Designed and built to circumnavigate the world famous Galapagos Islands, the MV Majestic Explorer liveaboard offers an exceptional diving experience with up to 20 dives during the week long itinerary.
Accommodation is in eight double staterooms, all with private facilities, with a maximum of 16 guests on board. Facilities include a spacious air-conditioned salon equipped with a TV/DVD and dining tables, open air salon and a sunning/viewing area on the top deck. The dive deck is well equipped with dive lockers, camera table, rinse tanks and a recharging station. Your week long adventure includes domestic beverages and most meals, the exception being the last meal on Sunday evening where dinner is at your own expense.
Elegant and spacious, this purpose built vessel features eight cabins accommodating up to 16 guests. Six of these feature twin beds and can be converted into a double. They are located on the main and lower decks, have en suite facilities and magnificent ocean views. On board facilities include a partially covered sun deck and bar, a hot tub with ample seating. All meals are served in the air-conditioned salon area which also features a lounge and entertainment area.
The week long itineraries include up to four dives a day, all from one of two dive tenders (pangas) that accompany the boat. The boat departs Baltra each Saturday throughout the year and complies with the diving excursion regulations of the Galapagos National Park which also includes topside excursions on North Seymour and Santa Cruz islands where marine iguanas, blue footed boobies, frigate birds, sea lions and the famous tortoises can be observed.
Dive sites visited include Cabo Douglas for its marine iguanas, Punta Vicente and Cousin’s Rock, both famous for their incredible macro life as well as mola mola, turtles and eagle rays. The highlights are without a doubt, the three days spent at Wolf and Darwin, renowned for their sensational marine encounters with schooling hammerhead sharks and other large pelagic species including whale sharks (Jun-Nov) and manta rays (Dec-May).
Diving in the Galapagos can be strenuous due to its currents and surge, varying water temperatures, limited visibility and diving from tenders. The trips are ideal for intermediate and advanced divers with a minimum of 100 logged dives. The boat provides 12L tanks with yoke (INT) valves, no DIN (a limited number of adaptors are available to rent). A 5-7mm hooded wetsuit and gloves is recommended as there is a mix of warm and cold water diving. Nitrox is available for an additional fee.
Local payments in cash include a USD100 Galapagos Park Fee, Chamber Fee of USD35 and USD20 for a visitors permit.
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The Galapagos Islands are a must for all experienced divers. Encounter silky, Galapagos, hammerhead and whale sharks from the comfort of a liveaboard, and come face to face with unique wildlife topside.