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Diving in Galapagos - Galapagos Sky

M/Y Galapagos Sky is our Dive Live board. The nine-person crew includes your captain, 2 dive instructors or dive master / naturalist, and 6 crewmembers on hand to ensure that your Galapagos voyage transcends into a treasured adventure.

Radiant fish and bizarre animals emblazon the waters around the Galapagos and exhilarate divers and snorkelers. Seventeen percent of the fish and 35% of the marine invertebrates in the Galapagos are found only in this isolated archipelago. The abundance of otherworldly underwater animals evokes a sense of exploration and mystery. Swept by both the cold waters of Antarctica and warm currents from the tropical Pacific, the Galapagos' colorful marine life embodies an unusual mixture of species. Here, penguins swim with tropical fish and iguanas feed underwater. The marine animals exhibit the same bold curiosity and lack of fear characteristic of terrestrial wildlife.

To conserve this wealth of sea-life, the Galapagos Marine Resources Reserve (GMRR), with waters totaling 27,000 square miles, was signed into law in 1986.

The law protects marine life 15 nautical miles offshore. In 1998, the Special Law for Galapagos extended the off-limits restrictions for industrial fishing to 40 miles offshore.

Excellent diving in the Galapagos includes the renowned northern Islands of Wolf and Darwin, famous for their schools of hammerhead sharks, giant manta rays and whale sharks. In between dives, walk the shores and marvel at volcanic rocks dotted with rare plants, seabirds, and reptiles.

"At times, the schooling fish were so thick that you couldn't see through them .and they seemed to stretch from one end of your mask to the other. We had schools of skipjack tuna surround us, almost blocking out the sun. Hammerheads were our constant companions on nearly all of our many dives. The Galapagos is loaded with big marine life: golden rays, eagle rays, giant mantas and enough white-tipped and Galapagos sharks to fill a logbook!" -Peter Hughes, Peter Hughes Diving, Inc. 2000.

The Galapagos Sky offers up to four dives per day on a pre-planned, flexible itinerary. On board we have:

  • 8 comfortable staterooms located on two decks
  • Hot and cold water showers in each cabin
  • Each cabin features two twin beds
  • Full air conditioning
  • Dining area
  • Full stocked bar
  • Main salon with audio/video entertainment
  • Ample space for personal dive gear storage
  • A photo and video film lab
  • Open deck space for sunbathing
  • Large dive platform with fresh water showers
  • Photo and dive equipment rental services

Important Information

  • Type: Motor Yacht
  • Year: 2000
  • Category: First Class
  • Capacity: 16 passengers
  • L.O.A.: 100 feet
  • Beam: 24 feet
  • Cruising Speed: 12 knots
  • Range: 2400 miles
  • Fuel Capacity: 8.000 gallons
  • Water Capacity: 6.000 gallons
  • Desalinator production: 1.500 gallons per day
  • Compressor: Two
  • Navigational aids: VHF and HF-SSB radios, GMDSS, color radar, echo sounder, Furuno GPS
  • Safety aids: EPIRB ( Emergency Position Indicator Radio Beacon)
  • Crew: 6 + 2 dive instructors naturalist guides
Itinerary Sky Dancer 8 days/7 nights
San Cristobal/ Isla Lobos
Seymour/ Bartolome
Wolf/ Darwin
Cape Marshall/ Puerto Egas, Santiago
Gordon’s Rocks/ Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
Interpretation Center/ San Cristobal
Sky Dancer Deckplan

Mini-Strobe - When activated, this compact marker strobe flashes a light at regular intervals. It is a good way to indicate your position on the surface during dusk or night dives to the vessel or tender.

Prices 2009
7 Nights
4 Master Stateroom
$ 4,295.00
4 Deluxe Stateroom
under request
Fuel Surcharge (per person net)

Prices 2010
7 Nights
4 Master Stateroom
$ 4,795.00
4 Deluxe Stateroom
under request
Airport Tax

Master Staterooms:
cabins 1-4 are located on the Lido deck and have two twin beds (that can be joined together), private facilities, window view, mirrored cabinet, wardrobe, bathrobes, hairdryer, toiletries, fresh towels daily, air conditioning and volume controls.

