Galapagos Sky, carries a maximum of 16 passengers in 8 staterooms. The four Master Staterooms, situated on the upper (lido) deck, have one queen-sized bed or two single beds, private head and shower and a window view. The four Deluxe Twin Staterooms have two single beds with private head and shower and a porthole view. Each cabin provides a quiet and elegant space for relaxing, reading or sleeping. Towelling robes are provided for your stay on the boat. Clean towels are provided daily and clean sheets are provided mid-week. Complimentary toiletries are placed at the wash basin and each stateroom is provided with a hair dryer. Eight crew offer superb service at all times, from morning coffee in your room to taking your tank at the dive platform on your return to the boat or providing hot towels at the end of a night dive.
The dive deck features a water fountain, mask defogging station, weight belt area, two showers, and a supply of fresh towels. Special rinse tanks for cameras are situated on the dive deck. Dive information is displayed on a large board which shows depth and marine life information. Of special interest to underwater photographers is the spacious multi-tiered, carpeted photo-table complete with cleaning materials. A full camera and video rental service is available at daily or weekly rates. The boat has a photo pro on board who will assist you with your photography and also, if you wish, take a customized video of your diving holiday. Galapagos Sky offers Nitrox facilities at an extra charge and a range of courses including PADI Advanced Open Water, IANTD, TDI and PADI Nitrox certification, and Paul Humann Fish and Creature Identification. A full range of diving equipment is available for rental.
After diving most people head for the sundeck where they can relax (either in or out of the sun) and help themselves to iced drinks and delicious snacks. Freshly baked breads and biscuits show up in the morning and appetizers are served in the afternoon. Beverages and snacks are available at all times in the salon (along with a well-stocked bar). Hot breakfasts are cooked to order. Lunch is usually a buffet-style spread and dinner is a waiter-served gourmet feast. Wine is served with dinner and after dinner drinks are always offered.
Galapagos Sky operates out of the harbour at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal island for 7 night cruises departing on Sundays throughout the year. All cruises include Darwin and Wolf, subject to local conditions.
Example cruise itinerary:
February - May
Day 1: Board Galapagos Sky in San Cristobal and head out to Los Lobos for the check-out dive. This is a great spot for sealions and fur seals which can be very playful! Day 2: 2 dives at Cousins Rock precede a land excursion on North Seymour. Day 3: 2 dives at Cabo Marshall afford good opportunities to see Manta Rays. 1 dive at Punta Vicente Roca introduces divers to one of the best walls in Galapagos and after this dive your panga ride will have you spotting booby birds like never before! Day 4: Up to 4 dives at Darwin Island plus a night dive. Day 5: Up to 4 dives at Wolf Island. Day 6: 2 dives at Roca Redondo and 2 dives at Punta Vicente Roca. Day 7: 1 dive at Isla Pinzon end the diving for the trip, but the dry delights of the Galapagos still keep coming. This afternoon a visit to the Highlands of Santa Cruz to visit the tortoises, lava tubes and Charles Darwin Research Centre is a great way to end your Galapagos trip. Day 8: Before the transfer to the airport at San Cristobal, stop off at the Interpretation Centre where the human history of Galapagos is presented.
June – January
Day 1: Board Galapagos Sky in San Cristobal and head out to Los Lobos for the check-out dive. This is a great spot for sealions and fur seals which can be very playful! Day 2: 2 dives at Bartolome and 1 at Cousins Rock. A land excursion on Bartolome may be possible. Day 3: Up to 4 dives at Wolf Island plus a night dive. Day 4: Up to 4 dives at Darwin Island. Day 5: 3 dives at Wolf Island followed by transit back to the central islands. Day 6: 1 dive at Cabo Marshall and 2 dives at Punta Vicente Roca. Day 7: 1 dive at Isla Pinzon end the diving for the trip, but the dry delights of the Galapagos still keep coming. This afternoon a visit to the Highlands of Santa Cruz to visit the tortoises, lava tubes and Charles Darwin Research Centre is a great way to end your Galapagos trip. Day 8: Before the transfer to the airport at San Cristobal, stop off at the Interpretation Centre where the human history of Galapagos is presented.
From $4795. Includes: airport transfers; 7 nights cruise on Galapagos Sky on a twin/share basis with full board, including soft drinks, local beer and wine with dinner; 5 full days of diving (up to 3 dives per day) plus one or two dives on the last day; Land excursions on some days. Supplement to upgrade to a Master Stateroom: $200. Reductions for divers 65 or over, non-divers and extra weeks. In addition, there is a Galapagos National Park fee of about $100, a tourism card fee of about $10 and a recompression chamber support fee of about $35 (subject to change) which must be prepaid. Single Occupancy Supplement: 65% of the cruise cost (but you can avoid paying the supplement if you are willing to share a cabin).