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Diving Galapagos

  

 

 

 

 

Dive the Galapagos Islands with the Sky Dancer in search of sea lions, penguins, schooling Hammerhead Sharks, turtles, stingrays, Whale Sharks and the magnificent mantas, including visits to the remote islands of Wolf and Darwin.

 

 

 

 

The M/V Sky Dancer cruises the Galapagos Islands in search of sea lions, penguins, schooling hammerhead sharks, turtles, stingrays, whale sharks and the magnificent mantas. Included in planned itineraries are visits to the very remote islands of Wolf and Darwin. The luxuriously constructed Sky Dancer features all the Dancer Fleet amenities you have come to expect including Nitrox fills, private en-suite facilities, spacious lounge areas, fine dining and more.

 

 

The Ecuadorian corporation that owns Sky Dancer, Ecoventura, is one of the first recipients of the SmartVoyager seal of approval for their entire operation in Galapagos. Sky Dancer is a mono hull of steel construction and is 100 feet long and has a beam of 24 feet. She accommodates 16 passangers in 8 stateroom cabins and has a crew of 11 + 2 dive guides.

 

 

All itineraries are 7 nights and you can expect from 2-4 dives per dive site.
Below you will find a 7 night sample itinerary and what you may expect to see:

 

 

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Sunday

Cristobal - Interpretation Center where  an interesting human history of Galapagos can be seen, town walk  (last shopping)  and Departure.

Lobos Check out dive.  Nice protected area at 20 feet depth.  Sea Lions, short time dive in a sandy bottom. Check the skills of every diver.

Monday

North Seymour- good opportunity to see white tipped sharks. Open area moderate current and vis.

Bartolome - Snorkeling with penguins and during the sunset climbing to the top of the hill  to enjoy beautiful landscape and spectacular view. This site may change for the next year.

Tuesday  Wolf - After 120 nautical miles night motoring arrival around 9 oclock to offer two dives during the morning, when we find current against there is a delay to 11 and we offer 1 instead 2 dives during the morning, Mostly in the landslide dive site: Schools of hammerheads, silkies, Galapagos sharks, Rays . The average is moderate to strong current and good vis. Wolf - Two dives during the afternoon, sometimes look for a different dive site like pinnacle but basically when we have good divers.
Wednesday Darwin - Early arrival, two dives during the morning, there is only one dive site Darwins Arch, when its good is good, the divemasters drop to the water according the current and spent around 30 in a 60 platform enjoying the fish and animals activities around, after the half hour and due the current leave the rocks and drift with the current for around 10 before the safety stop.  During the drift time find schools of silkies, during the season the whale sharks, dolphins and others. Is impossible to look for a different place when the conditions are no good. Average is good visibility. Darwin - Two more dives during the afternoon the same dive site.
Thursday Darwin - Final two dives around the arch. Mostly after breakfast, and then head back to Wolf. Wolf - After around three and a half hours motoring arrive in Wolf  at 3 oclock, still good time to offer two dives in the landslide dive site. There is no a rule to confirm that the morning dives are better than the afternoon dives a good number of times the divers came back totally happy after the fourth dive at  6 pm.
Friday Marshall - Sailing all the night  we have a early arrive to this dive site, during the season the northern islands are no so good, mostly Marshall offer a great dives.  Mantas and different schools of endemic fishes are the main norm here. Two dives around the same area and then the sky head to the east to arrive 4 pm to Pto. Egas in James Island. Pto. Egas - This is the other place where we can currently offer a land excursion (subject to the GNPs approval). Fur seals, marine iguanas, Galapagos hawk we find here.  The walk on land takes approximately two and a half hours.
Saturday Gordons Rock - Two dives in one of the most popular places in the central islands, hammer heads, Galapagos sharks, rays and others.  66-70F during the whale shark season, and from Dec to May  over the 70F. Frequently good vis. Puerto Ayora - Charles Darwin station visit, takes around two hours, after the station for free time for shopping and visit the town and we offer alternatives to have the final dinner at the town or welcome them on board to serve the dinner at the regular time on board.  This is a particular place where we can offer some maintenance to the sky, fumigation and others activities concerning with the operation.
Sunday  Disembark from yacht in San Cristobal for flight back to mainland.  
 

