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Follow Darwin – Journey to Galapagos: July 19-26, 2022

Product Description

What dive destination truly inspires you for your trip of a lifetime?

When you become a new diver, the Galapagos is on your very short bucket list.  But as time goes by, the list gets longer, but don’t miss the Galapagos, there’s a reason it’s on the short list – there’s no place like it anywhere on the planet.

Diving the Galapagos 

The most spectacular pelagic diving on the planet! The Galapagos is one of those rare places where you can dive through hundreds of hammerhead sharks to find a whale shark cruising along. Toss in silky sharks, sea turtles, giant morays and schooling fish in their thousands… And that’s just the first dive at Darwin! At Wolf Island you can expect huge Galapagos sharks and eagle rays up close, whilst dives at Cabo Marshall will put you face to face with giant manta rays and inside a school of millions of black-striped salemas.  Mola mola (sunfish) may be seen in the depths too. Macro life is plentiful. Black coral bushes shelter seahorses, blennies, nudibranchs, hawkfish and frogfish. Sea iguanas are a unique sight, along with speedy penguins and playful sea lions. This is but a mere taste of why divers consistently proclaim the Galapagos to have the healthiest marine life in the Pacific.

Galapagos Liveaboard

Built of steel, the Galapagos Master is set to be the most eco-friendly dive liveaboard cruising the Galapagos Islands. She has 8 well-appointed modern cabins, a spacious interior and generous outside space for relaxation and dive gear preparation. Our experienced crew of 12 is waiting to welcome you aboard and show you the best of the Galapagos, both underwater and on land.

Galapagos Itinerary

On a typical diving day we offer up to 4 day dives aside from the days where we offer land excursions. On our 7-night itinerary we schedule up to 18 dives, whilst during our 10-night itineraries up to 27 dives will be possible. We do not offer night dives in the Galapagos.

The diving day aboard the Galapagos Master is scheduled as follows:
Light Breakfast followed by a briefing and Dive 1
Full Breakfast, relaxation period, briefing and Dive 2
Lunch, relaxation period, briefing and Dive 3
Snack relaxation period, briefing and Dive 4
Dinner

To allow our guests to explore the Galapagos to its fullest, on days 2, 7 and 10, dives 3 and 4 will be substituted by an island visits at North Seymour, Santa Cruz or Isla Isabela.

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 50 dives, preferably in similar conditions. If our dive crew feel that you do not have the relevant skills or experience to dive the more challenging sites safely then they may stipulate that you sit out some dives.

Water temperature ranges from 21-30°C (70-86°F) between December and May when manta rays are more commonly sighted. 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; making this the best time for seeing whale sharks. Thermoclines can also be expected and divers are advised to bring suitable thermal protection.

Country Information

Visa Information

Generally, you will need a visa to enter Ecuador. However, Ecuador operates a visa exemption scheme for several countries. To find out if you need a visa to enter Ecuador, please visit the Ecuador embassy/consulate website at: http://www.ecuador-travel-guide.org/general/VISASs.htm#nonWorking

Proof of onward travel and funds

You may be asked about your reason for travel and to provide evidence of a return or onward flight/bus ticket when you arrive.

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry; this is a strict legal requirement from the Ecuadorean government. Without this minimum validity entry to the country will be denied.

Health

Yellow fever certificate requirements – check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s HealthTravelPro website.

We advise all guests to ensure that general vaccinations such as for diphtheria, polio, and tetanus are up-to-date before you travel. Vaccinations are recommended for hepatitis A, hepatitis B and typhoid.

Please make sure that you use insect repellent and cover your skin to prevent insect borne diseases.

