The Galapagos is widely regarded as one of the best liveaboard diving destinations in the world and for good reason. This volcanic archipelago, which famously inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution, boasts an unparalleled marine ecosystem found nowhere else on earth. Divers can witness a stunning array of marine life, including sharks, rays, sea lions, iguanas, and even penguins. The reefs are alive with the colorful movement of tuna, salema, snapper, rainbow runners, and sail fins. It’s a diver’s paradise, where every wish list is brought to life right before your eyes.
The western side of Isabella, washed by the cold upwelling of the Cromwell current, offers faintly green but chilly waters (18-22°C). Here, you can explore amazing sites like Roca Redunda and Punta Vicente Roca, where you can see sea lions playing in the thermal vents, red-lipped batfish, and yellow seahorses. You never know what you might spot passing through, from orcas and mola mola to whale sharks.
But the real action happens in the North at Darwin and Wolf. These islands are washed by the warmer Panama current, which means the water can reach temperatures of 26-27°C. Before you even get in the water, you’ll be awed by the iconic Darwin Arch. And when you dive, you’ll discover a truly awe-inspiring scene. Spend three full days exploring these two reefs, getting up close with every nook and cranny. Marvel at the vast schools of hammerhead sharks and sleek Galapagos sharks nipping in and out of the reef life. And if you like your fish even bigger, keep an eye out for whale sharks, manta rays, mobula rays, and eagle rays. You might even spot a tiger shark in the shallows!
A visit to the Galapagos is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and the best way to dive there is via liveaboard. This is the only way to explore the hot spots and highlights of this remarkable corner of the globe in comfort. Sail the oceans blue and prepare to be left breathless by the unique and unforgettable underwater world of the Galapagos.
Galapagos Master is a premier liveaboard vessel, taking guests on unforgettable diving experiences to the most spectacular dive sites in the Galapagos Islands. The vessel underwent a complete interior refit in 2015 to the highest standards, ensuring maximum comfort and safety for all guests.
With a capacity of 16 guests, Galapagos Master features eight air-conditioned cabins spread across three decks. Each cabin is designed with your comfort in mind and offers stunning views of the Galapagos archipelago. All cabins have private en suite bathrooms with hot water, and ample storage space for your personal belongings. For added convenience, the cabins can be used as twin or double bedded rooms, providing flexibility to suit your preferences.
The indoor communal areas include a spacious lounge on the middle deck, where you can relax and unwind after a day of diving while watching your favorite movie on the plasma screen television. The indoor dining area offers a tantalizing array of mouth-watering meals, complemented by the adjacent cocktail bar. Photographers will appreciate the indoor camera set-up station with multiple charging points (US round pin plug), and additional storage drawers at the aft of the vessel provide ample space for equipment.
For those who enjoy soaking up the sun, the top sun-deck offers the perfect spot to catch some rays and take in the stunning sights of the Galapagos Islands. Alternatively, the shaded upper level provides a comfortable location to relax on cushioned lounge chairs and benches.
Galapagos Master is designed with safety in mind, with a steel construction and a lower profile to aid stability and speed. The vessel holds an official license to operate and organize diving activities in the Galapagos, issued by the Ecuadorian government and the National Institute of the Galapagos. With the latest safety devices, including GPS, VHF radios, satellite communication, two life rafts, emergency oxygen, and AED, you can be assured that you are traveling in total protection and safety. Book your trip on Galapagos Master and experience the adventure of a lifetime.
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Prices are per person, based on double occupancy.
The package includes 7 nights full board accommodation on vessel, internal transfers, all diving, single 12lt cylinder, lead weights, tea, coffee and water.
Please note that international flights, non-specified activities, and tips/gratuities are not included. Marine Park & Ports fees will apply. Single supplement available at an additional cost.
Please be advised that all activities and launch times are subject to change due to local environmental conditions, and the order in which they are conducted may also change.
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Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks:
The Scalloped Hammerhead Shark is the most easily identifiable shark in the Galapagos Islands, thanks to its distinctive “hammer” shaped head and large dorsal fin. However, these sharks can be hard to spot from a distance, as they often appear as white smudges in the water. As you get closer, you’ll see their white bellies flashing as they swim on their sides. Scalloped hammerheads are a popular species among divers, but they can be shy, so patience is key. Diving off the wall in the morning may offer the best chance to see them schooling in groups of hundreds, but be mindful not to startle them with loud noises underwater.
Galapagos Sharks are often found patrolling the rocky reefs and seamounts around the islands, on the lookout for prey. With their dark grey skin, taller dorsal fins, and larger, more protruding teeth than other similar species, they have a distinct “sharky” silhouette. These curious sharks will often approach groups of divers, seemingly unfazed by their bubbles and gestures. During mating season, females can be identified by deep scars and rake marks on their backs, which are part of the species’ courtship ritual.
Diving alongside whale sharks in the Galapagos is a bucket list experience for many divers. These gentle giants slowly cruise by in search of plankton, posing no threat to humans. Despite their massive size, they do not have teeth, making them completely harmless. Scientists suspect that the Galapagos Archipelago may be a destination for whale shark reproduction, as large, pregnant females are commonly seen here.
Tiger Sharks are among the largest and least frequently observed species in the Galapagos, measuring up to five meters in length. They spend most of their solitary lives in the open ocean, occasionally visiting isolated reefs to hunt and visit cleaning stations. These bold apex predators are not afraid to approach divers but tend to be elusive, so it’s important to have your camera ready. Juveniles are easily recognizable by their distinctive tiger stripes.
Sleek, fast-moving, and curious, Silky Sharks are a popular species among divers in the Galapagos. They are often seen following ships, likely in pursuit of schools of baitfish. For divers, this can offer a stunning view as the sharks circle the boat before descending to the dive site. Silkies are also known for stalking the edges of bait balls and shoals of bonito, always on the lookout for an easy meal.
Blacktip and Whitetip Reef Sharks:
While they look quite different, Blacktip and Whitetip Reef Sharks are both reef sharks commonly found in the Galapagos. Blacktips often patrol the reef’s edge alone, while Whitetips can be seen relaxing on the seafloor or in caverns and outcroppings. These relatively small sharks can be shy and may bolt if approached too closely. Look for them during descent, along reef tops, and at safety stops.
Dusky Sharks are often mistaken for Galapagos Sharks or Grey Reef Sharks, but they have a long, slender body built for life in the open ocean. They migrate annually between equatorial archipelagos like the Galapagos and other tropical and sub-tropical islands. These aloof predators stalk the reef’s edge and seafloor in search of easy prey, making them a challenge to photograph.