CALIPSO GALAPAGOS I JUL - DEC 2021 I GALAPAGOS

CALIPSO GALAPAGOS I JUL - DEC 2021 I GALAPAGOS
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The newest liveaboard in the Galapagos with unique features including a dive route to Marchena - previously saved for Scientists and film makers and satellite wifi available for guests. Free use of underwater cameras and snorkel kit with wet suits. Great boat and crew, excellent safety features.



HIGHLIGHTS 

  • 21 Dives 
  • Languages spoken English, Spanish
  • Dives around Wolf, Darwin and unique Marchena route
  • Frigate birds, herons, mocking birds, boobies, shorebirds
  • Turtles, marine iguanas, galapagos penguins, sea lions
  • Stingrays, spotted eagle rays, white-tipped and black-tipped sharks, hammerheads
  • Great underwater photographic opportunities, photo centre
  • Free snorkel kits and wetsuits to use
  • Free use of underwater camera
  • Only liveaboard in Galapagos with satellite wifi for guests
  • Jacuzzi, bar
  • Land excursions & wildlife tours included

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Dives from zodiac 
  • Battery Charging Station, Warm-Water Showers, Fish Id And Diving Books, Spacious Dive Deck
  • Din/Int Adapters, Nitrox ($), Rental Equipment ($), Wifi (S)
  • Air-Conditioning, Lounge/TV Area, Heating, Board Games, Movies
  • Snorkelling, Land Excursions
  • Buffet, Vegetarian Food, Snacks, Soft Drinks – all inclusive
  • Beer and wine, premium alcohol available to purchase on board 
  • Payments on board - Visa, Mastercard, Cash

FOR YOUR SAFETY

  • Fire Alarm. Fire Extinguisher
  • Life Jackets. Life Boats
  • Emergency Oxygen Kit. Automatic External Defibrillator (Aed). First Aid Kits
  • Vhf Radio. Emergency Positioning Radio Beacon
  • Large Oxygen Bottles and 3 Oxygen Kits – 1 for each panga
  • Nautilus Lifelines, Dive Alerts, SMBs, Noisemakers
  • Foruno Radar Foruno Sonar 
  • GPS Antenna Searchlight and Horn Bilge Pump Alarm
  • Sprinkler System in all cabins and interior spaces 
  • Smoke and Temperature Detectors CO2 Bank (150 Kg) Fire Hoses

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THE CALIPSO GALAPAGOS

Long a favorite for naturalist cruises in Galapagos, Calipso (formerly the Flamingo) is beginning a new life as a scuba diving vessel following a complete make-over in 2019: new motors, new generators, new compressors and Nitrox system, plus a total rebuild on the interior and the sundeck, with the addition of a jacuzzi. 

On the upper deck, behind the bridge, are 8 of the cabins, all with large windows.  The main deck houses 2 forward cabins, a huge lounge and dining area with flat screen TV, as well as the new 450 square-foot dive platform.  The last 2 cabins are located on the lower deck and will be used for single divers with no single supplement.

OUR CABINS

Calipso has 6 double cabins on the upper deck and 2 double cabins on the main deck. All double cabins are convertible to one bed. Double cabins have panoramic windows for views as well as a window in the bath.

Cabins average 13 m2 / 140 sq. ft. Amenities include: En-suite bath with hot water showers, individual climate control, TV with hundreds of films to choose from, hair dryers, safety deposit box, USB plugs and laminate flooring (no allergenic carpeting). Each cabin has 2 life jackets and a sprinkler system for safety.

Calipso has 2 single cabins on the lower deck with portholes for light. These are assigned on a first come, first serve basis without a single supplement.

By Galapagos National Park regulations, we can only accommodate 16 divers in 10 cabins. Our 2 ‘extra’ cabins provide groups with flexibility, early takers with a single cabin and will accommodate private dive guides.

AMENITIES

Calipso produces its own fresh water through reverse osmosis desalinization units that are free of R-12 gas, so they offset their carbon emissions. There is a satellite telephone to provide your family with a contact number in the event of an emergency and WiFi at available at an extra cost.

The dive deck is all new and has camera tables, rinse tanks, hot showers and a head. Sun lovers and those who wish to enjoy the scenery will enjoy the large sun deck, which will have covered & uncovered options, hot tub, bar & barbecue.

FOOD ON BOARD

You will not go hungry onboard. We provide a Continental buffet prior to your first dive, then a full breakfast after the dive. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served buffet style for all you can eat. We serve international and Ecuadorian dishes prepared with fresh local produce and seafood. There is a snack and hot beverage after each dive. Fruits, candies and snacks are available all day. Though meals are served buffet style, it’s your barman/waiter who will set up the tables, provide all drinks and clear the table.

