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 8 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.

4 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:13, include 2 dive guides

Itineraries

DAY 01 - Baltra Island - Check Dive
AM: Baltra Arrival at Baltra airport. Our guide will welcome you, gather the group and take you to AQUA to check in.
PM: After a fine lunch served, divers will gather at the diving platform where they will be informed some aspects to be considered for your first dive and the respective equipment as the yacht is sailing to Northeast Baltra Island for your first dive or Weight check. Once this activity is completed, the yacht will continue its itinerary, dinner will be served during navigation.

DAY 02 - Bartolome (1 DIVE) – Cousin Rocks (2 DIVES)
AM: Bartolome.
This is the perfect spot to start your adventure with moderate currents. At the depth of around 20mtrs (60ft) we might see white tip reef sharks, green marine turtles, different types of rays, tropical fish and the red lip batfish, which are endemic to the Islands. Occasionally even the first hammerhead sharks can be spotted swimming nearby. After this first dive our chef awaits with an amazing breakfast.
PM: Cousins Rock.
Today’s second dive will be approximately 15 minutes north of Bartolome by an islet. It is a perfect spot with moderate to stronger currents with excellent possibilities to spot sea horses, bloody frogfish, and schools of eagle rays, sea lions seals and sometimes giant manta rays. The topography forms a nicely populated slope full of volcanically formed holes that are the perfect refuge for moray eels, octopus and lobster. We will be surrounded by black coral and many different types of sponges.

A warm shower and little snacks wait for guests on board before lunch. After a well-deserved nap the third dive of the day will be at this same spot. Back on board, Astrea will iniciate the navigation to the island Wolf.

DAY 03 - Wolf Island
In this remote spot of the Galapagos today we will have two dives, one in the Landslide and one in The Cave.

DAY 04 - Darwin Island
At this marvelous most northwest island we enjoy 4 dives today at the spot called The Arch.

DAY 05 - Wolf Island
Back at Wolf we will have two dives at El Derrumbe and La Cueva. A new day brings a new adventure! While in the company of turtles and plenty of hammerheads divers can search for some more whale sharks...

DAY 06 - Isabela Island – Punta Vicente Roca – Marshall Corp

Punta Vicente Roca.
First dive starts very early. At the sandy bottom by the corals we will look for large sea horses which live as couples scattered over the dive spot. We also find the catfish, red lip bat fish and the highlight of the day the Sunfish. This area is home of many marine turtles. All of the above stay in the area the whole year. After the dive we will do a panga ride to the shoreline to observe the penguins, flightless cormorants and marine iguanas.

Cabo Marshall.
The trip to Cabo Marshall will take a few hours. We will travel along the coastline of Isabela and have an amazing view of the volcanoes that formed the island, Ecuador, Darwin and Wolf. We will cross the equator line south bound.
At Cabo Marshall the main attraction are the giant manta ray, it is up to 6m (18ft) wing span, swimming at low depth. Several small fish in large schools are to be seen here, too, such as barracudas.

DAY 07 - Pinzon Island
At this small island located in the center of the Archipelago, we will have our last dives of the trip. We will see the red lip batfish, giant manta rays, marbel rays, eagle rays and a large quantity of marine turtles. In the afternoon we travel towards Santa Cruz and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station with its interaction center and the giant tortoises that live here. They are bred to set them into the wilderness.

DAY 08 - Santa Cruz Highlands – Baltra Airport
Before flying back to the mainland or continuing your adventure at Hotel Silberstein we visit the Highlands with the tortoises in their natural environment, several types of finches and the Twin Craters. For those who leave the Enchanted Islands our guide will take you back to the airport in Baltra and check you in for your flight home, full of beautiful memories.

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

Schedules & routes

Date Duration Destination Departure - Arrival Price
28/05/2019 to 04/06/2019 7 nights Galapagos Baltra – A - Baltra – A From $3,995.00 $3,395.75 Detail
04/06/2019 to 11/06/2019 7 nights Galapagos Baltra – B - Baltra – B From $3,495.00 $2,970.75 Detail
11/06/2019 to 18/06/2019 7 nights Galapagos Baltra – A - Baltra – A From $3,995.00 $3,395.75 Detail
18/06/2019 to 25/06/2019 7 nights Galapagos Baltra – B - Baltra – B From $3,495.00 Detail
25/06/2019 to 02/07/2019 7 nights Galapagos Baltra – A - Baltra – A From $3,995.00 $3,395.75 Detail
02/07/2019 to 09/07/2019 7 nights Galapagos Baltra – B - Baltra – B From $3,495.00 Detail
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27/08/2019 to 03/09/2019 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
  • 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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