Join our Rebreather Trip to the Galapagos September 7th to 14th 2015
Following the success of our first comprehensive rebreather trip to the Galapagos in 2013, we are now organising the next bi-annual trip for September 2015. These trips represent the pinnacle in aquatic interaction on closed circuit rebreathers in the Galapagos and offer unique encounters unavailable on open circuit scuba. The Galapagos archipelago is a world famous hotspot for observing marine mega fauna, especially sharks. The use of rebreather technologies provides great opportunity for very close wildlife experiences in the islands.
In the Galapagos hundreds of hammerhead sharks and rays cruising overhead, while big schools of Galapagos sharks wonder very close, can be the fore playing scene for a bus sized whale shark to appear out of the blue…
If you are not yet rebreather certified then we can offer this training at Utila Dive Center in the Caribbean Bay Islands of Honduras and also help support you in purchasing your own rebreather unit. Our rebreather courses can be completed in 3-4 days and we recommend building additional hours and experience prior to this trip to the Galapagos. It’s worth combining with a week before or after doing other trips on the islands or in Ecuador or Peru.
Here’s a sample itinerary;
Day 1 (day of arrival) On Monday you will arrive aboard at San Cristobal Island, followed by a check out dive at Isla Lobos. This site is the home for many sea lions, as well as sand dollars, black-blotched stingrays, puffers and sea stars.
Day 2 Three dives are scheduled at North Seymour and Mosquera which gives the opportunity to see Galapagos garden eels, sea turtles, sea lions, fur seals, golden eagle rays, yellowtail grunts, bigeye jacks, schools of snappers and frequent sightings of whitetip reef sharks, hammerheads, and Galapagos sharks.
Day 3 – 5 Every day three dives will be made at Wolf Island or Darwin Island. These dive sites are very well known for the high presence of hammerheads, and big Galapagos sharks. There is also the likelihood of seeing marine turtles, various types of rays, mantas, dolphins, moray eels, and invertebrates.
Day 6 Three dives are scheduled at Roca Redondo and Vincente Roca where often sun fish, hammerheads, white tip reef sharks, manta rays, sea horses and Galapagos sharks can be spotted. Day 7 On this day two dives at Cousins Rock and Bartolome island are made in the morning, followed by a Guided visit to the town of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island in the afternoon. Cousins Rock is a perfect site for seeing black juvenile corals, Galapagos seahorses, octopuses, hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, green sea turtles, eagle rays, and schools of barracudas. Day 8 (day of departure) Check out day and departure from San Cristobal.
This itinerary is subject to change without notice by the authorities of the Galapagos National Park Service depending on environmental reasons.
On our trips in 2010, 2011, 2013 we had Whale sharks, Hammerheads, Manta Rays, Dolphins, Sea lions, hundreds of schooling fish, turtles, and wait for it………………….Orcas!!!!!
No surprises trip fee is US$5975 per rebreather diver. Price includes the following items:
- Accommodation on double occupancy cabins on board M/Y Humboldt Explorer
- Transportation to and from dive sites
- All meals on board, coffee, tea and drinking water
- Fuel Surcharge
- Air diluent and bailout (rebreather divers only)
- Sofnolime 8-12 (1 – 2.5mm) CO2 absorbent or equivalent in pre-packed cartridges. (rebreather divers only)
- Two Open Circuit Galapagos Marine Reserve dive masters.
- One Rebreather support technician for the entire duration of the trip (rebreather divers only)
- High pressure (150+ bar) medical grade Oxygen provided from Haskell Booster Pump. (rebreather divers only)
- Rental of one set of 2 or 3 liter steel cylinders for on board gas with in line style valves (rebreather divers only)
- Rental of one 40cf / 5,7 liter bailout cylinder with DIN/Yoke 200 bar convertible valve (rebreather divers only)
- Stage or sidemount rigging for off board bailout system. (rebreather divers only)
Additional costs not included in trip fee:
- Nitrox Bailout
- Tips and Gratuities
- Special drinks
- Round Trip air ticket to the Galapagos Islands
- Migratory control card tax
- Galapagos National Park entry fee
- Personal expenses
- Transfers and hotels in Ecuador mainland
- Additional extensions in Galapagos
Following the success of our 2013 trip and guests wishing to rebook we only have 9 places available as of January 2014. To confirm a place we require a deposit 50% of $3000 (balance due 180 days in advance of departure date), and as the policy is non-refundable we recommend trip insurance. Although there are 16 places on the boat however we only have 9 available as the rest are already booked. We expect these places to go fast, and often reservations for Galapagos are needed 18-24 months in advance. The diving is some of the best in the world, and our groups tend to be experienced divers, which gives us a more enhanced group diving experience.
For mor einformation on this trip and in getting certified as a PADI/Poseidon MKVI closed circuit rebreather diver please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +13054205959+13054205959.