We can accommodate virtually any dietary requests (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, etc) as long as you submit them to us in a timely manner. Your requests will be included on your Diver Booking form due 90 days prior to arrival

Juice & soft drinks are included. Self-serve water, coffee and tea are available 24 hours a day.

Wine, beer and liquor are available at the bar for an extra charge. You may bring your own bottles onboard. Corkage fees are $10 for wine and $15 for liquors. Alcohol prices vary by brand. 

DIVING WITH US

1 dive guide for 8 divers. We have 2 dive guides and 16 divers. The groups are rarely near each other. Basically, you’ll be diving with 9 people. We always recommend sticking with the dive guide. Not only is smart for safety reasons, but our guides have what we call 30 meter vision in 20 meter visibility. You’ll have better sightings!

We provide DA1 Dive Alerts, basic SMBs,  Nautilus Lifeline and safety noisemakers at no charge. Diver will be responsible for replacement costs if equipment is lost or damaged.

Bring your torch! There are 2 sites where night dives are permitted. One is at Wolf July – December and the other is at Cabo Marshall January – June. We also have a small swim through at Wolf which is so much more beautiful with a torch. 

STATEROOM - UPPER DECK

Calipso has 6 double cabins on the upper deck. All double cabins are convertible to one bed. Double cabins have panoramic windows for views as well as a window in the bath.

Cabins average 13 m2 / 140 sq. ft. Amenities include: En-suite bathroom with hot water shower, individual climate control, TV with hundreds of films to choose from, hair dryers, safety deposit box, USB plugs and laminate flooring (no allergenic carpeting). Each cabin has 2 life jackets and a sprinkler system for safety.

  • Size: 13 m²
  • Beds: 1 king bed or 2 twin beds
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

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STATEROOM - MAIN DECK

2 double cabins on the main deck. All double cabins are convertible to one bed. Double cabins have panoramic windows for views as well as a window in the bath.

Cabins average 13 m2 / 140 sq. ft. Amenities include: En-suite bathroom with hot water shower, individual climate control, TV with hundreds of films to choose from, hair dryers, safety deposit box, USB plugs and laminate flooring (no allergenic carpeting). Each cabin has 2 life jackets and a sprinkler system for safety.

  • Size: 13 m²
  • Beds: 1 king bed or 2 twin beds
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

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SINGLE CABINS - LOWER DECK

2 single cabins on the lower deck with portholes for light. These are assigned on a first come, first serve basis without a single supplement.

Amenities include: En-suite bathroom with hot water shower, individual climate control, TV with hundreds of films to choose from, hair dryers, safety deposit box, USB plugs and laminate flooring (no allergenic carpeting). Each cabin has 2 life jackets and a sprinkler system for safety.

  • Size: 10 m²
  • Beds: 1 twin bed
  • Max occupancy: 1
  • Shareable: No
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

MOST RELEVANT INFORMATION

  • The trip begins in San Cristobal and ends in San Cristobal
  • The closest airport is San Cristobal (SCY)
  • You will fly from the mainland of Ecuador to San Cristobal, Galapagos
  • Once you arrive at the San Cristobal Airport a Calipso representative will be there to welcome you, take care of your luggage and transport you to the yacht
  • Pickup time at the airport is in the morning.
  • Give yourself enough time to go through immigration and pickup your bags

EMBARKATION AND DEPARTURE

  • You can check in on the boat as of 13:00
  • The boat departs San Cristobal early in the afternoon on the same day
  • Accepted payment methods on board: Cash, VISA, Mastercard
  • DIN/INT adaptors are available on board
  • Towels and soap are included

ARRIVAL AND DISEMBARKATION

  • Your last dives will be on the second to last day in the morning
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you respect the 24 hour no-fly time after your last dive!
  • The boat docks back in San Cristobal at night on the second to last day
  • Check out and disembarkation is around 08:30 on the last day.
  • You can take time to visit the interpretation centre or look around the city before your transfer to the airport.
  • On the return leg you will probably need to overnight in Guayaquil or Quito since most international flights depart too early to make the connection possible

EXTRA INFORMATION

  • The national parks taxes and the TCT (transit control card) must be paid in the airport.
  • Your travel arrangements should include at least a one-night stay (prior to the yacht’s departure) in Guayaquil (we highly recommend Guayaquil) or Quito
  • The waters of the Galapagos Islands are a unique mixture of warm and cold water, ranging between 65°F and 85°F, with thermoclines about 65°F.
  • We recommend you bring a 5mm-7mm wet suit with hood and gloves or a dry suit with light underwear all year round.
  • All divers must be certified as open water scuba divers by an internationally recognized certification organization. We recommend a minimum of 50 logged dives if you are traveling between December and May and 100 logged dives if you are traveling between June and November

