Select Page
The Scuba Divers guide to

Finding the perfect Liveaboard in the Galapagos Islands

Map of Ecuador

Best time to go

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


How divers rate us:

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 Grace Cruise Ship :

Average price is US$ 861 per day

Book here:

~ or ~

Year built:2016
Max divers18
InternetNo
NitroxNo
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Enjoy the breathtaking Galapagos in style. Choose between the two different seven-night cruises Grace offers and explore one of the most beautiful places in the world. The Grace is a modern ship, with a history, ready to accommodate up to 18 guests in its spacious 9 cabins. During the trip, visitors can make their trip unique through snorkeling, kayaking, riding in Zodiac boats, or hiking. When not exploring the mesmerizing nature, the beautiful sun deck and indoor and outdoor lounge are always ready to give just the relaxing moment one needs. While enjoying a tasty buffet, the yacht that hosted Grace Kelly and Prince Rainer of Monaco on their honeymoon will be your perfect getaway.

Read more  ~  See more pictures  ~  Read other divers reviews

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

Average price is US$ 441 per day

Book here:

~ or ~

Year built:2016
Max divers100
InternetYes ($)
NitroxNo
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Board the Galapagos Legend for an exciting 3, 4, 7, or 14-night cruise around the amazing Galapagos. With different itineraries available, this liveaboard is ready to bring you to various islands and plentiful of wildlife-spotting opportunities, and a rich array of water-dwelling creatures and land animals. Galapagos Legend has 55 cabins with different sizes and utilities, including balconies to some of them. The liveaboard has also plenty of leisure facilities, including a swimming pool, jacuzzi, and a gym. Sun terrace, indoor saloon, bar, as well as the upper deck outdoor lounge and BBQ area, are just a few of the places available for relaxation. And of course, for those who love to post some of those gorgeous photos so the world can envy you, Wi-Fi is always available.

Read more  ~  See more pictures  ~  Read other divers reviews

We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Estrella del Mar :

Average price is US$ 294 per day

Book here:

~ or ~

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

Explore the beautiful islands and majestic blue waters of Galapagos with the Estrella del Mar yacht. The beautiful Estrella del Mar is a popular choice for a small group or families, as it could accommodate a maximum of 16 guests in its 8 spacious cabins. It includes itineraries that will truly be enjoyable. Aside from the impressive itineraries in the islands of Galapagos, the experience is supplemented by the experienced crew members of Estrella del Mar, which ensure the comfort and safety of everyone on board.

Read more  ~  See more pictures  ~  Read other divers reviews

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

Average price is US$ 410 per day

Book here:

~ or ~

Year built:2015
Max divers18
InternetNo
NitroxNo
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Experience the best of the Galapagos Islands with the Natural Paradise liveaboard! The luxurious boat was built in early 2016 and was especially designed to provide utmost comfort to its guests. It has indoor and outdoor dining areas, sun lounges, and a dive deck with platform. Not to mention the range of beautiful itineraries the Natural Paradise offers. Surely, guests will have a once in a lifetime experience in the stunning waters of Galapagos!

Read more  ~  See more pictures  ~  Read other divers reviews

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

Average price is US$ 727 per day

Book here:

~ or ~

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

Explore the best of Galapagos in style with Camila! The one of a kind yacht was built in May 2018 and was specifically designed to provide luxury to all its guests. The intricate planning of the boat mirrors the convenience it provides to all of its users. Camila features an indoor lounge, an indoor saloon, a briefing room, and impressive sun decks with a Jacuzzi and lounge bar. Wet suits, snorkeling gears, and kayaks are also available for everyone’s use. Surely, this will be an epic Galapagos experience!

Read more  ~  See more pictures  ~  Read other divers reviews

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

Average price is US$ 562 per day

Book here:

~ or ~

Year built:1977
Max divers24
InternetNo
NitroxNo
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Experience the most authentic expedition in the Galapagos Islands with Mary Anne! The amazing ship, however small in its 52 meter (171 feet) stretch, offers actual sailing involvement. It has over 1000 m² of canvas sails and since it has no engine support, guests are encouraged to participate in the raising of sails. It is a unique cruising experience as the skilled Mary Anne crew members are more than willing to share their knowledge and skills during the expedition. This schooner also features a fully airconditioned indoor salon, majestic sun decks, elegant dining areas, and spacious diving platforms. It will truly be a grand Galapagos experience with Mary Anne!

Read more  ~  See more pictures  ~  Read other divers reviews

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

Average price is US$ 492 per day

Book here:

~ or ~

Year built:1966
Max divers14
InternetNo
NitroxNo
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Experience the best of the Galapagos Islands with the high-class yacht Samba! The luxury boat started its first voyage in 1966, and was recently revamped to provide all of the modern facilities and amenities to its guests, including all of the new interiors and furniture, entertainment systems, as well as engines and navigation systems. It houses 7 spacious cabins with side by side beds, just perfect for a small group or family. The welcoming and skilled crew on-board will assist the guests on their itineraries.

Read more  ~  See more pictures  ~  Read other divers reviews

We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the M/C Anahi :

Book here:

~ or ~

Year built:2006
Max divers16
InternetNo
NitroxNo
Rental equip.No
Camera stationNo
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Explore the best of Galapagos with M/C Anahi. The luxurious boat was built to provide comfort and convenience to all its guests, divers and non divers alike, as it is equipped with all the necessary facilities and the most well-appointed amenities. Surely, M/C Anahi will be the best boat for your Galapagos adventure!

Read more  ~  See more pictures  ~  Read other divers reviews

We've done all the work for you and found the best prices on the Yolita Yacht 2 :

Average price is US$ 423 per day

Book here:

~ or ~

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

The prominent vessel Yolita Yacht II has a vast experience of cruising in the turquoise blue waters of the gorgeous islands of the Galapagos. What makes it different from the other liveaboards of its kind are the world-class facilities and comfort it offers, which are not available in most of the higher categorized liveaboards. Get ready to enjoy an intimate trip with comfort.

Read more  ~  See more pictures  ~  Read other divers reviews

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

Average price is US$ 662 per day

Book here:

~ or ~

Year built:2014
Max divers16
InternetNo
NitroxYes (free)
Rental equip.Yes ($)
Camera stationYes
Min. logged divesNo minimum
AirconYes

Glide gently in the tranquil waters of the three paramount oceanic currents. The stunning archipelago of Galapagos offers an amazing range of sensational underwater diving experiences for enthusiastic divers. Explore the spectacular views of giant whale sharks, iconic manta rays, schools of hammerheads, turtles, Galapagos fur seals and sharks, and the exceptional marine life biodiversity are few of the utmost attractions by diving with the MV Galapagos Sky liveaboard. This cluster of islands have a National Park and Marine Sanctuary and around 90% of the water and land sites are well-protected. Get ready to dive with this outstanding liveaboard that offers utmost facilities.

Read more  ~  See more pictures  ~  Read other divers reviews

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.

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *