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Humboldt Explorer

Humboldt Explorer
From USD 539 per day
106 ft
Max 16
At a glance...
  • Cruises central Galapagos, Wolf & Darwin
  • Cabins have TV, DVD and en-suite facilities
  • Dive The World Gold Range product
  • Free local alcohol
  • Jacuzzi on the sun deck
  • Steel-hulled boat with diver safety devices

Customer reviews
Very good!431

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Humboldt Explorer is a steel mono-hulled motor yacht of over 105ft (32m) in length which runs Ecuador liveaboard tours of 7 nights in duration all around the best dive sites of the Galapagos archipelago.

Constructed in 2009, this purpose-built diving boat is very spacious and provides the comfortable environment necessary for those lucky enough to be diving the challenging but unforgettable waters of the Galapagos Islands. Up to 16 guests can be accommodated on these Galapagos liveaboard diving cruises in twin or double bed standard cabins, featuring air-conditioning, in-cabin audio-visual entertainment and hot water, en-suite facilities. All cabins have windows meaning plenty of natural light.

Common areas follow the roomy, high quality cruise theme with an elegant diving area and saloon which is air-conditioned and tastefully furnished. Guests tend to socialize here and enjoy the TV, DVD and music system and library of books. For added luxury you can even relax in the Jacuzzi on the sun deck. A spacious dive deck with large camera table, nitrox and multiple safety devices are all further evidence of how diver-friendly the Humboldt Explorer liveaboard truly is.

 English spoken by divemasters  Divemasters hablan Espanol

Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

 English spoken by divemasters  Divemasters hablan Espanol

More Trip Details...

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

Dive experience: A minimum of 100 logged dives is recommended.

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 the airport in San Cristobal/Baltra, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (4-5 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, DiveAlert, a surface signaling device, and an electronic beacon, all taxes.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Dinner on the final evening, scuba equipment (7 nights US$ 250), dive computer (7 nights US$ 100), diving insurance, Galapagos park and reserve entrance fees (US$ 100). With effect from 13 August 2022, a fuel surcharge will apply to all cruises (7 nights US$ 150, 10 nights US$ 215). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card + 14% tax).

Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (7 nights US$ 150), chamber fee (US$ 35), 15 liter tank (7 nights US$ 130). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival. Note: prices of items purchased onboard are subject to change.

How to get there: The Humboldt Explorer liveaboard departs from San Cristobal/Baltra every Monday at 12 noon. Guests fly into Ecuador and take a connecting flight, through Guayaquil or Quito, to San Cristobal/Baltra in Galapagos. 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, a 2 night stop-over is recommended.
The last dive of the trip will be at around 11 am on the second last day of the trip. Disembarkation is at 8:30 am on Monday. On the return leg to the Ecuador mainland 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. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
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.
For more details, including airlines, 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 80% of the published price.

Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 5 guests and 1 extra person can join the cruise free of charge (total 6 guests).

Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 14 guests and 2 extra persons can join free of charge, except December-May season: pay for 13 guests and 3 extra persons can join free of charge.

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

 English spoken by divemasters  Divemasters hablan Espanol

Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
There are 8 Standard cabins on this Galapagos Islands tour boat. There are 2 cabins on the middle deck with twin beds that can be combined into a double bed. On the lower deck there are 6 cabins, 4 of which have twin beds that can be combined into a double bed and 2 are twin beds. All of the cabins have private en-suite bathrooms and their own private TV and DVD player.

