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    The Galapagos Islands
    2018

    THE MOST SPECTACULAR PELAGIC DIVING ON THE PLANET!

    The top of the bucket list, many will say!

    ABOUT

    The Galapagos is one of those rare places where you can dive through hundreds of hammerhead sharks to find a whale shark cruising along. Toss in silky sharks, sea turtles, giant morays and schooling fish in the thousands…and that’s just the first dive at Darwin’s Arch! At Wolf Island, you can expect to see huge Galapagos sharks and eagle rays up-close, while dives at Cabo Marshall will put you face-to-face with giant manta rays and inside a school of millions of black-striped salemas.

    You may see mola mola (sunfish) in the depths as well. Macro life is plentiful. Black-coral bushes shelter seahorses, blennies, nudibranchs, hawkfish and frogfish. Sea iguanas are a unique sight, along with speedy penguins and playful sea lions. All of this is but a snapshot of why divers consistently proclaim that the Galapagos has the healthiest marine life in the Pacific.

    On a typical day, we offer up to four dives. We may substitute a night dive for the fourth day dive, however, when the boat is anchored within a sheltered cove. A 7-night itinerary offers between 18-20 dives, while our 10-night itineraries offer up to 30 dives.The diving day aboard the Galapagos Master is scheduled as follows:

    Light breakfast followed by a briefing and dive No. 1. Following that dive is a full breakfast, relaxation period, briefing and dive No. 2. Next is lunch, a relaxation period, briefing and dive no. 3. A snack, relaxation period, briefing and dive No. 4 follow where possible. After dive No. 4 is dinner. To allow our guests to explore the Galapagos to its fullest, on days two, seven and 10, dives three and four will be substituted by island visits at North Seymour, Santa Cruz or Isla Isabela.Diving in the Galapagos can be challenging, even for an experienced diver.

    Currents can be strong at many sites and can negatively affect visibility due to an influx of nutrients. We highly recommend our guests have training beyond beginner level and a minimum experience of 50 dives, preferably in similar conditions. If our dive crew feels that you do not have the relevant skills or experience to dive the more challenging sites safely, they may stipulate that you sit out some dives.Water temperatures range from 21-30°C (70-86°F) between December and May when manta rays are more commonly seen. Temps drop to an average of 16-24°C (60-75°F) between June and November when the Humboldt Current comes up from the south, bringing plankton with it. This is the best time to see whale sharks. Divers should also expect thermoclines and should bring suitable thermal protection.

    17 December - 27 December 2018

    4 Spaces Left

    From $7075USD

    Single Supp: $7075 USD

    Key Information:

    What's Included?
    • Accommodation
    • Food
    • Land excursions
    • Photography & video tips
    • Air fills
    What's Not Included?
    • Transfers outside tour itinerary
    • Alcohol
    • Travel insurance
    • International flights
    • Dive insurance *Mandatory* 
    Itinerary

    The following is a daily plan for your 10-night cruise as per our operating permit in the Galapagos Islands. This itinerary may change without notice.

    Day 1:

    Airport arrival, transfer to Galapagos Master and lunch, followed by an afternoon check-out dive. This is carried out in a sheltered, shallow bay, at a max depth of 9 m (30 feet). The dive allows you to check your dive gear and also become acquainted with some of the local marine life.

    Day 2:

    The second day features two morning dives at Punta Carrion followed by an afternoon land tour of North Seymour Island before cruising north during the evening.

    Day 3 & 4:

    Spent at Darwin Island

    Day 5 & 6:

    Spent at Wolf Island followed by a cruise south during the evening

    Day 7:

    We will spend the morning at Roca Redonda and the afternoon at Punta Vicente Roca.

    Day 8:

    Diving all day at Cabo Douglas

    Day 9:

    Diving all day at Cabo Marshall

    Day 10:

    Diving at Cousin Rock and Los Gemelos, followed by a land visit to see giant land tortoises on Santa Cruz.  

    Day 11:

    In the morning there will be a visit to the Interpretation Center on San Cristobal Island, followed by disembarkation and transfer to the airport or local hotel. 

    FAQ

    Galapagos FAQs
    While we have much information on our website, you may find you have additional questions about our dive liveaboard, the diving in the Galapagos or general location information. Below are the answers to some commonly asked questions. Should you have other questions or queries, please contact the Master reservations team, which will be pleased to assist you.

    Can I dive with nitrox?
    Yes. All nitrox-qualified divers may dive with nitrox for an additional charge of US$100 for 7-night trips and $150 for 10-night trips.

    I am not nitrox certified. May I take a nitrox course whilst on board?
    We do not currently offer any dive training courses aboard the Galapagos Master. For those wishing to take a nitrox certification course, we recommend contacting your local dive center to complete the course before joining your cruise.

