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Finding the perfect Liveaboard in the Galapagos Islands

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Diving in Galapagos is great all year round. The conditions are calmer in the warm season from December to May with water temperatures of 23-25°C/75-80°F


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The Galapagos Islands are a large volcanic archipelago located in the Pacific Ocean. Classed as part of Ecuador, it takes around 1.5 hours by plane to reach this stunning collection of islands. Galapagos is considered as one of the best places on earth to see wildlife, both on land as well as under the surface of the ocean. Roughly 1000km off the coast of Ecuador, these islands are pretty remote, with isolated terrain, which protects its endemic species of plants and animals. Charles Darwin visited these incredible islands in 1835, where his observations inspired his theory of evolution.

We'll help you find the perfect Liveaboard trip, that suits your needs:

It's difficult to choose wich liveaboard that will suit your needs and how to find the best price on that boat.

So we've gathered the best boats and made it possible to compare prices across all the different booking platforms. This way, you'll get the best boat for your needs at the best price.

Start by sorting the boats after your budget, and find a liveaboard that fits your budget and your needs:

Sort the liveaboards based on your needs

We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Petrel Catamaran :

Average price is US$ 817 per day

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Year built:2015
Max divers32
InternetNo
NitroxNo
Rental equip.No
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Everyone can enjoy the best holiday onboard a luxury cruise ship. Petrel is a member of Haugan Cruises that travels around the Galapagos Islands all year. You can capture different magical islands plus an up-close encounter with uniques animals within Galapagos. You’ll learn more about the Natural History of Galapagos along with the well-trained professional guides. This catamaran is made for stability and safe exploration with an absolute comfort to anyone that joins aboard. We ensure to give you the best holiday you deserve. Also, our friendly crew members are on hand to provide the best service that this liveaboard can offer.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Seaman Journey :

Average price is US$ 472 per day

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Year built:2007
Max divers16
InternetNo
NitroxNo
Rental equip.No
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Exploration around the Galapagos Islands has been exciting with Seaman Journey. It offers year-round cruises to the most beautiful destinations and sites around this peninsula. Enjoy the first-class service in this charming and comfortable liveaboard. Itineraries are unique to give tourists an ideal package for their unforgettable holiday. Each island has different activities to choose from and enchanting landscapes with different kinds of animals that reside within. We ensure to give you a high-quality service that this boat can offer and crew members are on hand to serve everyone efficiently. You will never regret choosing this yacht to have the best cruise experience.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the MY Letty :

Average price is US$ 595 per day

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Year built:1991
Max divers20
InternetNo
NitroxNo
Rental equip.No
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Explore the beauty of the amazing islands of Galapagos on the first-class yacht MY Letty. The ultimate liveaboard sail with the identical twin Eric. You can recall the forgotten epoch of the ocean expedition with the splendid vessel. The well-designed yacht has polished teak interiors and a glossy brass accent. You can enjoy every moment with the liveaboard in a palatial style with the utmost facilities. The powerful motor makes the boat stable to cruise at a speed of 8 knots per hour. Letty offers exclusive family cruise during the school breaks and organizes age-germane activities for children and adolescents.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the MV Evolution :

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Year built:2017
Max divers32
InternetNo
NitroxNo
Rental equip.Yes (free)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

M/V Evolution can offer you the best holiday destination of a lifetime. Itinerary packages are carefully selected to provide tourists with the best value that is applicable to their budget. Our professional guides ensure to lead the group of passengers to the most secluded islands and destinations that only liveaboard visit. The Galapagos islands have 13 major islands and more than a hundred smaller islands. There are also active volcanoes around this peninsula, and these volcanoes are Alcedo, Cerro, Azul, Darwin, Ecuador, Sierra Negra, and Wolf. Our crew ensures to give a high-quality service that this boat can offer.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Golondrina Yacht :

Average price is US$ 305 per day

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Year built:N/A
Max divers32
InternetNo
NitroxNo
Rental equip.No
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Golondrina Yacht offers a relaxing atmosphere and personalized service that brings every tourist to the best destination around the Galapagos Islands. Everyone is invited to discover the beautiful landscapes and scenery which includes the unique animals and marine life around this area. The exclusive itinerary is carefully selected to suit your budget and to give you an unforgettable experience. Thousands of tourists visit the Galapagos Islands for its mystical active volcanoes and historical past. Our management is on hand to help you with the things that you need on board with the help of our professional crew. This destination is open throughout the year.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Grand Majestic :

Average price is US$ 368 per day

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Year built:2018
Max divers14
InternetNo
NitroxNo
Rental equip.Yes (free)
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

This boat has modern and stylish cabins as well as socialization areas. It offers four to eight days of itinerary accommodation throughout the year around the Galapagos Islands. The itinerary packages are suitable for friends, family, and even private charters. This fast and sporty yacht can provide a high-quality service with the help of the professional team on board. Also, it can lead you to the best destination around this island in no time. The friendly guides are on hand to bring you to the most secluded areas on every isle, and challenging activities are waiting for every tourist. We guarantee to give the best service that this liveaboard can offer.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Infinity Cruise Ship :

Average price is US$ 567 per day

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Year built:2018
Max divers16
InternetNo
NitroxNo
Rental equip.Yes (free)
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Infinity Cruise Ship is a new elegant ship that offers stylish living spaces and unique destinations around the Galapagos Islands. It gives high performance and high-quality service with respect for the environment. Enjoy the magnificent ocean view and landscapes around as well as rare plants and exotic animals on every island. You may choose to book four to eight nights of accommodation that has budget-friendly packages. Our management ensures to provide an unforgettable experience with the help of our professional crew team. Friendly guides are on hand to lead everyone to the most remote areas around the island. We are open to serve you all year round.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Beluga :

