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Galapagos Sky

Deluxe Motor Yacht

Overview

The newest and best-equipped live-aboard vessel in Galapagos.

Category Length Guests Cabins
First Class 100ft / 30.5m 16 8

Custom-designed in 2000, the M/Y Galapagos Sky offers the newest and best-equipped vessel for Galapagos diving with up to three dives each day on a pre-planned but flexible itinerary.   The Galapagos Sky works with some of the top dive-masters in Galapagos offering great service.  The yacht  is fully air-conditioned. Its interior features teak panelling and furnishings, a dining area, a fully stocked bar, and a main salon with an audio/video entertainment centre. On deck, ample space is allocated for personal dive gear storage, a photo and video film lab, light tables, daily E-6 processing, and open deck space for sunbathing.   A  large dive platform with fresh water showers, fresh water rinses, dive deck assistance and photo and dive equipment rental services. Zodiacs will ferry you between exquisite dive sites and the anchored yacht. Most underwater forays are drift dives.   After every dive, wrap up in fresh warm towels, and snuggle into plush, terrycloth bathrobes found in each cabin

Cabins:

8 comfortable staterooms located on two decks. Each cabin features two twin beds, private head / shower, mirrored cabinet, wardrobe, full-length mirror, window or portlight view, bathrobes, hairdryer, toiletries and fresh towels every day.  On the upper deck Master Staterooms (1,2,3,4)  One Queen Bed or two Twin Beds, Private Facilities, Window View, Mirrored Cabinet, Wardrobe, Bathrobes, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Fresh Towels Daily, Independent Air-conditioning and Volume Controls.    On the lower deck Deluxe Twin Staterooms (5,6,7,8) Two Twin Beds, Private Facilities, Portlight View, Mirrored Cabinet, Wardrobe, Bathrobes, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Fresh Towels Daily, Independent Air-conditioning and Volume Controls.

Rates:

Prices start at US$4795  (GB£3195) per person for an 8 day cruise

  • Galapagos Sky is available to charter
  • Discounts available for groups
  • FREE NITROX for all reservations
  • Value priced rental packages featuring Scubapro equipment
  • 5 ½ Days diving, 8 days on board the Galapagos Sky, services of Dive Master and naturalist guide, full board, except meal on last night, beverages including national brand alchohol, compressed air tanks, weights and weight belts, $10 Galapagos visitor card.
  • Filled tanks, weights and weight belts are included
  • 65% single supplement
  • Excluding flight to Galapagos (which we will organise for you), travel insurance, equipment rentals, $100 Galapagos National Park entrance fee, non national brand alcoholic drinks, tips and personal expenses, Recompression Chamber support $35

If you would like any more information or to chat over the details of the trip we would be delighted to help. Telephone Telephone01964 552292 for more information or email email us today.

Itinerary

Sky Itinerary Map

SUNDAY
San Cristobal You will be met upon arrival and will board your yacht the Galapagos Sky and your Galapagos Diving experience will begin.

The easternmost island in the archipelago, this island has a small town, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and is home to an interpretation centre, which provides an excellent overview to the islands natural history and the conservation work being done to protect it. You will have a last chance to do some shopping in the town before your cruise departs.

Isla Lobos Your check out dive will be in a protected area at a 7 metre depth. This is a short dive with a sandy bottom with the focus of checking the skills of every diver. Lobos Island is a dive filled with Sea Lions, Star Fish, Rays, Turtles, Eagle Rays. As the sun sets you will circumvent Kicker Rock where you will see Blue Footed boobies and Frigate Birds in a stunning setting.

Depth: 3 – 10 Metres / Visibility: 6 – 12 Metres / Current: Slight
Water temperature: Dec-Apr 23-25C May-Nov  17C – 23C / Experience level: Beginner

NudibranchMONDAY
Cabo Marshall (Cape Marshall) At Cape Marshall, on the north-eastern side of Isabela island, you will do 1 dive Monday morning and encounter rocky volcanic cliffs which drop down to the ocean’s surface and then slope into the blue. This is your best opportunity to see Manta Rays and Mobula Rays, occasional Hammerhead Sharks, turtles, and white tip sharks.  We also see huge schools of the endemic Salemas, and feeding sea lions. Also keep an eye out for Chevron Barracuda, Snappers, Yellow-Fin Tuna, Rainbow Runners, and Wahoo. There are also a lot of smaller fishes like Creole Fish, Parrot Fish, Scrawled Filefish, Pacific Box Fish, and Tiger Snake Eels.

