March 13, 2012 § Leave a comment
Galapagos Diving aboard the Humboldt Explorer April 23 – 30 for $1000 off! Dive with hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, sea turtles, giant mantas and more at some of the best dive sites in the world including Wolf and Darwin.
The Humboldt Explorer is the first in a new generation of dive boats in Galapagos. Spacious and comfortable with modern decor and excellent amenities. All cabins can either have two twin beds or a large single bed depending on the traveler’s needs. There is a partially covered sundeck with Jacuzzi and ample seating areas, a salon including a lounge area, a spacious dive deck with a large camera table are just some of the features.
The special offer is valid for the cruise April 23 – 30 and is $1000 off the regular $3995 low season rate. Space is extremely limited.
February 16, 2012 § Leave a comment
Great last minute dive special on the Deep Blue March 19 – 26, 2012 on $2999 per person – $1000 off the low season rate
PM: Arrival to San Cristobal – lunch and check out dive at Isla Lobos
AM: 2 Dives Punta Carrion
PM: Santa Cruz Highlands
AM: 2 Dives Cousins
PM: Charles Darwin Research Station
AM: Interpretation Center & departure from San Cristobal
Space is limited
August 8, 2011 § Leave a comment
The Deep Blue just had cancellations on the departure August 22 – 29. This is peak whale season! Our reports from recent trips have been whale sharks on each dive at Wolf and Darwin. If you are an advanced diver and have always dreamed of diving at Wolf and Darwin now is your chance. We are offering spaces on this departure only for $2400 per person. Space will fill up quickly.
Watch video from the July 7th departure ….
July 20, 2011 § Leave a comment
The new luxury dive yachts the Wolf and Darwin Buddy still have space available for divers interested in a live aboard cruise this year to Wolf and Darwin. Dive with whale sharks and schools of hammerheads in one of the best dive areas in the world. Christmas and New Years space also available. Price of the cruise is at a special introductory rate of $4195 per person.
Sept 10 – 1 space
Sept 24 – charter available (book a charter get 3 free spaces)
October 1 – 10 spaces
October 8 – 12 spaces
October 15 – 8 spaces
November 5 – 11 spaces
November 12 – 3 spaces
Novmeber 19 – 15 spaces
Novmeber 26 – Charter Available
December 3 – Charter Available
December 10 – Charter Available
Decemer 17 – Charter Available
December 24 – Charter Available
December 31 – Charter Available
July 5, 2011 § 1 Comment
The first whale shark of the year was spotted at Darwin Islet on May 20, 2011. This was excellent news for Jonathan Greene and the other members of the Galapagos Whale Shark Project. The project is designed to raise aweness of the importance of Whale Sharks to the intregity of the world’s oceans. They hope to create protection areas both regionally and globally by using tagging technology and photo identification to determine the charactersitics of the Galapagos whale shark population. The hope to identify the long-term migratory movements.
Each year between May and November a large population of female whale sharks congrate near Wolf and Darwin. Why the females congrate there and there are no males is unknown as it is unknown where these whale sharks are the rest of the year.
The Galapagos Whale Shark Project combines the efforts of the Galapagos National Park Service, the University of Davis California, Conservation International and the Charles Darwin Research Station. The group set out this week for their first tagging trip.
Visit their website to learn more about the Galapagos Whale Shark Project and how you can get involved.
June 20, 2011 § Leave a comment
Join “Survivorman” Les Stroud on the Galapagos Aggressor
Galapagos Diving aboard the Galapagos Aggressor is often called “The trip of a lifetime”! Want to kick it up a notch? Join Les Stroud, star of the TV hit series ”Survivorman” aboard the Galapagos Aggressor, Feb. 2–9, 2012.
