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Highlights of the Aqua Yacht

Category: Standard

  • The Aqua yacht is unusual in Galapagos, in that it rotates each week between a standard naturalist itinerary, and a specialist scuba diving itinerary, thus offering a little of something for everyone!
  • Without doubt the Aqua cruise offers the best value Galapagos live-aboard diving experience, and a great itinerary taking you north to Darwin & Wolf islands. The perfect, affordable Galapagos scuba option.
  • The comfortable Aqua cabins include the flexibility in some cabins to use bunk beds as double or twin (lower double bed, single upper bed), air conditioning, and ocean view windows (main and upper deck only) to enjoy the trip experience.
  • Aqua yacht social areas include cozy lounge with bar and small library, and a solarium to appreciate the stunning ocean views as you relax.
  • For divers, the Aqua features 2 tank compressors, enriched air nitrox, scuba tanks with valves, belts, weights and also a rinse table and camera. Dives are done from a dive tender, which allows easy access to the different diving sites.

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Aqua Galapagos Cruise

Itineraries and pricing 2019

Browse through the different cruise itineraries below by clicking on each one.

 

discounts often available

4 Days B
5 Days B
8 Days A
8 Days B
4 Days B
  • $1495Lower deck (LS)Per person
  • $1695Lower deck (HS)Per person
  • $1595Main/Upper deck (LS)Per person
  • $1795Main/upper deck (HS)Per person
 

Itinerary 4 days B : NATURALIST ITINERARY

  • TUE Baltra Airport, North Seymour
  • WED South Plaza & Santa Fe
  • THU Santa Cruz Island: Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center, Floreana Island: Cormorant Point
  • FRI Dragon Hill & Transfer to Baltra Airport
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5 Days B
  • $2295Lower deck (LS)Per person
  • $2595Lower deck (HS)Per person
  • $2395Main/Upper deck (LS)Per person
  • $2695Main/upper deck (HS)Per person
 

Itinerary 5 days B : NATURALIST ITINERARY

  • FRI Baltra Airport & Chinese Hat
  • SAT Isabela: Cowley Islet, Santiago: Albany Islet
  • SUN Santiago: Egas Port & Sullivan Bay
  • MON Rabida Island & Bartolome Island
  • TUE Mosquera Islet & Transfer to Baltra Airport
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8 Days A
  • $3995Lower deck (LS)Per person
  • $4595Lower deck (HS)Per person
  • $4195Main/Upper deck (LS)Per person
  • $4795Main/upper deck (HS)Per person
 

Itinerary 8 days A : SCUBA DIVING ITINERARY

  • TUE Baltra Airport, Baltra North East
  • WED Bartolome Island & Santiago Island: Cousin´s rock
  • THU Wolf Island
  • FRI Darwin Island: Darwin´s Arch
  • SAT Wolf Island
  • SUN Isabela Island: Vicente Roca Point & Cape Douglas
  • MON Isabela Island: Roca Blanca & Pinzon Island
  • TUE Santa Cruz Island: Highlands & Transfer to Baltra Airport
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8 Days B
  • $3495Lower deck (LS)Per person
  • $4095Lower deck (HS)Per person
  • $3695 Main/Upper deck (LS)Per person
  • $4295Main/upper deck (HS)Per person
 

Itinerary 8 days A : NATURALIST ITINERARY

  • TUE Baltra Airport & North Seymour Island
  • WED South Plaza & Santa Fe Island
  • THU Santa Cruz Island: Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center & Floreana Island: Cormorant Point
  • FRI Dragon Hill & Chinese Hat Islet
  • SAT Isabela: Cowley Islet, Albany Islet
  • SUN Santiago: Egas Port & Sullivan Bay
  • MON Rabida Island & Bartolome Island
  • TUE Mosquera Islet & Transfer to Baltra Airport
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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.

High season rates apply only for Christmas and New Year departures

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

Aqua Yacht Specifications

Deck plan

Main deck
Upper deck
Lower Deck
Sun deck
Main deck
Upper deck
Lower Deck
Sun deck

ABOUT GALAPAGOS CABINS

It is possible to request the cabin of your choice at time of booking – just let us know your preference. Final decision on cabin allocation is always in the hands of the yacht operator.

Meet the cruise

Specifications
Facilities
Diving
Inclusions
Exclusions
Specifications
  • Length: 26 meter / 85 foot
  • Beam: 5.5 meter / 18 feet
  • Speed: 9 knots
  • Crew: 8 members + 1 instructor Guide and 1 Dive Master Guide (for dive departures) OR 1 bilingual naturalist guide (for naturalist departures)
  • Capacity: 16 passengers
Facilities

Facilities

  • cabinNumber of cabins: 9 cabins for maximum 16 guests: 3 cabins with a double size lower bed and single upper bed, 1 cabin with a double size lower bed, 5 cabins with a single lower and a single upper be
  • Private bathroom for each cabin
  • air conditioningAir conditioning
  • toiletriesToiletries
  • room towelsRoom towels
  • beach towelsBeach towels
  • electricity110v Electricity point in cabin
  • save deposit boxSafe deposit box
  • sundeckSundeck
  • lounge areaLounge area
  • barBar
  • reading materialSmall library
  • vTV/DVD - Communal
  • phoneEmergency Satellite Phone
Diving

Diving - Snorkeling

  • Snorkeling: included.
  • Diving possible: Yes, on specialist dive departures.
Inclusions

Included Services

  • Accommodation in double or twin cabins
  • All meals, water, tea & coffee
  • All excursions as described in the program with bilingual guide (Spanish / English)
  • Airport assistance at Quito airport (when flight and cruise are booked together)
  • All transfers in Galapagos (Airport-Yacht-Airport, only included when booked together)
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Bath and beach towels
Exclusions

Excluded Services

  • International and National (Ecuador-Galapagos-Ecuador) flights
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance, US $ 100
  • Transit Control Card, US $ 20
  • Galapagos Airport Transport, if the flight has not been booked together
  • Single cabin supplement
  • Optional wetsuit
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks
  • Personal expenses, extras & gratuities
  • Travel insurance

Diving itinerary special inclusions and exclusions

Diving
Conditions
Dive Insurance
Divers Safety
Diving

The Aqua Yacht provides:

  • 12L Tanks for enriched air
  • weight belts
  • Weights
  • Scuba safety equipment (Personal Marine rescue GPS, Storm whistle, Diving beacon, Surface marker tube)
  • Nitrox is available for an additional fee
 

We suggest you pack the following:

  • Mask
  • Fins
  • Mask
  • Snorkel
  • Regulator with Visible Pressure Gauge
  • Depth Gauge
  • Dive Computer
  • Buoyancy Compensator
  • Light for Night Diving
  • Batteries Dive Gloves
 

Strongly Recommended:

  • Spare Mask
  • Whistle
  • Dive Alert
  • Mirror and/or Other Safety Devices.
  Extra costs for diving cruise:
  • Hyperbaric chamber fee (USD 35 pp)
  • Full dive equipment rental $250pp (BCD, regulator, mask, fins, 7mm wetsuits, hoods, gloves, boots, dive computer, torch)
  • Nitrox (USD 150 pp)
  • Travel insurance (Medical coverage, Trip cancellation & Dive Accident insurance)
Conditions

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.
  • The primary attraction in Galapagos is the large pelagic such as schooling Hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, Silky Sharks, Bullhead Sharks, Reef Sharks Mola-Molas and Whale sharks.
  • Gloves and hood are strongly recommended.
  • Occasionally, there is sighting of Whales, Marlin, Dolphin and Orcas. You will see a rare combination of warm and Coldwater creatures including Sea Lions, Mantas, Penguins, Flightless Cormorants, Sting Rays, Eagle Rays, Turtles, Moray Eels, Sea Horses, Marine iguanas and enormous schools of unusual fish. Many of the marine creatures are found nowhere else on earth!
  • The best diving around the Galapagos Islands is made possible through the use of dinghies (or inflatable’s) manned by our crewmembers. Few dives are directly from the main vessel itself. Dinghy diving is made easy for you! Once your dive is completed, you hand your weight belt to the dinghy driver, take off your BCD and climb in.
  IMPORTANT NOTE: please check dive equipment inclusions and exclusions carefully with your sales person before booking.
Dive Insurance

Dive insurance

  • 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 Safety

Divers Safety

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.
  • Diving activities must cease when the consumption of alcohol begins.
  • All divers must present proof of dive insurance per Galapagos National Park regulations.
Kicker Rock, San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands

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