Calipso is a deluxe plus dive liveaboard, it offering dive liveaboard trips in the Galapagos Islands all year round, it can accommodate up to 16 guests.

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Calipso is a beautifully constructed Galapagos steel dive vessel from 2019, 35.4 meters in length and 8 meters in width, with crusing speed at 11 knots. It was originally built in 1991, and during 2018 - 2019, it was rebuilt again by a dive company in the Galapagos, onboard, everything is brand-new : All engines, generators, compressor, Nitrox membrane, electrical, plumbing...all systems are new. The dive deck is brand new. The interior and all exterior common areas are new.

Calipso features 4 decks in total : a new dive deck, a sun deck with Jacuzzi, a main deck with spacious salon with a large flat screen TV for briefings / movies and a comfortable dining area, and a cabin deck.

The meals onboard will never let you go hungry! Everyday will start with a Continental buffet prior to your first dive, then a full breakfast after the dive. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served buffet style for all you can eat. Meals serve international and Ecuadorian dishes prepared with fresh local produce and seafood. There is a snack and hot beverage after each dive. Fruits, candies and snacks are available all day. If you have special dietary requests (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, etc) as long as you submit them to us in a timely manner (90 days prior to arrival), the chef will try the best to accommodate your request!

Calipso also have a large dive platfrom located at the stern, with 4 hot showers, camera table and other dive facilities. The dry storage for charging camera batteries is along the wall shared with the interior salon. On the starboard side is the toilet and wetsuit racks. In the center of the deck and along the starboard side are the diver stations..


Cabin

Calipso has 10 deluxe cabins, it can only accommodate up to 16 guests per trip according to the National Park Policy:

All cabins have average 13 m2 / 140 sq.ft in size. Amenities include: Ensuite bath with hot water showers, individal climate control, TV with hundreds of films to choose from, hair dryers, safety deposit box, USB plugs and laminate flooring (no allergenic carpeting). Each cabin has 2 life jackets and a sprinkler system for safety.

6 Deluxe Cabins (#1- #6) :
Located on the upper deck, each cabin comes with two single beds side by side, also can be converted to queen bed, panoramic windows for views as well as a window in the bath.

2 Deluxe Cabins (#7 - #8) :
Located on the main deck, each cabin comes with two single beds side by side, also can be converted to queen bed, panoramic windows for views as well as a window in the bath.

2 Single Cabins (#9 - #10) :
Located on the lower deck, these two cabins are usually not for guest use. Each cabin comes with two single bed side by side, portholes. These cabins can be used as single cabins without single supplement. These are assigned on a first come, first serve basis, provide groups with flexibility, early takers as a single cabin or accommodate private dive guides.


Diving

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

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

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

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

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

  • Divers must have AOW level with at least 50 logged dives.

  • Dive Alert, SMB, Nautilus Lifeline, Safety Noisemaker included.

  • Private guide is available for book in advance, with extra cost.


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:Only available on dedicated charters
  • Dive Equipment Rental:Available, rate on request
  • Dive insurance:Divers must have valid dive insurance
  • Wi-Fi Internet :Satellite wi-fi available with extra cost
  • Laundry Service: Available with an additional cost
  • Massage Service:Not available at the moment
  • Payment on board:By cash (USD) or credit cards.
  • Crew Number:11, include 2 dive guides

Itineraries

Calipso Galapagos Dive Itinerary

Day 1 - San Cristobal :
This morning, you will fly from the mainland of Ecuador to San Cristobal, Galapagos. Our guides will be there to greet you and escort you to the yacht.

After getting settled in, we will have lunch and briefings followed by a check dive at Isla Lobos. Lobo is Spanish for wolf and sea lion is lobo del mar in Spanish. Expect to see sea lions. We sail to Marchena overnight.

Day 2 - Marchena Island:
Dive site Punta Espejo is located on the southeastern corner of Marchena, is typically only been dived by scientists and film makers. It is known for having very large pods of dolphins, schools of Hammerheads and Galapagos sharks. One film maker said he had never seen so many stingrays anywhere in the world. Other species include turtles, moray and garden eels, reef fish species and sometimes red lipped batfish in the sandy bottoms. 2 dives.

Dive site Punta Mejia is located on the northwestern side of Marchena, it is a shallow dive with many fish species, eels, rays and turtles. 1-2 dives, depending on timing. The group might opt for 1 dive and a panga ride as the geological formations are very interesting, again, depending on timing as we sail overnight to Wolf.

Day 3 - Wolf Island :
Wolf is one of the reasons Galapagos is on most divers’ bucketlist. Scientists have designated Wolf and Darwin (together as they are so close together) as the sharkiest place on earth because they have the largest biomass of sharks on the planet,

Sightings include huge schools of Hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks,Whale sharks (in season), Silky sharks, Eagle Rays, Sea Lions, Fur Seals, Mantas, Turtles, Jacks, Trumpetfish, Butterfly fish, Morish Idols, Moray Eels and Dolphins. Some sites at Wolf are covered in coral and all of the tropical fish species that live on coral reefs. Dive sites include Shark Bay, The Landslide, La Banana and Islote La Ventana. On the island itself, there are hundreds of thousands of seabirds including all 3 types of boobies in Galapagos – Red footed, blue footed and Nazca. There are frigates, pelicans, lava gulls and red billed tropicbirds.

Day 4 - Darwin Island :
Darwin’s Arch is an icon, the symbol of diving the Galapagos. It is located 229 km / 142 miles north of the central islands. In addition to Wolf, this is where we find massive schools of Hammerheads. Huge, pregnant Whale sharks pass through Darwin each year for reasons unknown.

Darwin is the warmest dive site in Galapagos due to the tropical Panama current. You spend a lot of the dive stationary, on a platform that drops into the blue where Hammerheads swim against the current. It’s like being on the side of a Hammerhead highway watching traffic pass. You leave the platform to swim out into the blue when a Whale shark is spotted. That sometimes means swimming through the Hammerheads, a truly magnificent experience you will carry with you forever.

Day 5 - Darwin Island > Walf Island :
We have 2 more dives at Darwin in the morning. We have 1-2 more dives at Wolf in the afternoon. There is an optional night dive at the Anchorage site. Anchorage has a sandy bottom where you may see garden eels and the red-lipped batfish.

Day 6 - Isabela Island or Fernandina Island :
We have 2 different itineraries for the western sites due to seasonal visibility…
JAN-MAY : Cabo Marshall (Isabela Island)
JUN-DEC : Cabo Douglas (Fernandina Island) + Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island)
Today is the only sites on liveaboard itineraries where you can see diving Marine Iguanas feeding underwater. You also see Penguins feeding on tiny silver Sardines using schools of Black Striped Salemas as cover. Turtles are especially abundant at Cabo Douglas which is probably why this is a likely location to site Orcas.

Punta Vicente Roca is a Mola Mola (Sunfish) cleaning station, has large turtle populations, the endemic Galapagos Bullhead shark, Penguins, Sea Horses, Sea Lions and many species of fish not found elsewhere in Galapagos. It is not uncommon to find yourself diving with an endemic Flightless Cormorant.

Day 7 - Cousins Rock > Santa Cruz Highlands :
Cousins Rock is a small rock, the remains of an eroded crater sticking up out of the sea. On the eastern side, the rock cascades down in a series of recessed ledges strewn with black coral, which is bright green under the water. Taking cover in the coral, you may find Seahorses, Frogfish, Octopus, Turtles and the elusive Longnose Hawkfish. It’s not unusual to spot pelagics from Cousins including Mantas, Eagle rays, Mobulas and Hammerhead. Sea lions are fur seals are also at Cousins.

Afternoon we will disembark head for a reserve in the Santa Cruz Highlands to see the iconic Galapagos Tortoise in its natural habitat. After the Highlands, we descend into the largest town in Galapagos, Puerto Ayora. You may opt to visit the Charles Darwin Research Center in the Galapagos National Park or wander about town.

Our farewell dinner will be at a restaurant in Puerto Ayora. We then return to Calipso and sail to San Cristobal overnight.

Day 8 - San Cristobal :
You will disembark and are free to visit the Interpretation Center or wander around port before to the airport for your departure.

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

Schedules & routes

Date Duration Destination Departure - Arrival Price
13/10/2022 to 20/10/2022 7 nights Galapagos San Cristobal - San Cristobal From $6,395.00 Detail
27/10/2022 to 03/11/2022 7 nights Galapagos San Cristobal - San Cristobal From $6,395.00 Detail
10/11/2022 to 17/11/2022 7 nights Galapagos San Cristobal - San Cristobal From $6,395.00 Detail
24/11/2022 to 01/12/2022 7 nights Galapagos San Cristobal - San Cristobal From $6,395.00 Detail
08/12/2022 to 15/12/2022 7 nights Galapagos San Cristobal - San Cristobal From $6,395.00 Detail
22/12/2022 to 29/12/2022 7 nights Galapagos San Cristobal - San Cristobal From $6,395.00 Detail
05/01/2023 to 12/01/2023 7 nights Galapagos San Cristobal - San Cristobal From $6,395.00 Detail
19/01/2023 to 26/01/2023 7 nights Galapagos San Cristobal - San Cristobal From $6,395.00 Detail
02/02/2023 to 09/02/2023 7 nights Galapagos San Cristobal - San Cristobal From $6,395.00 Detail
16/02/2023 to 23/02/2023 7 nights Galapagos San Cristobal - San Cristobal From $6,395.00 Detail
02/03/2023 to 09/03/2023 7 nights Galapagos San Cristobal - San Cristobal From $6,395.00 Detail
16/03/2023 to 23/03/2023 7 nights Galapagos San Cristobal - San Cristobal From $6,395.00 Detail
30/03/2023 to 06/04/2023 7 nights Galapagos San Cristobal - San Cristobal From $6,395.00 Detail
13/04/2023 to 20/04/2023 7 nights Galapagos San Cristobal - San Cristobal From $6,395.00 Detail
27/04/2023 to 04/05/2023 7 nights Galapagos San Cristobal - San Cristobal From $6,395.00 Detail
11/05/2023 to 18/05/2023 7 nights Galapagos San Cristobal - San Cristobal From $6,395.00 Detail
25/05/2023 to 01/06/2023 7 nights Galapagos San Cristobal - San Cristobal From $6,395.00 Detail
08/06/2023 to 15/06/2023 7 nights Galapagos San Cristobal - San Cristobal From $6,395.00 Detail
22/06/2023 to 29/06/2023 7 nights Galapagos San Cristobal - San Cristobal From $6,395.00 Detail
06/07/2023 to 13/07/2023 7 nights Galapagos San Cristobal - San Cristobal From $6,395.00 Detail

Prices & conditions

Destination Duration Cabin Price
Galapagos 7 nights Deluxe From $6,395.00

Included

  • Air tanks & weights & weight belts
  • Daily housekeeping service
  • Land transfer on arrival/depature date
  • 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
  • Alcoholic beverages (beer or/and wine)
  • 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.

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