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The Humboldt Explorer provides our guests with exceptional amenities. She has 8 individually controlled airconditioned cabins which have private bath and showers, ocean view, flat screen TV and can be adapted to have either twin or large bed. She can accommodate 16 guests. There is a partially covered sundeck with Jacuzzi and ample seating areas. There is a salon with a lounge area, a spacious dive deck with a large camera table.
HUMBOLDT EXPLORER DECK PLAN
Vessel: Humboldt Explorer
Registry: Pto Baquerizo Moreno, Galapagos Islands
Length overall: 111.5 ft (34 meters)
Beam: 21.3 ft (6.5 meters)
Draft: 8.2 ft (2.5 meters)
Tonnage: 169 ITC
Main engines: Detroit Diesel 6V92, 350 hp
Generators: 2x Perkins 73 kw
Maximum Speed: 10 knots
Fuel Capacity: 5,300 gallons (20,000 liters)
Range: 1,800 nm
Accommodations: 16 passengers in 8 air-conditioned rooms on main and lower decks, all with private bathrooms and showers. All rooms except rooms 3 & 4 (forward belowdecks) can be converted to either one queen bed or two twin beds. Up to 7 crew and 2 guides in crews' quarters.
Safety Equipment: Life rafts (2), life rings/strobes, life vests/strobes, emergency position locator, flares, oxygen and first aid equipment
Air Systems:2 electric Bauer compressors with nitrox membrane, producing 32% nitrox, bank storage
Tenders: Rigid hull inflatables (2), used for passenger transport and diver pickup
Accessories: Diving Equipment
The 16-passenger Humboldt Explorer provides 8 air-conditioned rooms located on the main and lower decks; each has a private bathrooms, flat screen television and ocean view. All cabins have convertible beds offering either two twins beds or one queen. The yacht features partially covered sun deck with a jacuzzi and ample seating, salon area with dining, bar and entertainment area.
The large dive deck includes a bathroom, large camera table with charging station, individual storage areas, rinse bins for cameras and another for gear. Diving operations are conducted from two large pangas (tenders), easily boarded from the dive deck.
The Sun Deck features a large lounge area, the partially covered sun deck and a jacuzzi with ample seating.
The Main Deck features two guest cabins, 1 & 2, each with private bath and shower, television, ample storage and provides guests with an ocean view; the dining area and large dive deck.
The Lower Deck comprises six cabins, 3-8, each with private bath and shower, television, window and ample storage
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Days aboard the M/V Humboldt Explorer generally involve a 6:30am dive followed by breakfast, a dive at 10:30am, lunch at 12:00pm, and afternoon dives at 2:00pm and 4:30 pm (When there are no long transits). Dinner is served at approximately 7:00 p.m. Under current National Parks guidelines, night dives and land visits are strictly regulated. The Humboldt Explorer must follow the schedule of islands and land tours as noted below.
Please note that these itineraries are examples only, and will change depending on local regulation, weather and logistics at the Captain’s discretion. Currently, each week the itinerary includes the same islands. The order of the island visits, however, is dictated by the Galapagos National Park and may vary weekly.
Monday: San Cristobal (1 Dive at Isla Lobos)
Guests fly to the Galapagos Islands from Mainland Ecuador, arriving in the late morning. The dive guides will meet the guests at the airport and escort them to the Humboldt Explorer. Guests will board the vessel after 1:00pm, have lunch and listen to the briefings. After the briefings, the Humboldt Explorer will depart for a short crossing to Isla Lobos for a check out dive and safety briefing. After dinner the vessel will depart to the next scheduled destination.
Tuesday: Punta Carrion (2 Dives)
6:30 and 9:30 dives
Sightings include rays and schools of fish.
Afternoon North Seymour land visit. Walk the path around North Seymour Island to see the large colonies of Blue Footed Boobies and Frigate Birds. Sighting of Sea Lions and Marine Iguanas are also common.
Depart for Northern Islands. (16+ hour transit)
Wednesday: Wolf Island (4 Dives)
6:30, 10:30, 2:00 and 4:30 dives. Possible night dive.
Sightings often include hammerheads, whale sharks, eagle rays, sea lions, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks.
Night anchor at Wolf Island.
Thursday: Wolf Island (2 Dives)
6:30 and 9:30 dives
Transit to Darwin Island (2 Dives)
2:00 and 4:30 dives
Sightings often include hammerheads, red-lipped batfish, eagle rays, sea lions, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks.
Friday: Darwin Island (4 Dives)
6:30, 10:30, 2:00 and 4:30 dives
Sightings often include hammerheads, whale sharks (in season) eagle rays, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks.
Transit to Wolf Island
Saturday: Wolf Island (3 Dives)
6:30, 9:00 and 11:00 dives
Sightings often include hammerheads, whale sharks (in season), eagle rays, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks.
Long transit to Cousin’s Rock (20+ hours)
Sunday: Cousin’s Rock (2 Dives)
6:30 and 9:30 dives
This is a great macro diving with an excellent chance of seeing sea horses, sea lions and eagle rays. Lunch will be served while transiting to Santa Cruz (3 hours). Travel by bus to the Santa Cruz Highlands to visit the giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Visit the town of Puerto Ayora and the Darwin Centre on your own. Dinner on your own in Puerto Ayora. Return to the Humboldt Explorer at 8:30pm.
Monday: San Cristobal
Depart the vessel by 9 am. Guests are free to visit the beach in town to see sea lions and marine iguanas in their natural habitat or take a short walk to the Interpretive Centre. Transfer back to the airport for flight back to Quito or Guayaquil.
• 7 nights/8 days aboard the vessel
• 3 meals daily, plus between-dive snacks
• Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
• 3-4 dives a day (days vary)
• Use of tanks, weights and belts
Packages Do Not Include:
• Airport transfers (except same-day Galapagos arrivals)
• Hotel accommodations
• Flights to/from Galapagos
• Last evening meal
• Rental gear, instruction, nitrox and retail charges
• Crew gratuities
• Dive accident insurance (required)
• Trip cancellation insurance
• Premium alcoholic beverages
• National Marine Park fees - $100 pp, cash only. Paid on arrival in Galapagos.
• TCT Tourist card - ($10 pp/$20 pp after March 1, 2015) Paid at Ecuador airport of departure for Galapagos. Cash only.
• Hyperbaric chamber fee ($35 pp, payable on board)
• Fuel surcharge
1.A fuel surcharge is currently in effect for all departures. You can view for more information regarding this unfortunate necessity. The current fuel surcharge for the Galapagos is $150 per person (payable on board), but is subject to change and will be confirmed 30 days prior to departure.
2.National park fee of $100 and $10 tourist card ($20 after March 1, 2015) are payable at the airport. Chamber support fee of $35 is payable on board.
3.Rates may increase for existing reservations and will be confirmed no later than 12 months before the charter departure date.
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Note: Please do not book any travel arrangements until you have received your booking confirmation from us.
Plus: Galapagos National Park Fee ($100), Chamber Support Fee ($35), Tourist card ($20) and fuel surcharge. Airfare to Galapagos Islands and land options before/after cruise additional.
Package includes: 7 nights/8 days aboard the vessel; up to 4 dives daily (weather permitting);
3 meals daily, except Sunday’s evening meal; between-dive snacks; towels, linens, etc.; use of tanks, weights and weight belts; all air fills; transfers within Galapagos Islands for same day arrivals & departures; alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages (premium alcoholic beverages available for an additional charge). Rates may increase for existing reservations and will be confirmed no later than 12 months before the charter departure date.
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GALAPAGOS DIVE SITES
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DIVE SITE INFORMATION
Your underwater adventures in the Galapagos will encompass everything from sharks to nudibranchs, and more. The islands are best known for amazing shark diving around Wolf and Darwin Islands. These small and remote islands are best reached by liveaboard vessels for divers. Your diving experience here will generally include Galapagos sharks, silky sharks and lots of schooling hammerheads being cleaned by king angelfish. Seeing marine turtles, schools of tuna, eagle rays, and sea lions is very common and seeing a whale shark is very possible from June through November. All the islands you travel to are amazing sites for underwater photography.
Macro photographers will have their fill of sea horses, barnacle blennies, coral hawk fish, and many others. An abundance of rays are at many of the dive sites (including spotted rays, marble rays, golden rays and stingrays) along with sea lions, sea turtles, schools of grunts and snappers. The variety of life in these water is unlike any other place, with thick schools of the native brown stripped salema, snappers, groupers, Chevron barracuda and huge sea turtles.
There are also many unique things to view on land. Consider adding on some time to your trip to experience the land animals as well. And of course, a trip to the Galapagos would not be complete without taking time to watch their most famous inhabitants - the giant tortoise!
Make your reservation today for a once in a lifetime experience in the "Enchanted Islands."
HUMBOLDT EXPLORER DIVING VIDEO
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