AQUA I EXCLUSIVE OFFER I 08 - 15 DEC 2020 I GALAPAGOS

AQUA I EXCLUSIVE OFFER I 08 - 15 DEC 2020 I GALAPAGOS
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The Galapagos Aqua yacht was remodelled in 2019 and is a great small boat with guaranteed personal service onboard. Great unique dive safaris, ideal for groups of friends or families. Rental equipment and Nitrox. Non divers and children welcome.



HIGHLIGHTS

  • 7 Nights, 17 - 20 Dives
  • Languages spoken - English
  • Schooling hammerheads, whale sharks, mantas, galapagos sharks
  • Marine iguana, penguins, seals, dolphins and an abundance of fish
  • North Seymour Island - large colonies of blue footed boobies and frigate birds
  • Santa Cruz Highlands to visit the land tortoises. Darwin Centre visit
  • Complimentary - SMB and other safety devices for divers
  • Non divers and children are welcome
  • Kayaks on board
  • Satellite phone onboard

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Dives from zodiacs
  • Battery Charging Station. Warm-Water Showers. Dive Deck. Separate UW Camera Rise Tanks
  • Tanks With Din/ Yoke Valves. Nitrox ($). Rental Equipment ($) 
  • All indoor air-con, TV/ Audio Visual equipment, 110v/220v electricity, Laptop computer
  • Snorkelling Kayaks
  • Buffet - all meals, hot drinks, water  - included
  • Alcohol is available to purchase on board  
  • Payments on board - Cash
  • Life Rafts, Life Jackets, Radar, GPS Echo Sounders. VHF radio
  • SART, EPIRB, First Aid & Oxygen Kit, Fire Extinguishers, Satellite Telephone
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OUR BOAT

The newly remodelled Galapagos Aqua is a small boat of 26 metres long and 5.5 metres wide and is made of steel. Aqua can carry a maximum of 16 passengers which guarantees personal care to all of her guests. Diving and naturalist cruises are available. Activities for passengers of all ages include snorkeling, kayaking and hiking. With maximum comfort and safety in mind, the Galapagos Aqua is well equipped with safety facilities, cruises at 9 knots and the steel hull makes her an ideal vessel for liveaboard cruises. The high crew and guest ratio ensures attentive, outstanding and personalised service.  With a total of 8 crew members working onboard, we are committed to your comfort and enjoyment.

OUR CABINS 

The Galapagos Aqua can accommodate up to 16 guests on board in 8 well-equipped, comfortably furnished cabins with air conditioning and private bathrooms.

  • 3 cabins with a double bed and a single upper bunk bed are located on the lower deck. They are suitable for double occupancy or a family.
  • 1 cabin with a double bed is located on the main deck
  • 4 bunk bed staterooms  located on the upper deck with two single beds in bunk style.

All cabins have life jackets and towels are provided.

AMENITIES

Between dives you will find your own place to relax either outside in the sun or shade or inside in the comfortable salon. In the salon you will find a TV and audio visual equipment as well as a laptop to down load your underwater photos. You will find a bar on board serving beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks. Water, tea and coffee is always available.

FOOD ON BOARD

On board Galapagos Aqua you will enjoy sumptuous amounts of fantastic local and western style food served buffet style, water, tea and coffee are also included in your package.

DIVING IN THE AREA

The Galapagos Island is a truly unique destination. You can meet up to 20 shark species including hammerheads, whale sharks and  Galapagos sharks that gather in large schools. It is a rare destination where you can dive with sea lions, seals and penguins. Diving on Galapagos is not about colorful corals. Divers come here to see the amazing variety of marine creatures.

DIVING WITH US

Galapagos Aqua cares about safety for divers. The boat is equipped with personal marine rescue GPS, storm whistle, diving beacon, surface marker tube for each diver. Galapagos Aqua is equipped with 2 dive tank compressors and a nitrox membrane. She also has 2 zodiacs to take divers to dive sites and shore excursions.

TWIN BED CABIN - UPPER DECK # 1 - 4

2 Single Twin Beds (Bunk-Style), 2 Guests, 4 air conditioned cabins with a single lower and a single upper bed, ensuite facilities with hot water shower, towels provided.

  • Beds:  2 single beds bunk style
  • Max occupancy:  2
  • Shareable:  yes
  • Private bathroom:  yes
  • Air Conditioning:  yes

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DOUBLE CABIN - MAIN DECK # 5

Double Bed, 2 Guests, 1 air conditioned cabin with a double bed, ensuite facilities and hot water shower, towels provided.

