Hammerheads, whale sharks, and manta rays
Where we are diving
Join us as we venture to Galapagos! 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. That’s just the beginning. You will have the opportunity to see whale sharks, giant manta rays, and you wonder if a week is enough time to see it all! You’ll realize just how exciting Galapagos diving can be with giant schools of fish gracefully providing circular tunnels and the incredible macro marine life. Join trip leader, JoAnn Haack for this diving adventure! This trip does require a minimum of 50 logged ocean dives and Advanced Open Water certification. We recommend experience diving in high currents.
JoAnn Haack, Trip Leader
GALAPAGOS! Bucket-list trip for sure! This trip was an experience that is THE top of my diving adventures. On one dive, I had to get my buddy’s attention away from the schooling hammerheads to look at the turtle right behind her but then we were distracted by a massive fever of Mobula rays, and then a whale shark swam by. I am not exaggerating – the creature activity on every dive was non-stop! and the creatures, that I have never seen before filled an entire page in my logbook including creatures you can see nowhere else like the marine iguanas. There is a very good reason why Galapagos is on most bucket lists! I cannot wait to go back.
Registration closes on February 1, 2023.
Where we are staying
M/V Galapagos Master liveaboard underwent a complete interior refit to the highest standards in 2015. It features eight air-conditioned cabins spread across three decks with each cabin offering stunning views of the Galapagos archipelago. Each cabin has its own private suite bathroom with hot water and ample storage room for all of your personal belongings. The communal areas available to guests include a spacious indoor lounge on the middle deck. Relax and unwind from your day’s diving while watching your favorite movie or your latest underwater shots on the plasma screen television. The indoor dining area brings you a tantalizing array of mouth-watering meals, complemented by the adjacent cocktail bar. Photographers can take full advantage of the indoor camera set-up station which includes multiple charging points. The liveaboard features a top sun deck that ensures sun worshippers can get their tan while soaking up the Galapagos sights. Or if you prefer to relax out of the sun, the shaded upper level is an ideal location to chill out in cushioned lounge chairs and benches.
- All locations: $7,490
- Upgrades available
Deposit and payments
- $500 due upon sign up
- $1,000 due on November 1, 2021
- $1,500 due on March 1, 2022
- $1,500 due on July 1, 2022
- Full balance due February 1, 2023
- Prices are based upon double occupancy
- All payments are non-refundable
- Prices are subject to change due to events outside of our control
- Waves, Tides, and Currents
- Photo and Video
- 7 nights aboard the M/V Galapagos Master
- 4 dives a day
- Roundtrip transfers
- All meals
- Water, tea, coffee, juice, and soft drinks
- Land excursions
What’s not included
- Airfare, Diventures will assist
- Covid test to enter Ecuador
- Covid testing to return to USA
- Tourist card, $25
- National park fees, $100 cash only
- Alcoholic beverages
- Gratuity, suggested $600-$700
- Dive insurance (required)
- Travel insurance (recommended)
- SeaLife Mirco 3.0
- Shearwater Teric computer
Know before you go
In 2000, Ecuador adopted the US dollar as its official currency. Just make sure you bring cash bills in good condition with you. If they have tears in them, they are likely to be refused.
In Puerto Ayora and San Cristobal, there are several ATM machines. Be aware that there is often a daily limit to the actual machines (as well as your card) in town to avoid running out of cash! There are also banks in Puerto Ayora where Traveler’s Checks can be changed for a fee.
For the Galapagos Islands, there are no required or recommended immunizations. If you, however, intend to spend more time in Ecuador, especially in the jungle, immunization is highly recommended. As this changes from time to time please check with your local health office (or the Institute for Tropical Diseases) a few weeks in advance of your trip.
Tap water in the Galapagos Islands should not be consumed. Bottled water is always recommended. There are several little shops and mini-markets where bottled water is accessible (by gallons or individual bottles).