CALIPSO DIVING YACHT - GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

CALIPSO DIVING YACHT - LAST MINUTE DEALS

 CRUISE DATES   DAYS  ROUTE PRICE
APR 25 - MAY 02  8 DAYS  DIVING $5795
MAY 09 - 16  8 DAYS  DIVING $4795
MAY 23 - 30  8 DAYS  DIVING $4795
JUNE 06 - 13  8 DAYS  DIVING $5795
JUNE 20 - 27  8 DAYS  DIVING $4795
JUL 04 - 11  8 DAYS  DIVING $5995
JUL 18 - 25 8 DAYS  DIVING $5995
**INCLUDED NITROX ON THIS SPECIAL RATE**


CALIPSO DIVING YACHT 

INFORMATION YACHT CALIPSO  

Beautifully constructed. New and modern. Amenity rich. Comfortable and efficient.
Calipso was completely rebuilt from the keel up. The motors, generators, compressors, cabins, salon, dining area, dive deck, sundeck…everything is brand new, fresh and modern. Everything was designed efficiently with the comfort of divers in mind. Only in Galapagos can you dive with such a sheer abundance of species and so many sharks. The best dive sites in Galapagos are some of the best on the planet and are only accessible from a liveaboard. High season offers whale sharks and is the peak of wildlife populations. During high season, water temps are cooler and visibility diminished. Low season has no whale sharks, but better visibility to see all of the hammerheads and mantas that are obscured during high season. Water and air temps are warmer in low season.

On Calipso diving yacht, travelers will enjoy the best of both worlds that the Galapagos Islands have to offer: the land and sea. Upgraded and modernized in 2019, this ship is perfect for all kinds of adventurers. With 8 spacious cabins that can hold up to 16 passengers, a professional crew, expert naturalist and diving guides, open dining and social areas, and free WiFi, travelers can enjoy any of the 4, 5, and 8-day tours in comfort.

Technical Details

 ​Year of construction: 1991, rebuild on 2018-2019
Type: Motor Yacht
Length: 35.4 m / 117 ft
Beam: 8 m / 26 ft
Engines 2 Cummins NTA855-M, 400 hp, 1800 rpm
Generators 2 Cummins 6B-CP, 99 kw, 60 hz
Compresor Bauer Verticus model VAC20-E3, 5000 PSI
Cruising speed: 11 knots
Electricity: 110 & 220 V
Fresh Water 5,000 gallons / 20,000 liters
Fuel Capacity 7,200 gallons / 29,000 liters
Capacity 11 crew members & 16 passengers.

Safety

• First Aid Kits and AED
• Large Oxygen Bottles and 3 Oxygen Kits – 1 for each panga
• Life Jackets with and 2 Life Boats
• Nautilus Lifelines, Dive Alerts, SMBs, Noisemakers
• Foruno Radar and Foruno Sonar
• VHF Radio
• EPIRB Radio Beacon
• GPS Antenna
• Searchlight and Horn
• Bilge Pump Alarm
• Sprinkler System in all cabins and interior spaces
• Fire Alarm System, Extinguishers and fire hoses
• Smoke and Temperature Detectors
• CO2 Bank (150 Kg).

Service Onboard

• Satellite Wi-Fi included, Satellite phone for emergencies
• Hot water showers
• Each cabin with individual climate control
• Apple TV, hair dryers, safety box and USB plugs
• Life jackets
• Jacuzzi
• Library
• BBq Area

GALLERY YACHT 

ACCOMODATION

MATRIMONIAL CABIN 

Comfortable first class cabins
Convertible bed
Panoramic windows
Eco style decoration
20 square meters cabins
These type of cabins are equipped with private bathroom, hot/cold water, air conditioning, hair dryer, towel dryer, internal phone, safe box, closet and speaker.

TWIN CABINS  

Convertible bed
Panoramic windows
Eco style decoration
22 square meters cabins
These type of cabins are equipped with private bathroom, hot/cold water, air conditioning, hair dryer, towel dryer, internal phone, safe box, closet and speaker. 

DECK PLANS

This deck plan is representative of the layout, but do not rely on it for cabin sizes. Cabin 1 is not larger than the rest as it appears.

DIVE DECK:

Calipso Galapagos has a spacious dive deck. Each stainless steel diver station has
storage underneath. We have a deep stainless camera rinse tank and a dry charging
area with shelves to accommodate your batteries. Most are 110 v, however, we do
have some 220 v outlets. The large stainless camera table has 3 levels. The dive deck
also has a bathroom, a towel warming station and 4 hot showers.
Each diver will have an individual dive station. Warm towels distributed after each dive
will be embroidered with numbers. For hygienic continuity, please use only the towel
number that corresponds with your cabin number. Please do not take these towels
back to your cabin. They are only for use on the dive deck.

EQUIPMENT ON BOARD:

• DIN Adaptors
• Nitrox (Extra cost)
• Rinse Hoses
• Dive deck
• Tenders for diving
• Side mount Diving
• Shaded Diving Area
• 2 ribbed zodiacs (pangas)
• 2 dive guides (1 per 8 divers)
• Individual dive stations
• Equipment rental (Extra cost)

About Itinerary

Yes we have the high voltage diving at Darwin and Wolf Islands on our itinery. Hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, Silky sharks and Whale sharks in season. Darwin and Wolf put Galapagos on the map for divers.

Divers can begin to take ‘another school of hammerheads’ for granted (true), so like most Galapagos liveaboards, we also dive the western sites. Punta Vicente Roca is a Mola Mola cleaning station, is rich in species and perhaps has the most coral in all Galapagos. Cabo (Spanish for Cape) Marshall is a dependable site for giant Mantas. At Cabo Douglas, you dive with Marine Iguanas and Penguins while they feed. Cousins, our final dive, is in the Central Islands.

All Galapagos liveaboard itineraries are a minimum of 7 nights due to the distance of the remote sites we dive.

ITINERARY DIVING - 8 DAYS

THURSDAY
AM:​San Cristobal airport arrival 
PM:​San CRristobal Island - Lobos Island
FRIDAY
AM: Santa Cruz: Punta Carrion
PM: Santa Cruz: Seymour Island
SATURDAY
AM: Wolf Island
PM: Wolf Island
SUNDAY
AM: Darwin Island
PM: ​ Darwin Island
MONDAY
AM: ​Darwin Island
PM: ​Wolf Island
THUESDAY
AM: Isabela Island
PM: Fernandina Island
WEDNESDAY
AM: Santa Cruz: Cousin Rock
PM: ​Santa Cruz: Puerto Ayora 
THURSDAY
AM: ​:​San Cristobal airport arrival 

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

DAY 1 - ​THURSDAY

DAY 1: SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND - LOBOS ISLAND
THURSDAY

AM: This morning, you will fly from the mainland of Ecuador to San Cristobal, Galapagos. Our guides will be there to greet you and escort you to the yacht.
PM: After getting settled in, we will have lunch and briefings followed by a check dive at Isla Lobos. Lobo is Spanish for wolf and sea lion is lobo del mar in Spanish. Expect to see sea lions. We sail to Marchena overnight.

DAY 2 – ​FRIDAY

DAY 2: SANTA CRUZ : PUNTA CARRION  
            SANTA CRUZ : SEYMOUR ISLAND
FRIDAY

AM: Punta Carrion is located on the island of Santa Cruz. Sometimes we get lucky and see mola molas here. It’s a good first dive to acclimatize to Galapagos diving.
PM: Seymour is an island known for having great dives. Sightings include mobulas, white tip reef sharks, Galapagos sharks, sometimes Hammerheads and many fish species.

DAY 3 - ​SATURDAY

DAY 3: WOLF ISLAND   
            WOLF ISLAND
SATURDAY

AM: Wolf is one of the reasons Galapagos is on most divers’ bucketlist. Scientists have designated Wolf and Darwin (together as they are so close together) as the sharkiest place on earth because they have the largest biomass of sharks on the planet, 17.5 tons of sharks per hectare (2.47 acres). Only divers visit Wolf. There is no chumming in Galapagos. This is where sharks come naturally. There are no land visits. Wolf is located 115 miles north of the central islands.PM: Sightings include huge schools of Hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks,Whale sharks (in season), Silky sharks, Eagle Rays, Sea Lions, Fur Seals, Mantas, Turtles, Jacks, Trumpetfish, Butterfly fish, Morish Idols, Moray Eels and Dolphins. Some sites at Wolf are covered in coral and all of the tropical fish species that live on coral reefs. Dive sites include Shark Bay, The Landslide, La Banana and Islote La Ventana. On the island itself, there are hundreds of thousands of seabirds including all 3 types of boobies in Galapagos – Red footed, blue footed and Nazca. There are frigates, pelicans, lava gulls and red billed tropicbirds.Diving begins early to get in all 4 dives in a 12 hour day. 4 dives and a night dive (optional) where you can see garden eels and the red-lipped batfish on a sandy bottom.

DAY 4 - SUNDAY

DAY 4: DARWIN ISLAND   
            DARWIN ISLAND
SUNDAY

Darwin’s Arch is an icon, the symbol of diving the Galapagos. It is located 229 km / 142 miles north of the central islands. In addition to Wolf, this is where we find massive schools of Hammerheads. Huge, pregnant Whale sharks pass through Darwin each year for reasons unknown.Darwin is the warmest dive site in Galapagos due to the tropical Panama current. You spend a lot of the dive stationary, on a platform that drops into the blue where Hammerheads swim against the current. It’s like being on the side of a Hammerhead highway watching traffic pass. You leave the platform to swim out into the blue when a Whale shark is spotted. That sometimes means swimming through the Hammerheads, a truly magnificent experience you will carry with you forever.

DAY 5 - MONDAY

DAY 5: DARWIN ISLAND   
            WOLF ISLAND
MONDAY 

 AM: We have 2 more dives at Darwin in the morning.
PM: We have 1-2 more dives at Wolf in the afternoon. There is an optional night dive at the Anchorage site. Anchorage has a sandy bottom where you may see garden eels and the red-lipped batfish.

DAY 6 - TUESDAY

DAY 6: ISABELA ISLAND   
            FERNANDINA ISLAND
TUESDAY

We have 2 different itineraries for the western sites due to seasonal visibility…or rather lack of visibility.
JAN-MAY: Cabo Marshall (Isabela Island)
JUNE-DEC: AM: Cabo Douglas (Fernandina Island) PM: Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island)

TUESDAY
Cabo Marshall (Jan-June) is located on the eastern side of Isabela Island. Giant mantas, large schools of barracudas, Galapagos sharks, Sea Lions, Flightless Cormorants and enormous schools of Black Striped Salemas in Galapagos. These tiny fish can be so numerous, a diver inside the school cannot be seen, only the bubbles rising above the school. 4 dives at 2 Cabo Marshall dive sites.
Cabo Douglas (July – Dec). The westernmost island in Galapagos, Fernandina is an active volcano. It has erupted twice in the last decade. It is the ‘hot spot’ in Galapagos.
AM: This is the only site on liveaboard itineraries where you can see diving Marine Iguanas feeding underwater. You also see Penguins feeding on tiny silver Sardines using schools of Black Striped Salemas as cover. Turtles are especially abundant at Cabo Douglas which is probably why this is a likely location to site Orcas.

Punta Vicente Roca (July – Dec). If you look at a map, Isabela Island looks uncannily similar to a seahorse. Punta Vicente Roca is located on the northwestern side of Isabela just below the ‘mouth’ of the seahorse. Isabela has 5 active volcanoes.
PM: Punta Vicente Roca is a Mola Mola (Sunfish) cleaning station, has large turtle populations, the endemic Galapagos Bullhead shark, Penguins, Sea Horses, Sea Lions and many species of fish not found elsewhere in Galapagos. It is not uncommon to find yourself diving with an endemic Flightless Cormorant.

DAY 7 - WEDNESDAY

DAY 7: SANTA CRUZ : COUSIN ROCK    
            SANTA CRUZ : PUERTO AYORA 
WEDNESDAY  

AM: Cousins Rock. Cousins is a small rock, the remains of an eroded crater sticking up out of the sea. On the eastern side, the rock cascades down in a series of recessed ledges strewn with black coral, which is bright green under the water. Taking cover in the coral, you may find Seahorses, Frogfish, Octopus, Turtles and the elusive Longnose Hawkfish. It’s not unusual to spot pelagics from Cousins including Mantas, Eagle rays, Mobulas and Hammerhead. Sea lions are fur seals are also at Cousins. 1-2 dives depending on the mood of the divers.

