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Galapagos Islands

MY Aqua Galapagos

GPLAQ
Pelagic Fish Conservation Whale Sharks Sharks Expedition Species

ABOUT THIS LIVEABOARD

A different dive adventure - Dive with the whale shark experts Jonathan R. Green and Jenny Waack! Enjoy the silence & adventure of Galapagos' unique underwater world while supporting research & conservation of whale sharks! Dive with us and support actively the conservation of whale sharks!

All this onboard a recently refurbished dive liveaboard the MY Aqua Galapagos. Starting in Baltra Island you head out for a seven-night, eight-day scuba diving adventure, before returning to Baltra. Your trip will be on the search for the massive fish the Whale Sharks. These majestic creatures can get up to the size of buses - that's up to 14 meters (30 + foot)!

Each dive will offer something amazing. The Wolf Island area is known for its currents which bring fish which means it attracts sharks. You could see Hammerhead Sharks, the Silky Shark & the Galapagos shark. Then there's the playful sea lions, the diving sea birds and the Molas that pass.

Each day there will be interaction with the Galapagos Shark Research team, with presentations, videos and tips on photography. They ask that you bring a camera as they want your help to record photographically every whale sharks seen. Also, we ask that when you come on board you bring some stationery items which can be distributed out to the local school, as due to the remoteness these are in short supply. Part of the trip will also include a visit to the Charles Darwin Station and the Giant Tortoise Rearing Centre. Plus before departing we venture into the highlands to see the Giant Tortoise in its wild habitat.

Join us on this amazing trip all in the knowledge that you will see an AMAZING sea creature in the Whale Shark (and other species), but that you are also helping the future of these awesome fish!

 

 

BOAT FEATURES

Boat Specifications
  • Beam: 5.5m (18ft)
  • Length: 26 meters (85ft)
  • Cruising speed 9 Knots
Boat Fixtures
  • Full-service galley, freezer & refrigerator storage
  • 2 x 250 H Caterpillar engines
  • 2x Generators
Other Features
  • Freshwater dispenser
  • After each dive, snacks & cold or hot drinks served as you arrive
  • 2 showers with hot and cold water to rinse after the dives, on the dive deck.
  • Deck towel
Dive Facilities
  • Nitrox available
  • Scuba diving equipment - BCD, regulators, mask, fins, snorkel, 5mm full wetsuit, underwater torches, & computers for hire. Surface Marker Bouy(SMB), Personal Rescue GPS, Whistle, at no charge.
  • Two SCUBA air compressors
  • Weights, weight belts, 12L (80 cu. Ft) aluminium tanks with standard yoke valves included (some DIN available please request on booking).
  • Personal Item Storage on dive deck
  • Camera charging station - Both 220V and 110V (some US adapters are available but bring your own is recommended)
  • Freshwater camera rinse tank.
  • Wetsuit hangers
  • Tender dinghies with outboard motors for scuba diving.
  • Camera Table - outdoors
Boat Amenties
  • Roomy, air-conditioned saloon
  • Outdoor Shaded Area
  • Indoor Lounge
  • Indoor dining area
  • Cushioned loungers
  • Sundeck (un-shaded)

BOAT SAFETY

  • Depth sounders
  • Complete First Aid Kit & medical supplies
  • Emergency Oxygen System with 100% demand regulator
  • Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)
  • Fire & Smoke Detection Systems
  • Fire extinguishers & Fire Fighting Equipment
  • Life raft & life rings
  • EPIRB Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon
  • Life jackets for all passengers & crew
  • Full Complement of Safety & Rescue Equipment
  • Emergency flares
  • 2 x Radar + AIS
  • Magnetic Compass
  • Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
  • Long-range radio phone (for emergencies only)
  • Multiple VHF radios +SSB
  • Marine Rescue GPS - for diver location (marine GPS for every diver at no charge to use)

BOAT INCLUSIONS

General Inclusions

$300USD of the booking goes directly towards the Galapagos Whaleshark Research.

Air-conditioned cabin with en-suite, towels (changed mid-week) & linen.

Local tax (on booking cost only)

Guided diving (no solo or buddy, non-guided diving allowed). Each dive has a Dive Leader & Dive Master. Ratio 1:4 divers..

Dive equipment - personal Marine Resue GPS, diving beacon, Surface Marker Bouy (SMB), 12L aluminium dive tank (yoke valves), weights & weight belt - all other equipment is available for hire.

Transfers to & from the Seymour Airport (IATA Code GPS - Baltra Island) to the departure marina, on day of embarkation or disembarkation only.

Visit the Charles Darwin Station, the Giant Tortoise Rearing Centre & the town of Puerto Ayora.

Fuel surcharge - $150USD - waived for this trip (subject to change).

Accommodation based on two people sharing (twin or double cabin) or single use (at surcharge).

All meals - breakfast, lunch, dinner + snacks

Our Exclusive Inclusions

$100USD from every booking will be donated by Pelagic Dive Travel directly towards the Galapagos Whaleshark Research.

Type of Meals

Your onboard cook will prepare a combination of international and Ecuadorian dishes, served in buffet style, in the dining area. The vessel can cater to special dietary requirements (within reason), please inform on booking about your requirements, well in advance. Also, a selection of fresh fruit & some tasty treats are readily available, should you feel peckish in-between meals & dives.

Drinks

There is filtered water available, (please bring your reusable water bottle) black, green and herbal teas, as well as coffee, at all times. Guests may also select beer, wine or spirits from the bar for an additional fee.

BOAT EXCLUSIONS

General Exclusions

No International or domestic flights are included

No Visas (responsibility of the traveller)

All rental diving equipment can be hired - BCD, regulator with Occy & pressure gauge, mask, fins, snorkel, dive computer, underwater torch - pre-book possible when booking, payment on board. Make & model will vary.

Crew & Guide gratuities - if you wish to tip you can do so, tips will be divided between the crew & dive guides (Suggested rates by the dive vessel - crew: US$ 10-12 per day per guest - guide: US$ 5-7 per day per guest).

Any Optional Activities which may include but not limited to: Dive Courses, excursions - must be paid in cash (USD only).

Marine Port & Park fees are paid directly upon a visitor’s arrival to Galapagos. This is used to help fund Park management, community & conservation projects in the islands.

All alcohol is not included - local beer, wine, spirits & cocktails all at extra cost, payable onboard in cash only (USD).

Satellite Internet & Wifi is NOT available. (Please be aware that this area is remote & not offered by a range of providers).

Rates & local taxes subject to change.

Travel & Diving Insurance is for the traveller to organize before travel - Your diving insurance is MANDATORY & must cover all of your scuba diving & snorkelling activities, including the costs for recompression chamber treatment & emergency air evacuation,(this must be shown on board).

PADI medical statement will need to be signed, any "yes" answers will need a medical certificate - any medical costs associated are to be covered by the traveller & should be done in your home country as there will not be a local dive doctor available + a Liability release & express assumption of risk agreement, will need to be signed on board before any diving will be allowed.

NOTE: The Galapagos has strict diving rules; no un-guided diving; certification cards must be carried; the conditions vary with cold water, strong currents and deep water, you should have over 50 logged dives.

Any Extra Services must be paid in USD, cash only, onboard.

Nitrox is not included but can be purchased - $150USD per week, payable on board in cash.

Taxes and Surcharges

Galapagos National Park tax - $100USD per person, cash only, payable upon arrival at Galapagos Airport.Transit Control Card - $20USD per person, cash only, at Quito or Guayaquil Airport on your departure to the Galapagos Islands.

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