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  • Scalloped Hammerheads are one of the many sharks in Galapagos waters
  • Galapagos Giant Tortoise
  • Whale Sharks are often spotted at the more remote sites
  • Schooling Scalloped Hammerheads in Galapagos
  • Turtles are often sighted in Galapagos

Galapagos Liveaboards

Ideal for: Advanced open water divers or equivalent with 50+ dives

liveaboard-diving-holidays-galapagosThe Galapagos Islands lie some 500 miles from mainland Ecuador having emerged from the sea nine million years ago, these islands were created by a combination of tectonic forces and volcanic eruptions, a process which continues even today. Due to their isolation and nutrient rich currents sweeping past they remained undisturbed for millions of years and this resulted in the evolution of a number of unique individual ecosystems, with many species found nowhere else in the world.

Charles Darwin, visiting the islands as a young man in 1835, was inspired to develop his revolutionary “Theory of Evolution,” based on his observations of the subtle differences between the same species found on different islands.

The mixture of warm currents from Central America with this cooler water has produced an amazing variety of climates, flora and fauna. In the highlands of the larger islands are extinguished craters covered with lush, endemic cloud forests, while closer to the shore, it becomes desert-like, characterized by the towering Opuntia cactus and spiny Acacias. The fauna too provides some unusual sights: sea lions sharing habitat with tropical flamingos, and cold water penguins feeding amongst brightly coloured tropical fish.

Diving in the Galapagos Islands is characterised by the diversity of life and strong currents with the possibility of diving with Sea Lions, Marine Iguanas, Penguins, Turtles, Manta Rays and a number of Shark species including the giant Whaleshark and schooling Scalloped Hammerheads.  Due to the remoteness of many of the best diving spots including Darwin and Wolf Islands a liveaboard is the obvious choice when planning a dive holiday to the Galapagos Islands and most itineraries allow for some land exploration. It is also possible to spend a few days exploring the islands before or after the liveaboard or even combine with the stunning jungles of mainland Ecuador or visit Peru and experience Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail.


  • Ideal for: Singles and Couples
  • Experience Level: Advanced
  • Big Stuff:****
  • Reef Life:****
  • Wrecks:*
  • Life on Land:*****
  • Budget: £££££


  • Wolf and Darwin are two of the most remote dive locations and accessible only by liveaboard. Rated as some of the best diving in the world with Whale Sharks, Turtles, Hammerheads and more. The Darwin Arch is a great photo opportunity.
  • Cousins Island offers a good chance of schooling Hammerheads as well as Eagle Rays, Reef Sharks, Sea Lions, Galapagos Fur Seals and many of the island’s unique species.

More Info

  • Time: GMT -7 hrs
  • Flying Time from the UK: 15-17 hrs
  • Language: Spanish
  • Climate: The Galapagos Islands lie on the Equator and has a wet season between January and March and the misty Garua season June to November. The best times to visit are April and May.
  • Currency: US Dollar £1 = 1.5US$
  • Visa Requirements: Most EU passport holders can obtain a holiday visa on arrival to Ecuador


Galapagos - Liveaboards

M/V Galapagos Sky

Ecuador, Galapagos, San Cristobal
From GBP 4,800 / 7 Nights

Humboldt Explorer, Galapagos

Galapagos, Baltra, Select city
From GBP 3,500 / 7 Nights

Galapagos Aggressor I and II Liveaboard Diving Holiday

Galapagos, Baltra, Dive Sites
From GBP 4,000 / 7 Nights


  •  All inclusive
     Full Board
     Half Board
     Bed & Breakfast
     Room only
  •  Twin
  •  Silver
  •  Whale Sharks
     Tiger Sharks
     Great Whites
     Manta Rays
     Reef Sharks
     Oceanic White Tips
     Coral reefs
  •  Nightlife
     Quiet area
     Sea views
     Tennis courts
     Kids area
     Suitable for non-divers
  •  Open Water
     Advanced O/W 20+ dives
     Advanced O/W 50+ dives
  •  Adults
     New divers
     Experienced divers


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