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Essex Diving - Galapagos Islands Liveaboard

15th - 25th November 2013

£4,539 - per person approx. Exact prices will be announced when flights are set.

£1,000 deposit required to hold your place.


ABOUT THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

The Galapagos are voted year after year one of the top diving spots in the world by divers. And it is not a surprise! There are few places left in the world where an entire archipelago is virtually free of commercial fishing, leaving its water to those who want to watch the action unfold! The islands are the second largest Marine Reserve in the world and have even been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Visiting the Galapagos is a 'once in a lifetime' adventure and diving in its water is described as spectacular. Aside from its large amount of fish species - over 400, where 10% are endemic - it is home to some of the most world renowned shark diving. Name them and they are there! Schooling hammerheads, whale sharks, Galapagos sharks, white tipped sharks, makos and thresher sharks - to name a few - are all resident in the surrounding waters, and will provide you with some thrilling and exciting dives. Add to the mix penguins, manta rays and the occasional whales - where can you go wrong?


M/Y DARWIN BUDDY LIVEABOARD

Smooth, stylish, spacious and comfortable, M/Y Darwin Buddy along with its sister ship M/Y Wolf Buddy are the newest and most spacious diving liveaboards in the archipelago of Galapagos, offering divers an unparalleled service...

At blue o two, we will only provide you with the safest and best vessels on the market - M/Y Darwin Buddy was built in Ecuador and designed specifically for divers. It features all the latest safety equipment that includes a fire control system, life saving appliances and a state of the art navigation & communication system.

M/Y Darwin Buddy accommodates 16 passengers in luxurious twin/double suites. You will find 4 cabins located on the upper deck, 3 on the main deck at the bow and 2 on the lower deck. All cabins benefit from en suite bathroom, entertainment system and air conditioning and are serviced daily to ensure your comfort.

The dive deck is unique in Galapagos liveaboards and consists of 2 separate sections - one can be closed off on cooler days and heated for when you exit the water! With plenty of space to get kitted up and store your diving equipment, it’s a dream platform for entering some of the most exciting waters in the world. The photographers will also be pleased to hear that there is a custom-designed camera table and rinse tanks.

There is a lounge/bar/restaurant area located on the main deck where you can relax after your dives. This is the ideal space for watching movies, viewing your images on the big screen, sipping cocktails prepared by the staff or attempting to fit everything you saw underwater into your logbook! In the restaurant, the local chefs serve first-class meals made of a combination of local and international cuisine, including a healthy and complete breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The upper deck features a sun terrace for catching some rays and the fly deck offers comfy chairs and a Jacuzzi for those who have not had enough of the water!

In essence M/Y Darwin Buddy offers more than ample space to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Galapagos Islands and the 10 crew members will go out of their way to ensure your comfort onboard and safety in the water.

To go onboard M/Y Darwin Buddy and dive the Galapagos would be a dream come true for any diver and is likely to be the most memorable trip in your life


DIVE TRIP DETAILS

The package price includes your international flight from London (either Gatwick or Heathrow) to Guayaquil via Madrid/Amsterdam or US, all internal transfers from Guayaquil airport to the Sheraton Guayaquil Hotel, your return domestic flight from Guayaquil to San Cristobal, your return transfers from San Cristobal airport to the vessel, 1 night prior and 1 night after your liveaboard in 8 double rooms on Bed & Breakfast basis at the Sheraton Guayaquil Hotel, 7 nights on board M/Y Darwin Buddy on Full Board basis in 8 twin/double room (excluding premium alcoholic drinks) – Full charter rate, your 12L Cylinders (15lt cylinders are available free of charge upon request), Air and/or Nitrox fills and Weights for the week diving.

It does not include compulsory extras (non-commissionable):

* · Galapagos Park Fee: U$D 100 per person to be paid in cash in U$D upon your arrival in the Galapagos
* · Ecuadorian Departure Tax: between U$D 28 and U$D 41 per person to be paid at the airport when leaving the country
* · Tourist Card: U$D 10 per person. This will be added onto your booking once it is confirmed

Extras could also include crew/guide gratuities, on board merchandise, extra meals while in Guayaquil, imported alcoholic beverages on the vessel, etc..

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

* PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Certification (or equivalent)
* 50 Logged Dives

PRICE INCLUDES

* Full board liveaboard accommodation

NOT INCLUDED

* Kit Hire
* Any gratuities

 

 

   
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