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Galapagos Islands

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M/Y Galapagos Sky

Luxurious and popular motor boat specially built for diving.

The popular M/Y Galapagos Sky is a 30 metre luxury motor boat specially built for diving. A week aboard offers you and adventure if a life time in absolute style and comfort.

The M/Y Galapagos Sky is one of the premier diving boats in the Galapagos. When aboard, cruising the Galapagos National Park, you can explore Darwin's living laboratory while luxuriating in all the creature comforts of a Peter Hughes Diving custom-built dive vessel. Fully equipped for diving, the boat offers spacious cabins, fine dining and two dive masters on board. There’s plenty of room on deck for all your equipment and prices include all your meals and drinks, including local wines & liquors and up to 4 dives daily with free Nitrox and the services of a naturalist dive instructor and dive master. Specially built for diving, the popular Galapagos Sky is a 30 metre luxury motor boat easily accommodating 16 people in its comfortable surroundings.

The spacious living areas with elegant teak paneling welcome you during your non-diving hours. There is a main salon with an entertainment centre, a dining area offering both local and international cuisine, a fully stocked bar and a sundeck for the intrepid sun worshippers.

Accommodation
Eight private en-suite cabins offer either twin or king size bed and come with a window or a port hole.

Please note the Transite control Tax ($10 per person) and the Hyperbaric chanber fee (£35 per person) need to be paid at the time of booking.

The Ultimate Diving team will offer you the best flight connections and stopover hotels available at the time of booking at an additional cost.

Master Cabin

Cabins 1-4 are located on the Dolphin deck (deck plans) and have two twin beds (that can be joined together).

  • Window
  • Wardrobe
  • Hair dryer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fresh towels daily
  • Biodegradeble toiletries
  • Bathrobes
  • Mirrored cabinet

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Route Options

Galapagos is a diving destination on any avid diver’s bucket list as dive sites clustered around the islands offer great diving experiences and close encounters with schools of pelagic and of course hammerheads on almost every dive. The M/Y Galapagos Sky operates a 7 night itinerary from San Christobal visiting a number of sites on the way to Darwin and Wolf located to the north of the national park.

New divers are welcome aboard but your Ultimate Diving team strongly recommends this route to divers who have experienced strong currents in the past and have completed their advanced qualification.

Below is the planned itinerary aboard the M/Y Galapagos Sky as authorised by the national park on patent (permit) issued to the operator. This itinerary is subject to change based on conditions, season & park regulations.

Sunday (Embarkation day):

  • Isla Lobos- Check out dive

  • When you arrive at the airport at San Cristobal on Sunday the crew will meet you, collect your luggage and transfer you to the boat. Then, you will cruise to the area of Los Lobos for your check-out dive. This will be your first underwater introduction to Galapagos sea lions and fur seals! Watch them zoom in and out and dance playfully for you!

    Monday
  • Cousins Rocks - up to 2 dives, with possible Panga ride and snorkel
  • North Seymour land tour

  • Cousins Rocks - The diving here is an itinerary favorite and is done along a beautiful wall allowing for great viewing opportunities of corals, frog fish, sea horses, scorpion fish and octopus. It is also a great dive for large schools of barracuda and also hammerhead shark sightings. Sea lions will be your companions on the safety stops.

    This dive is then followed by a land visit to North Seymour where you can enjoy sightings and encounters with surfing sea lions, marine iguanas, blue footed booby birds as well as many other bird species.

    Tuesday
  • Cuidad de las Mantas (near Cabo Marshall) - 1 dive
  • Cabo Marshall - 1 dive
  • Punta Vicente Roca - 1 dive and Panga ride, additional activity if time allows

  • At Cape (Cabo) Marshall, on the north eastern side of Isabela Island, you will do 2 dives in the morning and encounter rocky volcanic cliffs dropping down to the ocean’s surface and then sloping into the blue. This is your best opportunity to see manta rays and mobula rays, occasional hammerhead sharks, turtles, and white tip sharks. You 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.

