Please note that this itinerary is an example only, and will change depending on local regulations, weather and logistics at the Captain’s discretion. Ths same islands are usually included in each itinerary but the order that the islands are visited is dictated by the National Parks Foundation and may change.
Days aboard the Humboldt Explorer generally involve a 6:30am dive followed by breakfast, a dive at 10:30am, lunch at 12:00pm and afternoon dives at 2:00 pm and 4:30pm (when there are no long transits). Dinner is served at approximately 7:00pm. Under current National Parks guidelines, night dives and land visits are strictly regulated and the Humboldt Explorer must follow the schedule of islands and land tours as noted below.
Monday: San Cristobal (1 Dive at Isla Lobos)
Guests fly to the Galapagos Islands from Mainland Ecuador, arriving in the late morning. The dive guides will meet the guests at the airport and escort them to the Humboldt Explorer. Guests will board the vessel after 1:00pm, have lunch and listen to the briefings.
After the briefings, the Humboldt Explorer will depart for a short crossing to Isla Lobos for a check out dive and safety briefing. After dinner the vessel will depart to the next scheduled destination.
Tuesday: Punta Carrion (2 Dives)
6:30am and 9:30am dives. Sightings include rays and schools of fish.
Afternoon North Seymour land visit. Walk the path around North Seymour Island to see the large colonies of Blue Footed Boobies and Frigate Birds. Sighting of Sea Lions and Marine Iguanas are also common.
Depart for Northern Islands (16+ hour transit)
Wednesday: Wolf Island (4 Dives)
6:30am, 10:30am, 2:00pm and 4:30pm dives. Sightings often include hammerheads, whale sharks, eagle rays, sea lions, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks.
Night anchor at Wolf Island.
Thursday: Wolf Island (2 Dives)
6:30am and 9:30am dives
Transit to Darwin Island (2 Dives). 2:00pm and 4:30pm dives
Sightings often include hammerheads, red-lipped batfish, eagle rays, sea lions, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks.
Friday: Darwin Island (4 Dives)
6:30am, 10:30am, 2:00pm and 4:30pm dives. Sightings often include hammerheads, whale sharks (in season), eagle rays, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks.
Transit to Wolf Island.
Saturday: Wolf Island (3 Dives)
6:30am, 9:00am and 11:00am dives. Sightings often include hammerheads, whale sharks (in season), eagle rays, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks.
Long transit to Cousin’s Rock (20+ hours)
Sunday: Cousin’s Rock (2 Dives)
6:30am and 9:30am dives. This is a great macro dive site with an excellent chance of seeing sea horses, sea lions and eagle rays. Lunch will be served while transiting to Santa Cruz (3 hours). Travel by bus to the Santa Cruz Highlands to visit the giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Visit the town of Puerto Ayora and the Darwin Centre on your own.
Dinner on your own in Puerto Ayora. Return to the Humboldt Explorer at 8:30pm.
Monday: San Cristobal
Depart the vessel by 9:00am. Guests are free to visit the beach in town to see sea lions and marine iguanas in their natural habitat or take a short walk to the Interpretive Centre. Transfer back to the airport for flight back to Quito or Guayaquil.