You can step on board the 105ft (32m) steel hull Galapagos Master for a dream 7 or 10 night liveaboard cruise in the fabulous islands of the Galapagos, Ecuador. This is one of the limited number of boats that operates diving safaris to both the dive sites of central Galapagos and also north, to the world-famous islands of Wolf and Darwin.
Having been fully refurbished and refitted in 2015, the Galapagos Master promises a high standard of luxury and comfort to those seeking an unforgettable liveaboard experience.
MV Galapagos Master can steam at 12.5 knots from one site to the next and each diving safari will include island visits at North Seymour, Santa Cruz or Isabela Island. There is a crew of 12 on hand to cater to all the needs of the maximum 18 scuba divers, so you can expect plenty of personal service. Your accommodation will be in one of the 8 twin/double bed cabins (4 lower deck cabins, 4 upper deck cabin), all ensuite, or the Middle deck cabin with queen-size bed.
Guests hang out mostly in the air-conditioned saloon on the main deck of the liveaboard. Here you will find a full entertainment system, board games, a library of books and magazines and, of course, the bar. There is also a bar on the sun deck and plenty of relaxation space in the open air, both shaded and beneath the sun.
On the diving side, nitrox is available, plus the dive deck is well-equipped, featuring a toilet and 2 hot water showers for rinsing off the excitement. There is also ample camera space and camera rinse tanks.
Notes: Galapagos is a popular cruise destination with limited liveaboard spaces. We recommend you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Dive experience: A minimum of 50 logged dives is recommended with previous experience of strong currents and a dive certification beyond entry level. A diver with less experience will be able to join a trip but may have to sit out some dives if the divemasters consider sites to be beyond the ability of the diver.
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/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.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment (US$ 225 for 7 nights, US$ 250 for 10 nights), dive computer (US$ 60 per week), dive insurance, Galapagos entrance fee US$ 100 payable in cash at San Cristobal Airportt. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only).
Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers - 7 nights - US$ 150, 10 nights - US$ 200, torch (US$ 12 per day),15 litre tank (US$ 12 per day).
How to get there: The Galapagos Master liveaboard departs from San Cristobal. Embarkation is ideally at 1 pm. Airport and local hotel trasnefrs are provided. 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, 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 the islands, a 2 night stop-over is recommended. Current regulations require proof of a negative COVID PCR test result within 72 ohurs (3 days) prior to boarding.
The last dive of the trip will be at around 11.00 am the day before disembarkation. Check out is at 8:30 am. There will be an opportunity to visit the Interpretation Center in San Cristobal before being trasnefrred to the aiport. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving. 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
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 100% of the published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: See whole boat charter rate below.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 14 guests and 2 extra persons can join free of charge in a upper deck cabin. With a full charter you may also make use of a Middle deck double bed cabin.
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 non-diving liveaboard. Ecoventura conducts 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 diving! Get the full picture of the incredible Galapagos islands.
MV Galapagos Master has 1 middle deck cabin which features a queen-size bed and has 2 large picture windows. There are also 4 upper deck cabins with large windows and twin beds that can be combined to double beds. The 4 lower deck Classic cabins have portholes and twin beds side by side. The middle deck cabins and upper deck cabins are the same Premium price.
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 adapters available
2 Motorized dive dinghies - 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 - 56m² Sundeck and shaded area with sunbeds and chairs - Water dispenser
Guests dine well on board Galapagos Master with each full day of the liveaboard safari consisting of pre-breakfast, followed by a cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus afternoon snacks. Various snacks are available free of charge and throughout the day. There is an emphasis on fresh seafood although each meal includes meat dishes, vegetable plates and rice, potatoes or pasta.
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, cookies, 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.
Cuisine specialties: Ceviche; Carne Asada with chimichurri sauce.