    This day you also visit Punta Vincente Roca for 1 dive. This is the coldest yet rapidly increasing favorite dive with steep, deep vertical wall covered in soft coral, sponges, and endemic black coral. There are regular sightings of mola mola (oceanic sun fish,) sea horses, bullhead sharks, red lipped bat fish, various shrimp and many other marine invertebrates. The after dive panga ride offers great photo opportunities of penguins, flightless cormorants, marine iguanas, sea lions, blue footed & nazca booby birds, magnificent frigates and noddy terns. The diving here is chilly (particularly below the thermocline - but not to be missed!).

    By definition, the entire Galapagos Archipelago is geographically remote. But after this day of your liveaboard cruise finds you heading toward the most isolated, northernmost part of the Galapagos Islands - the uninhabited, untouched, twin cathedrals of world class diving - Wolf and Darwin Islands.

    Wednesday
  • Darwin - 4 dives

  • Thursday
  • Wolf - 4 dives plus night dive


  • Diving Wolf and Darwin

    You’ll spend the next two days diving (up to four dives per day plus one night dive) the legendary islands of Wolf & darwin.

    Most experienced divers will agree, Wolf and Darwin are amongst THE best diving sites in the world! Whale sharks are common here from mid-May through November. At the Darwin Arch, you will see hammerhead sharks either individually, in small groups or large schools. Bottlenose dolphins are also very common.

    Once you see Wolf and Darwin - you’ll immediately understand why there are no shore excursions on this part of the cruise - there is no way up the vertical cliffs!

    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) honors 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.

    Wolf Island: 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. On a night dive here you will also enjoy spotting and watching the red lipped bat fish walk along the bottom of the sea!

    Friday
  • Roca Redondo - 2 dives
  • Punta Vicente Roca - 2 dives

  • Roca Redondo is a well-known site for large schools of hammerheads and swift moving currents. This can be a pelagic wonderland with the currents and nutrient filled waters being a big draw for many encounters with high octane species. In the afternoon you return to Punta Vicente Roca for more Mola Mola and unique critter encounters.

    Saturday
  • Northeast tip of Isla Pinzon - 1 dive
  • Highlands tour

  • Isla Pinzon has been described as providing opportunities for encounters with a variety of species of sharks, sea lions, mantas, eagle rays and moray eels. Many species of fishincluding yellow tailed surgeonfish, king angelfish, moorish idols, steel pompanos, snappers, grunts, creole fish and barracuda.

    This dive is then followed by a transit journey to Puerto Ayora and then a land visit to the Highlands of Santa Cruz to see the Galapagos Tortoises in their natural environment. A visit to the Lava Tube is also included during the time ashore. Land tours continue in Puerto Ayora to the Charles Darwin Research Center.

    Sunday Morning land tour and day of departure
  • Interpretation center

  • Arrive San Cristobal-(land excursion) visit the Interpretation Center where an interesting human history of Galapagos is presented, town walk (last chance for shopping). Late morning departure.

    Vessel Details

    Year Built 2001
    Guest Numbers 16
    Length & Beam 30 metres long and 7.3 metres beam
    Speed 12 knots
    Number of Cabins 8 large air conditioned cabins
    Navigation & Communication Systems VHF and HI-SUB radios, GMDSS, color radar, echo sounder, Furuno GPS
    Salon & Dining Area Spacious dining area with great settings to relax at the end of the day
    Entertainment Shore excursions; Snorkelling and scuba diving; sailing and TV/Video/DVD/CD
    Single Supplement 65%
    Air Compressors Two high and two low pressure
    NITROX Free of charge to all NITROX qualified divers
    Equipment Rental Scuba diving equipment available on-board when advanced request is made
    Medical Oxygen & First Aid EPIRB (emergency position indicator radio beacon)
    Dive Deck Large dive deck on the booby deck
    Nitrox USD150 for 7 days.
    Equipment Rental Available aboard at USD275 for 7 days including dive computer

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    What Our Customers Have To Say

    Reviews from our Clients, Journalists, Photo Pro's and our own Experts

    Our reviews and blogs are an additional guide to evaluate of the holiday is exactley what you are looking for or not. Some love an Eco-Resort, some love air-con and a flat screen TV, we aim to ensure you get what you are looking for, at great value for money.

