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Galapagos Sky

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The beautiful "Sky" has cruised the islands of this archipelago since 2001, providing scuba divers with extraordinary experiences & amenities amongst the very finest in the diving world.
 

"She's been a personal favorite since my first trip on her in 2003 .... 10 days of totally awewome diving.   She's absolutely a five-star operation.  The quality of her crew, her accommodation & dive deck, her food .... are consistently of the highest standard.   In my opinion, she's unbeatable."  ...   Dominick Macan

Vessel & diving details

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    4 upper deck MASTER cabins
    twin or king beds - picture windows
    4 lower deck DELUXE cabins
    twin or king beds & port holes

    All cabins have private en-suite bathrooms, mirrored cabinet & wardrobe, bathrobes, hairdryer and marine-safe (biodegradable) toiletries.

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    up to 4 dives per day including Darwin & Wolf
    diving is all done from tenders/pangas
    free use of a Nautilus Lifeline while diving
    diving in the Galapagos is advanced due to strong currents, varying visibility and cold water
    temperatures range from low 60’s to upper 70’s in different areas of the itinerary and seasons
    7mm wetsuit recommended
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    accommodation, meals, snacks
    beverages including beer & wine with dinner
    weights & weight belts ... 12L tanks ... nitrox
    all amenities including terrycloth bathrobes, fresh hot towels after every dive
    most airport transfers on day of cruise (specific info to be included in your booking process)
    land excursions
  • international & domestic airfares
    park fees & transit card,
    hyperbaric chamber fee
    equipment rental
    (advance request is important.)

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Technical specifications & deck plan

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SPECIFICATIONS

Construction date:  2002
Material:  steel
Length: 100 ft.  (33m)
Beam: 24  (7m)
Passengers: 16
Cabins 8

Cruising Speed: 12 knots
Range: 2,400 miles
Fuel Capacity: 8,000 gallons
Water Capacity: 6,000 gallons
Desalinator Production: 4,500 gallons per day
Voltage: 110 and 220 volts

CREWS

M/V Galapagos Sky will supply an expert dive Instructor and a dive master who are also naturalist guides certified by the Galapagos National Park Service. The guides are qualified divers with essential knowledge of specific diving locations with their respective interest and dangers.

MACHINERY

4 compressors - two high pressure / two low pressure
Nitrox membrane system
Watermaker with ample storage
Support dinghies with outboard motors for shore excursions and scuba diving

NAVIGATION

Color radar
Echo sounder
Furuno Global Positioning Systems (GPS)

COMMUNICATIONS

VHF and HI-SUB radios
The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

EPIRB (emergency position indicator radio beacon)
Complete First Aid Kit and medical supplies
Life jackets equipped with lights and whistles for all passengers and crew
Full Complement of Safety and Rescue Equipment

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Luxury class liveaboard


This 100-foot (33-meter) 16-passenger luxury live-aboard yacht was specially built for diving and launched in 2001.  Galapagos Sky cruises offer luxury accommodation, excellent food, "extra touch" amenities, and a friendly, helpful staff.  Spacious living areas, with elegant teak paneling welcome you during your non-diving hours. There's a main salon with entertainment center, a dining area that features both local & international cuisine, fully stocked bar and a sundeck for intrepid sun-worshippers.

There's plenty of room on deck for all your gear and the rates include all beverages, including wines & liquors and up to 4 dives daily with a naturalist dive instructor & a dive master.

You'll have morning coffee service, warm towel after your dives & a nightly turndown service. Yes, she's a floating hotel .... and she takes you diving at Darwin and Wolf.  How cool is that?


Land visits


3 guided land excursions are included.   You'll enjoy panoramic views as you climb to the top of Bartolome. Views will include those of Pinnacle Rock in the bay and also lagoons in the distance. You will also visit the Highlands in Santa Cruz in search of the Galapagos Tortoises in their natural habitat & follow an unguided visit to the Charles Darwin Research Center during free time in the port area.

Lastly on Sunday morning guests will explore the Interpretation center in San Cristobal where much about Galapagos history and conservation efforts can be learned. This visit occurs just before your return flight to Ecuador.


Itinerary & trip details

Itinerary for Galapagos Sky.   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

M/V Galapagos Sky (7 Night Cruises)
The itinerary offers approximately 17 – 19 dives (check out dive included) all weather, current and sea condition dependant) plus 3 land excursions. Your Galapagos Cruise Itinerary includes:

Sunday (embarkation day)-  Isla Lobos- Check out dive

When you arrive at the airport at San Cristobal on Sunday (Avianca flight 1636), the crew of the Galapagos Sky will personally meet you, collect your luggage, and escort you to the Galapagos Sky. Your luggage will be delivered to the dive deck for you. After everyone is on board, we will introduce you to the boat and do our mandatory safety briefings and drill.

Then, we cruise to the area of Los Lobos for your check-out dive.  This will be your first underwater introduction to Galapagos sea lions and fur seals! Watch them Zoom in and out and dance playfully for you!

Even on the first day of your live-aboard cruise – you begin to see the myriad and diverse land formations which comprise the Galapagos Islands topside. It is then you realize you will see nothing like it in your lifetime.

