Galapagos Master, was formerly known as Deep Blue, offers 7 and 10 night dive cruises from/ to San Christobal. Amongst other places, these cruises include a visit to the Wolf and Darwin Islands. Upon arrival at the airport in San Cristobal, the vessel is easily reached by speedboat after a short 5-10 minutes bus ride. The 32m (105ft) long vessel has a width of 7.5m (25ft) and travels at a max. speed of 12.5 knots in ideal conditions.
Accommodation & Facilities
It features 9 cabins for up to 16 divers. All cabins have private ensuite facilities and individually controlled air-condition units. There is one double bed cabin on the main deck and 8 twin bed cabins - 4 on the lower deck and 4 on the upper deck. 6 of the 8 twin bed cabins can be adapted to double bed cabins if required.
Galapagos Master's amenities include a spacious indoor lounge with Plasma screen, an indoor dining area, a small library & entertainment system, a large sun deck and an outdoor shaded area on the upper deck. Furthermore, the vessel is equipped with a large dive deck, a camera table and a charging station. Power outlets are 110/220V for US plugs; adapters are available free of charge.
Galapagos Master offers up to 4 dives per day subject to prevailing weather and sea conditions at the time. To allow guests to explore the Galapagos to its fullest, some dives may be substituted by an island visit. Prior to disembarking, you may also opt to visit the Interpretation Center on San Cristobal Island.
During 7 night itineraries, 3 dive days are scheduled at Darwin & Wolf, whilst 10 night itineraries offer 4 dive days at these famed islands.
The dives are mostly performed off the two dive tenders on board. Galapagos Master has a Nitrox membrane system. Diving with Nitrox (up to 32%) is an additional charge. 12L aluminium tanks and weights are included in your cruise cost. Upgrades to 12L or 15L steel tanks are available at a minimal fee. The tanks have DIN and international valves.
The dive equipment set up is found on the aft deck of the lower level. There are individual set up areas, with under bench storage for all personal items. Rinse tanks are conveniently located for washing dive equipment and camera gear, whilst there are 2 shower heads for those wishing for a quick post-dive rinse down. A further 2 deck heads are situated on the starboard side of the boat, just in front of the salon entrance.
The waters surrounding the Galapagos Islands are quite cool. From December to May: 21C-30C (70F-86F) and from June to November 16C-24C (60F-75F). You should bring at least a 5mm - 7mm wetsuit (semidry) with hood, boots and gloves. If you have, bring a dry suit.
The following amazing dive areas will be visited (weather permitting) as part of the excursion:
Wolf and Darwin Islands: You may see hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, Galapagos sharks, manta rays, eagle rays, green and hawksbill turtles. Another attraction for sure are the fur seals, jacks, scorpionfish and dolphins. With some luck you may even see a whaleshark around Darwin Islands. Expect stong currents, about 1 to 3 knots!
Santiago Island: Dive with eagle rays, sea lions, green turtles and whitetip sharks. Also seahorses and frog fish are spotted here often.
Santa Cruz Island: Dive with Galapagos sharks, whitetip sharks, manta rays, turtles, sea lions. Currents are strong here too, 1 to 2 knots.
The new sites open to liveaboards are Roca Redonda and Punta Vicente Roca.
Many of the Galapagos Master trips are in remote locations and internet service is intermittent at best. Therefore, no internet service is provided on board Master Liveaboard Fleet yachts. Most cell or mobile phones which have ‘roaming’ will function during the cruise, however, service signal strength can be very weak and some areas of your cruise may not be covered at all.
You should know...
Please note that Galapagos Master currently does not accept credit card payments on board. Cash payments in USD, Euro, GBP, AUD and NZD are accepted. In addition to hyperbaric chamber fees, guests are advised to bring enough USD (or equivalent currency) for any optional extras and tips.
Diving in the Galapagos can be challenging, even for the experienced diver, and as such it is highly recommended that guests have training beyond beginner level and a minimum experience of 50 dives, preferably in similar conditions. If the dive crew feel that you do not have the relevant skills or experience to dive the more challenging sites safely then they may stipulate that you sit out some dives.
NEW regulation from 1 May 2018: Any person who enters Ecuador as a tourist must be able to present proof of public or private full coverage international health insurance for the duration of their stay in Ecuador.
Galapagos Master is a luxury liveaboard option for those wanting to explore the Galapagos to its fullest. She is set up to be the most eco-friendly dive liveaboard in the Galapagos Islands.