Wolf Island

One of those magical islands, with several dive sites to choose from. If you want to see sharks, you are at the right spot. This is a place for schooling hammerhead sharks, large aggregations of Galapagos sharks, and occasionally whale sharks. Seeing dolphins, large schools of tuna, spotted eagle rays, barracudas, sea lions and sea turtles is common. The bottom is littered with hundreds of moray eels, many of them free swimming. Being several degrees warmer than the central islands, you can look for many representatives of the Indopacific underwater fauna.

 

Currents:

 Normally from southeast, but variable. It goes from moderate to very strong. Eddies and down drafts associated to some dive sites. The south side of the island features strong surge that is potentially dangerous if divers don't surface out in deep waters. Trust your guide and do as he recommends.

 

Water temp:

Dec - Apr: 76 - 82F / May - Nov: 74 - 76F.   Thermo-clines: At around 65 ft, but highly variable  
 

Darwin Island

Considered by many experienced divers as the very best dive site in the world, The Arch at Darwin Island honours its reputation. It is warmer by a few degrees than the central islands. In one single dive you can find schooling hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, large pods of dolphins, thick schools of skipjack and yellow fin tuna, big eye jacks, mobula rays, and silky sharks. From June to November, we can almost guarantee whale sharks in numbers of up to 8 different individuals in one single dive. The presence of occasional tiger sharks, black and blue marlin and killer whales, adds on to this amazing diving experience. If you still have time to look for smaller stuff, you'll find octopus, flounders, and an enormous variety and abundance of tropical fish. Darwin Island is the biggest jewel on the Galapagos Crown.

 
Currents: Normally from southeast, but variable. It goes from moderate to very strong. Current splits right in front of The Arch. Drifting south-southeast is potentially dangerous due to shallow reefs and the difficulty to cover that area for search. Trust your guide and do as he recommends.  

Water temp:

 Dec - Apr: 76 - 82F / May - Nov: 72 - 78F.  Thermo-clines: At around 65 ft but variable.  
 

Cousins Rock

To the North of Bartolome, Cousins is an interesting wall dive. Visibility is just fair most of the year. A dive site with a bit of everything for every taste. You can find white tipped reef sharks, hammerhead sharks, sea lions hunting, fur seals, and many sleeping sea turtles. A high light is a resident school of up to 30 spotted eagle rays. If you are interested in macro photography, look for sea horses, frogfish, lobster, arrow crabs, cup coral, blue crabs, long nose hawk fish, coral hawk fish, nudibranchs, etc. It is superb for night or day diving.

 

Currents:

 Predominantly from northeast. It goes from moderate to strong. Occasionally very strong, coming from the north.

 

Water temp:

Dec - Apr: 74 78F / May Nov: 65 72 F.  Thermo-clines: Variable from 65 to 90 ft.  
 

The Northern Channel

In the south side of Seymour Island and no deeper than 50 feet deep, the northern channel is superb. It features an enormous "field" of garden eels, stingrays, a school of spotted eagle rays, white tipped reef sharks, and thick schools of grunts, snappers & goatfish.

 

Currents:

From east. It goes from moderate to strong. When surfacing, water accelerates on top of the shallow part of the reef causing quick drifts. Make your safety stop holding to a rock.

 

Water temp:

Dec - Apr: 74 78F / May Nov: 68 72 F. Thermo-clines: At about 45 ft.  
 

North Plaza

It's shallow waters are home for a rookery of playful young sea lions.

 

Currents:

None, sometimes, water motion associated to tides.  

Water temp:

 Dec - Apr: 74 78F / May Nov: 68 72 F

 

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