ITINERARY GENERAL INFORMATION

  • 21 Dives
  • Land excursions included
  • Yes, we have high voltage diving in Darwin and Wolf Islands in our itinerary.
  • Hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks and whale sharks in season.
  • Darwin and Wolf put the Galapagos on the map for divers.
  • Divers can start taking "another hammerhead school" of course (true), so, like most Galápagos forums, we also dive into western sites.
  • Punta Vicente Roca is a cleaning station of Mola Mola, it is rich in species and perhaps has the most coral in all the Galapagos.
  • Cabo Marshall is a reliable site for giant Manta rays.
  • At Cape Douglas, dive with marine iguanas and penguins while feeding.
  • Marchena is a unique site in our itinerary that only scientists, National Park staff and film-makers usually dive.
  • Cousins, our last dive, is in the central islands.

TRAVEL PROGRAM

DAY 1 

  • Arrival
  • AM: This morning, you will fly from the mainland of Ecuador to San Cristobal, Galapagos. Our guides will be there to greet you and escort you to the yacht.
  • After getting settled in, we will have lunch and briefings followed by a check dive at Isla Lobos. Expect to see sea lions. We sail to Marchena overnight.

DAY 2 

Marchena

  • Located on the southeastern corner of Marchena, Punta Espejo is typically only been dived by scientists and film makers. It is known for having very large pods of dolphins, schools of Hammerheads and Galapagos sharks. One film maker said he had never seen so many stingrays anywhere in the world. Other species include turtles, moray and garden eels, reef fish species and sometimes red lipped batfish in the sandy bottoms. 2 dives.
  • Located on the northwestern side of Marchena, Punta Mejia is a shallow dive with many fish species, eels, rays and turtles. 1-2 dives, depending on timing. The group might opt for 1 dive and a panga ride as the geological formations are very interesting, again, depending on timing as we sail overnight to Wolf.

DAY 3

Wolf

  • Wolf is one of the reasons Galapagos is on most divers’ bucket list. Scientists have designated Wolf and Darwin (together as they are so close together) as the sharkiest place on earth because they have the largest biomass of sharks on the planet, 17.5 tons of sharks per hectare (2.47 acres).  Only divers visit Wolf. There is no chumming in Galapagos. This is where sharks come naturally. There are no land visits. Wolf is located 115 miles north of the central islands.
  • Sightings include huge schools of Hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks,Whale sharks (in season), Silky sharks, Eagle Rays, Sea Lions, Fur Seals, Mantas, Turtles, Jacks, Trumpetfish, Butterfly fish, Moorish Idols, Moray Eels and Dolphins. Some sites at Wolf are covered in coral and all of the tropical fish species that live on coral reefs. Dive sites include Shark Bay, The Landslide, La Banana and Islote La Ventana. On the island itself, there are hundreds of thousands of seabirds including all 3 types of boobies in Galapagos – Red footed, blue footed and Nazca. There are frigates, pelicans, lava gulls and red billed tropicbirds.

DAY 4

Darwin

  • Darwin’s Arch is an icon, the symbol of diving the Galapagos. It is located 229 km / 142 miles north of the central islands. In addition to Wolf, this is where we find massive schools of Hammerheads. Huge, pregnant Whale sharks pass through Darwin each year for reasons unknown.
  • Darwin is the warmest dive site in Galapagos due to the tropical Panama current. You spend a lot of the dive stationary, on a platform that drops into the blue where Hammerheads swim against the current. It’s like being on the side of a Hammerhead highway watching traffic pass. You leave the platform to swim out into the blue when a Whale shark is spotted. That sometimes means swimming through the Hammerheads, a truly magnificent experience you will carry with you forever.

DAY 5

Darwin-Wolf

  • We have 2 more dives at Darwin in the morning. 
  • We have 1-2 more dives at Wolf in the afternoon. There is an optional night dive at the Anchorage site. Anchorage has a sandy bottom where you may see garden eels and the red-lipped batfish.

DAY 6

Isabela-Fernandina

There are  2 different itineraries for the western sites due to seasonal visibility.

