Aqua is a professional dive yacht that offers both Naturalist and Diving cruise trips around the Galapagos Islands with a competitive price, formerly known as Pinguino Explorer, it can accommodate up to 16 guests per trip.

Medhi

14/06/2018

It was a wonderfull trip in Galapagos specially to Wolf and Darwin dive sites, we encounters whale shark, galapagos shark, hammerhead (not big school, around 30 sharks) , mola mola around Isabella on...

Description

Boat

Aqua is a professional dive liveaboard yacht running by a serious company in the Galapagos Island, it provides both Naturalist (Non-diving, snorkeling) and Diving trips around the Galapagos Islands. It give an unique and unforgettable liveaboard experience, with the best quality service possible.

Aqua was built in 1998, and it was completely renovated during 2010 - 2012, and again in the end of 2015 and beginning of 2019. It measuring 25 meters in length and 5.5 meters in width, with 2 engines with 250HP each, it cruise at 8 knots per hour. It has all the modern technical equipment and comfortable accommodations that can bring you a comfort trip in the Galapagos.

Aqua has a cozy lounge with air condition on the main deck, equipped with TV, stereo, Book/Magazine/CD/DVD/Table games library for entertainment as well as a self-service bar that provide water, tea, coffee all day long. The dining area is adjacent to the lounge in a separate area, guests will be served with meals three times a day in buffet style, which contains a wide variety of Ecuadorian and international cuisine.

On the upper deck, there are 2 relaxation area : at the front and back of the boat. The front sundeck is completely open, equipped with chaise longues. And at the back of upper deck, the is an outdoor shaded lounge with cushioned benches, tables and drinking water supply.

Aqua diving platform offers space for all guests’ dive equipment, camera table, cleaning tanks with fresh water, and space for drying suits. It has 50 Aluminium scuba tanks, 2 compressor and 2 zodiacs with Yamaha engines for diving. Additionally, there is a bath on the platform and two showers with warm water.


Cabin

Aqua has 9 comfortable guest cabins, it can accommodate up to 16 guests per trip:

All cabins have ensuite bathroom, individual AC, closets, reading lamps, smoke alarm and alarm system, electricity outlets with 110V, amenities and towels.

5 Twin Cabins (Cabin 1 - Cabin 4) :
Located on the upper deck, each cabin comes with two single bunk beds, with seaview windows.

1 Double/Twin Cabin (Cabin 5) :
Located on the upper deck, this cabin comes with one double bed and one single bed (bunk style), with seaview windows.

3 Twin Cabins (Cabin 6 - Cabin 8) :
Located on the lower deck, each cabin comes with two single bunk beds, with portholes.


Diving

  • 3 dives per day + alternating additional sunset/night dives.

  • Usually 8D/7N diving trip will offer 18 - 20 dives in total.

  • Only 1 - 2 dives will be provided on the last diving day.

  • No dive will be provided on the day of departure.

  • 1 Check dive will be provided on the embarkation day.

  • All diving will provide experienced guide to lead the dive.

  • All tanks have INT-valves, no DIN (European) valves.

  • Divers must have AOW level with at least 65 logged dives.


Other Information

  • Nitrox:Available with an additional cost
  • 15L Tanks:Limited available with an additional cost
  • Technical Dive Available:Not available at the moment
  • REBREATHER Dive:Not available at the moment
  • Dive Equipment Rental:Available, rate on request
  • Dive insurance:Divers must have valid dive insurance
  • Wi-Fi Internet :Not available at the moment
  • Laundry Service:Not available at the moment
  • Massage Service:Not available at the moment
  • Payment on board:By cash (EUR/USD) ONLY
  • Crew Number:10 including 2 dive guides

Itineraries

Diving Itinerary 8D/7N

Day 1 : Baltra Airport + 1 Check Dive
Upon arrival at Baltra Airport, your TCC (Transit Control Card) is stamped; this must be kept safe during your trip, as it has to be presented again on your return flight. In addition, entrance to the Galapagos National Park is due for entry (US $ 100), if this has not yet been paid.

Your guide will meet you at the airport, assist you with the luggage and accompany you on the short bus ride to the harbour of Puerto Ayora. Here you will climb aboard the yacht Aqua. After greeting the crew and the captain, your cabins will be assigned to you and then you will enjoy your first lunch on-board. Afternoon will be a check dive at Baltra North East.

