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Highlights of the Aqua Yacht

Category: Standard
  • The Aqua yacht is unusual in Galapagos, in that it rotates each week between a standard naturalist itinerary, and a specialist scuba diving itinerary, thus offering a little of something for everyone!
  • Without doubt the Aqua cruise offers the best value Galapagos live-aboard diving experience, and a great itinerary taking you north to Darwin & Wolf islands. The perfect, affordable Galapagos scuba option.
  • The comfortable Aqua cabins include the flexibility in some cabins to use bunk beds as double or twin (lower double bed, single upper bed), air conditioning, and ocean view windows (main and upper deck only) to enjoy the trip experience.
  • Aqua yacht social areas include cozy lounge with bar and small library, and a solarium to appreciate the stunning ocean views as you relax.
  • For divers, the Aqua features 2 tank compressors, enriched air nitrox, scuba tanks with valves, belts, weights and also a rinse table and camera. Dives are done from a dive tender, which allows easy access to the different diving sites.

Aqua Galapagos Cruise

Itineraries and pricing 2021

Browse through the different cruise itineraries below by clicking on each one.
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    • $1595Lower deck (LS)Per person
    • $1695Lower deck (HS)Per person
    • $1755Main/Upper deck (LS)Per person
    • $1900Main/upper deck (HS)Per person

    Itinerary 4 days B : NATURALIST ITINERARY

    • TUE Baltra Airport, North Seymour
    • WED South Plaza & Santa Fe
    • THU Cormorant Point – Champion Islet & Post Office Bay – Baroness Lookout
    • FRI El Chato Reserve, Twin Craters & Transfer to Baltra Airport
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  • New map under construction
    • $2395Lower deck (LS)Per person
    • $2595Lower deck (HS)Per person
    • $2635Main/Upper deck (LS)Per person
    • $2860Main/upper deck (HS)Per person

    Itinerary 5 days B : NATURALIST ITINERARY

    • FRI Arrival at Baltra Airport & Fausto Llerena
    • SAT Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz) & Sullivan Bay (Santiago)
    • SUN Egas Port (Santiago) & Chinese Hat
    • MON Rabida & Bartholomew
    • TUE Mosquera Islet & Transfer to Baltra Airport
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    • $4295Lower deck (LS)Per person
    • $4595Lower deck (HS)Per person
    • $4495Main/Upper deck (LS)Per person
    • $4795Main/upper deck (HS)Per person

    Itinerary 8 days A : SCUBA DIVING ITINERARY

    • TUE Baltra Airport, Baltra North East
    • WED Cape Marshall (Isabela) & City of de Mantas (Isabela)
    • THU Darwin Island
    • FRI Darwin and Wolf Island
    • SAT Wolf Island
    • SUN Vicente Roca Point (Isabela) & Cape Douglas (Fernandina)
    • MON Cousin’s Rock (Santiago) & Highlands (Santa Cruz)
    • TUE Transfer to Baltra AirportAirport
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    • $3695Lower deck (LS)Per person
    • $4095Lower deck (HS)Per person
    • $4065 Main/Upper deck (LS)Per person
    • $4450Main/upper deck (HS)Per person

    Itinerary 8 days A : NATURALIST ITINERARY

    • TUE Baltra Airport & North Seymour Island
    • WED South Plaza & Santa Fe Island
    • THU Cormorant Point – Champion Islet & Post Office Bay – Baroness Lookout
    • FRI El Chato Reserve, Twin Craters & Fausto Llerena
    • SAT Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz) & Sullivan Bay (Santiago)
    • SUN Egas Port (Santiago) & Chinese Hat
    • MON Rabida Island & Bartolome Island
    • TUE Mosquera Islet & Transfer to Baltra Airport
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    Aqua Yacht Specifications

    • Length: 26 meter / 85 foot
    • Beam: 5.5 meter / 18 feet
    • Speed: 9 knots
    • Crew: 8 members + 1 instructor Guide and 1 Dive Master Guide
    • Capacity: 16 passengers

    Facilities

    • Private bathroom for each cabin
    • air conditioningAir conditioning
    • toiletriesToiletries
    • room towelsRoom towels
    • beach towelsBeach towels
    • electricity110v Electricity point in cabin
    • save deposit boxSafe deposit box
    • sundeckSundeck
    • lounge areaLounge area
    • barBar
    • reading materialSmall library
    • vTV/DVD - Communal
    • phoneEmergency Satellite Phone
    • kayaksKayaks
    • wetsuitsWetsuits for hire

    Diving - Snorkeling

    • Snorkeling: included.
    • Diving possible: Yes, on specialist dive departures.

    The Aqua Yacht provides:

    • 12L Tanks for enriched air
    • weight belts
    • Weights
    • Scuba safety equipment (Personal Marine rescue GPS, Storm whistle, Diving beacon, Surface marker tube)
    • Nitrox is available for an additional fee

    We suggest you pack the following:

    • Mask
    • Fins
    • Mask
    • Snorkel
    • Regulator with Visible Pressure Gauge
    • Depth Gauge
    • Dive Computer
    • Buoyancy Compensator
    • Light for Night Diving
    • Batteries Dive Gloves

    Strongly Recommended:

    • Spare Mask
    • Whistle
    • Dive Alert
    • Mirror and/or Other Safety Devices.
    Extra costs for diving cruise:
    • Hyperbaric chamber fee (USD 35 pp)
    • Full dive equipment rental $250pp (BCD, regulator, mask, fins, 7mm wetsuits, hoods, gloves, boots, dive computer, torch)
    • Nitrox (USD 150 pp)
    • Travel insurance (Medical coverage, Trip cancellation & Dive Accident insurance)

    Included Services

    • • Meals: From lunch on Day 1, until breakfast on the final day.
    • • Accommodation with private bathroom.
    • • Excursions as listed in the itinerary, with a certified naturalist bilingual guide (Spanish/English).
    • • Snorkel equipment
    • • Unlimited purified water, tea, and coffee.

    Excluded Services

    • • Entrance fees Galapagos:
      • • Galapagos National Park $100 pp (subject to change).
      • • Galapagos transit control card $20 pp (subject to change).
    • • Flight: International Flights + Quito/Guayaquil - Galapagos - Quito/Guayaquil.
    • Important Note: The Aqua cruise obligates Happy Gringo to buy Galapagos flight tickets directly through them; failure to do so will unfortunately result in a penalty fee of US$50 per person being charged to you by the yacht operator.¨
    • • Airport transfers in Quito or Guayaquil.
    • • Wetsuits rental ($55 – 8 days / $35 – 5 days / $30 – 4 days)
    • • Child discount: 20% (under 12 yrs old)
    • • Singles supplement: 25%
    • • Alcoholic beverages & colas (there is a bar on board).
    • • Tips for Guides and crew.
    • • Any other personal expenses.

    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.
    • The primary attraction in Galapagos is the large pelagic such as schooling Hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, Silky Sharks, Bullhead Sharks, Reef Sharks Mola-Molas and Whale sharks.
    • Gloves and hood are strongly recommended.
    • Occasionally, there is sighting of Whales, Marlin, Dolphin and Orcas. You will see a rare combination of warm and Coldwater creatures including Sea Lions, Mantas, Penguins, Flightless Cormorants, Sting Rays, Eagle Rays, Turtles, Moray Eels, Sea Horses, Marine iguanas and enormous schools of unusual fish. Many of the marine creatures are found nowhere else on earth!
    • The best diving around the Galapagos Islands is made possible through the use of dinghies (or inflatable’s) manned by our crewmembers. Few dives are directly from the main vessel itself. Dinghy diving is made easy for you! Once your dive is completed, you hand your weight belt to the dinghy driver, take off your BCD and climb in.

    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.
    • Diving activities must cease when the consumption of alcohol begins.
    • All divers must present proof of dive insurance per Galapagos National Park regulations.

    About Cabins

  • cabinCabin Distribution:
  • 4 Upper Deck Cabins (5,6,7 & 8) – bunk beds, with windows.
  • 1 Upper Deck Cabins (9) – double matrimonial bed, with windows
  • 1 Main Deck Cabin (4) – double matrimonial bed, with windows.
  • 3 Lower Deck Cabins (1, 2, 3) – double matrimonial bed + upper single bed, with port holes.
  • Triple Cabin: Lower Deck Cabins can be used as triple cabins.
  • Deck Plan

    HAPPY GRINGO YACHT RANKING

    Outdoor Space

    Social areas, sundeck, restaurant & bar area and boat design.

    Cabin Space

    Type and size of cabin, type of beds, windows and access to the cabins.

    Comfort and Amenities

    Special features, beach towels, air conditioning, jacuzzi, TV, toiletries.

    What Our Clients Say

    Jane Curl

    Good value compared to most tours that were offered to me. The Aqua was small, but well kept. Really enjoyed the atmosphere onboard was great fun with the other guests and crew – I’m not sure the luxury boats would be the same.

    Matthew Shields

    I booked a couple of days before traveling and the Aqua had a cheap deal running - easy decision. I can’t really compare the Aqua to other yachts, but I liked it. Would love to come back and dive next time!

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