All the cabins have:
  • Air-conditioning and fan cooling
  • Windows (large on upper deck, small on lower deck)
  • En-suite bathroom with toilet and hot water shower
  • Hand basin, toiletries and towels
  • TV & DVD player
  • Reading lights
  • Cabinet, shelves and mirror
  • Bedding and luggage space
  • US-style 3-pin 110V electricity
  • Life jackets
  • Fire extinguisher and alarm system
No. of bathrooms / showers - 13 / 13 - hot water

 English spoken by divemasters  Divemasters hablan Espanol

Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
The Humboldt Explorer crew of 9 comprise:
  • Dive Instructor
  • Divemaster
  • Captain
  • Cook
  • 2 Engineers
  • Stewardess
  • 2 Deck Hands
2 Motorized dive dinghies - Dive platform and kit up area with hot water showers and toilet - Camera charging station with separate rinse tank - Main deck air-conditioned saloon and dining area with bar, TV, DVD, music system, fish ID books, general interest books - Satellite telephone - Sundeck and shaded area with jacuzzi and chairs - Water dispenser

 English spoken by divemasters  Divemasters hablan Espanol

Menu, Cuisine Type...
The dining experience on Galapagos liveaboard safaris with the Humboldt Explorer begins with lunch on the first day which, as with all main meals, is a mix of American and Ecuadorian dishes featuring fish, beef, pork or chicken, salads, rice or potatoes.
  • A selection of local Ecuadorian cuisine and international dishes.
  • Air-conditioned dining area with buffet meals.
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are provided.
  • Snacks include cookies and fruit.
  • Beer, spirits, wine, coffee, tea, fruit juice, soft drinks and drinking water are all provided free of charge.
  • All dietary requirements can be catered for - please send advanced notice.
  • Cruise dining service begins with lunch at boarding.
Some examples: Ceviche, breaded shrimp, roast turkey, quinoa vegetable curry, Mexican burritos...

 English spoken by divemasters  Divemasters hablan Espanol

Technical Specifications...
  • Built in year 2009
  • Size - 105 ft x 21 ft (32.3m x 6.5m)
  • Weight - 169 tonnes
  • Top speed - 10 knots
  • Cruising speed - 8 knots
  • 2 x 350 HP Detroit Diesel engines
  • 2 x 73 KW Perkins generators
  • 2 x Bauer scuba tank compressors
  • Enriched air nitrox
  • 9.5, 12 & 15 liter aluminum dive tanks with Int. valves; DIN adapters available
  • Electricity - 110 & 220V 24 hours per day
  • Water capacity - 4,500 liters
  • Fresh watermaker - 5,700 liters per day
  • Fuel capacity - 20,000 liters

 English spoken by divemasters  Divemasters hablan Espanol

Navigation, Safety Features...
  • 2 x Life rafts
  • 2 x 25 HP Yamaha dinghies
  • ICOM, VHF, Marine 1C & M504 radios
  • Furuno and SART radar
  • Furuno Navnet GPS
  • Furuno echo sounder
  • Searchlight, life rings and horn
  • Bilge pump alarms
  • Emergency position indicating system & flares
  • Satellite, mobile phones, & email
  • Oxygen - 24,000 liters
  • Medic first aid box & trained staff
  • Fire alarm & detectors
  • Fire extinguishers & hoses throughout
  • Life jackets in each cabin & pilot house

 English spoken by divemasters  Divemasters hablan Espanol

Customer reviews:

Customer rating - Good
"Boat was ok but nothing special, staff was very very nice, diving guide not so good, in fact very unprofessional and sometimes borderline rude (but didn't cross that line). Very good experience with Dive The World, from start in communication with Sheldon, with lot of details and patience, following with Vic and other members, especially in payment process. Very helpful, keep it up!" - , Hrvatska, 16 November 2022 ...

Customer rating - Excellent
"Staff were excellent. Facilities were very good (although the boat was a bit older than I expected (I knew beforehand that this liveaboard operator was not a luxury outfit). Overall a fantastic experience." - , USA, 8 August 2013 ...

Customer rating - Very good
"The dives, food and other services provided by the staff at the Humboldt Explorer were excellent. We were very happy with each and every member of the crew at the boat. Therefore, we would rate the on-sea services as a 5 (Excellent).
However, we were not pleased with how Explorer Ventures handled the booking phase of the trip. The delays in them booking the local flights as well as the other smaller issues were not handled in a manner that we would expect from a first class service provider. Therefore, we rate the entire services as 4 (Very Good).
" - , Finland, 2 February 2012 ...


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