Day 2 : Bartolome (1 Dive) + Cousin's Rock (2 Dives)
Bartolome is located east of Santiago Island, this small island is known for its unique spear-like pinnacle. You can expect to see some of the following marine life: seahor- ses, white tip reef sharks, reef fish (including large schools of hunting yellow tailed surgeonfish), barracudas, turtles, mobula rays, sting rays, scorpion stone fish, and various invertebrates.

Cousin’s rock is located north-east of Santiago island, near Bartolome. It is one of the few places where you can see endemic black coral amongst the riot of colourful clams, algae, flora and fauna that cover the rocks like splashes of paint. You can expect to see some of the following Marine Life: sea lions, Galapagos sharks, white tip reef sharks, turtles, seahorses, barracudas, stingrays, eagle rays, manta rays and reef fish (including large schools of floating bullseye pufferfish).

Day 3 : Wolf (4 Dives)
Named after the German geologist Theodor Wolf, this extinct volcano reaches 253m (780ft) above sea level and lies around 160km (100m) nor thwest of Isabela Island. Land visits are not permitted, however, bird life such as: red-foo- ted boobies and vampire finches may be spotted from the boat. For our dives, we choose from a selection of reefs and walls, most have medium to strong currents, where the use of gloves and reef hooks is advised. Schooling pelagics are the main attraction, but you can also see hammerheads, white tips and Galapagos sharks. (May-November).

Day 4 : Darwin (4 Dives)
A volcano that reaches 165m (490ft) above sea level was named in honour of naturalist Charles Darwin. It is amongst the smallest island within the Galapagos Archipelago and like Wolf Island, no land visits are permitted. One of the most famed diving sites is “Darwin’s Arch”, which provides an amazing drift dive along the wall at an average depth of just 9m. Medium to strong currents are to be expected, but you bring with them many hammerheads, black tips, silky and Galapagos sharks! Schools of jacks are a common sight, along with turtles, angelfish and moray eels. Occasional sightings of tiger sharks, manta rays and bottlenose dolphins make for a thrilling time.Whale sharks may also be seen between May – November.

Day 5 : Wolf (3 Dives)
Again we will be dive around Wolf Island for the best of Galapagos.

Day 6 : Vicente Roca Point (1 Dive) + Cape Douglas (1 Dive)
We will cross the Bolivar Channel for the last time to Vicen- te Roca Point, just at the mouth of Isabela’s seahorse-shape. While entering a dark cave below a spectacular arch, roaring echoes of the waves will accompany you. Cape Douglas is sure to provide you amazing opportunities to observe a large amount of marine life, above and under the water! As you prepare for your dive, you can see Gala- pagos Penguins, Galapagos Flightless Cormorants, and Gala- pagos Marine Iguanas- animals only found exclusively on the Islands. A sure sight is incredible marine iguanas swimming and feeding on the rocks under the surface. Some marine life you may see are: Red-lipped Batfish, Horn Sharks, Mola Mola, and possibly Baleen Whales!

Day 7 : Roca Blanca (1 Dive) / Pinzon (1 Dive) + Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz)
For divers, Roca Blanca is a mecca for sea life. Located on the South East coast of Isabela Island, it’s one of the best diving sites the central islands offer. You will get to see amazing life here, such as: shark, manta & eagle rays, sea lions, moray eels, lobsters, and a vast population of tropical fish. Pinzon is a great spot for beginners and experienced divers, offering many playful sea lions, turtles, and red lipped batfish. n the warmer months, Pinzon is a favourite site for the Manta Rays and pods of dolphins.

Day 8 : Santa Cruz Highlands Visit + Transfer to Baltra airport
The road to the highlands leaves from Bellavista, a small village located a 15-minute drive from Puerto Ayora, and passes through the agricultural zone, near the National Park boundary, the Miconia Zone, and then goes to the Fern and Sedge zone. With clear weather, this area boasts beautiful scenes of rolling hills and extinct volcanic cones covered with grass and lush greenery all year round. Here you will visit the Twin Craters, which are two pit craters, as well as a local ranch where we can observe the giant tortoise of Santa Cruz Island in its natural habitat.