Monday -  Northeast tip of Isla Pinzon / Islote Dumb- 1 dive  ...  Cousins 2 dives

Isla Pinzon – While diving Isla Pinzon you will be provided opportunities for encounters with a variety of species of sharks, sea lions, mantas, eagle rays, and moray eels. Many Species of fish and tropicals including yellow tailed surgeonfish, king angelfish, moorish idols, steel pompanos, snappers, grunts, creole fish, and barracuda.

Cousins Rocks– this dive is an itinerary favorite and is done along a beautiful wall and allows for great viewing opportunities for corals, frog fish, sea horses, scorpion fish and octopus. It is also a great dive for large schools of Barracuda and also Hammerhead shark sightings. Sea lions will be your companions upon entry and on the safety stops.

By definition, the entire Galapagos Archipelago is geographically remote. But after this day of your live-aboard cruise finds you heading toward the most isolated, northernmost part of the Galapagos Islands – the uninhabited, untouched, twin cathedrals of world class diving – Wolf and Darwin Islands.

Tuesday-Thursday- Wolf & Darwin - up to 11 dives
Tuesday - 4 dives a day at Wolf plus a night dive
Wednesday - 4 dives at Darwin
Thursday - 3 Dives total  ...   2 at Darwin and 1 afternoon dive at Wolf before long transit back to central islands

Diving Wolf and Darwin

You’ll spend the next three days diving (up to four dives per day plus a night dive) the legendary islands of WOLF & DARWIN.  Most experienced divers will agree, Wolf and Darwin can provide some of the best diving encounters in the world! Whale sharks are common here from Mid May through November.

At The Arch at Darwin, you will see hammerhead sharks either individually, in small groups, or large schools. Bottlenose dolphins are common. The reef contains many warm water varieties of fish found nowhere else in the Islands.

Once you see Wolf and Darwin – you’ll immediately understand why there are no shore excursions on this part of the cruise – there is no way up the vertical cliffs! 

Darwin Island: Considered by many experienced divers as the very best dive site in the world, The Arch at Darwin island (actually several dive sites depending on where you enter, currents, etc) honors its reputation. It is warmer by a few degrees than the central islands. In one single dive you can find schooling hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, large pods of dolphins, thick schools of skipjack and yellow fin tuna, big eye jacks, mobula rays, and silky sharks. From June to November, it is not uncommon to encounter whale sharks in multiple numbers on one single dive.

The presence of occasional tiger sharks, black and blue marlin, and killer whales adds on to this amazing diving experience. If you still have time to look for smaller stuff, you’ll find octopus, flounders, and an enormous variety and abundance of tropical fish. Darwin Island is the biggest jewel on the Galapagos Crown.

Wolf Island: One of those magical islands, with several dive sites to choose from. If you want to see sharks, you are at the right spot. This is a place for schooling hammerhead sharks, large aggregations of Galapagos sharks, and occasionally whale sharks. Seeing dolphins, large schools of tuna, spotted eagle rays, barracudas, sea lions and sea turtles is common.

The bottom is littered with hundreds of moray eels, many of them free swimming. Being several degrees warmer than the central islands, you can look for many representatives of the Indo-Pacific underwater fauna. On a night dive here you will also enjoy spotting and watching the Red Lipped bat fish walk along the bottom of the sea!

Friday - Cabo Douglas - 1 dive (Marine iguana dive) ...  Punta Vicente Roca - up to 2 dives and Panga ride if time allows

Cabo Douglas: On the western side of Fernandina Island, we will do 1 dive Friday morning. Here you can expect to see Galapagos Penguins, Marine Iguanas, Flighless Cormorants, Sea Lions, Seahorse, Sea Turtles, Horn Sharks, Red Lipped Batfish, and occasional hammerhead sharks and white tip sharks. Also keep an eye out for chevron barracuda, snappers, yellow fin tuna, rainbow runners, and wahoo. There are also a lot of smaller fishes like creole fishes, parrot fishes, scrawled filefishes, pacific box fishes, and tiger snake eels.

Punta Vincente Roca: Our coldest yet rapidly increasing favorite dive – steep, deep vertical wall covered in soft coral, sponges, and endemic black coral. Regular sightings of mola mola (oceanic sun fish,) sea horses, bullhead sharks, red lipped bat fish, various shrimp and many other marine invertebrates. Keep your eyes open for fly bys from the flightless cormorants, penguins and maybe even a marine iguana.

The after-dive panga ride offers great topside photo ops for penguins, flightless cormorants, marine iguanas, sea lions, blue footed & nazca booby Birds, magnificent frigates and noddy terns. The diving here is chilly (particularly below the thermocline – but not to be missed!).

Saturday -  Bartolome land walk and 1 dive  ...  Puerto Ayora/Highlands tour

Bartolome is a lovely area where guests enjoy a favorite land tour where they can climb to the top of the hill to where breathe taking views abound. Followed by diving at Bartolome where penguins can be seen.

The dive here is then followed by a transit to Itabaca Channel where guests will be transferred by bus (at approximately 14:00h and approximately 45-minute ground transfer) to visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz to see the Galapagos Tortoises in their natural environment; and visit to Puerto Ayora.

Guests will then be transferred back to Itabaca Channel to board the Galapagos Sky approx. 1900h. The Sky will then return to San Cristobal for Sunday morning cruise completion.

Sunday Morning- Land Tour and Day of Departure -  Interpretation center

Arrive San Cristobal to visit the Interpretation Center where an interesting human history of Galapagos is presented and you can take a walk through town  (last chance for shopping).

Late morning departure

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