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Diving the Galapagos 

The most spectacular pelagic diving on the planet! The Galapagos is one of those rare places where you can dive through hundreds of hammerhead sharks to find a whale shark cruising along.  Toss in silky sharks, sea turtles, giant morays and schooling fish in their thousands… And that’s just the first dive at Darwin! At Wolf Island you can expect huge Galapagos sharks and eagle rays up close whilst dives at Cabo Marshall will put you face to face with giant manta rays and inside a school of millions of black-striped salemas.  Mola mola (sunfish) may be seen in the depths too. Macro life is plentiful. Black coral bushes shelter seahorses, blennies, nudibranchs, hawkfish and frogfish. Sea iguanas are a unique sight, along with speedy penguins and playful sea lions. This is but a mere taste of why divers consistently proclaim the Galapagos to have the healthiest marine life in the Pacific.

Galapagos Liveaboard

Built of steel and with a cruising speed of 12.5 knots the Galapagos Master is set to be the most eco-friendly, dive liveaboard in the Galapagos Islands. She has 9 well-appointed modern cabins, a spacious interior and generous outside space for relaxation and dive gear preparation. Our experienced crew of 10 is waiting to welcome you aboard and show you the best of the Galapagos, both underwater and on land.

 

Galapagos Master

 

Yacht Information Built in 2004 the yacht, known as Deep Blue, is set to join the Master Liveaboards brand and undergo a full refit in November 2014.

The refit will be supervised by the experienced yacht builders of Worldwide Dive and Sail, Jan & Frank van der Linde, who have also brought you the Siren Fleet. Communal areas comprise of a spacious indoor lounge, on the middle level, with cushioned bench seating and plasma screen for movie and photo viewing.

Adjacent to the lounge is our indoor dining area complete with cocktail bar. An indoor camera set-up station, with numerous charging points (US round pin plug) and storage drawers is situated to the rear providing ample room for a full photography charter group. Further camera preparation areas can be found on the rear deck next to the dive deck. The upper level has shaded outdoor bench seating with cushioned loungers from where our guests can enjoy the fresh air and views of The Galapagos.

For those who enjoy to relax in the sun there is the top level sun-deck or upper level bow area with additional cushioned loungers provided for your comfort. Guests are free to take advantage of the gangways on both the port and starboard sides to walk around the yacht or visit the Captain in his bridge on the upper deck.

The dive equipment set up is found on the aft deck of the lower level. We provide individual set up areas, with under bench storage for all your personal items. Rinse tanks are conveniently located for washing dive equipment and camera gear, whilst there are 2 shower heads for those wishing for a quick post-dive rinse down.
A further 2 deck heads are situated on the starboard side of the boat, just in front of the salon entrance.

Galapagos Itinerary

On a typical day we offer up to 4 day dives however the 4th day dive may be substituted for a night dive when the boat is anchored within a sheltered cove. A 7-night itinerary provides for between 18-20 dives, whilst during our 10-night itineraries, up to 30 dives will be possible.

The diving day aboard the Galapagos Master is scheduled as follows:-
Light Breakfast followed by a briefing and Dive 1 Full Breakfast, relaxation period, briefing and Dive 2 Lunch, relaxation period, briefing and Dive 3 Snack relaxation period, briefing and Dive 4, where possible Dinner To allow our guests to explore the Galapagos to its fullest, on days 2, 7 and 10, dives 3 and 4 will be substituted by an island visits at North Seymour, Santa Cruz or Isla Isabela.

Diving in the Galapagos can be challenging, even for the experienced diver. At many sites currents can be strong and visibility may diminish due to currents and an influx of nutrients. We highly recommend our guests have training beyond beginner level and a minimum experience of 50 dives, preferably in similar conditions.

