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Diving the Galapagos 

The most spectacular pelagic diving on the planet! The Galapagos is one of those rare places where you can dive through hundreds of hammerhead sharks to find a whale shark cruising along. Toss in silky sharks, sea turtles, giant morays and schooling fish in their thousands… And that’s just the first dive at Darwin! At Wolf Island you can expect huge Galapagos sharks and eagle rays up close, whilst dives at Cabo Marshall will put you face to face with giant manta rays and inside a school of millions of black-striped salemas.  Mola mola (sunfish) may be seen in the depths too. Macro life is plentiful. Black coral bushes shelter seahorses, blennies, nudibranchs, hawkfish and frogfish. Sea iguanas are a unique sight, along with speedy penguins and playful sea lions. This is but a mere taste of why divers consistently proclaim the Galapagos to have the healthiest marine life in the Pacific.

Galapagos Liveaboard

Built of steel, the Galapagos Master is set to be the most eco-friendly dive liveaboard cruising the Galapagos Islands. She has 8 well-appointed modern cabins, a spacious interior and generous outside space for relaxation and dive gear preparation. Our experienced crew of 12 is waiting to welcome you aboard and show you the best of the Galapagos, both underwater and on land.

Galapagos_MapGalapagos Itinerary

On a typical day we offer up to 4 day dives. On our 7-night itinerary we schedule up to 18 dives, whilst during our 10-night itineraries up to 27 dives will be possible. We do not offer night dives in the Galapagos.

The diving day aboard the Galapagos Master is scheduled as follows:
Light Breakfast followed by a briefing and Dive 1
Full Breakfast, relaxation period, briefing and Dive 2
Lunch, relaxation period, briefing and Dive 3
Snack relaxation period, briefing and Dive 4
Dinner

To allow our guests to explore the Galapagos to its fullest, on days 2, 7 and 10, dives 3 and 4 will be substituted by an island visits at North Seymour, Santa Cruz or Isla Isabela.

Diving in the Galapagos can be challenging, even for the experienced diver. At many sites currents can be strong and visibility may diminish due to currents and an influx of nutrients. We highly recommend our guests have training beyond beginner level and a minimum experience of 50 dives, preferably in similar conditions. If our dive crew feel that you do not have the relevant skills or experience to dive the more challenging sites safely then they may stipulate that you sit out some dives.

Water temperature ranges from 21-30°C (70-86°F) between December and May when manta rays are more commonly sighted. However it drops to an average of 16-24°C (60-75°F) between June and November when the Humboldt Current comes up from the south, bringing with it plankton; making this the best time for seeing whale sharks. Thermoclines can also be expected and divers are advised to bring suitable thermal protection.

Detailed itinerary info:
Galapagos itinerary
Galapagos 7 night detailed itinerary
Galapagos 10 night detailed itinerary

Yacht Information

Originally based in Panama, this 35m steel vessel has become part of the Master Liveaboards fleet as the Bahamas Master early 2018.

The Bahamas Master has 8 well-designed cabins and can comfortably welcome 16 divers aboard. Guests can choose between three cabin types; with two Master cabins on the forward upper deck, with double beds plus private en-suite bathroom, two premier twin cabins with en-suite and four standard cabins sharing two bathrooms with heated showers. All cabins have panoramic windows, so there is plenty of day light and ocean view for all.

Communal relaxation areas are both on the upper and main deck. On the main deck towards the bow of the boat, you will find the camera station as well as a TV/DVD. Upstairs, you will find the spacious covered outdoor bar and dining area, as well as a sundeck for relaxation after the dives.

Dive equipment is set up and stored at the rear of the main deck. All guests are allocated an individual set up location, with under bench storage for masks, fins and other personal items. A central camera set up table can be used to store prepared equipment ahead of the dive, with dedicated rinse tanks provided.

The Captain welcomes you to join him at the fly-bridge, from where you can soak up the stunning views of the Bahamian islands.