  • Cabo Marshall (Jan-June) is located on the eastern side of Isabela Island. Giant mantas, large schools of barracudas, Galapagos sharks, Sea Lions, Flightless Cormorants and enormous schools of Black Striped Salemas in Galapagos. These tiny fish can be so numerous, a diver inside the school cannot be seen, only the bubbles rising above the school. 4 dives at 2 Cabo Marshall dive sites.
  • Cabo Douglas (July – Dec). The westernmost island in Galapagos, Fernandina is an active volcano. It has erupted twice in the last decade. It is the ‘hot spot’ in Galapagos.
  • AM: This is the only site on liveaboard itineraries where you can see diving Marine Iguanas feeding underwater. You also see Penguins feeding on tiny silver Sardines using schools of Black Striped Salemas as cover. Turtles are especially abundant at Cabo Douglas which is probably why this is a likely location to site Orcas.
  • PM: Punta Vicente Roca (July – Dec). If you look at a map, Isabela Island looks uncannily similar to a seahorse. Punta Vicente Roca is located on the northwestern side of Isabela just below the ‘mouth’ of the seahorse. Isabela has 5 active volcanoes.
  • Punta Vicente Roca is a Mola Mola (Sunfish) cleaning station, has large turtle populations, the endemic Galapagos Bullhead shark, Penguins, Sea Horses, Sea Lions and many species of fish not found elsewhere in Galapagos. It is not uncommon to find yourself diving with an endemic Flightless Cormorant.

DAY 7

Cousins-Santa Cruz

  • AM: Cousins Rock. Cousins is a small rock, the remains of an eroded crater sticking up out of the sea. On the eastern side, the rock cascades down in a series of recessed ledges strewn with black coral, which is bright green under the water. Taking cover in the coral, you may find Seahorses, Frogfish, Octopus, Turtles and the elusive Longnose Hawkfish. It’s not unusual to spot pelagics from Cousins including Mantas, Eagle rays, Mobulas and Hammerhead. Sea lions are fur seals are also at Cousins.
  • PM: We disembark head for a reserve in the Santa Cruz Highlands to see the iconic Galapagos Tortoise in its natural habitat.
  • After the Highlands, we descend into the largest town in Galapagos, Puerto Ayora. You may opt to visit the Charles Darwin Research Center in the Galapagos National Park or wander about town.
  • Our farewell dinner will be at a restaurant in Puerto Ayora. We then return to Calipso and sail to San Cristobal overnight.

DAY 8

  • Departure
  • You will disembark and are free to visit the Interpretation Center or wander around port before transferring to the airport for your departure.

 

Diving Conditions

  • High season is June - December when the polar Humboldt current brings its abundance of nutrients to Galapagos. This is when the massive, pregnant Whale Sharks migrate through Darwin and Wolf and are traditionally most abundant in August, September and October, thinning out after mid-November

INCLUDED

  • All meals, snacks & water, tea, coffee, soft drinks and juices
  • Weights, weight belts & tanks
  • Dive Alert, SMB, Nautilus Lifeline, Safety Noisemaker
  • Bilingual Park certified dive guide 
  • Use of snorkeling equipment and wetsuit
  • Use of underwater camera
  • Airport transfers to San Cristobal.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights to Galapagos
  • National Park Entrance Fee $100 
  • Transit Control Card (TCT) $20 
  • Recompression Chamber Fee $35 
  • Nitrox $150 for week
  • Equipment Rental $250 full kit, 
  • Diving computer $100 
  • Dive Insurance
  • Travel-Health Insurance
  • Alcohol
  • WiFi
  • Gratuities for crew (recommended) 
  • All onboard purchases are subject to the 12% Ecuador sales tax (VAT). 
  • When using a credit card onboard, there is an additional 4% processing fee.

CANCELLATION POLICY

What if I need to cancel my booking?Your reservation request is obligation free and you can cancel anytime within the first 72 hours. During this time you can easily find matching flights and get answers from our reservations team to any further questions you may have.

After you have confirmed and paid for your reservation, the following cancellation policy applies:

  • 30% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 91 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 91 days prior to arrival

In case of cancellation the refund will be transferred to your bank account, credit card or paypal account within 10 business days

BEFORE TRAVELLING

  • Make sure you meet the country's requirements corresponding to your nationality make sure your passport is valid at least six months after the date you plan to visit the country
  • Diving insurance is mandatory for divers of all ages on all of our trips: bring your certificate as proof
  • It is strongly recommended to have travel insurance that is appropriate for the type of diving holidays you are going to do
  • Check the electrical standards (such as which plugs are used) in your destination country before travelling and bring the appropriate adaptor if necessary.
  • The itinerary and the number of dives are indicative and are subject to weather conditions and conditions: safety is always first
  • All divers must provide their diving certification card
  • Diving computers are compulsory
  • Local rates, fuel surcharges, distance rates, port fees, etc. may change without notice due to changes in government policy, changes in the price of oil, etc. The changes are beyond our control and the increases must be paid if the boat requests them. We will endeavor to inform you of any changes as soon as possible. A change in these rates does not entitle you to cancel the trip.

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