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Highlights of the Humboldt Explorer Dive Yacht
- The Humboldt Explorer is a specialist dive yacht at the Galapagos Islands.
- The big advantage of a Galapagos live-aboard dive cruise is the itinerary. The Humboldt Explorer heads up north, away from the regular cruise routes, to famous Darwin and Wolf islands – the very best dive sites at the Galapagos Islands!
- During a week of dive excurions it is is common to see: sea lions, sea turtles, hammerhead sharks, white tip reef sharks, dolphins, whale sharks, manta rays, Galapagos sharks, and huge schools of eagle and golden Rays.
- The Humboldt Explorer yacht is equipped with 8 comfortable cabins, most of which can be converted between queen or twin. All cabins include flat screen TV, windows and air conditioning, while the social areas boast Jacuzzi, partially covered sun deck, ample salon and dining areas, bar and dive deck.
- The large dive deck includes a bathroom, camera table with charging station, individual storage areas, rinse bins, air and nitrox filling stations & tank racks.
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Humboldt Explorer Galapagos Cruise
Itineraries and pricing 2019
Browse through the different cruise itineraries below by clicking on each one.
discounts often available
- Twin / double $5395Per person
Additional fees are: fuel surcharge $150, Nitrox $150. The final evening meal on day 7 (Sunday) is not included, neither is use of hyperbaric chamber $35.
All prices are subject to change without prior notice.
Itinerary for 8 days
- MON San Cristobal Airport, Check out dive + safety briefing
- TUE Carrion: 0630 / 0930 dives, afternoon land visit to North Seymour to see blue footed boobies and frigate birds
- WED SWolf: 0630 / 1030 / 1400 / 1600 dives & night dive also possible. common sightings: hammerheads, eagle rays, sea lions, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks
- THU Wolf: 0630 / 0930 dives, transit to Darwin Island 1400 / 1630 dives. common sightings: hammerheads, red lipped batfish, eagle rays, sea lions, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks
- FRI Darwin: 0630 / 1030 / 1400 / 1600 dives. common sightings: hammerheads, whale sharks (in season), eagle rays, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks
- SAT Wolf: 0630 / 0930 / 1100 dives. common sightings: hammerheads, whale sharks (in season), eagle rays, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks
- SUN Cousins Rock: 0830 dive, macro dive with common sightings: seahorse, Sea lions, eagle rays. afternoon visit to see the giant tortoises in the highlands and free time in Puerto Ayora town. Evening sail to San Cristobal Island
- MON San Cristobal Airport
about galapagos itineraries
On day 1 there is only time for an afternoon visit to be included; similarly, on the final day there is only a brief morning visit. The reason for this is to connect with the Galapagos flight arrivals and departures at the airport.
Contact us for information about which itineraries will run on different dates through the year, and to check tour availabilities. We often have special Galapagos offers too!
All yacht information is correct at time of publishing, but may be subject to change by the yacht operator or Galapagos National Park authority. Published prices may be subject to change without prior notice.
All prices are subject to change without prior notice.
* Prices may increase if Galapagos yacht operators put prices up for certain popular dates (especially July / August) or other Galapagos agencies sell their charter spaces to us at higher prices.
Humboldt Explorer Specifications
Meet the cruise
- Beam: 21.3 ft (6.5 meters)
- Draft: 8.2 ft (2.5 meters)
- Main engines: Detroit Diesel 6V92, 350 hp
- Maximum Speed: 10 knots
- Crew: Up to 7 crew and 2 guides in crews' quarters.
- Safety Equipment: Life rafts (2), life rings/strobes, life vests/strobes, emergency position locator, flares, oxygen and first aid equipment
- Number of cabins: 8
- Private bathroom
- Air conditioning
- Room towels
- Beach towels
- Lounge area
- Meals: From lunch on Day 1 until breakfast on the final day.
- Accommodation with private bathroom.
- Excursions as listed in the itinerary, with a certified naturalist bilingual guide (Spanish/English).
- Drinking water, tea, coffee, snacks.
- Bus ticket Baltra Airport / Itabaca channel – $5 pp *Depending on the cruise.
- Entrance fees Galapagos:
- Galapagos National Park $100 pp (subject to change).
- Galapagos transit control card $20 pp (subject to change).
- Isabela docking fee $15 pp *Depending on the cruise.
- Santa Cruz Highland Tortoises Ranch $5 *Depending on the cruise.
- Bus ticket Baltra Airport / Itabaca channel – $5 *Depending on the cruise.
- Flight: International Flights.
- Quito/Guayaquil - Galapagos - Quito/Guayaquil.
- Airport transfers in Quito or Guayaquil.
- Singles supplement *Depending on the cruise.
- Alcoholic beverages & colas (there is a bar on board).
- Tips for Guides and crew.
- Any other personal expenses.
- Fuel surcharge $150.
- Nitrox $150.
- The final evening meal on day 7 (Sunday) is not included.
- Use of hyperbaric chamber $35.
The vessel provides:
- Weights belts
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
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.
- 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.
Divers SafetyTo 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.