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based on 7 nights inc. flights
per person for 2 nights in Quito at the Casona de la Ronda and 7 nights aboard the Galapagos Sky including all meals, dive trips and excursions, and Galapagos entry fees.
Exclusive dive yacht offering exciting seven night itineraries - visit Wolf and Darwin Islands where the diving is some of the best in the world
Specialist live aboard dive cruise for experienced divers - custom designed
Strong currents make diving in the Galapagos difficult - guests will need at least 30 open water dives under their belt and be confident divers
Up to four dives daily plus land excursions - two dive masters onboard
Look out for hammerheads, giant whale sharks, rays of all shapes and colours, turtles, huge schools of fish, Galapagos fur seals, and astounding marine life
Children 10 years up welcome if they are certified
There's never a bad time to visit the Galapagos. The peak season lasts from mid-June through early September and from mid-December through mid-January. The national park limits the number of visitors to each island and coordinates each ship's itinerary, so the Galapagos will never feel like Disney World. But if you visit in the summer, you are less likely to feel a sense of solitude and isolation.
From December through to May the water and the air are warmer, but this is the rainy season. It drizzles almost daily for a short period of time. Ironically, this is also the sunniest time of year.
June through November, the Humboldt Current makes it way up to the Galapagos from the southern end of South America. The current brings cold water and cold weather, but it also brings water rich in nutrients and plankton, which attracts fish and birds. During this season there always seem to be clouds in the air, but it rarely rains. It's also quite windy, and the seas tend to be rougher.
For experienced scuba divers, the 16-passenger dive-live-aboard, Galapagos Sky (formerly Sky Dancer), offers a rare opportunity for Galapagos scuba diving in the northern islands of Wolf and Darwin. Excellent facilities and a highly personalised service.
M/V Galapagos Sky, formerly Sky Dancer, has eight comfortable staterooms, each with twin beds which can be joined together, a private shower and a window or porthole view. The boat is fully air-conditioned and has a dining area, a fully stocked bar and a main salon with an audio/visual entertainment centre. On deck there is space for personal dive gear storage, a photo and video film lab and open deck space for sunbathing.
There is also a large dive platform with fresh water showers, dive deck assistance and dive equipment rental services. Zodiacs transport guests between the dive sites and the anchored yacht. The Galapagos Sky offers up to four dives per day on a pre-planned yet flexible specialist dive itinerary.
There are eight en-suite cabins on board, evenly divided between Deluxe cabins on the lower deck and Master cabins on the upper deck. A 2009 restoration means good quality finishing throughout.
The crew includes 2 dive instructors/naturalist guides.
Cabin accommodation, all meals, snacks, beverages (including national brands of alcohol), filled tanks, weights, weight belt, up to four dives per day on 5.5 days for 7-night cruise, land excursions and service of naturalist guides/ dive masters are included.
Up to four dives daily and land excursions.
Like the Aggressor boats, the Sky Dancer is part of an international chain of liveaboard dive boats - in this case the Peter Hughes Diving fleet. In Ecuador, the Sky Dancer is administered by the very capable Ecoventura company. This modern 30m (98-ft.) vessel carries a maximum of 16 divers in eight staterooms. The air-conditioned staterooms are certainly comfortable, but I find the accommodations and amenities a notch better across the board on the two Aggressors. Still, this is a very well-run and reputable operation, and serious divers will not be disappointed here. Food and diving services are excellent, and they have top-notch facilities, including Nitrox tanks and training.
The Galapagos archipelago consists of 19 volcanic islands and 40 islets, 600miles off the coast of Ecuador.
13-hour International flight to Quito via Madrid from London, from there its a further 3-hour domestic flight to the Galapagos Islands.
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