Spend 8 days scuba diving in the Galapagos, one of the most beautiful locations on earth, while supporting the Galapagos Whale Shark Project (which was featured in the BBC Blue Planet II series).
You will do 2-4 dives a day on this trip, for a total of ~20 dives. There’s also the opportunity for a night dive. Every dive trip is accompanied by whale shark scientists from the Galapagos Whale Shark Project, which is featured in the BBC Blue Planet II series. For every diver, the organization donates to the research of the Galapagos Whale Shark Project. This team is studying the unique population of adult whale sharks in the Galapagos. Each scientist will provide you with extensive knowledge about whale sharks and will teach you at the same time how you as a diver can support the conservation of marine wildlife such as whale sharks, giant manta rays, sea turtles, other shark species, rays, molas, whales and other endangered animals – in the Galapagos and worldwide. You can also expect to learn about underwater photography while onboard (please note: you need to bring your own camera), and be taught about photography using what you have.)
On this trip, you’ll spend very little time on land. The majority of the experience is on the yacht and underwater. You’ll visit islands that not all boats visit, including sites that primarily attract divers.
The yacht for your Galapagos eco dive liveaboard provides a unique and unforgettable experience, with the best service and diving that you could hope for. The boat has nine cabins with private bathrooms, air conditioning, electricity, and all that you may need to make your stay comfortable. Three meals a day are included, as well as ‘pre-breakfast’ and snacks between dives.
Seasonal Notes: Every year, only a few shark conservation dive departures are offered. These align with the best shark diving season and the best months to dive in the islands of Galapagos and Cocos (July – October). See all available departure dates under “Covid Precautions” (listed there so you can travel safely at a date that suits you).
*Price increases for 2024 departure dates.
This itinerary is customizable if you privatize the trip for your group. Contact Yugen Earthside for more information.
Day 1: Baltra Island [Galapagos Islands, Ecuador] (arrival day)
Dive Check (1 dive)
Day 2: Cape Marshall (2 dives in AM) / City of Mantas (1 dive in PM)
Day 3: Darwin's Arch (4 dives, 2 in the AM and 2 in the PM)
Day 4: Darwin's Arch (2 dives in AM) & Wolf Island (2 dives, 1 in PM and 1 at night)
Day 5: Wolf Island (3 dives, 2 in AM and 1 in PM)
Day 6: Punta Vivente Roca (1 dive in AM) / Cape Douglas (1 dive in PM)
Day 7: Cousin's Rock (2 dives in AM) / Santa Cruz - Highlands & Giant Tortoises
Day 8: Baltra Airport (departure day, or continue with land extension)
Our View on Sustainability
We not only care about our travelers, but we care about the local communities and the environment. When you book a tour with us, you become an active collaborator of the local and international foundations we work with in order to do our part. Whether it is educating children on the coast of Ecuador, or helping out conservation projects in the Galapagos, we care.
This trip takes travelers off the beaten path and avoids tourist "hot spots".
The crew of the boat is all local people who are paid fair wages.
The boat uses water flow reducers.
Education & Awareness
Clients travel with scientists to collect data that furthers our understanding of whale sharks and other marine wildlife. This helps us promote conservation through education and awareness. We specifically discuss with travelers how to act responsibly in this destination, and why that's important.
We support other local and international projects that provide jobs and assistance to local communities.
Travelers and locals will exchange knowledge with locals, have an opportunity to learn from one another, and gain a new perspective on their own environment.
We focus on serving locally grown foods and locally-bought meat.
Use the Google map to orient yourself about where in the world this trip is. The location indicates the starting point for this trip.
A specific route map is included in the downloadable detailed itinerary.
Prices exclude flights to/from the destination.
See the full list of price inclusions and exclusions in the downloadable detailed itinerary.
To reserve your spot on a tour, a 30% deposit will be required. Final payment (balance due): 120 days prior to departure. The deposit is not refundable.
NEW CANCELLATION TERMS FOR COVID:
We are, and will stay, flexible! If you can't join us due to COVID reasons (border closing, flight cancellation, positive COVID test, etc.) our ship will give you the opportunity to reschedule your dive trip to a later date in the next year(s) depending on when you can and want to travel again. You will have a free choice of which date suits you best and have priority in booking. This policy will continue for the year 2021!
You may privatize this trip (only travel with those whom you book the trip with) and choose your own departure date.
Be sure you have traveler's insurance.
Travelers need a negative PCR result for COVID-19 within 96 hours before going to the Archipelago. Travelers with a vaccination certificate can enter the archipelago without restrictions. Socially distance yourself when possible, and have both a mask and hand sanitizer with you at all times.
Q: What does the Physical Rating of "Mildly Strenuous" mean?
Travelers should be prepared for 2 dives a day. They should be in a fit condition and be certified, open water divers.
Q: What are the accommodations like?
Tourist Superior Cruise
Q: Is this trip recommended for solo travelers, women, LGBTQ+, and POC travelers?
Solo travelers stay in a single cabin. Only when requested, they can share the cabin with another traveler of the same gender. The project is led by a female scientist who of course will do everything to make women and travelers of LGBTQ+ community feel safe and welcome.
Q: Why dive in Galapagos?
Once you dive Galapagos your life and diving will NEVER be the same! Galapagos offers a unique variation on wildlife that you only can find here! In Galapagos, you can actually DIVE with the mightiest of all sharks… the Whale Shark! Galapagos is the only place in the world where 99.8% of the whale sharks are truly HUGE adult females swimming up to 15 meters / 45+ feet in length! Nearly all of them seem to be pregnant as they have massively extended abdomens. Galapagos might be THE place where whale sharks give birth - which is one of the reasons that scientists from all over the world come to Galapagos to study this UNIQUE population.
Q: Why dive with us?