MV GALAPAGOS SKY I DEC 2020 I GALAPAGOS

MV GALAPAGOS SKY I DEC 2020 I GALAPAGOS
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One of the most luxurious dive yachts in the Galapagos. 5 star service, freshly prepared meals, onboard bar. Comfortable cabins and elegant main salon. Shore excursions on this exclusive yacht.



GALAPAGOS SKY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Languages spoken - English Spanish
  • Schooling hammerheads, whale sharks, rays, galapagos sharks
  • Marine iguana, penguins, seals, dolphins and an abundance of fish
  • Marine biologists as naturalist dive guides, private dive guides for a charge (if available)
  • 3 land excursions to Bartolome, Santa Cruz and San Cristobal Island
  • Dives at Wolf and Darwin Islands (best of the Galapagos)
  • Free Nitrox
  • Beer & wine complimentary with dinner
  • Excellent cuisine
  • Hot showers & fresh warm towels after every dive

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Dives from zodiac
  • Battery Charging Station Warm-Water Showers Fish Id And Diving Books Spacious Dive Deck
  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves Din/Int Adapters 15L Tanks Available Nitrox (Free) Rental Equipment ($)
  • Air-Conditioning Lounge/TV Area Movies
  • Snorkelling Land Excursions
  • Buffet Fine Cuisine Vegetarian Food Gluten Free Food -Full board, including water, tea, coffee, juices, snacks between meals and after dives, soft drinks, one glass of wine with dinner, local beer.
  • Alcohol – 1 glass of beer or wine complimentary with dinner.
  • Other alcohol available to purchase on board.
  • Payments on board -Visa Mastercard Cash

FOR YOUR SAFETY

  • Fire Alarm. Fire Extinguisher
  • Life Jackets. Life Rafts
  • Emergency Oxygen Kit. Automatic External Defibrillator (Aed)
  • Vhf Radio. Emergency Positioning. Radio Beacon
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Departure: 13/12/2020
Arrival: 20/12/2020
Duration: 7 nights
Spaces available: 12
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): San Cristobal, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
Departure: 27/12/2020
Arrival: 03/01/2021
Duration: 7 nights
Spaces available: 8
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): San Cristobal, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
Departure Arrival Duration Spaces available Harbors (Departure - Arrival)
13/12/2020 20/12/2020 7 nights 12 San Cristobal, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
27/12/2020 03/01/2021 7 nights 8 San Cristobal, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

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THE MV GALAPAGOS SKY

The liveaboard Galapagos Sky is 100 feet (30m) long and 24 feet (7m) wide and carries 11 crew members to meet and exceed Divers’ needs. It is one of the most luxurious liveaboards in the Galapagos Islands.

OUR CABINS

The 8 air conditioned cabins can accommodate up to 16 guests. The choice of liveaboard cabins include: Deluxe Stateroom cabins with two Twin beds, and Master Stateroom cabins with two Twin beds which can be joined to make a Queen bed. Each cabin features private bathrooms, port view, mirrored cabinet, dresser, hairdryer, biodegradable toiletries, bathrobes and fresh towels daily.

AMENITIES

There are a wide range of activities available for guests on the liveaboard galapagos sky while enjoying some of the best diving on the planet. Guests may relax and chat about the day’s diving over a drink at the Bar. Rest in the liveaboard's air conditioned main Saloon with the TV or chill in a comfortable lounger on the shaded Sun Deck.

FOOD ON BOARD

The exquisite Dining Area will give you the feel of a fine restaurant while dining on freshly prepared buffet style meals during the day, then at dinner prepare for 'fine plated cuisine' served with complimentary wine and beer. Beverages are provided as well as snacks during the day to provide Divers with energy for the intense diving. No Dive Safari is complete without outstanding food to fuel the dive adventure and on this vessel - you will not be disappointed.

DIVING WITH US

The liveaboard galapagos sky is your ticket to big dive adventures. Let her take you in luxury to the stunning range of marine life found only in the galapagos islands. Aboard the luxurious liveaboard Galapagos Sky, prepare for a Dive Safari of a lifetime. Experience marine diversity including Hammerheads, Galapagos Sharks, Dolphins, huge schools of Skipjack and Yellow Fin Tuna, Bigeye Jacks and even Killer Whales!

