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Blue Spirit

TIP TOP III 2 opt

At 104 feet (32 meters) Blue Spirit sleeps up to 16 guests. Currently being refitted, she is scheduled to begin her Galapagos scuba diving adventures in September 2020.

A word from Dom: "The new Blue Spirit, which is being totally refitted as a dive liveaboard, was previously a very popular Naturalist option in Galapagos run by the Tip Top group.  She will have a new operator and will have a complete overhaul including all new dive equipment. "  .....   Dominick Macan


On board Blue Spirit


  • TIP TOP III 11 aereo opt
  • TIP TOP III 12 opt
  • TipTop III 366 155 small opt
  • TIP TOP III 15 opt
  • TIP TOP III 19 opt
  • TIP TOP III 17 aereo opt
  • TIP TOP III 18 opt
  • TIP TOP III 21 opt


  • CABIN TYPES
    2 upper deck DOUBLE cabins
    1 double bed & picture window
    2 upper deck TWIN cabins
    2 side-by-side twin beds & picture window
    2 lower deck DOUBLE / TWIN cabins
    1 double bed+ single upper bunk & porthole
    4 lower deck TWIN cabins
    2 side-by-side twin beds & porthole
    Cabins all en-suite with shower, basin & toilet, locker and drawers and a safe

  • DIVING

    up to 3 dives per day
    diving from 2 inflatable tenders
    nitrox is available

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    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    accommodation, meals, snacks
    non-alcoholic beverages
    compressed air, tanks, weights and weight belts
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    EXTRAS

    international & domestic airfares
    alcoholic beverages
    nitrox
    gear rental
    park fees, local taxes


Popular Naturalist Liveaboard Turned Dive Liveaboard


This very popular former naturalist liveaboard is being transformed to a dive liveaboard.    She will have 4 upper deck cabins: two doubles and two twins, with 6 lower deck cabins.

The boat features a large sun deck on the very top level of 4 decks, while the deck below hosts 4 of the spacious cabins and a huge exterior lounge.  Below that, on the main deck, you'll find the interior lounge and dining room plus the newly fashioned dive deck.   On the lower deck are an additonal 6 cabins.  Although there are 10 cabins, the boat will take only 16 divers, so solo divers will have the possibility of a single cabin on a first come, first served basis.

The boat has a wide diving platform with all the equipment that you need. After your dives, you will be received with hot towels and on-deck hot showers.  The dive deck features areas to clean personal equipment, tables for your underwater cameras, a recharging station and individual gear bins.

Ecuadorian dishes are based on potatoes, corn, different types of meat, seafood, rice and beans. If you have special dietary requests, please let us know in advance.  The kitchen crew will always do their best to meet your needs.

SEE THE ITINERARY MAP ... DECK & CABIN LAYOUT ... YACHT SPECIFICATIONS ... EQUIPMENT & SAFETY FEATURES ..... open

 

Galapagos Blue Spirit new opt

ITINERARY MAP

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SPECIFICATIONS

Built: 2001
Remodeled: Spring 2019
Length: 104 feet
Beam: 22 feet
Draft: 5 feet
Speed: 12 Knots
Guests: 16, accommodated in 10 cabins

DIVING AND FACILITIES EQUIPMENT:

Twin 17 feet Nautica Inflatable boats with 25 HP four stroke outboard motors for 12 passengers each one.
Compressors
Nitrox Membrane System
Cressi Diving Equpments, including Dive Computers
Air

CREW

9 members:
Captain
Multilingual Naturalist Diver guides (1 each 8 passengers)
Engineer
International cook
Barman & waitress
Two sailors

MACHINERY

Twin DEUTZ BF8M 1015 MC 442 HP engines.
Twin 55 KW CUMMINS ONAN 6BS.9-D (M) electric generators (M).
Village Marine Tec Oil / Water Separator,
Tidal Wave HMX HEADHUNTER Marine Sanitation Device sewage treatment system (MSD)TW.
Westphalia Separator Mineral oil Systems.
WMSQ-2500 Reverse Osmosis desalination system

NAVIGATION

(2) 24 miles range Furuno Navnet Radar/Chart Plotter
(2) Furuno-FCV620 Eco sounder
GPS
Furuno NX300 Navtex
Furuno SC-Satellite
Fluxgate compass
Ritchie Magnetic Compass

COMMUNICATIONS

Furuno HF-MF/DSC Radio
2 VHF/DSC Standard radios,
ACR Epirb
Sart
2 ACR VHF bi directional rescue radios

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

All safety equipment complies with International Coast Guard regulations.
(2) You Lung inflatable life rafts for 25 passengers each one
(50) life jackets
hydraulic helm
barometer, clock, thermometer
helm indicator, searchlight, horn, fire & smoke detector system


Itinerary and trip details


Itinerary for Blue SpiritUp to 4 dives per day .... including Darwin & Wolf.  The exact itinerary is always weather and conditions dependant ... however, this itinerary is valid unless conditions dictate a change and the plan will always be to visit the following sites  ...   continue reading

Sample Itinerary - there may be slight variations due to weather and/or sea conditions, but in general, this is the itinerary approved by Galapagos Park Service for this liveaboard

8 Day/ 7 Night Itinerary

Wednesday
Morning flight to Baltra Airport Galapagos
Afternoon visit Santa Cruz Highlands
visit Giant Turtoises.
hike to the twin craters known as Los Gemelos - great views & endemic bird life

Thursday
Morning Dive Marchena Punta Espejo
Afternoon DiveMarchena Punta Mejía

Friday
Morning  Dive Wolf La Banana/ Punta SharkBay
Afternoon Dive Wolf Islote La Ventana/ El Derrumbe/night dive

Saturday
Morning Dive Darwin El Arco
Afternoon Dive Darwin El Arenal

Sunday
Morning  Dive Wolf Punta SharkBay/ El Derrumbe
Afternoon Dive Wolf Islote La Ventana/ La Banana

Monday
Morning  Dive Fernandina Cabo Douglas
Afternoon  Dive Isabela Punta Vicente Roca

Tuesday
Morning  Dive Santiago Cousins Rock
Afternoon  Bartolomé land visit
penguins & sea lions at the base of Pinnacle Rock

Wednesday
Morning Baltra - disembark
flight back to mainland Ecuador

Daily schedule

06h30 first dive – full breakfast
10h30 dive
12h00 lunch – 2 afternoon dives depending on conditions and navigation time needed
19h00 dinner 

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