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Arriving on the Galapagos Islands diving scene is the MY Darwin Buddy, a 37 metre motor yacht, a purpose-built liveaboard tour boat. Constructed in 2011, this steel hulled ship provides space and comfort for up to 16 guests.
Darwin Buddy runs 7 night cruises around the Galapagos Islands, in and out of San Cristobal. The tour itinerary takes in all of the best dive sites including the sites after which this and its sister ship are named - the islands of Wolf and Darwin.
The comfort of the guests is ensured with the large saloon and dining area on the main deck, being comfortably furnished with sofas and armchairs plus a full entertainment system. This is a very diver-friendly liveaboard as can be seen on the 32m² dive deck. Features include 2 toilets, 4 showers and 4 rinse tanks. There is also free nitrox and a choice of tanks including 10, 12 and 15 litre to ensure your maximum comfort and enjoyment of underwater Galapagos. Diver safety is assured with electronic tracking devices for each guest.
Cabins are all twin or double and there are 3 on each of the lower, main and upper deck. All are air-conditioned and have ensuite bathrooms. Guests can relax in cabins, the saloon or the sun deck and for added luxury, you can hop into the whirlpool with an evening cocktail. For ease of liveaboard diving at the Galapagos Islands and cruise comfort, MY Darwin Buddy is a great option.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, local brands of alcohol, land tours, transfers to the boat from local hotels on days of arrival and departure, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (4-5 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, EPIRB, a surface signaling device and electronic beacon.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Dinner on the final evening, scuba equipment (US$ 250 per trip), torches, dive computer and insurance, Galapagos entrance fee US$ 100, transit card US$ 20, chamber support fee US$ 35, fuel surcharge of US$ 150. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks (premium brand), nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 150 per trip).
How to get there: Darwin Buddy cruises depart from San Cristobal every Saturday afternoon. Guests fly into Ecuador and take a connecting flight, through Guayaquil or Quito, to San Cristobal in the Galapagos islands.
You will need to overnight in Guayaquil or Quito before flying on to the islands. To ensure easy flight connections to Galapagos, a 2 night stop-over is recommended. On the return leg you will probably need to overnight in Guayaquil or Quito since most international flights depart too early to make the connection possible. The flight from Galapagos arrives in Guayaquil (and then Quito) in the afternoon.
We will place your domestic flight requirements with the liveaboard operator who are responsible for booking the flights. We request your patience with this process since there are often waiting lists and slow confirmations of availability. You must inform us whether you are flying into Guayaquil or Quito before domestic flights can be considered. If you wish to extend your stay in Galapagos to enjoy land tours please decide that early in the booking process to ensure flight availability.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travellers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 80% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 7 guests and 1 extra person can join free of charge. See whole boat charter rate below, equivalent to pay for 14 guests and 2 extra persons can join free of charge.
There are 9 large double/twin bed cabins with private en-suite bathrooms on this liveaboard - 3 on the upper deck, 3 on the main deck and 3 on the lower deck. The lower deck cabins have portholes while the other cabins have windows.
All the cabins have:
Individual control air-conditioning
Bathroom with toilet and hot water shower
Hand basin, toiletries and towels
TV & DVD player
Window or porthole
Cabinet, shelves and mirror
Fire detector and alarm system
2-flat pin 110-220V electricity
Space for luggage
No. of bathrooms / showers - 11 / 13 - (9 with hot water)
Complimentary nitrox - 2 motorised dinghies - Dive platform and deck with 4 fresh water showers and 2 toilets - Camera table and separate rinse tank - Air-conditioned saloon with TV, video player, music system, movie library, diving & fish ID books and dive magazines - Dining area with bar and water dispenser - 117m² sundeck and shaded area with sun chairs & mattresses
Dining on board the MY Darwin Buddy liveaboard starts with lunch on the day of arrival and throughout your liveaboard cruise you will enjoy an array of international dishes all made with fresh ingredients. Fruit, tea, coffee drinking water and soft drinks are available throughout the day, free of charge. Ingredients are seasonal and subject to availability in this remote place. For that reason advanced notice of dietary requirements is important.
Latin American, Italian and international main meal dishes.
Buffet service in the air-conditioned saloon on main deck; 3 choices per sitting.
Pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are provided.
Coffee, tea, drinking water, soft drinks, local alcohol drink brands are all provided free of charge.
The catering service begins with lunch on the first evening of the trip.
Most dietary requirements are catered for - please send advanced notice.