  • Beds:  1 double
  • Max occupancy:  2
  • Shareable: no
  • Private bathroom:  yes
  • Air Conditioning:  yes

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CABINS - LOWER DECK # 6 - 8

1 Double Bed + 1 Twin Bed (Bunk-Style), 3 air conditioned cabins with 1 double bed and 1 twin bunk, ensuite facilities and hot water shower, towels provided.

  • Beds:  1 single bunk, 1 double bed
  • Max occupancy: 2
  • Shareable: yes
  • Private bathroom:  yes
  • Air Conditioning:  yes

MOST RELEVANT INFORMATION  

  • The trip begins in Santa Cruz (Baltra) and ends in Santa Cruz (Baltra)
  • The closest airport is Seymour (GPS)
  • Transfer to/from the airport is offered only if internal flights are booked through the operator; in alternative you need to make your own way to the boat.

EMBARKATION AND DEPARTURE

  • You can check in on the boat as of 10:00
  • The boat departs Santa Cruz (Baltra) in the morning on the same day
  • The vessel is equipped with US power sockets
  • 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 Santa Cruz (Baltra) in the morning on the last day
  • Check out and disembarkation is around 08:30 on the last day.

EXTRA INFORMATION

  • At the arrival you will have to pay your Galapagos National Park entrance fee and your luggage will be inspected
  • Transfers in Galapagos are included only if the flight has been booked through the operator
  • The airport is close by the harbour
  • Quito free shuttle pick ups can be at any hotel or lodging within the following areas: Historical Centre, Downtown La Mariscal neighbourhood, La Floresta and La Carolina Park area. Guayaquil free shuttle pick ups can be at any hotel or lodging within the following areas: Downtown Guayaquil (City Centre), Las Penas/Santa Ana.  (free only if booked through Yacht Aqua)
  • Scuba safety equipment included: Personal Marine rescue GPS, Storm whistle, Diving beacon, Surface marker tube
  • Please note that if your directly booked flight arrives earlier to Galapagos than our scheduled flight, you will have to wait at Galapagos airport until arrival of the scheduled flight. If your Galapagos flight arrives later than the operator scheduled flight, additional transport costs may be applicable to reach the yacht. The same policy applies for your return flight to Quito or Guayaquil. Please note that any missed excursions cannot be claimed when booking your own flights.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Aprox. 17 - 20 Dives
  • Level required: Advanced Open Water
  • +50 Dives recommended
  • Should be an experienced diver and familiar with diving in strong currents and cold water Advanced Open Water Certification Recommended and 50 dives are required
  • Galapagos is one of the most exciting destinations in the word, an unique experience. 
  • An incredible diversity of both land and marine life
  • Opportunity to dive with playful sea lions, penguins, marine iguanas, seahorses, hammerheads, rays, whale sharks, all in a single place in pristine and natural conditions.
  • Travel to the famous Darwin and Wolf Island for thrilling diving 
  • Along with schools of circling Hammerheads, frequently seen are Silky Sharks, Blacktips, and of course the Galapagos Shark

PROGRAM

DAY 1

  • Arrival and assistance at the airport.
  • Collecting your luggage.
  • At the indicated time, transfer to the port
  • Boarding the boat, welcome drink and presentation briefing of the boat and crew.
  • Distribution of cabins.
  • Lunch on board then set sail-  you can take this time to prepare your diving equipment, complete the check dive.
  • Dinner.
  • Overnight on board. 

DAYS 2 to Penultimate

  • There are approximately 18  dives in this trip.
  • Diving trip with full board and daily diving plan.
  • You will dive the most important dive sites of this route.
  • Every single trip is tailor-made to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
  • The decision on the itinerary is made by the cruise director based on factors such as weather conditions, dive conditions, requests of guests, schedules of other liveaboards, which we are trying to stay away from

Penultimate Day

  • 2 dives in the morning. 

Last Day

  • Before flying back to the mainland or continuing your adventure, we visit the highlands of Santa Cruz with the giant tortoises roaming around slowly in their natural environment.  Moreover, you will see several types of finches and the Twin Craters. 
  • For those who leave the enchanted Islands, our guide will take you back to the airport in Baltra and check you in for your flight home, full of beautiful memories.