Depth: 10 – 35 Metres / Visibility: 3 – 10 Metres / Current: Strong / Surface conditions: Can be rough
Water temperature: 19 - 26°C / Experience level: Intermediate to Advanced

Vicente Roca Travelling to the North-western side of Isabella you visit Punta Vincente Roca  for 2 dives. Your coldest dive – steep, deep  vertical wall covered in soft coral, sponges, and endemic Black Coral. Regular sightings of Mola Mola (Oceanic Sun Fish,) Sea Horses, Horn Shark, Red Lipped Bat Fish, various shrimp and many other marine invertebrates. Your after-dive panga ride offers great photo ops for Galapagos Penguins, Flightless Cormorants, Marine Iguanas, Sea Lions, Blue Footed & Nazca Boobies, Magnificent  Frigates and Noddy Terns.  The diving here is chilly (particularly below the thermocline –  but not to be missed!).

Depth: 5 – 30 Metres / Visibility: 10– 15 Metres / Current: Mild / Surface conditions: Usually calm
Water temperature: 15 - 24°C / Experience level: Beginner

Whale SharkTUESDAY
Wolf One of those magical islands, with several dive sites to choose from. If you want to see sharks, you are at the right spot. This is a place for schooling hammerhead sharks, large aggregations of Galapagos Sharks, and occasionally Whale Sharks. Seeing dolphins, large schools of tuna, Spotted Eagle Rays, Barracudas, Sea Lions and sea turtles is common. The bottom is littered with hundreds of Moray Eels, many of them free swimming. Being several degrees warmer than the central islands, you can look for many representatives of the Indo-Pacific underwater fauna.

Depth: 12 – 30 Metres / Surge: Strong / Water temperature: Dec-Apr 25 – 28C May Nov 23 – 25C
Experience level: Advanced

TurtleWEDNESDAY
Darwin Island Considered by many experienced divers as the very best dive site in the world, The Arch at Darwin island (actually several dive sites depending on where you enter, currents, etc) honours its reputation. It is warmer by a few degrees than the central islands. In one single dive you can find schooling hammerhead sharks, Galapagos Sharks, large pods of dolphins, thick schools of Skipjack and Yellow-Fin Tuna, Big Eye Jacks, Mobula Rays, and Silky Sharks. From June to November, it is not uncommon to encounter Whale Sharks in numbers of up to 8 different individuals in one single dive. The presence of occasional Tiger Sharks, Black and Blue Marlin, and Killer Whales adds on to this amazing diving experience. If you still have time to look for smaller stuff, you’ll find octopus, flounders, and an enormous variety and abundance of tropical fish. Darwin Island is the biggest jewel on the Galapagos Crown.

Depth: 9 – 40 Metres / Visibility: 12– 24 Metres / Current: Moderate to very strong
Water temperature: 24-28C  (May- Nov 22-26C) / Experience level: Advanced

THURSDAY
Darwin’s Arch This morning you have the chance of two more dives at the Darwin Arch. The most famous dive site in Galapagos and one of the best in the world! Schools of Hammerheads and Dolphins, Galapagos Sharks and enormous schools of tropical fish enjoy this area. Seasonal sightings of Whale Sharks are also common.

Depth: 9 – 40 Metres

Wolf Late morning / early afternoon transit back at Wolf. After the dive we will head to the central islands.

FRIDAY
Cabo Marshall (Cape Marshall) for another dive at this amazing site (see description above).

Roca Blanca This site provides opportunities for encounters with up to 6 species of sharks, Sea Lions, Mantas, Eagle Rays and Moray Eels. There is always an abundance of Yellow Tailed Surgeonfish, King Angelfish, Moorish Idols, Steel Pompanos, Snappers, Grunts, Creolefish, and Barracuda.