Naturalist Itineraries

  • 8D/7N :
    Our 8-day naturalist itinerary aboard M/Y Aqua is the opportunity of a lifetime! Visiting incredible sites such as Dragon Hill, Sullivan Bay, magical Isabela island, and more, your stay in the Galapagos Island will be more than complete. Share our love for all the incredible wildlife inhabiting the islands with us!

  • 5D/4N :
    Five nights aboard M/Y Aqua will in no doubt provide you with the BEST memories! This route is known as “The Heart of the Archipelago”- discover uniquely shaped Chinese Hat, extraordinary wildlife above and under the waves at Cowley and Albany, and much more! This itinerary is sure to make your stay that of a lifetime!

  • 4D/3N :
    Our 4-day itinerary aboard the M/Y Aqua invites you to explore the incredible seabird colonies of North Seymour. The fun doesn’t end there- visit the truly magical Galapagos Giant Tortoises in Santa Cruz, discover all the species of Iguanas in South Plazas and much more!

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Destinations Galapagos
Facilities Nitrox support, Camera station
Languages spoken English, Spanish

Schedules & routes

Date Duration Destination Departure - Arrival Price
24/09/2019 to 01/10/2019 7 nights Galapagos Baltra – B - Baltra – B From $3,495.00 $3,145.50 Detail
01/10/2019 to 08/10/2019 7 nights Galapagos Baltra – A - Baltra – A From $3,995.00 $3,595.50 Detail
08/10/2019 to 15/10/2019 7 nights Galapagos Baltra – B - Baltra – B From $3,495.00 $3,145.50 Detail
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Prices & conditions

Destination Duration Cabin Price
Galapagos 7 nights Lower Deck From $3,495.00 $3,145.50
Galapagos 7 nights From $3,695.00 $3,325.50

Included

  • Air tanks & weights & weight belts
  • Daily housekeeping service
  • Land transfer on arrival/depature date
  • Alcoholic beverages (beer or/and wine)
  • All meals & complimentary beverages (water & tea & coffee)
  • Soft drinks in bottles and/or cans
  • Dive guide service
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Dinner on final evening
  • Land tour & Island visit
  • Boat accident insurance

Not included

  • Domestic flights
  • Dive courses on board
  • Crew gratuity
  • Dive equipment rentals
  • Dive insurance
  • Travel insurance ( cancellation insurance)
  • Larger tank (15 L)
  • Nitrox fills
  • Marine park fees/Port fees

Useful information

Galapagos

Period : Liveaboards run trips year round. There are two season:
- From June to November, fish life is abundant and there is a greater chance of whale shark encounters.
- December to May is mating season and also hammerhead and manta ray season.

Visa's : Citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the EU, Canada and the USA do not require visas for stays up to 90 days. Residents from some African and Asian countries require visas. Please check with your closest Ecuadorian Consulate for current entry requirements.

Climat : Although located on the equator, the weather is not tropical. The cooler, dry season extends from June to November when the air is misty and the winds are stronger. The warmer, more tropical season is between December to May.

  • During the dry season, the air temperature averages between 21°C to 27°C.
  • During the warmer season, the air temperature averages between 24°C to 32°C.

Water : With strong current fluctuations mean that there are always thermoclines underwater.

  • During the dry season, the water temperature ranges from 16°C to 24°C.
  • During the warmer season, the water temperature ranges from 21°C to 28°C.

Clothing : Warmer clothes for the cooler months, and lighter clothes for the warmer sunny months. Also bring long pants and long sleeved shirts for protection against mosquito and sand fly bites.

Plugs : Type A & B (US./Canada)electrical plug with 120-127 V @ 60Hz

Flights : International flights arrive directly to Quito or Guyaquil, with daily domestic connections to Galapagos.

Currency : Local currency is the US Dollar. Visa, Mastercard and Diners credit cards are most widely accepted. And international ATM's are available.

Diver's reviews (1)

Medhi, 14/06/2018

It was a wonderfull trip in Galapagos specially to Wolf and Darwin dive sites, we encounters whale shark, galapagos shark, hammerhead (not big school, around 30 sharks) , mola mola around Isabella on the way back and sea lion colonie too so it really fulfill our expectation. the baot itself is convenient, not luxury but good for divers, the dive guide were friendly and food enough and fine. I would say it's a good quality option to dive the Galapagos. Crew were nice and professional.

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