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Galapagos Aqua

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  Dom's comments: "The Galapagos Aqua has operated perviously in Galapagos but was in need of some serious "tender loving care".   A new operator, with long experience in Galapagos naturalist cruises, has taken over the operation and will run alternating naturalist and dive cruises.   Aqua's dive itineraries will include Darwin and Wolf.  She's less expensive than the larger, more luxurious vessels already diving the Galapagos and I'm confident that she will be a good choice for the very budget-conscious amongst you. "  .....   Dominick Macan

   


Cabins ... diving amenities ... what's included



  • Accommodates 16 passengers in 9 en-suite cabins:
     
     5 UPPER DECK TWIN CABINS
    with twin-size bunk beds - windows
    1 MAIN DECK MASTER CABIN
    with double bed - ocean-view windows
    3 LOWER DECK TWIN CABINS
    with double bed & upper twin bunk - portholes

    Each cabin has air-conditioning, closet, towels & bio-degradable soap, shampoo
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    DIVING AMENITIES
     
     
    up to 3 dives per day
    12L aluminum tanks
    diving from 2 inflatable tenders
    nitrox is available
    rental gear available
    dive deck with freshwater showers
    rinse tank & camera table
  • DIVING REGIONS INCLUDE:
     
    Darwin & Wolf
    Bartolome & Cousins Rock
    Vincente Roca & Cape Douglas
    Roca Bianca & Pinzon
  • INCLUDED ON ALL CRUISES:
     
    accommodation, meals, snacks
    non-alcoholic beverages
    compressed air, tanks, weights and weight belts
  • EXTRAS:
     
    international & domestic airfares
    alcoholic beverages
    nitrox
    gear rental
    park fees, local taxes
  

On board Galapagos Aqua


  • upper deck seating
    fore deck seating
  • main deck lounge
    lounge
  • main deck lounge opt
    lounge, bar, dining
  • dining room opt
    dining
  • upper deck twin opt
    upper deck twin
  • lower deck double twin opt
    lower deck twin / double
  • lower deck double twin
    lower deck twin / double
  • main deck dive deck
    dive deck


Deck Plan ... Dive Map ... Technical Specifications

Itinerary map, deck & cabin layout, yacht specs, equipment & safety features for Galapagos Aqua                          open

 

DECK PLAN

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ITINERARY MAP

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SPECIFICATIONS

Type: Motor Yacht
Year Built: 1998 (Remodeled in 2019)
Category: Midrange
Length: 26 meter / 85 feet
Beam: 5.5 meter / 18 feet
Max Capacity: 16 passengers
Cabins: 9 (During the 2019 refurbishment 1 cabin will be added)

Intimate group size (max 16 guests)
26m / 85 ft long & 5.5m / 18 ft wide
8-9 m2 / 90 ft2 cabins, including private bathroom

DIVING AND FACILITIES EQUIPMENT:

Zodiacs: 2 Caribe (C-20 & C-17) with 50 HP Yamaha four stroke outboards
Max Speed: 9 knots
Electricity: 110v/220v
Engines: 2 x 250 HP Caterpillar
Generators: 1x 80 KW & 1x 60 KW Cummins

Diving Equipment on board:
2 dive tank compressors: Enriched air and Nitrox  (Bauer and Kaeser for air and nitrox)
Aluminum 12L scuba tanks with valves, belts and weights
Full personal diving equipment available for rent (BCD, regulator, mask, fins, 7mm wetsuits, hoods, gloves, boots, dive computer, torch, GoPro underwater camera)

Aqua’s Dive related Certifications:
Certified with PADI, DAN, EFR

Personal Marine rescue GPS, Storm whistle, Diving beacon, Surface marker tube
Diving Safety Equipment provided on board for free:

CREW

Crew: 8 members + 1 Instructor Guide and 1 Dive Master Guide. (For naturalist cruises only 1 bilingual naturalist guide)

MACHINERY

Engines: 2 x 250 HP Caterpillar
Generator: 1x 80 KW & 1x 60 KW Cummins

NAVIGATION

2 Radars + 1 AIS Radar
2 GPS with alarm and depth sounder

COMMUNICATIONS

VHF & HF radios
Satellite & mobile phones

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

1 Life raft
Bilge pump & Fire pumps
Full fire equipment, including life line
Fire extinguishers throughout the yacht & 3 CO2 banks
Oxygen Complete ­first aid and trauma kit
Emergency Life jackets in cabins


Comfy surroundings at budget rates


Galapagos Aqua offers a good-size sun deck with lounging chairs as well as a small area in front of the bridge on the upper deck for both sunning and sight-seeing.   The upper deck also has a shaded exterior lounge at the stern end.   On the main deck, behind the master cabin, is found a good-sized lounge with bar and small library. 

The configuration of 9 cabins allow for nice flexibility in assigning cabins, as the maximum number of guests allowed by the park service is 16.  This means single divers may at times be able to arrange to have their own cabin.

The vessel and its machinery (hull, engines, generators, nautical equipment) will have undergone maintenance by the time the boat re-launches in March 2019 and the interior will have been upgraded.  We're looking forward to photos.  The photos above are from the boat in its current condition.

We will bring you more information when it's available.


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