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Galapagos Master

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Originally launched in 2004, the Galapagos Master has been totally refit & has begun a new life.   Her itineraries include Darwin & Wolf and she offers, from time to time, 10 night adventures.

"Since it's re-launch in May 2015, the feedback I'm getting leads me to believe that Galapagos Master will take its place as one of the top liveaboards in Galapagos.  Completely rebuilt from the keel upwards, by the owners of the Siren Fleet, the boat has been thoughtfully fitted out to ensure the finest of diving experiences for serious divers & photographers.   I haven't had my turn on her yet, but I hear nothing but good reports & I'm eager for the opportunity to go!"   ...   Dominick Macan

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Vessel & diving details

  • The Galapagos Master accommodates 16 people in 9 cabins.
    • 4 lower twin cabins with port windows
    • 4 upper twin cabins with large picture windows
    • on the main deck there is a double cabin

    Some twin cabins can be adapted to double bed cabins if required.   All cabins have private ensuite facilities, individually controlled air-condition units, strong-box, hairdryer.
  • Diving amenities include:
    • up to 4 dives per day - all from tenders
    • nitrox 32%
    • 12L tanks are included in the rate - 15L tanks are available at an extra charge
    • DIN and international valves
  • All Galapagos Master cruises include:
    • Darwin & Wolf
    • Cousin's Rock, Punta Carrion, Cabo Marshall (Manta City)
    • Island visits to North Seymour, Santa Cruz or Isla Isabela

    See a detailed itinerary and map at the end of this page.
  • Included on all cruises:
    • accommodation & diving
    • meals, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages
    • compressed air, tanks, weights & weight belts
    • airport transfers in Galapagos
    • full dive program of 3-4 dives per day plus land visits + services of crew and guides
    • some land trips per scheduled itinerary
  • Extras include:
    • flights & hotels
    • beer, wine and spirits
    • Galapagos National Park fee, Ingala card & Hyperbaric Chamber fee
    • nitrox
    • equipment rental

Galapagos Master interior set

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SPECIFICATIONS

Built: 2004
Refit: 2015
Length: 32.3 metres
Breadth: 7.5 metres
Draft: 3 metres
Construction: Steel
Engines: 2 x MTU 6062 475 HP
Cruising Speed: 9 knots
Generators: 2 x John Deere 75 kw
1 x John Deere 45 kw
1 x John Deere 15 kw
Water Storage: 16 tonnes

CREW

Captain: 1
Engineer: 1
Second engineer/Deckhand: 1
Chefs: 2
Tender Drivers: 2
Housekeeper: 1
Host: 1
Dive Team: 2

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

First Aid: Fully Stocked Kit
Emergency Responders
Emergency Oxygen
Automated External Defibrillator
Life jackets: 35
Life Rafts: 2 x 15 person
Life Rings: 8
Radios: 2 x VHF
1 x SSB
4 x Handheld
EPIRB
Smoke Detectors
Co2 firefighting system + 30 extinguishers

DIVING FACILITIES

Aqualung scuba equipment rental: Additional charges apply
12l Aluminium Tank 
12l Steel Tank: Additional charges apply
15l Aluminium /Steel Tank: Additional charges apply
Weights
Valve Fittings: DIN and INT
Compressors: 3 x Coltri-Sub
M16
Nitrox Bank System: Additional charges apply
Surface Marker Buoys

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Re-fit and brimming with new features

The newly refitted Galapagos Master is not only roomy & comfortable but looking quite dapper.

For your non-diving hours, there's a good-sized lounge with plasma screen just next to the indoor dining area ... complete with cocktail bar.  Seeking a bit of quiet time?  There's a small library which also has an entertainment center for your enjoyment.

For those who want to catch a few rays of sun, there is a top level sun-deck and also an upper level bow area - each with comfy lounge chairs.  The upper level also has an outdoor shaded seating area with benches & cushioned loungers.

Dive & photography set-up

An indoor camera set-up station, with numerous charging points (US flat pin plug) and storage drawers is situated to the rear providing ample room for a full photography charter group.  Further camera preparation areas can be found on the rear deck next to the dive deck.

