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Humboldt Explorer

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The very stable Humboldt Explorer was launched in June 2010. She is a 106 foot, 2 level steel mono-hull vessel built for stability on the long crossings to Darwin and Wolf, the Holy Grail of Galapagos.

"Initially the humble "little sister" to the "big guys" in Galapagos, Humboldt Explorer has turned out to be highly popular and is booked solid most of the year.   Budget-friendly, she's a good choice for comfort without luxury."  ...    Dominick Macan

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Vessel & diving details

  • The Humboldt Explorer accommodates 16 guests in 8 staterooms:
    • located on the main deck are 2 cabins with en-suite, television, ample storage and an ocean view windows
    • on the lower deck are 6 cabins, each with ensuite television, window and ample storage

    All cabins have twin beds convertible to queen size, plus en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, windows & flat screen TV/DVD.  The  lower deck staterooms which have been raised to a level which allows a window in every cabin.
  • Diving Amenities:

    • the large dive deck includes a bathroom, large camera table with charging station, individual storage areas
    • rinse binsare available for cameras and another for gear
    • diving operations are conducted from two large pangas (tenders), easily boarded from the dive deck
  • All Humboldt Explorer cruises include:
    • Darwin & Wolf
    • Cousin's Rock, Punta Carrion,
    • North Seymour land visit - usually seen are blue footed boobies, frigate birds, sea lions, marine iguanas

    See a detailed itinerary and map at the end of this page.
  • Included on all cruises:
    • accommodation & all meals, water, coffee & tea
    • certified National Park guide/dive instructor and assistant
    • all transfers in the Galapagos
    • alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
    • 3-4 dives a day (days vary)
    • Use of tanks, weights and belts
  • Extras:
    • Galapagos National Park tax & Ingala tourist card fee
    • international & domestic flights
    • rental equipment
    • nitrox and nitrox courses
    • fuel surcharge
    • premium alcoholic beverages

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Technical specifications & deck plan

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SPECIFICATIONS

Registry: Pto Baquerizo Moreno, Galapagos Islands
Length overall: 111.5 ft (34 meters)
Beam: 21.3 ft (6.5 meters)
Draft: 8.2 ft (2.5 meters)
Tonnage: 169 ITC
Main engines: Detroit Diesel 6V92, 350 hp
Generators: 2x Perkins 73 kw
Maximum Speed: 10 knots
Fuel Capacity: 5,300 gallons (20,000 liters)
Range: 1,800 nm

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Life rafts (2), life rings/strobes, life vests/strobes, emergency position locator, flares, oxygen and first aid equipment
Air Systems:2 electric Bauer compressors with nitrox membrane, 32% nitrox, bank storage

Tenders: Rigid hull inflatables (2), used for passenger transport and diver pickup
Accessories: Diving Equipment

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Comfortable liveaboard, friendly & knowledgable staff

The Humboldt Explorer was designed by one of the premier marine architects in Ecuador, and is the first of her kind. A teak sundeck features open and covered areas, a Jacuzzi, wet bar, BBQ grill and ample seating for all. The indoor dining and lounge area comfortably seats all guests as well and provides a bar & entertainment center.

The top deck has a large sun deck, partially covered & a hot tub.

The Humboldt Explorer is also equipped with a satellite telephone for emergency calls worldwide.

A large dive deck with camera rinse tank, large camera table, wetsuit drying area and hot showers accommodates 16 divers with ease.

The dive deck is equipped with individual gear bins, large camera table, recharging station, air and nitrox filling stations, tank racks, and a separate fresh water rinse tank for underwater camera equipment. 

Land visits

You can walk the path around North Seymour Island to see the large colonies of Blue Footed Boobies and Frigate Birds. Sighting of Sea Lions and Marine Iguanas are also common.  Travel by bus to the Santa Cruz Highlands to visit the giant tortoises in their natural habitat.  Visit the town of Puerto Ayora and the Darwin Centre on your own. 

After leaving the vessel at the end of the cruise, guest are encouraged to visit the beach in town to see sea lions and marine iguanas in their natural habitat or take a short walk to the Interpretive Centre.

Itinerary and trip details

Itinerary for Humboldt Explorer.  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

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

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Monday: San Cristobal (1 Check Out Dive at Isla Lobos)
Guests fly to the Galapagos Islands from Mainland Ecuador, arriving in the late morning. The dive guides will meet the guests at the airport and escort them to the Humboldt Explorer.

Guests will board the vessel after 1:00pm, have lunch and listen to the briefings. After the briefings, the Humboldt Explorer will depart for a short crossing to Isla Lobos for a check out dive and safety briefing.  After dinner the vessel will depart to the next scheduled destination.

Tuesday: Punta Carrion (2 Dives)
6:30 and 9:30 dives  Sightings include rays and schools of fish.

Afternoon North Seymour land visit. Walk the path around North Seymour Island to see the large colonies of blue footed boobies and frigate birds. sighting of sea lions and marine iguanas are also common.
Depart for Northern Islands. (16+ hour transit)

Wednesday: Wolf Island (4 Dives)
6:30, 10:30, 2:00 and 4:30 dives. Possible night dive. Sightings often include hammerheads, whale sharks, eagle rays, sea lions, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks.
Night anchor at Wolf Island.

Thursday: Wolf Island (2 Dives)
6:30 and 9:30 dives

Transit to Darwin Island (2 Dives)
2:00 and 4:30 dives  Sightings often include hammerheads, red-lipped batfish, eagle rays, sea lions, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks.

Friday: Darwin Island (4 Dives)
6:30, 10:30, 2:00 and 4:30 dives  Sightings often include hammerheads, whale sharks (in season) eagle rays, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks.
Transit to Wolf Island

Saturday: Wolf Island (3 Dives)
6:30, 9:00 and 11:00 dives   Sightings often include hammerheads, whale sharks (in season), eagle rays, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks.
Long transit to Cousin’s Rock (20+ hours)

Sunday: Cousin’s Rock (1-2 Dives)
6:30 and 9:30 dives (number of dives dependent on travel time from Wolf Island)  This is a great macro diving with an excellent chance of seeing sea horses, sea lions and eagle rays.

Lunch will be served while transiting to Santa Cruz (3 hours).

Travel by bus to the Santa Cruz Highlands to visit the giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Visit the town of Puerto Ayora and the Darwin Centre on your own. Dinner on your own in Puerto Ayora. Return to the Humboldt Explorer at 8:30pm.

Monday: San Cristobal
Depart the vessel by 9 am.  Guests are free to visit the beach in town to see sea lions and marine iguanas in their natural habitat or take a short walk to the Interpretive Centre. Transfer back to the airport for flight back to Quito or Guayaquil.

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