terms, conditions)

Ralph Bacon

2014-09-24 13:41:08

This was the holiday of a lifetime for us and a great deal of financial investment, but I have to say it was worth every penny. Thank you for your assistance throughout the booking process and for answering all of our questions before we went.

Derrick Potton

2014-01-10 10:12:22

Thanks for all your help in putting together a truly amazing trip on the Galapagos Sky and the land based stuff too which was equally amazing. I made it this time too ! No problems at all with the flights and the land transfers/pick ups worked extremely well. The hammerhead dives were the best I have ever had in 23 years and far better than Cocos (and I have been there twice).

Alex & Jo Mills

2013-10-22 10:50:34

Huge thank you to Caroline & Tristan and the team for organising this trip. Diving finished, now to create the rest of the videos whilst enjoying some land adventures!

Sharon

2013-10-15 18:23:31

I am still reeling from a fabulous week in Galapagos last month and am now looking to book a trip with my husband early next year.

Anthea Crawford

2013-09-09 10:00:12

I just wanted to say a massive thank you for organising such an amazing trip for us. The Galapagos is incredible - totally mind blowing and I cannot believe how much we saw. The problem now is that diving anywhere else is going to pale in comparison. Looking forward to the next trip...

Andy James

2013-01-25 08:40:37

Back from the Galapagos. An absolutely awesome experience - great people, great crew, great guides, great food, great weather and the wildlife was absolutely astounding. I will be dreaming about sharks, rays, penguins, seals, turtles, iguanas and so much more for quite some time.

Michael & Nikita Poltavsky

2011-08-24 15:33:36

It was a pleasure to experience Galapagos aboard the Galapagos Sky. The quality of service was superb and there was always a friendly atmosphere. We thank all the crew members who looked so thoroughly after us and made our trip so enjoyable. Dive guides were very knowledgeable and very friendly, and the diving was unforgettable! Whalesharks, mola mola, sea lions, and schooling Galapagos and hammerhead sharks were the highlight of our trip. We have also encountered Galapagos turtles, iguanas and penguins on land. Once again we thank all of the crew members of Galapagos Sky and we hope to be back in the near future!

John McIntyre

2011-06-06 16:24:44

Now that I am finally over my jetlag and getting back to normal I just wanted to drop you both a line to say a huge thank you for inviting me to join Galapagos Sky for the recent. Sensational liveaboard trip. It was exciting, adventurous, fun, educational and many more things. I would seriously rate it as among the best trips on the planet and happy to tell anyone who cares to listen exactly that. The crew were exceptional and the service first class.

Tom & Karen

2011-06-06 16:21:58

Just wanted to say thanks for organising our trip. We had an amazing time and did some of our best dives ever - I have to say that diving with Sea Lions is quite special! The Cloud Forest was also amazing and we had a really nice couple of days there.

Lee Carter

2010-06-15 10:13:00

Lee recently went to check out Galapagos Sky, read the full report here

Frequently Asked Questions

Location

It usually takes around 16 hours flying time to reach Guayaquil - this is your gateway to the Galapagos islands. The flight from Guayaquil to San Cristobal is then around 2 hours. The Galapagos has year round big fish. It's most famous for the schooling hammerheads, but from December to May, Manta Season is the “warm season” for Galapagos diving. Air temperatures go up a few degrees, but typically the water at Wolf and Darwin Islands will be anywhere from 25-27C. Despite the warmth, visibility is also usually the best Galapagos has to offer during Manta Season. Between June and November, the number of whaleshark encounters increases dramatically.

Weather and Climate

The Galapagos has good weather all year round. The weather is not normally too wet (inspite of its equatorial location), with the dry season running from Jul - Dec and the warm season from Jan - Jun. Temps range from 21-30C.

Travel

Flight options

Our holidays to the Galapagos are typically quoted with from Heathrow to Guayaquil or Quito. We are able to book most major airlines. If you would like to depart from a different UK airport (eg. Glasgow/Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham or Gatwick) or have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. A supplement may apply for regional departures. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday.  If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Guayaquil, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.

Stopovers

As there are no direct flight, it is simple to add a stop over en route - simply ask your travel consultant for a quote. Popular locations include the USA, Amsterdam or Madrid.

Arrange before you go

Visa requirements

UK passport holders are able to obtain a free 90 day tourist visa on arrival. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date to prevent any issues with immigration. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here

Insurance

Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here

Immunisations

Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here

Preparing to fly

Seating

You will be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.

Check in

As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.

Lounge

An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here

Parking

Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think. click here

What happens when I arrive?

On arrival to the Ecuador mainland, you will need to clear immigration and collect your baggage. You will then be met outside of arrivals by a representative. They will be holding a board with either your destination or your name on it. If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.

Transfers

Quito airport is around 1 hour by car from Quito city. Guayaquil airport is closer to the city, and transfers to your hotel are usually no more than 30mins. You will be advised locally of your pick up time for your return to the airport and flight to the Galapagos Islands. The flying time is around 2 hours between Guayaquil and San Cristobal

Departures

At the end of your holiday, your return transfer details will be advised locally. On leaving the Ecuador there is an departure tax of $30-$40 which must be paid in cash.

Info

Included in your holiday

Flights & transfers from the UK to the Boat, accommodation on full board basis, 12l tanks and weights.

Excluded

Excluded from your package are any rental kit hire, nitrox or on board souvenirs.

Tipping

Currency

Phone coverage

Limited

Plugs and electricity

Extras

Hire equipment

Extras

Souvenirs

Nitrox/Gas

Payments

Deposits and Balances

Normally from around £1000 deposit with full balance paid 90 days before departure.

Ways to pay

We charge 2% on credit card transactions but nothing on UK debit card payments. All non sterling card payments will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. Overseas transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions. 

Group Payments

If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation

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