This live aboard diving cruise to the Galapagos is a seven night cruise. This is an advanced diving trip due to the presence of strong currents, cold water and at times limited visibility. You will venture to the rarely visited Wolf and Darwin Islands on this trip, arguably the best diving in the world! Diving the central islands on your Galapagos cruise you will witness the wonderful diversity of Galapagos diving.
An accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country.
In 1981 Toni moved to Namibia with her family and from then on her love of the outdoors and all things nature grew and grew. Her father was an exploration geologist who travelled extensively around Southern Africa, living in small mining towns and managing bush camps where Toni would spend her school holidays camping in the bush, or visiting private farms and reserves. Toni’s father passed on to her his unparalleled knowledge of all things Namibia, and she carried this with her as she became a manager and guide at some of the most remote lodges in the extreme North West of Namibia. Toni has travelled expansively across Namibia and its neighbouring countries, making regular visits to all of the National Game Reserves and developing her photographic skills which she takes great pleasure in passing on to visitors to the region.
Her deep love and knowledge of the Namibia, coupled with her infectious passion and enthusiasm to want to share it, make her one of the country’s top guides and ambassadors for this beautiful country. More than just a guide who simply points from a vehicle, Toni becomes fully involved in the experiences of her fellow travellers and places a great emphasis on finding the best adventures, wildlife encounters and photo opportunities for her tour groups. As a Managing Tour Consultant she plans safaris for a wide range of interest groups but her main focus is on birding and photographic small group tours, where she delights in each visitor gaining an up-close and personal experience of all that the country she loves and knows so well has to offer.
Born in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. She spent 11 years on Sea Lion Island as Manager of the Lodge, Warden of the Nature Reserve and as the principal tour provider, meaning her knowledge of Sea Lion Island in particular is second to none. Having spent so much time here, as expected her wildlife speciality is Elephant Seals, but she is also well versed in the ways of the seabirds, penguins, whales, dolphins and sea lions that call the Falklands their home.
After her time on Sea Lion Island Jenny moved to Stanley to work for the Falkland Islands Government and became manager of a local travel firm assisting with travel arrangements for incoming visitors, before taking semi-retirement to spend more time with her family and enjoy more time further exploring the lands she knows so well. Jenny is extremely passionate about sharing the hidden nature secrets of the Falklands with those who come to visit her homeland and will be looking forward to accompanying you and passing on her unsurpassed knowledge of the areas you will be visiting.
From May to November you will encounter whale sharks, as well as numerous other species of whale.
Cabin accommodation, all meals, snacks, beverages (including Beer and Wine with Dinner)
Upon arrival the crew will familiarise you with the boat and carry out the procedures. We then cruise to the area of Los Lobos for your check-out dive. This will be your first experience of Galapagos sea lions and fur seals! Even on the first day you will start to get a taste of the diverse land formations which comprise the Galapagos Islands topside.
Bartolome is a beautiful area, with a multitude of photo opportunities, also where you can enjoy a land tour where you can climb to the top of the hill, where breathtaking views abound. Conditions permitting, snorkelling with penguins will be allowed.3 - 5Days
You’ll spend the next three days diving the legendary islands of Wolf and Darwin.
Arguably Wolf and Darwin are the best dive sites in the world. Whale sharks are common here from Mid-May through November. At The Arch at Darwin, you will see hammerhead sharks. Bottlenose dolphins are also common. The reef contains many species of fish found nowhere else in the Islands.
Darwin Island: Considered by many experienced divers as the very best dive site in the world, The Arch at Darwin fulfils its famous 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 possible to see whale sharks in numbers of up to eight different individuals. The occasional presence of tiger sharks, black and blue marlin, and killer whales make this a unique diving experience.
Wolf Island: A magical location, with several dive sites to choose from. If you want to see sharks, you have come to the right place. This is the place for schooling hammerhead sharks, large groups of Galapagos sharks, and if you are lucky, 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. On a night dive here you will also be able to watch the red lipped bat fish walk along the bottom of the sea!
On the western side of Isabela Island, you can expect to see Galapagos penguins, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, sea lions, seahorses, sea turtles, horn sharks, red lipped batfish, occasional hammerhead sharks and white tip sharks, and much more. Punta Vincente Roca steep, with its deep vertical wall covered in soft coral, sponges, and endemic black coral.
Isla Pinzon is the perfect place to encounter a variety of species of sharks, sea lions, mantas, eagle rays, and moray eels, yellow tailed surgeonfish, king angelfish, moorish idols, steel pompanos, snappers, grunts, creole fish, octopus and barracuda. Then on to the highlands of Santa Cruz to see the Galapagos Tortoises in their natural environment; and a visit to Puerto Ayora.
Arrive at San Cristobal for a land excursion and visit the Interpretation Centre where an interesting history of Galapagos is presented, followed by a town walk.
Late morning departure to the airport for your return flight to the mainland