Galapagos Liveaboard Dive Boats
Galapagos Liveaboard Dive Boats
There are over 80 boats that provide liveaboard service to the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos Islands have only one official classification system, however it does little to tell potential guest what to expect. The tourism industry has an informal system that includes classifications such as Luxury/Deluxe – First Class – Tourist Superior – Tourist.
The classification is self administered. Regardless of the classification all boat must meet international safety at sea requirements. Of the 80 ships, all but a few are for naturalist sailings. The scuba diving trips to the northern islands is strictly controlled so that the unique dive sites of Wolf and Darwin Islands remain pristine.
Most of the Galapagos diving liveaboards only carry 16 divers. Here is a summary of the Galapagos Island Liveaboards that have a regular diving schedule.
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Formerly known as the Pinguino Explorer, The Astrea liveaboard dive boat has recently been remodeled. She is a custom build 25 meter long liveaboard designed for both diving and naturalist cruises. It is the only Tourist Class scuba diving liveaboard. The design provides for a comfortable trip for both the naturalist or scuba diving outings. The Astrea provides a 8 day/7 night voyage alternating with a 8 day/ 7 night Naturalist cruise. The naturalist cruise is also available as either a 4 day/3 night or a 5 day/4 night segment. This is ideal for the diver who also would like to explore the wonders of the Galapagos islands above the water.
Galapagos Aggressor III
The Aggressor Fleet has been sailing in the Galapagos Islands since 1993. Their newest addition is the Galapagos Aggressor III dive boat which replaced her sister ships the Galapagos Aggressor I and the Galapagos Aggressor II. The liveaboard is everything that the Aggressor Fleet is known for. She is designed for scuba diving while providing a comfort level of a yacht. She carries 16 divers in 8 staterooms, 4 are master staterooms and 4 deluxe staterooms. The master cabins and 2 of the deluxe have side by side beds that can be moved together to form a queen size bed. The food onboard is of the highest standards.
MV Galapagos Sky
Galapagos Sky boat is another diving liveaboard that carries only 16 divers in 8 luxurious staterooms. The staterooms are well equipped and spacious. The lounges and saloon are comfortable and have all the upscale feature you would expect from a luxury cruise.
The Explorer Ventures fleet is represented in the Galapagos liveaboards by the 33 meter long Humboldt Explorer dive boat. This Liveaboard is very comfortable and one of the best values of the Galapagos Liveaboards. Humboldt Explorer boat sails with just 16 divers in 8 double cabins each with an ocean view, air conditioning, and private bathrooms with showers
The Galapagos Master diving boat is the first of three liveaboard vessels for the Master fleet. The Master Fleet also has the Truk Master which entered service in February 2016 in Chuuk and the French Polynesia Master, set to enter service the end of 2016.
The Master fleet may be new, however, it is own by Worldwide Dive and Sail. They owns and operates the Siren Fleet dive liveaboards, The Junk dive liveaboard in Thailand and a number of day yachts. The 32m, steel yacht Galapagos Master with 9 cabins for up to 16 guests was previously the Deep Blue liveaboard also sailing the Galapagos Islands. She is among the newest of the areas liveaboards.
Nortada dive boat is also a new entry into the Galapagos Islands Liveaboard industry, however, she comes with a great deal of experience. The Nortada is owned by Rolf Wittmer Turismo Cía. Ltda., The company is one of the leaders in tourism for the islands. The MY Nortada liveaboard joins the company’s Tip Top Fleet which is luxury yacht charters. The Nortada boat has the smallest number of passengers of any liveaboard carrying only 8 Scuba divers in 4 staterooms. The liveaboard has onboard 2 dive masters giving it the best diver to divemaster ratio in the world. Galapagos Tip Top Dive & Training Facility the Galapagos Islands’ most experienced 5 star PADI Development center provides the operational control over the vessels dive operations.
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