Scuba Travel Holiday Details | TRP 41569

Holiday Reference: TRP 41569

Holiday information

  • Experienced & expert Galapagos liveaboard crew
  • Main or lower deck double or twin cabin options
  • Includes alcoholic and soft drinks on board
  • Exclude park fees ($155) - Option to prepay fuel surcharge and nitrox
  • Your liveaboard is based on a twin share cabin, twin or double bed, on a full board basis, including alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages, premium alcoholic beverages available for an additional charge
  • A 12lt tank, air fills and weights are included with up to 4 dives daily (weather permitting)
  • Transfers within Galapagos Islands for same day arrivals & departures
  • Excluding international flights to Ecuador or San Cristobal. Ask for a competitive quote to add flights and en route hotels to your booking.
  • To pay on board are the departure tax, Galapagos park fees ($100), chamber tax ($35), tourist card ($20) and nitrox ($150). Fuel tax is included as of July 2021
  • The last night Sunday dinner is arranged locally.
  • Crew gratuities are not included in your package. The boat suggests in regards to crew gratuities (if of course you are happy with the service which you have received) on dive trips in Galapagos is between 10% and 15% of the package price per passenger.

Liveaboard Details

Tiburon Explorer is a sleek, new luxury liveaboard in the Galapagos. Mind blowing dives, delicious food and the famous Explorer Ventures service on board make this a dream boat for your wish list diving trip to the Galapagos. We are excited to welcom ...

Tiburon Explorer is a sleek, new luxury liveaboard in the Galapagos. Mind blowing dives, delicious food and the famous Explorer Ventures service on board make this a dream boat for your wish list diving trip to the Galapagos. We are excited to welcome Tiburon Explorer as she sets sails, cruising through these remote islands.

Airy and spacious, Tiburon Explorer sleeps 16 over 9 air-conditioned cabins. On the main deck you will find six cabins, each with private bath and shower, air-conditioning, ample storage and large windows providing guests with amazing ocean views. Cabins 1 and 2 (Front) have queen beds only. Cabins 3-6 have queen or twin beds. Below on the lower deck are the final 3 cabins, each with private bath and shower, queen or twin beds, air-conditioning, port windows and ample storage.

The top deck is the sun deck, offering both shaded and full-sun areas, lounge seating and bar. Grab a sun lounger and switch off! There's even an open air jacuzzi.. The large main deck contains the air-conditioned dining room, lounge area and multimedia system. Double doors open to the ample dive platform. She has an enviable large dive deck, where you will also find a bathroom, large camera table with charging station, individual storage areas, rinse bins for cameras and another for gear. Diving operations are conducted from two large pangas (tenders), easily boarded from the dive deck.

The Tiburon Explorer is equipped with a wireless signal that will allow communication via WhatsApp. Cell phone service is available when in proximity to Santa Cruz Island if your phone is so equipped - signal may be lost in other parts of the itinerary. A satellite phone is available for emergency use.

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Itinerary Details

Dive the unique and adrenalin pumping Galapagos Islands on board one of Scuba Travel's luxury Galapagos liveaboard holidays

Galapagos Expedition Description

The Galapagos have earned a mighty reputation as one of the ultimate liveaboard diving destinations and not without reason. This low-lying volcanic chain was not only Darwin's inspiration. It is home to diving the like of which you cannot find elsewhere on the planet. The marine life is completely unique with sharks, rays, sea lions, iguanas, penguins. Watch tuna, salema, snapper, rainbow runners and sail fins dart around the reef... if you can tear your eyes off the ocean's larger inhabitants. This is every diver's wish list come true before your eyes. Set your sights on some of the best liveaboard diving you will ever encounter and sail into the intoxicating world of diving in the Galapagos.

There are three distinctive types of underwater environment in the Galapagos Islands. It's almost as if you were in three different dive destinations. The Southern and Central Islands are washed by the Humboldt current from the South, so pretty cold water (23-24) but reasonably clear and blue. Stunning dives such as Cousins and Cape Marshall, with eagle rays, mobulas and huge mantas, as well as endless large schools of brightly coloured surgeon fish and snappers, and of course the ever present playfull sea lions. The western side of Isabella is washed by the cold upwelling of the Cromwell current. Here the water is quite chilly (18-22 C) and green, but also some fainting sites such as Roca Redunda and Punta Vicente Roca. Sea lions playing in the fumaroles (thermal vents), red lipped batfish, yellow sea horses are all seen at Cabo Douglas. You never know what is passing though. Orca, mola mola and whalesharks are all seen passing through!

But the really big action is in the North at Darwin and Wolf. Here the water can be 26-27 degrees as these islands are washed by the warmer Panama current. Before you even get in the water it's thrilling to be diving under the iconic Darwin Arch. Rocky and unwelcoming above the water line, beneath awaits a truly inspiring scene. 3 full days are spent on these two reefs, getting to grips with every nook and cranny. Hammerheads are the first and foremost attraction, schooling in vast numbers around the submerged pinnacles of Wolf and Darwin. Galapagos sharks are common too, slinky and svelte nipping in and out of the reef life. White tips hide in the reef from the larger predators. If you like your fish even bigger, whalesharks are often seen in the blue, munching on plankton along with manta, mobula and eagle rays. Look out for a Tiger Shark that can be seen in the shallows!

The itineraries are subject to minor changes at short notice by the Marine Park Authorities, however a substantial part of every trip is spent at Wolf and Darwin and some dives in the other areas. The current permission dives Isla Lobos, Cousins Rock, Bartolome, Cabo Douglas, Punta Vicente Roca, Pinzon Wolf and Darwin.

Every diver should certainly experience the Galapagos for themselves but the diving is not suited to novice divers. Wolf and Darwin are the furthest point on the itinerary and divers need to be comfortable in currents and zodiac diving. Thermoclines are common but these are what draw the overwhelming numbers of big fish closer. Dive guides are experts in their fields - not only do they know how to make sure you have a safe and awesome dive trip, but they are also hugely knowledgeable about the marine life and eager to share! Please check with your travel consultant about the required safety equipment.

The Galapagos is a once in a lifetime trip and the best diving can only be accessed from liveaboards on either 7 or 10 night liveaboard options. This is the only way to travel and dive in comfort, visiting all the hot spots and highlights of this remarkable corner of the globe. Sail the oceans blue and prepare to be left breathless.

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Your holiday details

Experience ocean views as you dive through the Galapagos on board the elegant and spacious Tiburon Explorer. Your liveaboard holiday is based on a twin share cabin - twin or queen bed double options - and on a full board basis, including alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages, premium alcoholic beverages available for an additional charge. A 12lt tank, air fills and weights are included in your package with 17-19 dives on average. All trips are fully guided with expert guides. The last night Sunday dinner is not included in your cruise. The crew will help with reservations and recommendations. To pay locally are the departure tax, the Galapagos park fees ($100), chamber tax ($35), tourist card ($20), fuel surcharge ($150) and nitrox ($150) on board.

This holiday does not include any international flights to Ecuador (UIO or GYE) or the Galapagos Islands. We strongly recommend you add a night in Ecuador before and possibly after your liveaboard, depending on your flight times. These can be added to your booking, with a wide range of airlines, including regional departures. Please ask your consultant for competitive quote. Do not book any flights until your boat space is confirmed by Scuba Travel. Do be aware that if your flight routes through the USA you must have an ESTA prior to travel.

* prices are subject to change according to availability at the time of booking


 

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