8 Days Diving Cruise - Calipso Yacht - Galapagos

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The itinerary includes exhilarating high-voltage dives at Darwin and Wolf Islands, showcasing hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, and, in season, whale sharks. These sites are pivotal in establishing Galapagos as a prime destination for divers. While the spectacle of schooling hammerheads becomes almost commonplace, we also explore the western sites, such as Punta Vicente Roca, renowned as a Mola Mola cleaning station and teeming with diverse species, possibly boasting the richest coral in the entire Galapagos. Cabo Marshall reliably offers encounters with majestic giant mantas, while at Cabo Douglas, divers immerse alongside marine iguanas and penguins during their feeding sessions. Our last dive at Cousins concludes our journey in the Central Islands. Due to the remote nature of our dive sites, all Galapagos liveaboard itineraries span a minimum of 7 nights.

8 Day Galapagos Itinerary

Day 1: San Cristobal Airport & Lobos Island

In the morning, you'll board a flight from mainland Ecuador to San Cristobal, Galapagos, where our guides will warmly welcome you and accompany you to the yacht. Later in the day, following lunch and briefings, we'll embark on a check dive at Isla Lobos, renowned for its sea lion sightings. Overnight, we'll set sail for Marchena.

Day 2: Santa Cruz Island: Carrion Point & Baltra Island: Seymour Island

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Punta Carrion, situated on Santa Cruz Island, offers an opportunity to spot mola molas if luck is on our side, making it an ideal initial dive to adjust to Galapagos diving.

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Seymour Island is renowned for its excellent diving experiences. Expect sightings of mobulas, white tip reef sharks, Galapagos sharks, occasional hammerheads, and a variety of fish species.

Day 3: Wolf Island: La Ventana Islet, La Banana & Shark Bay Point, El Derrumbe

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Wolf is a key dive spot in Galapagos, renowned for its abundant shark population. Only accessible to divers, it boasts the highest shark biomass globally. Located 115 miles north of central islands.

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Wolf offers sightings of hammerheads, whale sharks (in season), Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, eagle rays, and more. Dive sites feature coral-covered areas teeming with tropical fish. Land hosts diverse seabirds, including boobies, frigates, and pelicans. Diving starts early for 4 dives in a 12-hour day, with an optional night dive for observing unique marine life.

Day 4: Darwin Island: Darwin’s Arch & El Arenal

Darwin’s Arch stands as an emblem, epitomizing diving in the Galapagos. Situated 229 km / 142 miles north of the central islands, it's renowned for colossal hammerhead schools. Each year, enigmatic pregnant whale sharks traverse Darwin's waters.

This dive site enjoys warmth from the tropical Panama current. Divers often remain stationary, witnessing hammerheads against the current—a remarkable experience akin to observing traffic on a hammerhead highway. Spotting a whale shark prompts ventures into the blue, sometimes amidst hammerheads, an awe-inspiring encounter etched in memory.

Day 5: Darwin Island: Darwin’s Arch, El Arenal & Wolf Island: La Banana, Shark Bay Point & Anchor Bay

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Two additional dives await us at Darwin.

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We'll have 1-2 more dives at Wolf. An optional night dive at the Anchorage site is available, offering sightings of garden eels and the red-lipped batfish on the sandy bottom.

Day 6: Fernandina Island: Cape Douglas & Isabela Island: Cape Marshall & Vicente Roca Point

We offer two distinct schedules for the western locations to accommodate seasonal variations in visibility, or rather, the absence thereof.

From January to May, we visit Cabo Marshall on Isabela Island.

From June to December, in the morning, we explore Cabo Douglas on Fernandina Island, followed by an afternoon dive at Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island.

From January to June, Cabo Marshall lies on the eastern coast of Isabela Island. Divers encounter giant mantas, abundant barracudas, Galapagos sharks, sea lions, Flightless Cormorants, and vast schools of Black Striped Salemas. The sheer number of these small fish can obscure divers, leaving only bubbles visible. The itinerary includes four dives across two Cabo Marshall dive sites.

Cabo Douglas, from July to December, is located on Fernandina, the furthest western island in the Galapagos, known for its active volcano that has erupted twice in the last decade, making it a central attraction in the archipelago.

In the morning, Cabo Douglas offers a unique experience found only on liveaboard itineraries: observing diving Marine Iguanas feeding underwater. Additionally, penguins can be seen feeding on small silver sardines, often concealed within schools of Black Striped Salemas. The area is rich in turtles, making it a likely spot for orca sightings.

Punta Vicente Roca (July – Dec) sits on the northwestern edge of Isabela Island, resembling a seahorse on the map. Isabela, boasting five active volcanoes, serves as its backdrop.

In the afternoon, Punta Vicente Roca serves as a Mola Mola (Sunfish) cleaning station, home to abundant turtle populations, the unique Galapagos Bullhead shark, penguins, seahorses, sea lions, and various fish species not seen elsewhere in the Galapagos. Encounters with the endemic Flightless Cormorant during dives are also quite common.

Day 7: Santiago Island: Cousins Rocks & Santa Cruz: El Chato & Tortoise Breeding Center

In the morning, we will visit Cousins Rock. This small formation, a remnant of an eroded crater, emerges from the sea. Its eastern side features recessed ledges adorned with vibrant greenish-black corals. Among these corals can be found seahorses, frogfish, octopus, turtles and the elusive hawkfish. Pelagic species such as manta rays, eagle rays, mobulas and hammerhead sharks are often sighted from Cousins, along with sea lions and fur seals. Depending on divers' preferences, 1-2 dives are scheduled.

In the afternoon, we leave the yacht and venture towards a reserve in the Santa Cruz Highlands, where we can observe the renowned Galapagos Tortoise in its native environment.

Following the Highlands, we proceed to Puerto Ayora, the largest town in the Galapagos. Here, you have the option to explore the Charles Darwin Research Center within the Galapagos National Park or wander around the town.


Our farewell dinner will be held at a restaurant in Puerto Ayora. Subsequently, we return to the Calipso and set sail for San Cristobal, completing our journey overnight.

Day 8: Interpretation Center

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After disembarking, you're welcome to explore the Interpretation Center or stroll around the port area until it's time to head to the airport for your departure.

Itinerary Map

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8 Day Galapagos Itinerary Includes

  • All meals and excursions
  • Transfers in the islands
  • Bilingual National Park Guide

8 Day Galapagos Itinerary Does not Include

  • Roundtrip Airfare to / from Galapagos
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • National Park entrance fee (US$100)
  • Transit Control Card (US$20)
  • Medical / Travel Insurance
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses

8 Day Galapagos Itinerary Highlights

  • Darwin and Wolf Islands rank among the globe's top diving destinations.
  • Darwin's Arch teems with numerous hammerhead sharks.
  • Wolf Island boasts sightings of magnificent whale sharks.
  • Sunfish, mantas, and turtles are frequently spotted in these areas.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 7 Dinners
  • 8 Lunches
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