MASTER STATEROOM CABIN - DOLPHIN DECK CABIN - #1 - 4

The bright and spacious Master Stateroom cabins are located on the upper Dolphin deck and have two twin beds (that can be joined together to provide a comfortable double). Bed is 196 cm long and 198 cm wide when the beds are joined for one King bed. If the beds are separated to make for two twin beds 196 cm long and 97 cm wide. The cabins have a well-equipped en-suite offering biodegradable toiletries, bathrobes and daily fresh towels. The rooms all have air conditioning, window views, mirrored cabinet, wardrobe, and a hairdryer. Evening turndown service is provided. The perfect place to relax after long day diving.

  • Size: 12 m²
  • Beds: 1 queen bed or 2 twin beds
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

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DELUXE STATEROOM CABIN - IGUANA DECK - # 5 - 8

The spacious Deluxe Stateroom cabins are located on the Iguana deck (Lower deck) and have two twin beds (196 cm long and 81 cm wide) with en-suite offering biodegradeble toiletries, bathrobes and daily fresh towels. The rooms all have air conditioning, port light views, mirrored cabinet, wardrobe, and a hairdryer. Evening turndown service is provided. A great place to relax after a long day diving.

  • Size: 12 m²
  • Beds: 2 Twin
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: Yes
  • Private bathroom: Yes
  • Air Conditioning: Yes

MOST RELEVANT INFORMATION

  • The trip begins in San Cristobal - Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and ends in San Cristobal - Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
  • The closest airport is San Cristóbal Airport (SCY)
  • Pickup time at the airport is in the morning.
  • Give yourself enough time to go through immigration and pickup your bags
  • A representative of the Liveaboard will be waiting for you at the on cruise departure dates only before 13:00hr

EMBARKATION AND DEPARTURE

  • You can check in on the boat no later than 1pm (13:00) Galapagos Time or 2pm (14:00) Mainland Ecuador Time.
  • The boat departs San Cristobal - Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in the afternoon on the same day
  • If you make your own way to the the harbour, the meeting point is main Municipal Dock at Shipwreck Bay in San Cristóbal ; usually around noon (12:00) Galapagos Time or 1pm (13:00) Mainland Time.
  • Accepted payment methods on board: VISA, Mastercard, Cash (USD), Cash
  • 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 - Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in the evening on the second to last day
  • Check out and disembarkation is between 08:00 and 09:00 on the last day

EXTRA INFORMATION

  • Please bring diving gloves with you, they are needed for the drift dives

Getting to Galapagos

  • The Galapagos Sky departs from San Cristobal
  • Guests fly into Ecuador and take a connecting flight, through Guayaquil or Quito, to San Cristobal in Galapagos.
  • Both Guayaquil and Quito have daily flights to the islands, although Guayaquil is recommended with cheaper prices and better-timed connections.
  • You will need to overnight in Guayaquil or Quito before flying on to the Galapagos.
  • To ensure easy flight connections, a 2-night stop-over is recommended.

Arriving in Galapagos

  • Upon arrival in the Galapagos Islands, all travellers must pay the Galapagos National Park entrance fee of $100 USD cash only.
  • This is paid when going through Customs at the airport after arriving in the islands.
  • 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.
  • If you make your own way to the the harbour, please be at the Tiburon Martillo Muelle Ecoturistico "Ecotouristic Dock Hammerhead Shark" in front of the Police Offices on the main street of San Cristobal Island, usually around noon (12:00) Galapagos Time or 1pm (13:00) Mainland Time.