Deluxe Staterooms:
cabins 5-8 are located on the Dolphin deck and have two twin beds, private facilities, Port light view, mirrored cabinet, wardrobe, bathrobes, hairdryer, toiletries, fresh towels daily, air conditioning and volume controls.

All rates are per person on a share basis in US dollars and subject to change without prior notice.   Same gender willing to share requests are available on either master or deluxe cabins.  Single passengers who prefer not to share with a same – gender passenger, must pay a 65% supplement. 

Rates include:  Cabin accommodation, all meals, snacks, beverages (including national brands of alcohol), filled tanks, weights, weight belt, dive alerts and safety sausages, up to four dives per day on 5.5 days for 7-night cruise and 8.5 days on 10 night itinerary, land excursions, service of naturalist guides/ dive masters, transfers in the Islands between airport and dock (on cruise dates), all other Dancer Fleet services andamenities

Rates do not include:   International airfare to Ecuador, Airfare to Galapagos, Galapagos entrance fee ($100), hyperbaric chamber fee ($35), TCT card ($10), gratuities to guides and crew, purchases at the boutique,  Nitrox course or fills, dive gear equipment rentals, required safety equipment rentals, underwater photo course or camera equipment.

Galapagos Park Tax:  The entrance fee to the National Park is $100.00 for adults and $50.00 for children 11 and younger is not included in the cruise rate, however, this charge will be added to your confirmation and prepaid by Ecoventura for your convenience.  

Gratuities to guides and crew:   Aboard our vessels, gratuities are not included. We prefer that our guests reward our crew based on their performance. If the crew performs to your expectations, may we suggest that a gratuity of approximately 10-15% of your cruise rate be considered normal aboard a liveaboard dive boat.  However, ultimately the amount to tip is entirely at the discretion of the guest.  Gratuities are divided up among all crew members including naturalist guides. 

Hyperbaric chamber fee:  Located in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, a hyperbaric chamber has the most recent technology and trained professional medics to treat dive related illness.

Purchases on board:   There is a “Boatique” on board that sells a selection of logo clothing, film, batteries, etc.  Every guest has an open tab which is paid on the last day of the cruise.  We accept cash, Travelers checks, Visa, Mastercard or American Express.

Galapagos dive guides:  The yacht will supply an expert dive Instructor and a dive master who are also naturalist guides certified by the Galapagos National Park Service. The guides are qualified divers with essential knowledge of specific diving locations with their respective interest and dangers. 

Dive equipment:  Divers are required to bring their own dive equipment, including:
Mask, fins and snorkel, regulator, depth and pressure gauges, bottom timer or dive watch, uoyancy compensator device (BCD), dry suit or thick wet suit (1/4" or 5-7mm), hood and gloves,  Flashlight and chemical light sticks (for night dives), Open water diving certification and required safety equipment including a dive alert, inflatable safety sausage (surface marker buoy) and mini-strobe.  Optional items: Underwater camera, video camera, dive computer

Each diver is required to bring and dive with the personal safety devices on every dive. If you do not already own your own surface safety equipment, we strongly encourage you to visit your local dive store to purchase them prior to commencing your Dancer Fleet voyage.  You should be able to obtain all three items for under us$150.  By visiting your local professional dive center you can ensure that all of the pieces are properly integrated into your personal dive equipment.   Divers who do not have this required equipment will not be allowed to dive.  We will maintain a limited inventory on each vessel for rental but we strongly encourage you to get your own, and be familiar with it.  A “Surface Safety Package” that includes all three items will rent for $30 on a 7 night trip and $53 for a 10 night trip (excluding any taxes).  This new policy does implement a modest rental charge for guests who arrive without the equipment. However, it ensures that every diver will enter/exit the water with the best possible tools for coping with an unforeseen emergency.

Dive Alert - This is an air powered surface signaling device that transmits a loud noise over distances much further than you can shout or whistle.  It is powered by the air from your tank.

Inflatable Safety Sausage (Surface Marker Buoy) - This device can be inflated using your alternate air source or your lungs. It raises a bright orange or yellow tube approximately six feet above your head.  Waving this while on the surface greatly increases your visibility to the crew on your vessel or tender. The safety sausage may be carried in your BC pocket or tethered to your BC.

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