Water temperature ranges from 21-30°C (70-86°F) between December and May when manta rays are more commonly sighted. However it drops to an average of 16-24°C (60-75°F) between June and November when the Humboldt Current comes up from the south, bringing with it plankton; making this the best time for seeing whale sharks. Thermoclines can also be expected and divers are advised to bring suitable thermal protection.

Schedules and rates for 2018

Date Itinerary Nights Lower Deck Middle Deck Upper Deck Availability
01-Jan-18
11-Jan-18
Galapagos 10 6600 USD 6750 USD 6750 USD Available
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11-Jan-18
21-Jan-18
Galapagos 10 6600 USD 6750 USD 6750 USD Available
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22-Jan-18
29-Jan-18
Galapagos 7 5100 USD 5200 USD 5200 USD Available
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29-Jan-18
08-Feb-18
Galapagos 10 6600 USD 6750 USD 6750 USD Available
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08-Feb-18
18-Feb-18
Galapagos 10 6600 USD 6750 USD 6750 USD Available
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19-Feb-18
26-Feb-18
Galapagos 7 5100 USD 5200 USD 5200 USD Available
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26-Feb-18
08-Mar-18
Galapagos 10 6600 USD 6750 USD 6750 USD Available
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08-Mar-18
18-Mar-18
Galapagos 10 6600 USD 6750 USD 6750 USD Available
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19-Mar-18
26-Mar-18
Galapagos 7 5100 USD 5200 USD 5200 USD Available
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26-Mar-18
05-Apr-18
Galapagos 10 6600 USD 6750 USD 6750 USD Available
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05-Apr-18
15-Apr-18
Galapagos 10 6600 USD 6750 USD 6750 USD Full
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16-Apr-18
23-Apr-18
Galapagos 7 5100 USD 5200 USD 5200 USD Available
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23-Apr-18
03-May-18
Galapagos 10 6600 USD 6750 USD 6750 USD Available
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03-May-18
13-May-18
Galapagos 10 6600 USD 6750 USD 6750 USD Available
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14-May-18
21-May-18
Galapagos 7 5100 USD 5200 USD 5200 USD Full
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21-May-18
31-May-18
Galapagos 10 6600 USD 6750 USD 6750 USD Available
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31-May-18
10-Jun-18
Galapagos 10 6600 USD 6750 USD 6750 USD Available
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11-Jun-18
18-Jun-18
Galapagos 7 5100 USD 5200 USD 5200 USD Available
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18-Jun-18
25-Jun-18
Galapagos 7 5100 USD 5200 USD 5200 USD Available
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25-Jun-18
02-Jul-18
Galapagos 7 5100 USD 5200 USD 5200 USD Full
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Galapagos 7 5100 USD 5200 USD 5200 USD Full
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06-Aug-18
Galapagos 7 5100 USD 5200 USD 5200 USD Full
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06-Aug-18
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Galapagos 7 5100 USD 5200 USD 5200 USD Full
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Galapagos 7 5100 USD 5200 USD 5200 USD Full
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20-Aug-18
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Galapagos 7 5100 USD 5200 USD 5200 USD Full
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27-Aug-18
03-Sep-18
Galapagos 7 5100 USD 5200 USD 5200 USD Available
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03-Sep-18
10-Sep-18
Galapagos 7 5100 USD 5200 USD 5200 USD Full
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10-Sep-18
17-Sep-18
Galapagos 7 5100 USD 5200 USD 5200 USD Full
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17-Sep-18
24-Sep-18
Galapagos 7 5100 USD 5200 USD 5200 USD Full
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24-Sep-18
01-Oct-18
Galapagos 7 5100 USD 5200 USD 5200 USD Full
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01-Oct-18
08-Oct-18
Galapagos 7 5100 USD 5200 USD 5200 USD Full
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08-Oct-18
15-Oct-18
Galapagos 7 5100 USD 5200 USD 5200 USD Full
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15-Oct-18
22-Oct-18
Galapagos 7 5100 USD 5200 USD 5200 USD Full
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22-Oct-18
29-Oct-18
Galapagos 7 5100 USD 5200 USD 5200 USD Full
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29-Oct-18
05-Nov-18
Galapagos 7 5100 USD 5200 USD 5200 USD Full
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05-Nov-18
12-Nov-18
Galapagos 7 5100 USD 5200 USD 5200 USD Full
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12-Nov-18
19-Nov-18
Galapagos 7 5100 USD 5200 USD 5200 USD Full
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19-Nov-18
29-Nov-18
Galapagos 10 6600 USD 6750 USD 6750 USD Full
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29-Nov-18
09-Dec-18
Galapagos 10 6600 USD 6750 USD 6750 USD Available
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10-Dec-18
17-Dec-18
Galapagos 7 5100 USD 5200 USD 5200 USD Available
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17-Dec-18
27-Dec-18
Galapagos 10 6600 USD 6750 USD 6750 USD Available
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Last update March 21, 2015

For each liveaboard safari in the Galapagos the additional fees are payable locally:-

US$100 Galapagos National Park Tax – payable on arrival at San Cristobal Airport
US$20 Ingala Transfer Card – payable on arrival at Guayaquil Airport
US$35 Hyperbaric Chamber Fee – payable aboard the Galapagos Master Master Liveaboards offers a range of services to make your stay on board even more enjoyable.

Land excursions are included in your cruise free of charge and the following are available for an additional fee:
– Full dive equipment rental ( from US$22.50 per dive day)
– Nitrox (US$100-150)
– Alcoholic beverages (prices vary, with beer starting at US$2)
– Master Liveaboards merchandise (prices vary)

Getting there and away… The Galapagos Master embarks and disembarks at San Cristobal Airport. Take your international flight into and out of Guayaquil International Airport in Ecuador from where there are daily domestic flights to San Cristobal. Disembarkation at the end of the cruise will be just before 10am allowing plenty of time for your onward domestic connection. International flights are possible to some destinations on the day of disembarkation but please ensure you allow plenty of time for transfers and check in.  There are no airport fees or departure tax for Ecuador.

On arrival… The Galapagos Islands are a province of Ecuador. Passport holders of most Western and Asian countries will be issued with a visa on arrival into Ecuador that allows for stays of up to 90 days, please make sure that your passport has validity of at least 6 months beyond the period you intend to stay in Ecuador. If you are travelling with medication please bring your physician’s prescription with you. Check www.ecuador.org for further information.

Staying there… The local currency in Ecuador is the US Dollar (USD). Larger hotels, resorts, shops and restaurants will normally accept Visa and Mastercard for which a charge of 4 – 10% may be levied. We work with a number of hotels and resorts. Should you wish to extend your stay in the Galapagos, the Worldwide Dive and Sail travel team will be pleased to assist you.

Climate and weather… The Galapagos Islands straddle the equator and weather is roughly divided into two seasons; ‘warm’ and ‘dry’. The warm season, generally begins in December has average daytime temperature of 23°C (75°F) with daily rain showers and cloudier skies. The dry season, typically begins in May/June, bringing cooler temperatures with an average of 21°C (70°F) with local rain showers generally confined to the highlands of the larger islands. Evening temperatures can drop to just 15°C (59°F) therefore we advise guests to bring warm clothing for the cooler evenings.

Time zone… The local time is 5 hours behind UTC (GMT).

Health… Dengue is a concern in Galapagos protect yourself with repellent and by wearing clothing with long sleeves, trousers or long skirts/sarongs.  Eating or drinking food or beverages from street vendors carries health risks and travellers should exercise caution. We produce our own purified water on board the Galapagos Master and all attention is given to  food hygiene standards and safety. We recommend you visit a health care provider who specializes in travel medicine prior to your travels to address any and all concerns you might have with a professional.

Travel Advisories… For more in-depth advisories on travel in Ecuador, please take the time to read the following travel advisories and heed their advice: US State Department UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada