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MY Danubio Azul

69 ft
Max 10
At a glance...
  • Affordable Galapagos liveaboard trips
  • Maximum of only 10 guests onboard
  • Cabins with private bathrooms
  • Dive The World Gold Range product
  • Also short affordable naturalist cruises
  • Steel hulled yacht

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The Danubio Azul is currently the most affordable option to dive in the Galapagos Islands, a destination well known for its expensive liveaboard cruises. The tour highlights are dives at Darwin and Wolf Islands, the main drawcard for encounters with huge numbers of sharks and other megafauna. Trips also include land visits to see some of the natural attractions of these unique and historic islands.

The steel-hulled yacht, a Tourist Class diving yacht launched in 2016, is authorized by the Galapagos National Park to operate both naturalist and diving cruises. It is 71 ft (21.5m) in length and accommodates a maximum of only 10 guests. This means that these liveaboard trips are more exclusive than those on most of the other much larger Galapagos vessels on the market.

There are 5 bright and colourful en-suite cabins - 3 on the lower deck and 2 on the main and upper decks that have seaview windows. Each of the cabins is configured to accommodate 2 guests each. Guests can relax between dives in the cozy open air dining area, or on the sun beds on the upper deck, where you can absorb the stunning panoramic views. The yacht has books, table games and movies for entertaiment.

There are 6 boat crew onboard to meet the guest needs, and 2 dive guides are provided on full charters. Dives are conducted from the inflatable motorized tender, and nitrox is available for EANx-certified divers.

Naturalist cruises involve snorkeling and trekking around the unique habitats of the Galapagos islands. English-speaking guides and on-board educational resources will educate you about all the wildlife and ecosystems you will experience in this unique wonderland.

 English spoken by divemasters  Divemasters hablan Espanol

Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

 English spoken by divemasters  Divemasters hablan Espanol

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Notes: Galapagos is a popular destination with limited liveaboard spaces. We recommend you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Dive experience: Recommended A minimum of 40 logged dives with advanced diver certification.

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, hot drinks, land tours, transfers to the boat from the airport in Baltra, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (1 guide for a group of 8 or less, and 2 guides for more than 8 divers), tanks, weights and weightbelts. Naturalist cruises also include bilingual (English speaking) naturalist guide, visits on the islands, wetsuits and snorkeling equipment.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 350 per week to be paid in advance), Galapagos park and reserve entrance fees (US$ 100). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card). There is also a 10% surcharge on all Christmas and New Year departures.

Optional extras: Return flight ticket from Guyaquil or Quito to Baltra payable in advance (US$ 525, subject to change), nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 150 per week), dive computer (US$ 100 per week), 15 litre tank (US$ 100 per week), torch (US$ 40 per week) all the above to be paid in advance, diving insurance/chamber fee (US$ 35), soft drinks, alcoholic drinks. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

How to get there: Danubio Azul's liveaboard diving trips depart from Baltra Island, beside the airport, every Tuesday afternoon at 12:30 hrs. Guests fly into Ecuador and take a connecting daily flight, through Guayaquil or Quito, to Baltra in the Galapagos Islands. The recommended flight is LATAM XL1413 which lands in Baltra at 12:12 hrs. You will need to overnight in Guayaquil or Quito before flying on to the Galapagos.
If guests arrive in Galapagos before the cruise departure date, the liveaboard operator can pick them up at Itabaca Channel, Santa Cruz at 12:00 hrs.
The last dive of the trip will be at around 11:00 hrs on the penultimate day and you will disembark at on the final morning. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving. On the return leg to the mainland you will probably need to overnight in Guayaquil or Quito since most international flights depart too early to make the connection possible. The recommended flight is LATAM XL1412 which leaves from Galapagos at 13:00 hrs and arrives in Guayaquil (and then Quito) in the mid/late afternoon.
We can place your domestic flight requirements with the liveaboard operator upon request. For more information see our Galapagos travel information section.

Non-diver rate: None.

Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travelers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 70% of the published price.

Dive clubs and group discounts: None.

Whole boat charter rate (per night): US$ 5,700.

Add-on package: For most visitors, this is a once-in-a-lifetime destination, and the land creatures and environments are just as impressive as those underwater. You can extend your time in this nature-lovers paradise by adding a 3, 4 or 7 night non-diving wildlife liveaboard safari. These are nature tours around some of the finest locations in the Galapagos with naturalist guides, literature and presentations. Don't just leave after a week of scuba diving, get the full picture of the incredible Galapagos islands!

 English spoken by divemasters  Divemasters hablan Espanol

Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
The Danubio Azul has 5 cabins, each accommodating 2 guests, and all at the same price per person. The main deck has 1 twin bed cabin, and the lower deck has 3 cabins with a lower double bed, and an upper single bed. The upper deck has 1 matrimonial double bed cabin that can be converted in to a twin bed, and this cabin is the only one that has windows that can be opened.

All the cabins have:
  • Air-conditioning
  • Windows on upper and main deck, portholes on lower deck
  • Bathroom with toilet and hot water shower
  • Hand basin, toiletries and towels
  • Reading lights
  • Bedside cabinet and mirror
  • Life jackets
  • 2 and 3-flat pin 110V electricity
  • Bedding and luggage space
No. of bathrooms / showers - 5 / 5 - hot water

 English spoken by divemasters  Divemasters hablan Espanol


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