    What should I bring with me?
    Liveaboard lifestyle is relaxed and informal. Essential items include T-shirts, shorts, swim wear, long trousers/ sarong/long skirt, sturdy footwear for island visits and a warm jacket or pullover for cooler nights. Shower gel is provided on board but guests should bring any hair care or personal beauty products they require, along with sunscreen. We have a fully stocked first-aid kit on board, but guests should bring any personal prescription medications with them (with doctor’s note).

    Can I rent scuba equipment while onboard?
    Yes. All our tanks are 12L aluminum. If you would like to get a 12L steel tank or a 15L steel tank, there is an additional charge of US $4 per day for a 12L steel tank and a US $6 per day for a 15L steel tank. Please make your equipment enquiries during your reservation. Galapagos Master has rental equipment including BCDs, regulators, 7mm long wetsuits, masks and fins. Prices start at US $22.50 per day. 

    Must I pay national park fees?
    Yes. All visitors to the Galapagos are required to pay fees to enter the national park. These are US $100 national park fee (payable at San Cristobal Airport), US $20 Ingala Transfer Card (Payable at Quito or Guayaquil Airport depending on your departure point) and US $35 hyperbaric chamber fee (Payable on board the Galapagos Master).

    I’m traveling alone. Must I pay a single supplement or may I share a cabin?
    For solo travelers we offer two options. You may have a cabin to yourself, for which we charge a single supplement of 100 percent of the cabin cost. If you wish to share a cabin, we will place you in a twin cabin with a member of the same sex. We do not mix cabins without express permission of both guests.

    Must I spend an additional night in Ecuador either side of my liveaboard trip?
    We recommend guests spend an additional night either side of their trip to ensure they are well rested for the diving ahead. Most international flights arrive into Guayaquil after the domestic connection to San Cristobal has departed, making an overnight stay a necessity. However the domestic departure is in the morning of disembarkation, allowing time for guests to make an international connection. We do advise allowing plenty of time for transfers, check-in and potential flight delays.

    How can I pay for extras and tips onboard?
    We accept payment in USD, Euro, GBP, AUD and NZD. Please note that we cannot currently accept credit card payments on Galapagos Master. In addition to hyperbaric chamber fees, guests are advised to bring enough USD (or equivalent currency) for any optional extras and tips.

    Do I need dive insurance?
    Yes. All divers traveling aboard the Galapagos Master must ensure they are fully covered for diving accidents and emergency situations, including coverage for air evacuation. We also strongly advise our guests to obtain comprehensive travel insurance to cover against unforeseeable delays and potential missed flight connections.  

    Know Before You Go!

    Getting there and away…The Galapagos Master embarks and disembarks at San Cristobal Airport. Take your international flight into and out of Quito or Guayaquil International Airport in Ecuador, from where there are daily domestic flights to San Cristobal. Disembarkation at the end of the cruise will be just before 10 a.m., allowing plenty of time for your onward domestic connection. International flights are possible to some destinations on the day of disembarkation but please ensure you allow plenty of time for transfers and check in. There are no airport fees or departure tax for Ecuador.

    On arrival…The Galapagos Islands are a province of Ecuador. Passport holders of most Western and Asian countries will be issued a visa on arrival into Ecuador that allows for stays of up to 90 days. Please make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the period you intend to stay in Ecuador. If you are traveling with medication please bring your physician’s prescription with you. Check www.ecuador.org for further information.

    Staying there…The local currency in Ecuador is the US Dollar (USD). Larger hotels, resorts, shops and restaurants will normally accept Visa and Mastercard for which a charge of 4 to 10 percent may be levied. We work with a number of hotels and resorts. Should you wish to extend your stay in the Galapagos, the Worldwide Dive and Sail travel team will be pleased to assist you.

    Climate and weather…The Galapagos Islands straddle the Equator and weather is roughly divided into two seasons — ‘warm’ and ‘dry.’ The warm season generally begins in December and has an average daytime temperature of 23°C (75°F), with daily rain showers and cloudier skies. The dry season typically begins in May/June and brings cooler temperatures with an average of 21°C (70°F). Local rain showers are generally confined to the highlands of the larger islands. Evening temperatures can drop to just 15°C (59°F), so we advise guests to bring warm clothing for the cooler evenings.

    Time zone…EST is one hour ahead of Galapagos time.  GMT is six hours ahead of Galapagos time.

    Health…Dengue Fever is a concern in Galapagos. Protect yourself with repellent and by wearing clothing with long sleeves, trousers or long skirts/sarongs. Eating or drinking food or beverages from street vendors carries health risks and travelers should exercise caution. We produce our own purified water on board the Galapagos Master and all attention is given to food hygiene standards and safety. We recommend you visit a health-care provider who specializes in travel medicine prior to your travels to address any and all concerns you might have with a professional.

    Travel Advisories…For more in-depth advisories on travel in Ecuador, please take the time to read the following travel advisories and heed their advice: US State Department, UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs, and Trade Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.

     

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