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Galapagos - Tiburon Explorer Liveaboard

August 29, 2024

Join us on the Tiburon Explorer in the Galapagos Islands, a world-class destination.

Galapagos - Tiburon Explorer Liveaboard

We cordially invite you to join us, namely Amber, Christa, Glenn, and Jesse, for an exciting journey to a bucket-list destination. We are thrilled to inform you that we have reserved the entire boat from Ray Scuba for this purpose.

We hope you will consider joining us for what promises to be an unforgettable experience.

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What’s the diving like?

Our Galapagos Liveaboard diving excursions provide an unparalleled opportunity to explore the diverse marine life of the region, ranging from sharks to nudibranchs and beyond. The islands are renowned for their incredible shark diving sites, particularly around Wolf and Darwin Islands, which can only be accessed by liveaboard vessels. Divers can expect to encounter a variety of shark species, including Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, and schooling hammerheads being cleaned by king angelfish. Other common sights include marine turtles, schools of tuna, eagle rays, and sea lions, with the possibility of encountering a majestic whale shark.

Underwater photography enthusiasts will also have the opportunity to capture stunning images of macro marine life, such as sea horses, barnacle blennies, coral hawkfish, and many others. Rays are abundant at many of the dive sites, including spotted rays, marble rays, golden rays, and stingrays, along with sea lions, sea turtles, schools of grunts, and snappers. The variety of marine life in this region is unparalleled, with thick schools of the native brown striped Salema, snappers, groupers, Chevron barracuda, and huge sea turtles being common sightings.

It is important to note that currents can range from 1 to 5 knots at the sites we visit, and visibility typically ranges between 30 and 80 feet. To ensure comfort and safety, most divers prefer to wear a 7mm wetsuit with a hooded vest and gloves. We strongly recommend that all divers wear gloves and hoods during their dives.

Family Friendly?

Please note that all divers must possess a considerable amount of diving experience. Additionally, it is mandatory for divers to have logged at least 6 dives within the six months preceding boarding the vessel. The dives on this trip are typically at an advanced level, with strong currents that may require divers to swim against them. Please review the Trip Information Sheet with important Safety Standards.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in ensuring the safety of all participants.

Known For:

Whale Sharks, Schooling Hammerheads, Mola mola and marine iguanas. Sightings of eagle rays, Mobula rays, sea lions, dolphins, tuna, giant angelfish, and red-lipped batfish.

Water Temp:

60 – 70 (F)

Itineraire/Group Excursion Options:

Please note that the itinerary provided is an example and is subject to change based on local regulations, weather conditions, and logistical considerations, at the discretion of the captain.

Currently, the vessel itinerary includes visits to the same islands every week. However, the order of these island visits is determined by the Galapagos National Park and is subject to variation on a weekly basis. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we strive to provide you with the best possible experience while adhering to local regulations and conditions.


Saturday: Baltra

Guests fly to the Galapagos Islands from Mainland Ecuador, arriving in the late morning. The dive guides will meet the guests at the airport between 11:00 am and 12 pm and escort them to the Galapagos liveaboard, Tiburon Explorer®. Guests will board the vessel, have lunch, organize equipment and listen to the safety briefings.

Sunday: Baltra North (2 Dives)

Equipment check, 7:00 and 10:00 dives

Sightings include rays and schools of fish.

Afternoon North Seymour land visit. Walk the path around North Seymour Island to see the large colonies of Blue Footed Boobies and Frigate Birds. Sighting of Sea Lions and Marine Iguanas are also common.

Depart for Wolf Island (long transit)

Monday: Wolf Island (3-4 Dives)

10:30. 2:00 and 4:30 dives. Possible night dive.

Sightings often include hammerheads, whale shark (in season), eagle rays, sea lions, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks

Tuesday: Darwin Island (4 Dives)

6:30, 10:30, 2:00 and 4:30 dives

Sightings often include hammerheads, whale sharks (in season) eagle rays, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks.

Transit to Wolf Island

Wednesday: Wolf Island (3-4 Dives)

6:30, 10:30, 2:00 and 4:30 dives

Sightings often include hammerheads, whale sharks (in season), eagle rays, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks.

Transit to Cabo Douglas (12 hours)

Thursday: Cabo Douglas (1-2 Dives)

Sightings include marine iguanas.

Transit to Punta Vicente Roca

Punta Vicente Roca (1-2 Dives)

Sightings often include mola mola, turtles and macro life

Transit to Cousins Rock (10 hours)

Friday: Cousins Rock (2 Dives)

6:30 and 9:30 dives

This is a great macro diving with an excellent chance of seeing sea horses, sea lions and eagle rays. Lunch will be served while transiting to Santa Cruz (3 hours). Travel by bus to the Santa Cruz Highlands to visit the giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Transfer to the town of Puerto Ayora. Dinner on your own in Puerto Ayora. Return to the Tiburon Explorer at 8:30pm.

Saturday: Baltra

Depart the vessel by 9 am. Transfer to the airport.

Rates:

$7,195 - Aug 31-Sept 7, 2024

Main deck Staterooms (1-6): Twins or queen beds, dresser, closet and private ensuite bathroom with shower. Lower deck suites (7-9): large port windows, twin or queen beds, lounge area with sofa bed and private ensuite bathroom with shower. All pricing are in US Dollars, per person double occupancy.


Trip Information Sheet with important Safety Standards

What's Included:

Package includes:

  • 8 days / 7 nights aboard Tiburon Explorer®

  • 2-4 dives a day (up to 19 during the trip, weather permitting)

  • Dive Green & Green Fins sustainability

  • Accommodation, meals, snacks, and alcohol/non-alcohol beverages

  • Opportunities to see local endemic life on two land excursions

  • Around-the-clock service from a friendly and professional crew

  • All diving amenities; Nitrox and rental equipment additional

  • Access through Quito (UIO) or Guayaquil (GYE) to Galapagos Islands

  • between-dive snacks; towels, linens, etc.;

  • use of tanks, weights and weight belts; all air fills;

  • transfers within Galapagos Islands for same day arrivals & departures;

  • local alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages.

Not Included:

Galapagos National Park Fee ($100), Chamber Support Fee ($35), Tourist card ($20), and fuel surcharge aprox ($150). Airfare to Galapagos Islands and land options before/after cruise additional (Click here to check important information about domestic flights from Mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands).

Last evening's meal, crew gratuities, dive instruction, dive gear rental (other than tanks, weights and weight belts), Nitrox (US$150 per week) and retail sales. Rates may increase for existing reservations and will be confirmed no later than 12 months before the charter departure date.

Payment Schedule: