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Highlights of the Humboldt Explorer Dive Yacht

Category: Dive
  • The Humboldt Explorer is a specialist dive yacht at the Galapagos Islands.
  • The big advantage of a Galapagos live-aboard dive cruise is the itinerary. The Humboldt Explorer heads up north, away from the regular cruise routes, to famous Darwin and Wolf islands – the very best dive sites at the Galapagos Islands!
  • During a week of dive excurions it is is common to see: sea lions, sea turtles, hammerhead sharks, white tip reef sharks, dolphins, whale sharks, manta rays, Galapagos sharks, and huge schools of eagle and golden Rays.
  • The Humboldt Explorer yacht is equipped with 8 comfortable cabins, most of which can be converted between queen or twin. All cabins include flat screen TV, windows and air conditioning, while the social areas boast Jacuzzi, partially covered sun deck, ample salon and dining areas, bar and dive deck.
  • The large dive deck includes a bathroom, camera table with charging station, individual storage areas, rinse bins, air and nitrox filling stations & tank racks.

Humboldt Explorer Galapagos Cruise

Itineraries and pricing 2024

Browse through the different cruise itineraries below by clicking on each one.

  • Twin / Double
    $6195 Per person

Current price available from: January 1 to June 30, 2024.

Additional fees are: fuel surcharge $150, Nitrox $150. The final evening meal on day 7 (Sunday) is not included, neither is use of hyperbaric chamber $35. All prices are subject to change without prior notice.

Itinerary for 8 days

  • MON Arrival in Baltra Airport and Baltra
  • TUE Baltra North (Equipment Check - 2 Dives) and North Seymour (land visit)
  • WED Wolf Island (3-4 Dives).
  • THU Wolf Island (2 Dives) and Transit to Darwin Island (2 Dives).
  • FRI Darwin Island (4 Dives).
  • SAT Wolf Island (3 Dives).
  • SUN Cousin’s Rock (1-2 Dives)and Santa Cruz: Highlands
  • MON Baltra.

Full itinerary is under construction; please ask our sales team for updated information.

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Humboldt Explorer Dive Yacht Specifications

  • Beam: 21.3 ft (6.5 meters)
  • Draft 8.2 ft (2.5 meters)
  • Speed: 10 knots
  • Crew: Up to 7 crew and 2 guides in crews' quarters
  • Capacity: 16 passengers
  • Safety Equipment: Life rafts (2), life rings/strobes, life vests/strobes, emergency position locator, flares, oxygen and first aid equipment


  • Private bathroom
  • air conditioningAir conditioning
  • room towelsRoom towels
  • beach towelsBeach towels
  • sundeckSundeck
  • lounge areaLounge area
  • barBar
  • jacuzziJacuzzi
  • wetsuitsDive Equipment

Included Services

  • Meals: 3 meals daily, except Sunday’s evening meal
  • Accommodation with private bathroom.
  • Transfers between vessel and airport for same day arrivals & departures
  • Excursions as listed in the itinerary, with a certified naturalist bilingual guide (Spanish/English).
  • Unlimited purified water, tea, coffee, snacks.
  • 8d/7n Aboard the vessel, up to 4 dives each day (weather permitting), local alcoholic beverages, use of tanks / weights / belts, Air refills.

Excluded Services

  • Entrance fees Galapagos:
    • Galapagos National Park Fee $100 (increasing to $200 as of 1st August 2024)
    • Galapagos transit control card $20 pp (subject to change).
  • Flight: International Flights + Quito/Guayaquil - Galapagos - Quito/Guayaquil.
  • Flight: International Flights + Quito/Guayaquil - Galapagos - Quito/Guayaquil.
  • Airport transfers in Quito or Guayaquil.
  • Singles supplement: 80%
  • Alcoholic beverages & colas (there is a bar on board).
  • Tips for Guides and crew.
  • Any other personal expenses.
  • Trip Cancellation & Dive Accident Insurance
  • Dive grea rental (see diving section), Fuel tax ($150 per person), Nitrox ($150 per person), Hyperbaric chamber ($35 per person).
  • Wetsuits 7mm costs: $70 USD
  • BCD, Regulator, Console, wetsuit: For rent ($250 USD) full
  • Regulator Package with gauges, octopus and inflator: $90 USD
  • Computer: $100 USD
  • 15 Liters Tank: $130 USD
  • Nitros Fills: $150 USD

