The MV Humboldt Explorer of Explorer Ventures Feet offers incredible diving in the Galapagos year-round. Completely renovated in Spring 2023, the vessel is one of the Galapagos’s safest, most modern, and most comfortable liveaboards. Humboldt Explorer offers 8 double or twin cabins on the upper or lower decks. All rooms have private en-suite bathrooms, individually controlled AC, and a TV. The air-conditioned salon on the main deck features an entertainment/media area and a large lounge. Meals are served in this salon’s dining area, where guests can enjoy views of the Galapagos Islands. Meals are a mix of American and local cuisines. Other notable areas include the top deck with sun loungers, a bar, an al-fresco dining area, and a hot tub to warm up between dives.
Humboldt Explorer also offers a unique 7-night/8-day itinerary; it is the only Galapagos liveaboard to offer 4 days of diving with pelagics at the islands Darwin and Wolf. The dive deck is equipped with individual gear storage, a large camera table and charging station, and a separate fresh water rinse tank for underwater camera equipment. Diving occurs from two large tenders; nitrox is available for those certified. The Humboldt Explorer liveaboard offers incredible diving in the Galapagos year-round. The high season is from July to November when conditions are colder, currents are stronger, and visibility is lower, but this is the best chance to see whale sharks when diving at Darwin and Wolf. The low season is from December to June, when the currents are not as strong, the visibility is clearer, and the water is warmer. Hammerheads, eagle rays, sea lions, Galapagos and silky sharks, and huge schools of fish are generally present all year.
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Day 1, Monday: 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. Guests will board the vessel, have lunch, organize equipment and listen to the safety briefings.
Day 2, Tuesday: Baltra North (2 Dives)
Day 3, Wednesday: Wolf Island (3-4 Dives)
Day 4, Thursday: Wolf Island (2 Dives)
Day 5, Friday: Darwin Island (4 Dives)
Day 6, Saturday: Wolf Island (3 Dives)
Day 7, Sunday: Cousin’s Rock (1-2 Dives)
Day 8, Monday: Baltra
Depart the vessel by 9 am. Transfer to the airport.
Marine Life: The Galapagos is home to the world’s only marine iguana and the most northernly living penguin. Coral beds share the same waters as fur seals. The Galapagos is one of the only places where pelagic species such as tunas, manta rays, and hammerhead sharks can be seen close to shore. No other site in the world showcases such a diversity of marine life forms.
Additionally, the Galapago’s geological and biological processes have helped create a high variety of habitats relative to other marine areas in the eastern Pacific. Coastal areas include vertical cliffs, sandy beaches, rocky shores, mangroves, coral reefs, lagoons, and hypersaline panne habitats. Submarine mountains, plateaus, ridges, and valleys provide habitat to an array of marine communities, while the open ocean waters attract stocks of pelagic fish.
Please note that these Galapagos diving liveaboard itineraries are examples only, and will change depending on local regulations, weather, and logistics at the Captain’s discretion. Currently, each week the itinerary includes the same islands. The order of the island visits, however, is dictated by the Galapagos National Park and may vary weekly.