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Humboldt Explorer

The stunning steel built liveaboard was constructed in 2009 and belongs to the Explorer Ventures Liveaboard Diving Fleet. Humboldt Explorer is amongst those premium liveaboards that offer adventurous dive cruises to the magnificent Galapagos Islands. The dive sites of Galapagos are world famous for its phenomenal biodiversity. The main route of the lavish liveaboard includes Wolf and Darwin Islands. Cruising with the Humboldt liveaboard is renowned for the thrilling presence of a variety of sharks. You will get an opportunity to discover schools of tuna, hammerheads, whale sharks, silky sharks, Galapagos sharks, iconic manta rays, and white sharks.

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Humboldt Explorer Liveaboard

The Overall Review

We spent 7.8 hours reading reviews from experts and divers about Humboldt Explorer Liveaboard.
In summary, this is what divers think:

The Humboldt Explorer liveaboard, Galapagos
Humboldt Explorer Liveaboard
Good Liveaboard

3 reasons to dive

  • One diver said that this was his best diving experience in the 40 years he has been doing it.
  • Many divers said that they saw whale sharks, hundreds of hammerheads and curious silkies.
  • Many people were happy with the diving instructors enthusiasm and knowledge base surrounding diving and the island.

2 reasons NOT to dive

  • A couple of people noted that all cabins had the same water pressure and thus you had to wait your turn before taking a shower.
  • Some divers said the water was extremely cold even though they were wearing wet suits.

Key facts

Year (re)built: 2014
Max divers 16
Internet No
Nitrox Yes ($)
Rental equip. Yes ($)
Camera station Yes
Min. logged dives No minimum
Aircon Yes


The avarage price for diving with this liveaboard is
per day.

We've calculated this price based on a 7 day stay.
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The passion behind this guide is run by passionate scuba geeks - and our liveaboard guides are no exception.

    Boby Taylor

    Liveaboard Director

    Boby has been diving and guiding on liveaboards since 2005, and love it

    Torben Lonne

    PADI Instructor

    Torben is the Editor of Divein and a true water lover. 

    Ron Simon

    Dive instructor/Liveaboard director

    Ron has been a Cruise Director on 10+ Liveaboards throughout the world and has a keen understanding...


  • Best dive cruise adventure with the world-class steel yacht Humboldt Explorer
  • Explore the iconic Galapagos Islands with full facilities
  • Discover the beauty of natural landscapes and underwater marine life
  • Plenty of land excursions where you can see various land animals
  • Amazing biodiversity – hammerheads, whitetip sharks, whale sharks, dolphins, and Galapagos sharks
  • Cruise at a top speed of 10 knots/hour
  • The main itinerary includes Wolf and Darwin Islands
  • Deep white jacuzzi on the sun deck to enjoy the beautiful views of the archipelago
  • Camera station on the dive deck
  • Well-trained and friendly crew to serve the guests 24×7
  • Capacity to welcome 16 vacationers in 8 spacious staterooms

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Description and details

Diving on the Humboldt Explorer in Galapagos

Humboldt Explorer – explore the exotic dive sites of the Galapagos Islands

The 34 meters (approx. 111.5 feet) steel vessel was renovated with modern and comfortable amenities in 2014. It cruises with stability at a speed of 10 knots per hour. Humboldt Explorer offers world-class diving cruises with a top-notch crew and exceptional service. These small remote islands and dive sites are easily accessible by the beautiful liveaboard. You can experience a matchless beauty of nature and marvel at the marine life while exploring the ancient Galapagos Islands.

Boat Interior – refurbished to provide ultra-modern facilities

Humboldt Explorer has 8 commodious staterooms to lodge 16 vacationers onboard. These cabins are well-furnished and fully equipped with modern facilities like televisions, en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning with temperature control, and storage facilities. The cabins have beds that are perfect for double and twin occupancies. There are large portholes, from where you can enjoy the mesmerizing view while relaxing in the room. The indoor salon lounge of Humboldt Explorer is perfect to spend the spare time between dives. The crew of Humboldt Explorer is a great example of bravura. They ensure to provide great comfort and outstanding services to the guests onboard.

Deck Area – dive in style and enjoy the sea breeze with a smile

Humboldt Explorer has a spacious dive deck, where divers can get ready before making an entry in the turquoise blue water. The deck is equipped with diving gears and rental equipment. There is a separate area for rinsing the equipment after the dives. Divers can maintain and wash their cameras. The storage area has enough space to keep the belongings before diving and the wetsuits can also be hanged after dives. There is a white jacuzzi with a spacious seating arrangement on the covered area of the large sun deck. Here, you can either socialize with fellow travelers or find your own solitude while enjoying the charismatic views of the crystal-clear water.

Food and Entertainment

When you are not engaged in adventurous dives, you can relax in the luxurious and comfy indoor saloon. Here, you can enjoy an intimate time while watching a movie, groove on music, or enjoy a drink. The food served onboard is prepared by an expert chef and has excellent quality. Wholesome meals with a delicious taste for breakfast, lunch, and dinner are presented in buffet style. Plenty of snacks and beverages are available throughout the day. Hard drinks including alcoholic beverages and wines can be availed by paying extra charges.

When to go

Two seasons are considered best for exploring the Galapagos Islands. June to November have dry weather, whereas, January to June has wet weather and the temperature is slightly higher than usual. If you wish to dive with sharks with a better visibility, then June to November are the ideal months to plan you dive cruise vacation with the lavish liveaboard Humboldt Explorer.

Boat features
  • Camera Station
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • TV in cabins
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Camera room with table and charging point
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Bar
  • Available for Charter
  • Jacuzzi / Hot Tub

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