DIVE ROUTE

  • The number of marine species found in the Galapagos is unreal. In general divers can expect to see black corals, large seahorses, four-eyed fishes plus whales, sharks, dolphins and turtles. 
  • Darwin Island. Arco de Darwin (Darwin's Arch). To visit this unique spot is every divers dream. Here you see everything the marine life of Galapagos has to offer. Above the ocean uncountable groups of Blue and Red Footed Boobies along with many tropical birds welcome the visitors. Playful dolphins and occasionally whales around the Aqua are part of the excitement. Underwater Divers are usually able to see several species of sharks, dolphins, turtles, eagle rays and colorful schools of fishes. Schooling hammerhead sharks and whale sharks are the highlights of dives at Darwin’s Arch. Of course, the most important visitor of this remote spot and one of the main reasons to visit Darwin is the impressive Whale Shark, which is usually present from July to November.
  • Wolf Island has four dive sites they are: El Derrumbe, La Ventana, La Banana, and Shark Point. The topography is forming a slope where we descend up to 25m (75ft). It is particularly well known as the dive in Galapagos to see Hammerheads in  Galapagos Sharks. Whale sharks have also been encountered here, as well as a huge range of fish, rays, turtles, marine mammals and many more iconic Galapagos creatures. Amongst the rocks we can spot morays, scorpion fish and many others...
  • Shark Point is where divers go to fulfill their dreams of diving alongside huge whale sharks. These graceful creatures gather in the area from May to November. It’s also possible to see large groups of hammerhead sharks and endemic Galapagos sharks at this Wolf Island dive site. Because of limited visibility, strong current and occasional harsh surges, Shark Point is usually limited to experienced divers only.
  • La Cueva (The Cave). To dive this spot a flashlight is highly recommended. We will encounter an underwater tunnel to dive through with various caves to explore. Amongst the rocks we will be able to spot moray eels, lobster, Nudibranchs and more. Turtles are found all over with a large quantity of fish. At the entrance and exit of The Cave we might find Galapagos sharks and Black Tip Shark
  • Pinzon Island, also called Duncan Island (after British admiral Adam Duncan) is a small island in the Galapagos archipelago, located to the west of Santa Cruz Island, and just south of Rabida Island. Pinzón Island is one of the few places in the Galapagos where you have the opportunity to swim with the amazing Galapagos Penguins And you might be able to spot Marine Iguanas and several other endemic species can be seen consistently. The highlight in Cape Douglas are the marine iguanas feeding underwater but red lipped batfish, horn sharks and Mola-Mola plus different types of Baleen Whales, are usually sighted during the day. Many Species of fish and tropicals including yellow tailed surgeonfish, king angelfish, moorish idols, steel pompanos, snappers, grunts, creole fish, and barracuda.
  • Punta Vicente Roca is a sloping wall with several small caves off of Isabela Island. This site reaches a max depth of 88 feet (27 meters) with better conditions found in the cold water below 40 feet (12 meters). While the wall is covered in invertebrates ranging from frogfish to seahorses, the real attraction is the sunfish. Mola Mola is often seen along the outside of the wall where these huge fish come to be cleaned. On your safety stop, look out for diving penguins and playful sea lions. Every minute is an adventure at Punta Vicente Roca. All of the above stay in the area the whole year. After the dive, we will do a panga ride to the shoreline to observe the penguins, flightless cormorants and marine iguana
  • Other sightings in the Galapagos include marine iguanas, fur seals and sealions.

INCLUDED 

  • All meals, water, coffee and tea.
  • Belt, weights, tanks.
  • Diving guides
  • ENSO Rescue system.
  • Excursions to the islands.
  • Kayak use
  • Dive safety equipment (GPS marine personal rescue, storm whistle, dive beacon, snorkel)
  • Towels.
  • Snorkel equipment and wetsuit
  • Reception at the airport and transfer to/from the ship (only if flights are booked through the operator)

NOT INCLUDED 

  • Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park (USD 100 pp);
  • Transit Control Card (USD 20 pp)
  • Hyperbaric chamber fee (USD 35 pp)
  • Complete diving set: 250 USD (per trip)
  • Hyperbaric chamber contribution: 35 USD (per trip)
  • DIN/INT adapter: 25 USD (per trip)
  • 15 liter tanks: 75 USD (per trip)
  • Nitrox: 150 USD (per trip)
  • Service fee (mandatory if domestic flights are not booked through the ship): 50 USD (per trip)
  • Domestic flights
  • Alcohol and bottled drinks
  • Domestic flights
  • Tips for the crew (recommended)

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 % non refundable
  • Between 120 days and 90 days before trip = 70 % refundable
  • Less than 90 days before trip = no refund

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
  • 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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