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Deep Blue is a 32m steel hull motor yacht conducting 7 night liveaboard diving safaris around the best sites of the Galapagos Islands. Itineraries centre around Wolf and Darwin but also take in North Seymour, Cape Marshall and Cousin''s Rocks.
A maximum of 16 divers can be accommodated on board in standard twin en-suite cabins or a deluxe suite with queen size bed. An 11 strong liveaboard crew of Galapagos islanders means that cruises on Deep Blue have a very local atmosphere. There are normally 2 half-day excursions per trip to Santa Cruz and Bartolome.
Between adrenaline-filled dives and fascinating land tours, you can relax in the air-conditioned saloon on the main deck which is home to a full entertainment system as well as a library, a bar and a selection of board games. There is also a masseuse onboard. Nitrox is available, there is a huge dive deck which has plenty of camera space and rinse tanks for cameras, and dive insurance is included in the trip price, making Deep Blue a great choice for Galapagos diving safaris.
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 airport 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.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 250 per trip), dive computer, dive 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: None.
How to get there: Deep Blue departs from San Cristobal every Thursday afternoon. Guests fly into Ecuador and take a connecting flight, through Guayaquil or Quito, to San Cristobal in the Galapagos islands. Both Guayaquil and Quito have daily flights to the islands, although Guayaquil is recommended with cheaper prices and better-timed connections.
You will need to overnight in Guayaquil or Quito before flying on to the Galapagos. To ensure easy flight connections to Galapagos for your cruise, 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 traveller may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 65% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: See whole boat charter rate below. Equivalent to pay for 14 guests and 2 extra persons can join free of charge in a standard cabin. With a full charter you may also make use of a double cabin on the middle deck.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): US$ 7,533, High Season - US$ 8,918.
Deep Blue has 1 Deluxe Double bed Suite on the middle deck with a queen-size bed and 2 large windows. There are also 8 Twin cabins with single beds - 4 on the upper deck with large windows, and 4 on the lower deck with portholes.
All the cabins have:
Large windows on upper and middle decks, portholes on lower deck
En-suite bathroom with toilet and hot water shower
Hand basin, toiletries, towels and hairdryer
Bedside cabinet and mirror
2 and 3-flat pin 110-220V electricity, European and USA adaptors available
2 Motorised dive dinghies - 52.5m² Dive platform and kit up area with 2 hot water showers - Camera table and separate rinse tank - 48m² Main deck air-conditioned saloon and dining area with bar, TV, DVD, music system, movie library, fish ID books, games and satellite telephone - 56m² Sundeck and shaded area with sunbeds and chairs - Water dispenser
Food on board Deep Blue is a serious issue and each dive day of the Galapagos cruise begins with a pre-breakfast, followed by a cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner. The freshness and quality of the ingredients is guaranteed by sourcing fresh fish from local fishermen and the meat comes from a local organic farm. Fresh fruit and vegetables are sourced from the highlands.
A wide selection of local Ecuadorian fare with Chinese, Italian and international meals and the occasional BBQ.
Air-conditioned dining area with buffet meals and waitress service.
Pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are provided.
Snacks include candy bars, ice cream, biscuits, fruit, bread and toast.
Coffee, tea, drinking water and soft drinks, are all provided free of charge.
Beer, spirits and wine are available for purchase on board.
All dietary requirements can be catered for - please send advanced notice.
Cruise dining service begins with lunch at boarding.