PM: We disembark head for a reserve in the Santa Cruz Highlands to see the iconic Galapagos Tortoise in its natural habitat.After the Highlands, we descend into the largest town in Galapagos, Puerto Ayora. You may opt to visit the Charles Darwin Research Center in the Galapagos National Park or wander about town.Our farewell dinner will be at a restaurant in Puerto Ayora. We then return to Calipso and sail to San Cristobal overnight.

DAY 8 - THURSDAY

DAY 8 : SAN CRISTOBAL : TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT
THURSDAY
AM: You will disembark and are free to visit the Interpretation Center or wander around port before to the airport for your departure.

Calipso Yacht RATES 2024 
Per person

8 DAYS

$​6795

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INCLUDED:

  • Accommodation onboard for length of cruise ( Upper and main deck cabins)
  •  All meals, snacks, and beverages (alcohol extra)
  •  Unlimited Nitrox
  • Master dive guide English - Spanish
  •  Weights, weight belts, and air tanks ( 12L) (DIVE ITINERARY)
  • We provide DA1 Dive Alerts, basic SMBs, and Nautilus Lifeline at no charge. (DIVE ITINERARY)
  • Airport transfers in SCY when arrival/departure is on official flights
  • .Wi-Fi

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Flights to/from Galapagos
  • National Park Entrance fee ($100) Per person, TCT visitor card ($20) Per person and recompression chamber fee ($35) Per Person. 
  • Equipment - Full kit rental is $275. Rental includes BC,Regulator, Wetsuit, Fins & Booties, Mask*
  •  Computer rental is $85*
  • Diver will be responsible for replacement costs if equipment is damaged:$50 for dive alert,$40 for SMB, $250 for Nautilus Lifeline,$75 for ditched weight belt.
  • Personal expenses and gratuities are not included.
  •  Personal Expenses: alcohol, gratuities are not included.
  •  Diving Insurance and personal insurance.
  • Onboard credit card charges are subject to both VAT and an admin fee of 5%.
  •  * Unless detailed in Additional Services

Facts & Questions

What safety equipment do you have onboard?
  • First Aid Kits and AED
  • Large Oxygen Bottles and 3 Oxygen Kits – 1 for each panga
  • Life Jackets with and 2 Life Boats
  • Nautilus Lifelines, Dive Alerts, SMBs, Noisemakers
  • Foruno Radar
  • Foruno Sonar
  • VHF Radio
  • EPIRB Radio Beacon
  • GPS Antenna
  • Searchlight and Horn
  • Bilge Pump Alarm
  • Sprinkler System in all cabins and interior spaces
  • Fire Alarm System and Extinguishers
  • Smoke and Temperature Detectors
  • CO2 Bank (150 Kg)
  • Fire Hoses
What is food like onboard?

You will not go hungry onboard. We provide a Continental buffet prior to your first dive, then a full breakfast after the dive. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served buffet style for all you can eat. We serve international and Ecuadorian dishes prepared with fresh local produce and seafood. There is a snack and hot beverage after each dive. Fruits, candies and snacks are available all day.

Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?

Of course. We can accommodate virtually any dietary requests (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, etc) as long as you su​​bmit them to us​ in a timely manner. Your requests will be included on your Diver Booking form due 90 days prior to arrival.

Is alcohol included in the price?

Only juice & soft drinks are included. Self-serve water, coffee and tea are available 24 hours a day.Wine, beer and liquor are available at the bar for an extra charge. You may bring your own bottles onboard. Corkage fees are $10 for wine and $15 for liquors. Alcohol prices vary by brand. Glasses of wine: $6-$7. Bottles of wine: $30-$55. Beer: $4.50-$6. Cocktails: $5 -$12. Please remember that there is no drinking and diving in Galapagos. Once you have a drink, you are done diving for the day. While we realize it’s pleasant to have wine with dinner or to relax with a beverage in the evening, please bear in mind that evenings are early and so are mornings. You want to remain well hydrated for diving. 

Is there Wi-Fi onboard?

Yes, we have satellite wi-fi. It is included in our rates until further notice. 

How many crew do you have onboard?

There are 11 crew members: Captain, first mate, sailor, chef, chef’s assistant, engineer, machinist/electrician, cabin boy, waiter/bar man and 2 dive guides.

How much of a tip do you recommend?

In Galapagos, on all cruises – dive or naturalist, the recommendation is 10% of the cost of your departure rate. That is shared by 11 crew members.

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