This specialised live-aboard sailing offers the best of all diving worlds in the Galapagos, with up to 19 dives including the rarely visited Darwin and Wolf Islands. There are also three guided land excursions.
Please note recommended requirements 50-100 open water dives, experience in currents, ability to remove gear in water, getting in and out of small boats/Zodiacs in choppy seas.
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.
Arrive on San Cristobel island and transfer to boat.
This afternoon, experience a check dive off Isla Lobos and see some of the beautiful underwater world as you play with sea lions and fur seals.2Day
Today, we take a walk on Bartolome and climb to the top of the hill for long, spectacular views. Depending on conditions, we hope to snorkel with penguins here.
This afternoon, we dive off Cousins Rocks to see corals, frog fish, sea horses, scorpion fish and octopus. Also expect schools of barracuda and hammerhead sharks as well as sea lions.
These islands offer some of the best diving in the world with the addition of whale sharks from mid-May to November.
Darwin is warmer than the central islands and in one dive you can encounter schooling hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, pods of dolphins, schools of skipjack and yellowfin tuna, mobula rays and silky sharks. Also possibly tiger sharks, black and blue marlin and orca. These are on top of the most amazing variety of tropical fish.
On Wolf, there are numerous dive sites with common sightings of dolphins, tuna, sharks, spotted eagle rays and hundreds of moray eels. On a night dive, spot the red-lipped bat fish walk along the bottom.
We dive at Cabo Douglas on Fernandina Island, where highlights are marine iguanas and flightless cormorants. Also expect to see Galapagos penguins, sea lions sea horses, horn sharks and red-lipped batfish and lots more, including snapper, barracuda and sharks.
Two more dives later in cold water at Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island. Regular sightings here of mola mola, bullhead sharks and various marine invertebrates. From the Zodiac, look out for flightless cormorants, marine iguanas, blue-footed and Nazca boobies, magnificent frigatebirds, noddy terns and more.
A morning dive for encounters with sharks, manta and eagle rays, moray eels and myriad tropical fish.
Later, land on Sanata Cruz and take a bus to the highlands to visit a giant tortoise reserve. The down to the main town of Puerto Ayora.
In the evening, reboard for the night sailing back to San Cristobel.
Visit the Interpretation Centre in the morning, then transfer to airport for flight back to the mainland.See All Itinerary