    7 nights aboard the Galapagos Sky

    What a fantastic holiday we had . Walls of sharks, millions of morays, tons of turtles, sealions, seahore, batfish, frogfish,penguins,iguana and tortoise to name just a few. Jon enjoyed his birthday cake at the Sonesta and is now enjoying New Zealand. This was my first time to the Galapagos Islands and it lived up to expectations below the waves and ashore. Galapagos Sky if a fine boat and provided us with all home comforts. The crew were brilliant and really took care of us diving and eating. The kitchen prepared special vegetarian meals for me. Pirates night was very entertaining and great fun.

    Colin H.

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    Wolf

    Galapagos National Park, Galapagos Islands

    When divers approach Wolf island the boat will be surrounded by the big Pods of Dolphins that seem to be residents to the Island. Wolf is a very small island with high cliffs full of bird life such as red footed boobies, Great Frigate Birds, Swallow Tailed Gulls, Nazca Boobies & Terns. The underwater topography is either boulder slopes or walls that offer the most outstanding number of tropical fish of the Galapagos waters.

    • Min Dives: 4
    • Dive Type: Boat Dive
    • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
    • Max Depth: 18m

    Darwin

    Galapagos National Park, Galapagos Islands

    The Darwin dive site is the main attraction for divers. From July to December divers will encounters with the biggest fish of the ocean, the Whale shark. Large schools of hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, Manta rays, Blue spotted jacks, Rainbow runners, Streamer hogfish, Spotted Morays, Sea turtles, Hawksbill turtles, Bottle nose dolphins, Sailfish can also be seen here, making this site simply one of the best diving sites in the world.

    • Min Dives: 9
    • Dive Type: Boat Dive
    • Diver Level: Advanced Open Water Diver
    • Max Depth: 40m+

    Cousins

    Galapagos National Park, Galapagos Islands

    This Galapagos dive site is on the northwest side of Santiago Island; here divers will see a wall full of Galapagos ‘endemic’ species, black coral with lots of life on it, sleeping Green Sea Turtles and the biggest Sea Horse of the Pacific. Divers are likely to encounter small schools of Hammerhead Sharks, Eagle Rays and very often-Pacific Barracudas and playful Sea Lions together with Fur Seals.

    • Min Dives: 4
    • Dive Type: Boat Dive
    • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
    • Max Depth: 18m

    Pto. Ayora

    Galapagos National Park, Galapagos Islands

    This bay has 5 dive sites. Three of the sites are generally calm with little current; ideal for students or novices. At the other two sites, the dives could be a little more complicated if there is a current so they are suitable for intermediate or expert divers. It is possible to see reef fish, sea lions, sting rays, golden rays, eagle rays, invertebrates, morays, garden eels, turtles, marine iguanas, and white tip reef sharks.

    • Min Dives: 4
    • Dive Type: Boat Dive
    • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
    • Max Depth: 18m

    Bartolome

    Galapagos National Park, Galapagos Islands

    Situated just off the east coast of Santiago Island, Bartolome is instantly distinguished by the huge tower of rock off its northern coast. The Pinnacle and the narrow isthmus divide the island in two. Here a wonderful sandy beach is a favourite nesting site for green turtles.

    • Min Dives: 4
    • Dive Type: Boat Dive
    • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
    • Max Depth: 18m
    Dates Duration Route Room Type Price
    19 Aug 2018
    26 Aug 2018
    7 Nights Galapagos Sky Route Deluxe Twin Cabin £0
    19 Aug 2018
    26 Aug 2018
    7 Nights Galapagos Sky Route Master Cabin £0
    26 Aug 2018
    2 Sep 2018
    7 Nights Galapagos Sky Route Deluxe Twin Cabin £0
    2 Sep 2018
    9 Sep 2018
    7 Nights Galapagos Sky Route Deluxe Twin Cabin £0