The dive equipment is on the the lower level aft deck.   You'll find individual set up areas, with under bench storage for all your personal items. Rinse tanks are conveniently located for washing dive equipment and camera gear, and there are 2 shower heads for those wishing for a quick post-dive rinse down. 

Land visits

As the Galapagos Islands offer exotic land animals as well as magical marine life, you'll also have the opportunity on Master cruises to enjoy island visits at North Seymour, Santa Cruz or Isla Isabela for viewing the weird & wonderful creatures of this natural animal park!

Itinerary and trip details

Itinerary for Galapagos Master.  Up 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

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 10am allowing plenty of time for your onward domestic connection.

On a typical day you'll have up to 4 day dives, although a night dive may be substituted for the 4th day-dive when the boat is anchored within a sheltered cove. 

A 7-night itinerary provides from 18 - 20 dives while on a 10-night itinerary, up to 30 dives are possible.

The typical diving day aboard the Galapagos Master follows:

light breakfast followed by a briefing and dive 1
full breakfast & relaxation period
briefing and dive 2
lunch & relaxation period
briefing and dive 3
snack & relaxation period
briefing and dive 4 where possible
dinner

To allow guests to explore the Galapagos to its fullest, on days 2, 7 and 10, dives 3 and 4 will be substituted by  island visits at North Seymour, Santa Cruz or Isla Isabela.

See dive site details below the map.

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Dive sites

Punta Carrion – You’ll get larger pelagics here including white tip reef sharks, occasional hammerheads and Galapagos sharks. Sea lions are ever-present and there is the opportunity for some macro critter spotting with sightings of neon nudibranchs. Mild to medium current is to be expected.

Wolf Island – You’ll have selection of reefs & walls, medium to strong currents where the use of gloves and reef hooks is advised. Schooling pelagics are the main draw with sightings of hammerheads, white tips and Galapagos sharks at each site. During the season (May – November) whale sharks may also be seen here. Be on the lookout for red-lipped batfish, barracudas, moray eels and dolphins.

Darwin Island – Perhaps the most famed dive site is “Darwin’s Arch” which provides an amazing drift dive along the wall at an average depth of just 9m. Medium to strong currents bring with them hammerheads, black tips, silky and Galapagos sharks in large numbers! Schools of jacks are a common sight, along with turtles, angelfish and moray eels. Occasional sightings of tiger sharks, manta rays and bottle nose dolphins add to the thrill. Whale sharks may also be seen between May – November.

Douglas Cape – A wall dive, with an average depth of 20m (70ft), is famed for the feeding marine iguanas that congregate here along with sea lions, fur seals and rocketing penguins.

Punta Vicente Roca – Alternatively known as “The Ice Box”, due to its chilling thermoclines, this point off the Northwest coast of Isabela Island offers a wall drift dive, along which mola mola can be spotted.

Roca Redonda – This underwater volcano, with its bubbling streams of natural gas (fumaroles) is home to schools hammerheads sharks and barracuda. With typically strong, changeable currents as well as some down currents, the diving here is challenging, though with an average depth of 18m (60ft).

Cabo Marshall –The craggy volcanic walls are covered with black coral and the sheer variety of marine life is astounding. Sightings of manta, mobula and cownose rays are to be expected during the warm season (November – May). Meanwhile shark varieties include scalloped hammerhead, Galapagos and white tips. Of course, you’ll also see the ubiquitous sea lions and turtles.

Cousin’s Rock – One of the most photographically productive dives of the region, Cousin’s Rock is formed of coral covered rock and lava flow. Sea fans, hydroid bushes, red sponges and small hard corals encrust ledges and overhangs sheltering hawkfish, nudibranchs, frogfish and seahorses. Plenty of larger visitors are also seen including giant manta and mobula rays, spotted eagle rays and hammerhead sharks. The wall drops beyond 30m (100ft) but rises up shallow to just 3m (10ft) providing an ideal spot to end your dive playing with the sea lions.

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