Important Information About The Liveaboard

Trip Package Inclusions:

  • Full board accommodation based on double occupancy
  • Transfers between San Cristobal airport and vessel – days of embarkation/disembarkation
  • Drinking water, tea, fresh coffee, fruit juice & soft drinks
  • Land excursions
  • Up to 4 dives daily
  • Single 12ltr (DIN/INT) cylinder with air fills, SMB, and lead weights

Trip Package Exclusions:

  • International airfare from Denver (DEN) to Guayaquil (GYE)
  • Domestic Flight from Guayaquil (GYE) to San Cristobal (SCY)
  • Hotels and Meals required for travel
  • Equipment hire
  • Nitrox
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Crew/dive guide gratuities
  • Marine Park & Port Fees
  • Dive accident insurance (required) and travel insurance

Extras to be paid locally include:

• $20 USD Tourist Card (before boarding your domestic flights to the Galapagos, visit the INGALA booth at Guayaquil airport)

• Ecuadorian Departure Taxes ($28 to $41 USD, if not included in your flight ticket).

Marine Park & Port Fees

• $100 USD Galapagos National Park Fees (upon your arrival in San Cristobal)

Embarkation & Disembarkation

• Embarkation: 1:00 pm San Cristobal

• Disembarkation: 8:30 am San Cristobal

Note that departure and arrival ports are subject to change.

Equipment rental & Nitrox – Please ensure that you have pre-ordered all the equipment and gases that you require for your trip. Note that all divers are required to dive with computers and a DSMB and are required to stay within the limits of it.

Note – On board sales ordered and paid in advance via our office do not incur extra fees. Be aware that purchases paid for with credit card on the vessels may be subject to an administration fee.

Travel/Diving Insurance – You are responsible for obtaining the necessary dive and travel insurance. Diving insurance is mandatory for M/V Galapagos Master.

Dietary & Special Requirements – Please inform us well in advance about any dietary or special requirements you may have. We can cater for most requests as long as we are informed well in advance.

PACKAGE PRICING*:

Complete package pricing for Premium Twin/Double Share Cabins are $5985.  All prices are based on double occupancy.

Payment Schedule:

Deposit:  $1000 to reserve your space

Subsequent Payment:  $1000 due on July 5, 2020

Subsequent Payment:  $1000 due on January 5, 2021

Final Payment:  Balance is due on April 5, 2021

Passport requirement – must have 6 months remaining until expiration date upon return to USA.

For all dive trips, consider purchasing travel insurance, and dive accident insurance.  Both are highly recommended, and are made available to purchase!

To purchase DAN dive accident insurance, please scroll to the bottom of this page, and click on the DAN banner link, Join DAN Today!, then follow the prompts on DAN’s website.

To purchase travel insurance, please scroll to the bottom of this page, and click on the DAN banner link, Purchase Travel Insurance?, then follow the prompts on DAN’s website.

REEF SAFE SUNSCREEN

Some sunscreen ingredients are not safe for corals; these include oxybenzone. Research indicates that these chemicals can cause DNA damage to corals, promote viruses in corals, and contribute to the bleaching of corals. So that we can help protect our reefs, we encourage our guests to choose and use a sunscreen that is “coral safe”.

To purchase eco-friendly sunscreen products, please scroll to the bottom of this page, and click on the Stream2Sea banner link, use code, “cleanreef” for a 10% discount.

** AIRFARE SOLD SEPARATELY **

Price is per person and based on double occupancy and items specified. Space is subject to availability, price subject to change without notice and not guaranteed until deposit is received. Cost for airfare cannot be guaranteed until paid and ticketed. Some restrictions may apply.

* Credit card payments can expect an additional 3% (if US-based, otherwise for international fee, it is 4%) to be added to the final invoice for all payments made with credit cards. This fee covers the cost of PayPal. Checks are always welcome.

If interested, please contact Andy Skuntz, at Colorado Dive + Travel Adventures, email to askuntz@yahoo.com, or call at 719-322-6941. This exciting trip will fill up fast.

Trip flyer, terms and conditions, and a trip application will be provided. Once the application is complete, please return to Andy via fax or email, then an invoice for the designated deposit will be provided.

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