Humboldt Explorer, Galapagos

Meta (255) = image Alternative Text Humboldt Explorer state of the art liveaboard offers 7 night trips diving Galapagos Islands: Darwin Island, Wolf Island to see hammerhead sharks & whale sharks, manta rays & eagle rays, green turtles & hawksbill turtles, seals & dolphins

Overview

The Humboldt Explorer, a 32m/105ft long state of the art liveaboard, is the latest addition to the Explorer Ventures Fleet. Purpose built for the waters of the Galapagos, the Humboldt Explorer vessel offers 7-night dive itineraries from/to San Cristobal, which includes Darwin Island and Wolf Island.

Accommodation & Facilities

The Humboldt Explorer comfortably accommodates 16 passengers in 8 air-conditioned cabins across the main and lower decks. All cabins have private bathroom facilities, twin bunks that convert to larger beds for couples, flat screen televisions, and windows to maximize the view of the Pacific Ocean and Galapagos Archipelago.

The air-conditioned salon on the main deck includes dining tables, TV, VCR, CD/DVD, video library and lounge area. Stunning/viewing areas, ample seating, and a Jacuzzi are located on the top level. Aboard the Humboldt Explorer, lunch and evening meals usually offer a variety of chicken, beef, pork, and fish, with lots of fresh vegetables and rice. Breakfast is the usual fare of eggs, bacon, pancakes, toast and fresh fruits. Snacks are available between dives.

The spacious dive deck with dive platform has two dedicated camera tables, recharging station, individual gear lockers, air and Nitrox filling stations, tank racks, and a separate fresh water rinse tank for camera equipment.

The Humboldt Explorer is also equipped with a satellite telephone for outgoing calls worldwide, and all the electronic and navigation equipment is state-of-the-art and meets the latest safety standards.

Location

The Humboldt Explorer itineraries depart San Cristobal island each Monday.

What to expect

Dive Service

Up to 4 dives are offered on dive days. A detailed briefing is done before each dive. Under new 2013 National Parks guidelines, 1-night dive at Wolf will be allowed by any vessel on a 7-night cruise within the Galapagos National Park.

Diving is done in small groups from the two dinghies, easily boarded from the Humboldt Explorer’s dive deck. Rental dive equipment is available (must be booked in advance) and they have 12L aluminum tanks with INT-connections. Nitrox is available for an additional charge.

The waters surrounding the Galapagos Islands are quite cool. From December to May: 21°-27°C (70°-80°F) and from June to November 15°-23°C (60°-75°F). It is advisable if you bring at least a 5mm – 7mm wetsuit (semidry) with hood, boots, and gloves. If you have, bring a dry suit.

Dive Area

The dive sites of the Galapagos Islands possess some of the world’s most spectacular large fish varieties. Some of the biggest attractions include huge hammerhead schools, countless Galapagos sharks, sea lions, and sea turtles. The impressive underwater lava formations of the islands create a bizarre landscape with unique vegetation.

Highlights include the far north of Wolf and Darwin Islands (hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, Galapagos sharks, manta rays, eagle rays, turtles). The schedule is determined by the captain and may change depending on weather conditions.

We think…

The Humboldt Explorer is a very luxurious and comfortable vessel with high standard of service and offers a very comfortable way to explore the Galapagos Islands.

Pricing for Humboldt Explorer: 1 Jan - 31 Dec 2019

7 Nights Stateroom AUD5395USD
Important Information
Surcharge for single occupancy cabin +80%
Included:
Stateroom with twin or queen beds, all meals, beverages incl. softdrinks & local alcoholic beverages, transfers on charter days in San Cristobal, up to 4 dives daily (weather permitting), tanks & weights, air fills
Not Included:
Dinner on last night in Puerto Ayora, dive equipment rental, Nitrox, domestic flights to/from San Cristobal
Please use the [Enquiry & Booking] button to give us your exact requirements in terms of Trip#, dates, number of divers/snorkelers, and we'll give you the best deal we can.

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Humboldt Explorer, Galapagos Extras Payable Locally (as of August 2018)

Fuel surchargeAUD150USD
Galapagos National Park fees AUD100USD
Galapagos INGALA Transit Card AUD25USD
Hyperbaric Chamber fee AUD35USD
Nitrox fills (7 nights) AUD150USD
Full set of dive gear rental excl. computer (7 nights) AUD250USD
Dive computer rental (7 nights) AUD100USD
Important Information
Special payment and cancellation terms apply for this operator.