The vessel provides:

  • Tanks
  • Weights
  • Weights belts

The following items are the diver’s responsibility:

  • Certification Card
  • Diving log book (strongly encouraged)
  • Mask
  • Snorkel
  • Fins
  • Booties (if you wear them)
  • Buoyancy Control Device (required)*
  • Regulator w/alternate air source*
  • Submersible pressure and depth gauges (required)*
  • Underwater time piece (required)
  • Dive computer (recommended)*
  • Wet suit – 5mm to semi-dry .5 - .7mm*
  • Hooded vest
  • Gloves
  • Repair kit w/spare parts
*Available for rent on board

Galapagos diving conditions

  • Water temps in summer average 65o F, 70o F in winter.
  • The weather at the Galapagos Islands has water temperatures ranging from 65 -70 degrees F from December through May and 60 – 70 F June through November.
  • Galapagos water temperatures are at the higher end of the scale in both Darwin and Wolf.
  • Air temperatures range from 75 F or higher in the rainy season (December-May) to the mid 60’s F during the dry season (June –November), with nearly constant sea breezes.
  • Galapagos currents can range 1 to 5 Knots at the sites we visit, and visibility is generally between 30 and 80 feet.
  • Most divers are comfortable with a 7mm wetsuit June – November with a hooded best and gloves and a minimum 5mm wetsuit December – May.
  • Gloves and hood are strongly recommended.

IMPORTANT NOTE: please check dive equipment inclusions and exclusions carefully with your sales person before booking.

Dive insurance

  • Due to the nature of this cruise and the very remote nature of the destination, all dives are required to have dive accident insurance when diving from the Humboldt Explorer.

Divers Safety

  • To ensure you safety, we require the followings of all divers:
    • All divers must be certified as open water scuba divers by an internationally recognized certification organization.
    • All divers must be experienced divers (we recommend) that you have more than 100 logged dives) and have logged at least one dive within the 6 months prior to boarding the vessel.
    • Dives are very strong and often at and advanced level. Currents can very strong and often dives are required to swim against them.
    • All dives are guided by an instructor/naturalist guide and due to Galapagos National Park regulations all divers must dive with the guide at all times.
    • All divers must log in and out of the water with a member of the diving staff.
    • All divers must have a submersible console including SPG & depth gauge, time piece or dive computer with these functions.
    • Decompression diving is not allowed under any conditions. The maximum allowed depth is 130’ (110’ on nitrox).
    • Diving activities must cease when the consumption of alcohol begins.
    • All divers must present proof of dive insurance per Galapagos National Park regulations.
    • All divers must also carry a Dive/Alert, a surface signaling device, and an electronic beacon while diving (all available on board). Guests are responsible for all items they borrow from the vessel.
    • Please note that, due to a combination of staff and equipment logistics insurance requirements and local diving regulations, neither rebreathes nor diver propulsion vehicles (DPVs) may be used aboard Explorer Ventures vessels.

    About Itineraries

    • On day 1 there is only time for an afternoon visit to be included; similarly, on the final day there is only a brief morning visit. The reason for this is to connect with the Galapagos flight arrivals and departures at the airport.
    • Contact us for information about which itineraries will run on different dates through the year, and to check tour availabilities. We often have special Galapagos offers too!
    • All yacht information is correct at time of publishing, but may be subject to change by the yacht operator or Galapagos National Park authority. Published prices may be subject to change without prior notice.
    • All prices are subject to change without prior notice.
    • * Prices may increase if Galapagos yacht operators put prices up for certain popular dates (especially July / August) or other Galapagos agencies sell their charter spaces to us at higher prices.

    About Cabins

    Cabin Distribution:

    • 2 Main Deck Cabins (1 & 2) – convertible double matrimonial bed or twin beds, with windows.
    • 2 Lower Deck Cabins (3 & 4) – twin bed, with panoramic window.
    • 4 Lower Deck Cabins (5, 6, 7 & 8) - convertible double matrimonial bed or twin beds, with windows.
    • It is possible to request the cabin of your choice at time of booking – just let us know your preference. Final decision on cabin allocation is always in the hands of the yacht operator.

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