SATURDAY
Cousins Rock Located on the east coast of Santiago Island near the island of Bartolome, It is a triangular-shaped islet usually with no strong currents, diving is on a shelving reef, with many endemic black corals on the walls. Here you will have the chance to see Pacific Seahorses, Barracudas, Sea Lions, Galapagos Shark, White Tip Shark, Sea Turtles, Reef Fish, Stingrays and a variety of invertebrates and molluscs. Cousin's Rock is also known for the large groups of Spotted Eagle Rays you may spot here and is one of the best dive sites in Galapagos.

Depth: 5 – 27 Metres / Visibility: 9 – 19 Metres / Current: Moderate
Water temperature: 18 - 26°C / Experience level: Intermediate

Santa Cruz – Highlands This afternoon you have a land visit to the highlands of Santa Cruz - home to fascinating geological features, like lava tubes and the twin sinkhole craters of Los Gemelos, which are home to some 300 different fern species as well as a “forest” of Sunflowers and some elusive endemics like the Woodpecker Finch (one of only two bird species in the world to use twigs as tools), the Small Tree Finch, Vegetarian Finch and Galapagos Rail all found in the lush forest of Scalacia (Giant Daisies) that characterise the highlands of this island. The highlands of Santa Cruz are one of the best places to see Giant Tortoises in the wild.

Puerto Ayora - Charles Darwin Research Centre offers a great chance to learn about the work being done to conserve and protect the islands wildlife. For some visitors (depending on the time of year) this is the only time to see Giant Tortoises and certainly the closest range opportunity. It is also a great chance to see the Tortoise Rearing Centre.

SUNDAY
San Cristobal – Puerto Baquerizo and the Interpretation Centre
You return here to take your flight back to the mainland.

Please note: Itineraries are unlikely to change significantly but are subject to change. Weather, wildlife breeding, instructions from the Galapagos National Park, specific abilities and interests of passengers as well as operational matters may cause your guide or captain to change the times or nature of your visits. Your guide will always endeavour to have the best itinerary for you within these constraints.

Deck Plan / Spec

Sky Deck Plan

Facilities

  • Port of Registry: Ecuador
  • Built: Equador 2000
  • Construction: Steel
  • Type: Mono Hull
  • Length: 100 feet
  • Beam: 24 feet
  • Max. Passengers: 16
  • Staterooms: 8
  • Number of Crew: 8 Seamen plus 2 National Park Guides and 1 student Guide
  • Number of Tenders: 1
  • Fuel Capacity: 8000 gallons
  • Fresh Water Capacity: 6000 gallons
  • Desalination Production: 1500 gallons per day
  • Cruising Speed: 12 knots
  • Range: 2400 nautical miles
  • Navigation Aids: VHF, GMDSS, SSB, colour radar, echo sounder, GPS, weather fax.
  • Compressor: (2) K-14 Bauer
  • Voltage: 110 volts and 220 volts
  • Air-conditioning: Yes
  • Length of Charters: 7 and 10 night itineraries
  • Photographic Services: E6 processing, Camera rental, Photo instruction, Video rental, Video instruction

Equipment Requirement. – A Note from the operator

Each diver is required to bring and dive with the personal safety devices listed below on every dive conducted from the yacht:

  • A Dive Alert
  • Inflatable Safety Sausage (Surface Marker Buoy) 
  • Mini-Strobe

In keeping ahead of changing industry "standards", we believe that each of these devices individually are essential for live-aboard divers.

If you do not already own your own surface safety equipment, we strongly encourage you to visit your local dive store to purchase them prior to commencing your voyage.  You should be able to obtain all three items for under $150 US.  By visiting your local professional dive centre you can ensure that all of the pieces are properly integrated into your personal dive equipment.  The Dive Alert comes in 3 models (one of which should match your inflator system configuration.)

Divers who do not have this required equipment will not be allowed to dive from the vessel.  We will maintain a limited inventory on each vessel for rental but we strongly encourage you to get your own, and be familiar with it, as all of our divers and staff do.  

A “Surface Safety Package” that includes all three items will rent for $30 on a 7 night trip and $53 for a 10 night trip (excluding any taxes).  
 
Previously most of this equipment has been required on our vessels already. This new policy change now makes it mandatory on every vessel and implements a modest rental charge for guests who arrive without the equipment.
 
Safety is always our top. This new policy ensures that every diver will enter/exit the water with the best possible tools for coping with an unforeseen emergency.

Think Galapagos

Rachel DexCall Rachel, Ecuador and Galapagos Specialist
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