Average price is US$ 605 per day

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Year built:N/A
Max divers10
InternetNo
NitroxNo
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Beluga Cruise Ship is an engaging luxury boat that offers VIP accommodation for four to seven days around the Galapagos Islands. These itinerary packages can be combined to a 15 days cruise to complete your holiday adventure. Visit the most secluded areas around the Galapagos Islands that only liveaboard visit. Enjoy the magnificent view and activities from different destinations. Many tourists who traveled on Beluga cruise ship are now recommending their friends to join aboard. Our management ensures to fulfill all your needs with the help of our friendly and professional crew. We are open to serve you all year.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Calipso :

Average price is US$ 661 per day

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Year built:2019
Max divers16
InternetYes (free)
NitroxYes ($)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Get ready to indulge in the fishiest site on the earth, Galapagos. You can find more than 500 fish species, over 30 types of sharks’ family, 28 turtles’ species, naughty dolphins, dwarf penguins, mola-mola (ocean sunfish), mantas and marine iguanas. Galapagos is the only place, where you can enjoy adventurous dive with an abundance of species. it is only accessible by a liveaboard and Calipso is one of the well-acclaimed liveaboards that offers dive cruise adventure along with plenty of land excursions. You can see colonies of birds, blue-footed boobies and giant tortoise on your visit to the famous Charles Darwin Research Centre.

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We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Fragata :

Average price is US$ 445 per day

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Year built:1994
Max divers32
InternetNo
NitroxNo
Rental equip.No
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Enjoy a special tour and exclusive itinerary around the Galapagos Islands with Fragata Yacht. Discover the populated habitats and fascinating islands together with your friends and family. Many activities are waiting for tourists at every destination. They will make your holiday unforgettable. The breathtaking island scenery and landscapes have many unique animals that live within. Galapagos Island has a unique environment as well as captivating human history. Thousands of tourists visit Galapagos island every year to capture the great wonders of this land. We ensure to give the best holiday that you deserve with the help of our professional crew onboard.

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The Galapagos consists of 13 major islands and 7 islets just waiting to be explored. It is possible to dive from shore, however, a liveaboard is highly recommended in order to fully immerse yourself in all the Galapagos has to offer. PADI recommends 10 liveaboards at this location.

 

Top Liveaboard Dive Sites

 

Gordon Rocks

Gordon Rocks is one of those dive sites that can easily be classed as one of the best in the world. Known as the ‘washing machine’ to the local dive centers, this is not a dive for the faint-hearted. Located within a volcanic crater, this dive site is awe-inspiring before you have even descended. Home to some of the strongest currents in the area that blow between large pinnacles of rock. Sometimes, your dive guide will tell you to hold on to the rocky bottom if the currents are moving too quickly. However, don’t be put off by the currents, Gordon Rocks is known for having the most magnificent marine life found on the planet. Make sure you keep looking up to the surface, as there is nothing more exciting than seeing huge schools of hammerhead sharks circling above you.

 

Cousin’s Rock

Located off the Coast of Santiago Island is Cousin’s Rock, another incredible dive site for the advanced diver. The dive site consists of terraced steps that lead down to a sandy ocean floor, situated at approximately 40m below the surface. Covered in black corals, keep an eye out for seahorse clinging onto the steps. The marine life at this location is epic, you’ll see wildlife including turtles, white tip reef sharks, and moray eels and manta rays just to mention a few.

 

Kicker Rock

Kicker Rock is another fantastic dive site that should not be missed. This top dive site can be experienced by both divers and snorkelers, so if you’re traveling with a non-diver, this is the perfect location for you. Kicker Rock is located off the coast of San Cristobal and is aptly named as it looks like a shoe coming out of the water. When diving between the rocks you’ll see turtles, wrasse, surgeonfish, Galapagos sharks and even hammerheads. If you’re lucky, then you’ll see marine iguanas hunting for food. It really is an experience like none other.

Information to know about liveaboard diving in the Galapagos Islands

  • The northern islands of Galapagos around Darwin and Wolf Island are known to have the highest density of marine life than anywhere else in the world, with the Galapagos Islands as a whole having over 10 times more marine life than that of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Currents surrounding the islands can be extremely strong so this location is not recommended for newbie divers.
  • Diving around the Galapagos is available all year round.
  • There are two main seasons, the wet and the dry.
  • Wet season takes place between January through to June. At this time of year, the days are usually pretty sunny, however, that is interrupted by brief but forceful rains, which wash over the land.
  • Air temperatures stay around 30C/86F, whereas the water temperature ranges from 20C/68F-25C/77F. Around the months of January through to May, the weather calms and so does the ocean, providing the perfect environment for hammerhead sharks and manta rays.
  • Dry season, also known as ‘Garua’ to the locals, is from July through to December. There is a lot less rain however, at this time of year, the weather cools slightly to 22C/72F.
  • Water temperature ranges from 17C/63F-20/68F.
  • Visibility is a lot lower around the dry season due to high levels of nutrients in the water.
  • The dry season is known as the peak season for both tourists and divers as with its nutrient-rich waters, comes incredible marine life including the migratory whale sharks. If you’re hoping to see these gentle giants make sure to plan your trip around June through to November.
  • It is important to remember that no matter what time of year you plan to dive around the Galapagos, water temperature can vary greatly due to the intense currents.
  • Getting to the Galapagos Islands is fairly straightforward. You need to start by getting from your location to Ecuador and from there, flights go from either Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito or Jose Joaquin De Olmedo in Guayaquil. Flights from these locations fly to Santa Cruz, San Cristobal or Seymour.
  • The local language of the Galapagos Islands is Spanish however due to the popularity of the islands, almost everyone speaks English.
  • The currency used in Galapagos is the USD.

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