Leaving Galapagos

  • 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.
  • The flight from Galapagos arrives in Guayaquil (and then Quito) in the afternoon. Ideally your onward flight is then on the next day to account for any delays

ITINERARY GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Approx. 19 dives
  • Level required: Advanced Open Water + Nitrox
  • 50+ dives recommended
  • You must be Nitrox certified for us to confirm your trip.
  • You must have experience in diving in very strong currents, cold water (7mm wetsuit plus hood), and ability to remove gear in water and get into small boats in choppy seas.
  • Nitrox classes are not offered on board.
  • If you have not dived in the last 6 months, you should complete a refresher to make sure you are ready for the Galapagos.
  • The islands of Charles Darwin offer some of the most dramatic diving in the world. Many divers say the best.
  • It is unquestionably the hammerhead shark capital of the world – but also home to the sleek Galapagos shark, horn sharks, white tips, silkies, and the occasional pelagic visitors like the tiger shark.
  • Diving in Galapagos is considered advanced diving as it occurs in the presence of strong currents, cold water and, at times, limited visibility... but surely worth it.
  • All diving will be done from pangas/tenders.
  • Besides the underwater world, you will also have 3 land excursions to see the islands fantastic land-animals.
  • On this trip you will dive 3 days at the islands of Wolf and Darwin which are considered to be the highlight in the Galapagos.
  • Night dives available during the trip

TRAVEL PROGRAM

DAY 1

  • Safety Briefing, Crew Introduction, Necessary Dive Paperwork, Cabin allocation and ship orientation will take place before departing the Harbour.
  • 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 liveaboard 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.
  • Please Note: This is a sample itinerary and nº of dives, dive sites, etc. may be subject to change due to weather conditions and other unforseeable factors

DAY 2

  • 1 Dive Bartolomé
  • Land Tour Bartolomé
  • Conditions permitting, snorkelling with penguins will be allowed
  • 2 Dives Cousins Rock

DAY 3

  • 4 Dives a day at Wolf plus a night dive Diving Wolf and Darwin
  • 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!

DAY 4

  • 4 dives at Darwin

DAY 5

  • 3 Dives total, 2 at Darwin and 1 afternoon dive at Wolf before long transit back to central islands

DAY 6

  • Dive in Cabo Douglas
  • Punta Vicente Roca and Panga ride if time allows

DAY 7

  • Northeast tip of Isla Pinzon/Islote Dumb- 1 dive
  • This dive is then followed by a transit to Itabaca Channel where guests will be transferred by bus (at approx. 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.
  • Puerto Ayora/Highlands tour
  • Guests will then be transferred back to Itabaca Channel to board the Galapagos Sky
  • 19:00h dinner on board.

DAY 8

  • Lastly the guests will explore the Interpretation centre in San Cristobal where much about Galapagos history and conservation efforts can be learned
  • End of the trip.

Visited areas

  • Bartolome Island Bartolome Land walk Bartolome is a lovely area where guests enjoy a favourite land tour where they can climb to the top of the hill to where breathe taking views abound. Views will include those of Pinnacle Rock in the bay and also lagoons in the distance that those who have watched “Master and Commander” with Russell Crowe will recognize
  • Cousins Rocks: These dives are an itinerary favourite and are done along a beautiful wall and allow 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.
  • 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) honours 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. 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!
  • Cabo Douglas At Cape (Cabo) Douglas, on the western side of Fernandina Island, you will do 1 dive. Here you can expect to see Galapagos Penguins, Marine Iguanas, Flightless 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: The coldest yet rapidly increasing favourite 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!).
  • 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.

INCLUDED

  • Full board, including water, tea, coffee, juices, snacks between meals and after dives, soft drinks, one glass of wine with dinner, local beer
  • Weght belt
  • Dive guides
  • Nitrox
  • Island tours
  • Transfer from/to airport if you arrive on departure day and after the trip

NOT INCLUDED

  • Hyperbaric chamber fee: USD 35
  • Galapagos transit card: USD 20
  • National Park fees: USD 100
  • Domestic flight option 1: Roundtrip Guayaquil - San Cristobal: USD 445
  • Domestic flight option 2: One way Guayaquil - San Cristobal, and one way San Cristobal - Quito: USD 468
  • Domestic flight option 3: Roundtrip Quito - San Cristobal: USD 500
  • Domestic flight option 4: One way Quito - San Cristobal, and one way San Cristobal - Guayaquil: USD 476
  • Rental equipment full set 250 USD per trip
  • Dive computer: 75 USD per trip
  • 15 liter tanks 60 USD per trip
  • Tips for the crew (recommended)
  • Gloves and hood are not available for rent you must bring your own; gloves are compulsory
  • Alcohol

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 89 days prior to arrival
  • 30% will be charged if you cancel between 89 and 59 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 59 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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