Safeguarding the environment is a way of extending ourselves in every way possible.
'I look forward to meeting you and to exploring these waters by your side. I will share with you my experience in marine conservation and ocean innovation, and together we will tell our adventures in this unique underwater paradise to thousands of people worldwide, sharing our passion for the sea.’.
Pierre Yves Cousteau
There is a palatable excitement to diving around the Galapagos islands. As you suit up and climb into the dinghy and head out across open water to the dive site, you feel like you have just stepped into an early Jacques Cousteau documentary. Each site and island has its own flavor, and everyone has their favorites; Devils Crown, Wolf, Gordon Rocks, Champion, but regardless of which site you are on, they are all exciting.
Diving in the Galapagos can be challenging, even for the experienced diver. At many sites currents can be strong and visibility may diminish due to currents and an influx of nutrients. We highly recommend our guests have training beyond beginner level and a minimum experience of 30 dives, preferably in similar conditions.
Water temperature ranges from 21-30°C (70-86°F) between December and May, however it drops to an average of 16-24°C (60-75°F) between June and November when the Humboldt Current comes up from the south, bringing with it plankton. We recommend a 7 mm wetsuit, hood and gloves (for protection, not warmth).
A dream came true, when I had the tremendous privilege to, explore the "Wildlife Paradise Galapagos" during the expedition with Cousteau Divers and Waterproof Expeditions. The expedition in company of Pierre-Yves Cousteau, the divers team and the caring crew, will remain engraved for ever in my mind and my heart. I wish to everyone, to have the opportunity to take part one day to such a fantastic dream, worthy of the memorable expeditions of the Captain Cousteau and his beloved ship the Calypso!
Milko Vuille, France
The itinerary may be scheduled as follows:
• Isla Lobos- Check out dive
• Bartolome Land walk
• Cousins 2 dives
• Tues-4 Dives a day at Wolf plus a night dive
• Wed- 4 dives at Darwin
• Thurs-3 Dives total, 2 at Darwin and 1 afternoon dive at Wolf before long transit back to central islands
• Cabo Douglas 1 dive
• Punta Vicente Roca up to 2 dives and Panga ride if time allows.
• Northeast tip of Isla Pinzon/Islote Dumb- 1 dive
• Puerto Ayora/Highlands tour
• Interpretation center
Wolf Island, along with its sister Darwin Island, is considered the best diving destination in the world.
This small island is located more than 100 kilometers to the northwest of the main Galapagos island chain. It takes about 10-11 hours to get there on the Galapagos Master.
Here you’ll have it all: schools of hundreds of hammerhead sharks, sea lions, manta rays, turtles, amberjacks, trumpet fish, hogfish, butterfly fish, eel, dolphins and, with some luck, whale sharks. Wolf Island is also prolific in corals and reef life, with more than 8 species of corals, and the greatest diversity of tropical fish of the island. You may also see Scalloped Hammerhead activity year round. There is also the possibility for snorkeling here with dolphins and a visit to “The Secret Cave”.
Wolf is also a great experience above water, for it is the home of literally hundreds of thousands of seabirds such as Red-footed boobies, nazca boobies (also known as masked boobies), frigates, pelicans and swallow-tailed gulls.
Considered by many the best place to dive in the world, Darwin Island (formerly known as Culpepper Island) marks the end of the archipelago to the North West. The island is barely over 1 km² in size and 168 meters at its highest point.
Here you’ll have the unique opportunity to go swimming with dolphins, eagle rays, spotted morays, manta rays, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, pilot whales, melon-headed whales and the enormous whale sharks.
Also in these amazing dive sites you may encounter blue-spotted jacks, scorpion fish, rainbow runners, hogfish, big eye jacks, sailfish, trumpet fish, parrotfish and many other different species of marine life. Darwin Island is really a diver’s dream come true.
There is no dry access to the island for it emerges vertically, but from the Yacht you’ll be able to spot the endemic Darwin Mockingbird, sea lions, penguins, red footed boobies and masked boobies.
Another famous attraction of this island is the Darwin’s Arch, an impressive arch-like stone formation emerging in the middle of the ocean.
Diving in the Galapagos is advanced due to strong currents, varying visibility and cold water. Temperatures range from low 60’s to upper 70’s in different areas of the itinerary and seasons. Divers must be comfortable in these conditions, as well as have very good buoyancy and be able to do negative (sometimes rapid) back-roll entries/descents from small boats. Recommended requirements include 50 open water dives, experience in currents, ability in removing gear in water and ability in getting into small boats in choppy seas.
The luxury live-aboard M/V Galapagos Sky is a 100 ft. (33m) state-of-the-art live-aboard diving yacht exploring the fabled waters of the Galapagos Islands.
Number of passengers:
Accommodation includes 8 private en-suite cabins:
4x Master cabin on the upper deck with 2x twin or 1x king size bed options.
4x Deluxe Cabin on the lower deck with 2x twin bed set-up.
Each cabin features a private head/shower, mirrored cabinet and wardrobe, bathrobes, hairdryer and biodegradable, marine safe toiletries.
The elegant M/V Galapagos Sky is fully air conditioned and features 3 spacious lounge areas and fine dining area. 2 Certified naturalist dive guides, up to 4 dives a day and 3 land touring opportunities ensure that your voyage will have ample underwater time and some topside encounters to discover the magic of Galapagos diving.
Cousteau Divers and Waterproof Expeditions and the experienced crew are waiting to welcome you aboard and show you the best of the Galapagos, both underwater and on land.
Please contact us for the dates of 2017
Master Cabin: USD 5,980
Twin De Luxe Cabin: USD 5,770
*5% will be donated directly to the Cousteau Divers Programme