Galapagos Islands (Ecuador) Liveaboards

No one is indifferent to the Galápagos Islands. Declared a national park in Ecuador and the second-largest marine reserve in the world, the Galápagos are considered to be one of the best diving destinations in the world, offering a once-in-a-lifetime diving experience. Sea lions, penguins, manta rays, mola mola, a variety of sharks and many more endemic species await those who seek to explore something special

Reviews about Galapagos Islands (Ecuador) Liveaboards

8.91011Galapagos Master MasterMaster Liveaboards, 11 reviews

Galapagos Master

Eine wunderschoene Reise mit kleinen Macken.
Das Schiff ist leider etwas in die Jahre gekommen. Das wird vom guten Service des Bedienungspersonals teilweise ausgeglichen. Der fleissigste von allen ist der Salomon. Er war immer da und ueberall, er hat allen geholfen
Galapagos ist ein wunderschoenes Land was wir auch sehr zu schaetzen wissen.
Bei unseren Tauchgaenge bei Wolf und Darwin hatten wir riessiges Glueck! Was sehr gewoehnungsbeduerftig war und allen unangenehm aufgefallen ist war das Verhalten von dem Guide Ruli. Er hat kaum Ruecksicht auf uns genommen, unter und ueber Wasser. An einem Tag ist das Tauchen komplett augefallen. Uns wurde keine alternative angeboten. Eine schriftliche Bestaetigung wurde abgelehnt. Das muss sich in der Zukunft unbedingt aendern.
Das Timing von dem Tagesablauf war sehr an die Beduerfisse und Ablaeufe der Manschaft angepasst aber nicht an uns.
Nach anfaenglichen Schwierigkeiten mit der Nitrox Abrechnung haben wir uns am Schluss mit dem Kapitaen geeinigt. Fazit: Ein wunderschoener, erlebnisreicher Tauchurlaub mit kleinen Einschraenckungen.
8.91011Galapagos Master MasterMaster Liveaboards, 11 reviews

Great and easy liveaboard experience!

The crew members are fantastic. They made sure that I never had to "work" on this vacation. The dives were great, but a bit cold. It would be nice if there are warmer gears for rent. The visibility wasn't great. These are to no fault of the dive company, of course. The food was great and having warm towels after every dive is a great idea! The toilets should be upgraded though - the time it takes to flush, the reliability that the flush would work, and the stench from the toilet was awful. Other than that, everything is great!
8.91011Galapagos Master MasterMaster Liveaboards, 11 reviews

What an amazing liveaboard !

Words can't express what amazing liveaboard I have experienced in Galapagos. Galapagos Master is a first class boat with an amazing team of crew, from the moment you step on the boat you feel the warm welcome and friendliness of each staff member. Food amazing and what a variety. Warm towels and hot chocolate after diving. The guides have a wealth of knowledge which enabled us to see hammerheads, silky sharks, galapagos sharks, sea lions, whalesharks, mantas, eagle rays, mola mola and the list goes on. Added bonus is a land trip to see iguanas, sea lions and various birds.. Favourite dive site has to be Darwins Arch. Highly reccomend this trip and this boat without a doubt !!!

Questions and Answers

Why go diving on liveaboard on the Galápagos Islands?

The Unique Galápagos Islands

The Galápagos Islands are located in the Pacific Ocean 900 km/560 mi from the coast of Ecuador. Due to the unique and abundant natural beauty, the marine territory within 70,000 sq. km/43,496 sq. mi around the Galápagos has been declared a marine reserve. It is the second-largest marine reserve in the world, and more than 95% of the islands are the National Park of Ecuador, with 18 larger islands and 3 smaller ones.

The Galápagos Islands are one of the most famous spots for safari diving in the world. Liveaboard diving trips in the Galápagos feature enormous whale sharks, schools of hammerhead sharks, mola mola fish, endangered sea cucumbers, friendly sea lions, equatorial penguins, a huge diversity of rays (including manta rays, stingrays, eagle rays, and others), whitetip sharks, and reef sharks. 

Galápagos Dive Sites 

The marine life in the islands is strictly protected, and all commercial fishing is prohibited in the marine reserve, which results in immense numbers of fish, sharks, whales, tortoises, and sea lions that you can see during your trip. The Galápagos safari boats visit more than 70 diving sites, some of the most famous of which are Darwin, Wolf, Cabo Marshall, and Cabo Douglas. 

If you check dive site maps and the itineraries of the Galápagos liveaboards, you will see that they are often similar because the most fascinating places are included into the routes of almost every boat, with some variations depending on the season. So when planning your Galápagos safari, we advise that you don’t focus so much on the available routes, and focus more on the season you prefer and the liveaboard on which you want to sail. 

Galápagos Liveaboard Trips 

There is no better way to see all the beauty of the Galápagos Islands than going on a diving safari. Although shore dive sites are also great places, many of them do not allow overnight stays and cannot provide the diversity of views, corals, and animals common to Galápagos liveaboard diving. 

The tours here have a standard length of either 7 nights (8 days) or 10 nights (11 days), and shorter tours are more popular. During liveaboard tours on the Galápagos Islands you will be able to make 19 to 26 dives if you choose a 7-night tour, and approximately 30 dives with the extended trips.

How to choose an itinerary and when to go

Generally there are two main seasons in the Galápagos Islands: the hot, wet season and the cold, dry season. You can choose whichever you want, depending on your preferences for wildlife and water temperatures.

The hot, wet season in the Galápagos lasts from late December to May. This is called the manta ray season (you can see our selection of best offers above), because during these months it is much more likely to see these amazing creatures, along with huge schools of hammerhead sharks and many more penguins. If you prefer wet suits and warm water, then choose the wet season, because the water temperature is usually between 24-30°C/75-86°F. This season also has the best visibility, up to 30 m/100 ft from January to March.

The cold, dry season lasts from June to November. The visibility remains good (10-20 m/30-65 ft), but the water can get as cold as 15°C/59°F, so we advise using at least 7-mm wetsuits or dry suits during this season. During the dry season, you can also expect stronger currents, which make the ocean choppy and bring surges. If you prefer calmer weather or are often seasick, make sure that you only come during the wet season. The dry season has colder water and weather, but the great thing about it is the enormous numbers of whale sharks and sea lions (find your dates with our selection of boats above). If you have been dreaming to see the biggest fish in the ocean, you should definitely choose the dry season, but try to avoid September, because it is the coldest month of the year.

Galápagos liveaboards: read before you go

When traveling to the Galápagos for safari diving, you will be able to either fly or sail to the islands, and flying is more common. To get into the islands, you will have to pay $10 USD fee to acquire a mandatory Tourist Control Card (also known as a Transit Control Card). Another mandatory payment is a $100 fee to get into the Galápagos National Park (or $50 for a child under 12 years of age). Make sure to have general insurance and diver’s insurance for your trip, because most liveaboards require this as a condition of going on board. Most boats require a very important payment, which is $35 for a hyperbaric chamber.

All boats in the Galápagos Islands require every guest to have a mandatory personal underwater computer. Other recommended equipment includes flashlights for night dives and a basic set of personal equipment. During the cold, dry season, we strongly recommend that you take 5-7 mm wetsuits with hoods and gloves or even using dry suits for a more convenient underwater experience.

The general requirements are as follows. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the end of your trip. Citizens of the US, Canada, and European countries do not need a visa, unless you plan to stay in the Galápagos Islands for more than 90 days. You are allowed to bring 400 cigarettes, 500 g of tobacco, or 25 cigars, as well as 3 liters of alcohol without incurring customs duties. 

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