The Galapagos Islands
TRACING DARWINS FOOTSTEPS
HUMBOLDT EXPLORER GALAPAGOS DIVE CRUISE ITINERARIES 2013
8 DAYS DIVING
||San Cristobal Airport, Check out dive + safety briefing
||Bartolome: 0630 / 0930 dives, sail for northern islands
||Wolf: 0630 / 1030 / 1400 dives
||Wolf: 0630 / 1030 / 1400 dives
||Darwin: 0630 / 1030 / 1400 dives
||Darwin: 0630 / 1030 / 1400 dives, sail for Cousins Rock
||Cousins Rock: 0630 / 0830 dives, afternoon free at Puerto Ayora
||San Cristobal Airport
Galapagos Diving Conditions
Water temps in summer average 65o F, 70o F in winter
The weather at the Galapagos Islands has water temperatures ranging from 65 -70 degrees F from December through May and 60 – 70 F June through November.
Galapagos 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 60’s F during the dry season (June –November), with nearly constant sea breezes.
Galapagos currents can range 1 to 5 Knots at the sites we visit, and visibility is generally between 30 and 80 feet.
Most divers are comfortable with a 7mm wetsuit June – November with a hooded best and gloves and a minimum 5mm wetsuit December – May.
Gloves and hood are strongly recommended. Your dives will be done from the pangas with an easy backward roll in the water. After you dive, you tank will be lifted back into the panga and you will board via its stern ladders or with assistance from the side.
Due to the nature of this cruise and the very remote nature of the destination, all dives are required to have dive accident insurance when diving from the Humboldt Explorer, and to note the policy number of their application form. See our website for further information and options on dive and travel insurance.
Dive insurance required
To ensure you safety, we require the followings of all divers:
- All divers must be certified as open water scuba divers by an internationally recognized certification organization.
- All divers must be experienced divers (we recommend) that you have more than 100 logged dives) and have logged at least one dive within the 6 months prior to boarding the vessel. Dives are very strong and often at and advanced level. Currents can very strong and often dives are required to swim against them.
- All dives are guided by an instructor/naturalist guide and due to Galapagos National Park regulations all divers must dive with the guide at all times.
- All divers must log in and out of the water with a member of the diving staff.
- All divers must have a submersible console including SPG & depth gauge, time piece or dive computer with these functions.
- Decompression diving is not allowed under any conditions. The maximum allowed depth is 130’ (110’ on nitrox).
- Diving activities must cease when the consumption of alcohol begins.
- All divers must present proof of dive insurance per Galapagos National Park regulations.
- All divers must also carry a Dive/Alert, a surface signaling device, and an electronic beacon while diving (all available on board). Guests are responsible for all items they borrow from the vessel.
- Please note that, due to a combination of staff and equipment logistics insurance requirements and local diving regulations, neither rebreathes nor diver propulsion vehicles (DPVs) may be used aboard Explorer Ventures vessels.
Contact us to book a Galapagos dive cruise.
The Humboldt Explorer is a luxury class yacht specialising in dive cruises at the Galapagos Islands. Comfortable cabins are equipped with twin beds which can be converted into a double, flat screen tv, windows and aircon, while the yacht boasts Jacuzzi and dive deck.
The real plus of this cruise though is the itinerary which includes the very best diving at far north Darwin and Wolf islands which means this is a great option for dive enthusiasts!
HUMBOLDT EXPLORER SPECIFICATIONS
PAST CLIENT HUMBOLDT EXPLORER YACHT FEEDBACK
- Length: 100 Feet
- Beam: 21 Feet
- Speed: 10 knots
- Crew: 9
- Level of guide: II or III naturalist dive guide
- Capacity: 16 passengers
- Number of cabins:
8 double and twin cabins all with lower beds
- Private bathroom: yes
- Air conditioning: yes
- Hot water: yes
- Sundeck: yes
DIVINGThe vessel provides tanks, weights, and weights belts for your use. If you prefer to rent the rest of your equipment from us, we have all of the equipment that you will need. Please indicate on your application form what equipment you will require. Otherwise, the following items are the diver’s responsibility:
- Certification Card
- Diving log book (strongly encouraged)
- Booties (if you wear them)
- Buoyancy Control Device (required)*
- Regulator w/alternate air source*
- Submersible pressure and depth gauges (required)*
- Underwater time piece (required)
- Dive computer (recommended)*
- Wet suit – 5mm to semi-dry .5 - .7mm*
- Hooded vest
- Repair kit w/spare parts
*Available for rent on board
|2013 HUMBOLDT EXPLORER PRICES PER PERSON
|Twin / double
||$4195 May to Dec
Additonal fees are: fuel surcharge $150, Nitrox $150. The final evening meal on day 7 (Sunday) is not included, neither is use of hyperbaric chamber.
* Prices may increase if Galapagos cruise operators put prices up for certain popular dates (especially July / August) or other Galapagos agencies sell their charter spaces to us at higher prices.
* All boat information is correct at time of publishing but subject to change by the yacht owner or Galapagos National Park authority.