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Majestic Explorer

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The unique & spacious 35-meter (115-foot) Majestic Explorer will take 16 divers in 8 cabins, all with ocean views.  Scheduled to begin operating in August 2018, we're taking bookings now.

"An exciting new choice in the Galapagos mix.  I have no doubt that the Majestic Explorer will meet and surpass expectaions.  The Explorer Ventures group which is behind this new vessel has an excellent track record in Galapagos ... with knowledgeable and competent crews.  We welcome the Majestic to the Galapagos Islands."  ...    Dominick Macan

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Vessel & diving details

  • The Majestic Explorer accommodates 16 guests in 8 very comfortable staterooms:
    • 2 double cabins on the main deck with queen beds
    • 2 twin cabins on the main deck with side-by-side twin beds convertible to queen
    • 4 twin cabins on the lower deck with side-by-side twin beds convertible to queen

    All cabins offer private bathroom and shower, air-conditioning and ample storage.  All cabins provide ocean views.  Those on the main deck have large picture windows.

  • Diving amenities:
    • 2 - 4 dives per day - 18/19 weekly
    • nitrox available
    • all diving from 2 large pangas (tenders)
    • scuba rental gear available
    • dive deck with camera table & rinse tanks
  • Included on all cruises:
    • accommodation & diving
    • meals & snacks
    • coffee, tea, water
    • non-alcoholic & local alcoholic beverages
    • compressed air, tanks, weights and weight belts
  • Extras include:
    • international & domestic airfares
    • Galapagos Park entry fee & Galapgos Visitor's Card
    • airport transfers
    • nitrox
    • Aqua Lung rental gear
    • fuel surcharge
    • premium alcoholic beverages
    • final evening meal

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 Technical specifications & deck plan

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SPECIFICATIONS

Length overall: 117 ft (36 meters)
Beam: 23 ft (7 meters)
Draft: 10 ft (3 meters)
Tonnage: 200
Main engines: Motor MTU Marino, 450 hp
Maximum Speed: 10 knots
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, producing 32% nitrox, bank storage
Tenders: Rigid hull inflatables (2), used for passenger transport and diver pickup
Accessories: Diving Equipment

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Majestic indeed

The elegant M/V Majestic Explorer is the latest addition to the Explorer Ventures fleet.  With recent approval and permit from the National Park Foundation, she will start cruising the Galapagos Islands in August 2018.  This luxurious complement to the existing Galapagos liveaboards will offer 7-night itineraries to some of the best dive sites in the Galapagos Islands.

The roomy air-conditioned salon with TV, CD/DVD and a bar to relax at after a challeging day’s diving are found on the main deck while a large covered outdoor seating area is located at the stern on this deck.  Just next to the lounge is the dining area..

On the top deck, you'll have more covered seating as well as loads of space for sun lovers.  A hot tub & a bar are also located on this deck, which offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding islands.

Like her sister ship, Humboldt Explorer, every cabin features a window with sea view. 

Fuel to keep your engines turning

Also like her sister ship, the Majestic will serve hearty meals for divers with lunch and evening meals typically consisting of lots of salad, potatoes, rice, chicken, beef, pork and fish ... while breakfast is the usual fare of eggs, cereal, toast and fresh fruits. They don't boast "gourmet" food - just solid, nutritious food and plenty of it.

If you have any dietary restrictions or requests, please indicate this on your application form.   Also, please note tha specific brands of soft drinks, dressings and foods are often unavailable in the islands and that low-fat or soy products may not be available.  While the crew will do their best to accommodate your requests, you might consider bringing any foods required for your own specific health issues.

Everything the diver needs

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

Diving operations are conducted from two large pangas (tenders), easily boarded from the dive deck. The vessel’s handpicked dive guides have a wealth of experience and are trained to make this Galapagos experience a memorable one.

Itinerary and trip details

Itinerary for Majestic 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

Majestic Explorer - 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.  Please note the start from BALTRA .... not San Cristobel.

Saturday: Baltra (1 Check Out Dive at Punta Carrion)
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 Majestic Explorer.

Guests will board the vessel, have lunch and listen to the briefings. After the briefings, the guests will do a check out dive at Punta Carrion. After dinner the vessel will depart to the next scheduled destination.

Sunday: Balta North (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 Western Islands. (long transit)

Monday: Cabo Douglas (2 Dives)
Sightings include marine iguanas.
Transit to Punta Vicente Roca

Punta Vicente Roca (2 Dives)
Sightings often include mola mola, turtles and macro life.
Depart for Northern Islands (long transit).

Tuesday: Wolf Island (4 Dives)
6:30, 10:30. 2:00 and 4:30 dives. Possible night dive.
Sightings often include hammerheads, whale shark (in season), eagle rays, sea lions, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks.

Wednesday: 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

Thursday: 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)

Friday: 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. Transfer to the town of Puerto Ayora. Dinner on your own in Puerto Ayora. Return to the Majestic Explorer at 8:30pm.

Saturday: Baltra
Depart the vessel by 9 am. Transfer to the airport.

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