Best known as creator of the six-time Gemini nominated hit TV series Survivorman, Les Stroud continues to forge new pathways as a prolific, creative force. The only producer in the history of television to produce an internationally broadcast series entirely written, videotaped and hosted alone, Stroud is credited with starting the new genre of television known as ‘Survival TV’. Survivorman became the highest rated show in the history of both OLN Canada and the Science Channel US and among the most popular and highest rated shows on Discovery Channel US. Stroud has appeared in and/or produced numerous television specials including hosting the 20th Anniversary of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week; I Shouldn’t Be Alive; the Science of Survival, Surviving Sharks, Expedition Everest, Deadly Waters and the documentary feature “Off the Grid with Les Stroud”. Celebrated and captivating keynote speaker, musician and author and advanced survival trainer for the C anadian military Les clearly knows his subject!
June 9, 2011 § 2 Comments
The waters surrounding the Galapagos Islands are one of the top dive destinations in the world. These seas is chalk full of unique marine life and opportunities to dive with big animals like giant mantas, hammerheads and whale sharks. Infamous for swift currents and cold waters the Galapagos was once considered a destination only for advanced divers.
Scuba diving is an extreme sport with inherent dangers, however like anyone who participates in an extreme sports you have to now how to minimize these risks, one of these ways is by surrounding yourself with competent people. In the Galapagos divers have been putting themselves in harms way in order to save a few dollars. Too many with knowledge of the situation it is referred to as The High Price of Low Cost.
There are a number of Dive Centers located on the main street in Puerto Ayora. As you walk through town you will see many shops with their signs in front offering low cost dives sites like North Seymour and Gordon Rocks. In the evening divers can be seen hanging out in the front of the shop talking about the Thrill of the day all of this designed for one reason: to get your money.
While there are licensed dive boats offering day dive trips in the Galapagos. Many of these centers are travel agencies operated by an island resident, they then hire a local fishing boat along with its captain to discount dive trips. Sounds like a good idea when you first think about it however there is one big problem: safety.
There are simple rules for operating a dive boat, they may even seem obvious…like making sure all the divers are clear of the boat before turning on the engines…to avoid endangering the lives of the divers. However, the captains of these unlicensed fishing boats are untrained in the nuances of diving.
You might think, so what the dive master can help with those issues. The problem is they cant, in an effort to increase the bottom line these same dive centers are putting as many divers as possible on the same boat, mixing inexperienced and experienced divers. In many cases everyone is diving with just one dive guide. The result is no one is paying attention to safety and there are far too many dive accidents.
Most recently, on May 31, 2011, the boat Jetli I departed Puerto Ayora with a captain, dive guide and 5 unsuspecting divers. The boat did not have permits to offer diving to its passengers nor did it go to the port captain to apply for permits to leave port. The only activity in which the Jetli I has permits is to take its owner fishing, and then only when it had permits to depart from the port captain.
Last Tuesday, when the Jetli I traveled to North Seymour where the divers expected to enjoy a day of diving in the waters between North Seymour and Mosquera. They had been promised the opportunity to dive with schools of fish, white tipped reef sharks, golden rays, garden eels, fur seals and maybe even some hammerheads. Though there are conflicting reports of what actually occurred – the Jetli I sank. The passengers and crew were rescued by the yacht Esmeraldes II, where the passengers received first aid. The National Park, Port Captain and Navy are all currently investigating the situation.
Dive accidents like this with these unlicensed agencies is not a new story – it has become far too common place. Divers have been seriously injured and there have been a number of accidents over the past few years. What all the accidents have in common is a serious lack of safety precautions and training on the part of the people offering the dive experience.
Everyone looks to stretch their money as far as possible these days – however at what cost? What you may not think about beforehand is what do you do if you have a problem? The reality of the situation if you dive with an unlicensed agency there is no documentation to prove you were diving with that company or even left port on the boat. If you have a problem or want to report an incident there is no way to prove anything ever happened and nothing can be done.
The best way to protect yourself when engaging in any sport with inherent dangers is to make sure you are knowledgeable about the sport. If you are diving in Galapagos only dive with licensed boats and with licensed dive guides. Do not dive with any company that allows more than 8 divers. Ask to see the Boat’s National Park Dive Permits before you buy the trip and the port captain clearance before embarking in the morning.
We call upon the National Park, Navy and Port Captain to more strictly enforce dive regulations in order to protect tourists from dangerous dive operators and by doing so encourage the growth of the Galapagos dive industry and a safe and responsible manner.