Majestic Explorer | Galapagos Diving Liveaboard - Pacific

  • Guests 16
  • Rooms 8 main and lower deck cabins
  • Restaurants Dining area on main deck
  • Food and Drinks Mix of local and western food, and plentiful snacks. Local alcoholic beverages and soft drinks included
  • FacilitiesExperienced & expert Galapagos steel liveaboard
  • Diving All diving is made from the dive pangas (tenders)
  • Diving Extras Ask about rental gear and courses on booking
  • Internet Access Satellite phone on board for communcation

About Majestic Explorer

Launching in August 2018, Majestic Explorer builds on the Explorer Ventures Fleet and all their years operating in the Galapagos. We welcome this modern, elegant liveaboard to one of the top diving destinations in the world. Your Galapagos diving adventure will encompass everything from sharks to nudibranchs, as well as the unique marine life you can only find in this remote part of the globe. Stop day dreaming - it is time to make your diving dreams come true.

Majestic Explorer is a spacious 36m liveaboard, sleeping only 16 divers across 2 decks. There are 8 air-conditioned rooms located on the main and lower decks, all with en-suite bathrooms, soap and shampoo. No matter which cabin you have, you will love the ocean view windows, letting the light flood into your cabin. Six of the eight cabins have twin beds and all cabins can be converted to queen beds for couples. Please do let your travel consultant know your preference at the time of booking.

The communal areas have been thoughtfully designed. She features a partially covered sun deck with a jacuzzi and ample seating, salon area with dining, bar and entertainment area. The all important dive dive deck in generous, and features a bathroom, large camera table with charging station, individual storage areas, rinse bins for cameras and another for gear. All dives are made from the two large pangas (tenders), which are easily boarded from the dive deck.

Main deck cabin

The Main Deck features four guest cabins, 1-4, each with private bath and shower, air-conditioning, ample storage and large windows providing guests with amazing ocean views. The dining area, lounge/entertainment area, bar and large dive deck are also located on the Main Deck.

Lower deck cabins

The Lower Deck comprises five cabins, 5-8, each with private bath and shower, air-conditioning, port windows and ample storage.

Main Deck

The dining area, lounge/entertainment area, bar and large dive deck are also located on the Main Deck.

Sun Deck

The Sun Deck features a large lounge area, bar, a partially covered sun deck and a jacuzzi with ample seating.

Scuba Travel

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Majestic Explorer is currently under construction - Our first trip on her will be August 2018

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

International and domestic flights from the UK, local transfers to the Majestic Explorer, 7 nights accommodation on full board basis (not including the dinner on the last night). The price include local alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, approx 17-18 dives, tanks, weight and weights belts.

Excluded

Excluded from your package are any rental kit hire, tips, nitrox or on board souvenirs. To pay locally are Galapagos National Park Fee ($100), Chamber Support Fee ($35), Tourist card ($20) and any departure taxes from Ecuador.

Tipping

Crew gratuities are not included in your package. The boats own suggestions in regards to crew gratuities (if of course you are happy with the service which you have received) on dive trips in Galapagosis between 10% and 15% of the package price per passenger. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated.

Currency

The U.S. dollar is Ecuador’s standard currency. We strongly recommend taking cash USD to the Galapagos for gratuities and onboard charges are best paid in cash. This avoids any additional Ecuadorian taxes and service fees. Credit cards are subject to the 14% VAT plus 5% in bank fees.

Phone coverage

Very limited, private calls might be made from the yacht by satellite phone with the crews permission.

Plugs and electricity

110 volts AC, 60Hz. Plugs used are American-style (two perpendicular flat blades above a circular grounding pin) and Japanese-style (two perpendicular flat blades). It’s advisable to take an adaptor. We also highly recommend that you take a surge adaptor with you if using expensive and valuable appliances.

Extras

Hire equipment

We recommend all divers bring their own mask, gloves, booties, fins, hood or hooded vest and computer. A personal wetsuit is also a good idea if you have space. Diving in Galapagos can be challenging and it is important that you are comfortable with the equipment you dive with.

Extras

Galapagos National Park fee: $155 (inc Hyperbaric Chamber fee & Tourist transit card). Option to prepay fuel surcharge and nitrox.

Souvenirs

No souvenirs are included in the price, but there will be souvenirs available locally.

Nitrox/Gas

Nitrox is currently 150USD and can be paid either locally on the boat or prepaid.

Payments

Deposits and Balances

Normally from around £1000 deposit with full balance paid 90 days before departure. Special payment conditions apply to this booking. Your travel consultant will confirm the deposit required to secure your booking. All deposits and interim payments (where required) are non refundable. Cancellation at any stage will be with full loss of all monies paid to date.

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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