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 Majestic Explorer generally involve a 6:30am dive followed by breakfast, a dive at 10:30am, lunch at 12:00pm, and afternoon dives at 2:00pm and 4:30pm. On days with long transits between islands, the number of dives will be reduced to 2-3 dives - see itinerary. Dinner is served at approximately 7:00pm. Under current National Parks guidelines, night dives and land visits are strictly regulated. The Majestic Explorer must follow the schedule of islands and land tours as noted below.
Please note that these itineraries are examples only, and will change depending on local regulation, weather and logistics at the Captain’s discretion. Currently, each week the itinerary includes the same islands. The order of the island visits, however, is dictated by the Galapagos National Park and may vary weekly.
Saturday: Baltra (1 Check Out Dive at Punta Carrion)
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 Majestic Explorer. Guests will board the vessel, have lunch and listen to the briefings. After the briefings, the guests will do a check out dive at Punta Carrion. After dinner the vessel will depart to the next scheduled destination.
Sunday: Balta North (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 Western Islands (long transit).
Monday: Cabo Douglas (2 Dives)
Sightings include marine iguanas. Transit to Punta Vicente Roca
Punta Vicente Roca (2 Dives). Sightings often include mola mola, turtles and macro life.
Depart for Northern Islands (long transit).
Tuesday: Wolf Island (4 Dives)
6:30am, 10:30am. 2:00pm and 4:30pm dives. Possible night dive. Sightings often include hammerheads, whale shark (in season), eagle rays, sea lions, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks.
Wednesday: 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
Thursday: 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)
Friday: Cousin’s Rock (1-2 Dives)
6:30am and 9:30am dives (number of dives dependent on travel time from Wolf Island).This is a great macro diving 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. Transfer to the town of Puerto Ayora. Dinner on your own in Puerto Ayora. Return to the Majestic Explorer at 8:30pm.
Depart the vessel by 9.00am. Transfer to the airport.