The air-conditioned salon on the main deck includes dining tables, TV, VCR, CD/DVD, video library and lounge area. Sunning/viewing areas, ample seating and a hot tub are located on the top level.
The dive deck is equipped with individual gear bins, 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 outgoing calls worldwide.
The weather in the Galapagos has water temperatures ranging from 65-75˚F from December through May and 60-70˚F June through November. Water temperatures are at the higher end of the scale in both Darwin and Wolf. Air temperatures range from 75˚F or higher in the rainy season (December-May) to the mid-60s during the dry season (June-November), with nearly constant sea breezes. Currents can range from 1 to 5 knots at the sites we visit, and visibility is generally between 30 and 80 feet. Most divers are comfortable with a 7 mm wetsuit June through November with a hooded vest and gloves and a minimum 5 mm wetsuit December through May. Gloves and hood are strongly recommended.
Your dives will be done from the pangas with an easy backward roll into the water. After you dive, your tank will be lifted back into the panga and you will board via its stern ladders.
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- 7 nights/8 days aboard vessel
- 3 meals daily, plus between-dive snacks
- 2-3 dives daily most days – total of 17 dives weekly
- Use of tanks, weights and belts
- All alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
- Transfers within Galapagos Islands for same day arrival/departure
Packages do not include:
- Hotel accommodations
- Flights to/from Galapagos
- Last evening meal
- Rental, instruction, nitrox and retail charges
- Crew gratuities
- Trip cancellation & dive accident insurance
- Premium alcoholic beverages
- National Park Fees
- TCT tourist card
- Fuel surcharge
- Chamber Support Fee
You will also need to budget for the following items: Airline ticket to and from Ecuador AND flight to/from Galapagos, hotel accommodations pre & post liveaboard if required, last evening dinner, Diving insurance (required), Dive rental equipment, retail items purchased aboard, crew gratuity (usually 10-15% of trip cost but is at the discretion of the guest), fuel surcharge, departure tax, chamber support fee, Park fees & tourist card. Must be paid in cash. Subject to change.
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