While it’s true that the Humboldt Explorer is among the oldest Galapagos diving cruises, it was recently refurbished and continually updates its safety features. Despite its “age,” by just going through its reviews, you can clearly see that it remains one of the most popular choices for Galapagos liveaboard diving. This is because the Humboldt Explorer possesses all the amenities, services, equipment and itineraries (especially its itineraries) required to ensure a memorable experience.   Let’s start with its facilities and equipment. The Humboldt can accommodate 16 passengers in eight (8) comfortable cabins (all with air conditioning and private bathrooms), with the ship having a wide range of facilities to meet its guests’ requirements. Most of these rooms have twin bunks that convert to larger beds for couples, while all cabins are equipped with TV/DVD, hot water, private bathrooms, showers and, of course, amazing island views. The ship itself features air-conditioned social areas, a shaded rear deck and a sundeck. Even though you will be spending a bulk of your day underwater, you’ll appreciate the warm and relaxing Jacuzzi. The ship provides tanks, weights, air compressors and rental equipment, two rigid hull inflatables used for passenger transportation and diver pickup. The yacht also uses an underwater tracking device (a nice feature), two life rafts, life rings, life vests, flares, oxygen, and first-aid equipment that ensures passenger safety.   Moving on to services, the yacht only employs the most talented divers and personnel. Each cruise has seven (7) crewmembers, including an experienced dive instructor and diver’s assistant. In this manner, the Humboldt Explorer provides the perfect balance between premium service and true scuba adventure, thereby maximizing your Galapagos diving experience.   Finally, the itinerary… The ship’s diving program focuses on the Galapagos’ highlights. To start with, you will be diving off the Darwin and Wolf Islands for four days! You then have Cousin’s Rock, Isla Lobos, Punta Carrion, and North Seymour. This itinerary becomes even more thrilling during the “cold season” or the “whale shark season,” as this is when the Humboldt Current flows through the archipelago (perhaps this is the very reason the ship got its name). In addition to these one-of-a-kind diving adventures, travelers can also enjoy the islands’ rich wildlife and unique species through the yacht’s land excursions.   All these are reasons we have placed the Humboldt Explorer on our short list of Galapagos liveaboard cruises. While not as “fancy” as some others, the Humboldt Explorer is like a veteran diver who knows where and how to approach the archipelago given your interests and abilities. After all, its long service and great reviews speak volumes. If you would like more information about this ship, contact us! Let’s talk and plan how we can make your voyage a thoroughly exceptional one!

Highlights

Galapagos Islands, Lobos, Punta Carrion (2 dives), Wolf (7 dives), Darwin (5 dives), Cousin's Rock (1 dive)

Tour Name Start Date End Date Spaces Left Price From

Boat Itineraries

Itinerary Details

Day 1 - San Cristobal Arrival - Isla LobosAMSan Cristobal Arrival

San Cristobal IslandArrival in airport and transfer to the boat. Briefing onboard about the boat and the island.

PMIsla Lobos

San Cristobal Island: Isla LobosThis small island is named after the sea lions that rest and play on its rocky shores.


Day 2 - Carrion Point - North Seymour IslandAMCarrion Point

Santa Cruz Island: Carrion PointA lagoon with beautiful turquoise water where you can see a variety of fish, rays and white-tip reef sharks.

PMNorth Seymour Island

North Seymour IslandExplore the rocky coast, passing colonies of blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds.


Day 3 - Wolf Island - Wolf IslandAMWolf Island

Wolf IslandSchools of hammerheads meet up with barracudas and eels to offer the

PMWolf Island

Wolf IslandSchools of hammerheads meet up with barracudas and eels to offer the


Day 4 - Wolf Island - Darwin IslandAMWolf Island

Wolf IslandSchools of hammerheads meet up with barracudas and eels to offer the

PMDarwin Island

Darwin IslandDiving at Darwin is overwhelming as the water it is thick with ham


Day 5 - Darwin Island - Darwin IslandAMDarwin Island

Darwin IslandDiving at Darwin is overwhelming as the water it is thick with ham

PMDarwin Island

Darwin IslandDiving at Darwin is overwhelming as the water it is thick with ham


Day 6 - Wolf Island - Wolf IslandAMWolf Island

Wolf IslandSchools of hammerheads meet up with barracudas and eels to offer the

PMWolf Island

Wolf IslandSchools of hammerheads meet up with barracudas and eels to offer the


Day 7 - Cousins Rock - HighlandsAMCousins Rock

Santiago Island: Cousin´s RockA great wall dive site for seeing a forest

PMHighlands

Santa Cruz Island: HighlandsThe highlands are located in the northern part of the island and can reach elevations up to 1500 mt.


Day 8 - San Cristobal DepartureAMSan Cristobal Departure

San Cristobal Island. Transfer to the Airport.


Itinerary Details

Day 1 - San Cristobal Arrival - Isla LobosAMSan Cristobal Arrival

San Cristobal IslandArrival in airport and transfer to the boat. Briefing onboard about the boat and the island.

PMIsla Lobos

San Cristobal Island: Isla LobosThis small island is named after the sea lions that rest and play on its rocky shores.


Day 2 - Carrion Point - North Seymour IslandAMCarrion Point

Santa Cruz Island: Carrion PointA lagoon with beautiful turquoise water where you can see a variety of fish, rays and white-tip reef sharks.

PMNorth Seymour Island

North Seymour IslandExplore the rocky coast, passing colonies of blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds.


Day 3 - Wolf Island - Wolf IslandAMWolf Island

Wolf IslandSchools of hammerheads meet up with barracudas and eels to offer the

PMWolf Island

Wolf IslandSchools of hammerheads meet up with barracudas and eels to offer the


Day 4 - Wolf Island - Darwin IslandAMWolf Island

Wolf IslandSchools of hammerheads meet up with barracudas and eels to offer the

PMDarwin Island

Darwin IslandDiving at Darwin is overwhelming as the water it is thick with ham


Day 5 - Wolf Island - Wolf IslandAMWolf Island

Wolf IslandSchools of hammerheads meet up with barracudas and eels to offer the

PMWolf Island

Wolf IslandSchools of hammerheads meet up with barracudas and eels to offer the


Day 6 - Cousins Rock - HighlandsAMCousins Rock

Santiago Island: Cousin´s RockA great wall dive site for seeing a forest

PMHighlands

Santa Cruz Island: HighlandsThe highlands are located in the northern part of the island and can reach elevations up to 1500 mt.


Day 7 - Darwin Island - Darwin IslandAMDarwin Island

Darwin IslandDiving at Darwin is overwhelming as the water it is thick with ham

PMDarwin Island

Darwin IslandDiving at Darwin is overwhelming as the water it is thick with ham


Day 8 - San Cristobal DepartureAMSan Cristobal Departure

San Cristobal Island. Transfer to the Airport.


Boat specifications

Technical Specifications:

  • Capacity: 16 passengers
  • Length overall: 106 ft. (32.3 meters)
  • Beam: 21.3 ft. (6.5 meters)
  • Draft: 8.2 ft. (2.5 meters)
  • Speed: 10 knots
  • Crew: 7 crew members plus a naturalist diving instructor and a diving instructor assistant

Accommodations:

  • Cabins: Humboldt Explorer accommodates 16 passengers in 8 air-conditioned double cabins on main and lower decks. All cabins have ocean views, TV/ DVD, hot water, private bathrooms and showers. All rooms except rooms 3 & 4 (forward below-decks) can be converted to either one queen bed or two twin beds. All our bedrooms have large windows to maximize the gorgeous view of the Pacific Ocean and Galapagos Archipelago. Cabins are located on the main and lower decks.

Facilities:

  • Social Areas: Air-conditioned social areas. Covered back deck and sundeck with Jacuzzi. The air-conditioned salon on the main deck includes dining tables, TV, VCR, CD/DVD, video library and lounge area.
  • Safety Equipment: Life rafts (2), life rings/strobes, life vests/strobes, an emergency position locator, flares, oxygen and first aid equipment
  • Air Systems: 2 electric Bauer compressors with nitrox membrane, producing 32% nitrox, bank storage
  • Tenders: Rigid hull inflatables (2), used for passenger transport and diver pickup
  • Diving Equipment: A large staging area, air compressor, tanks, weights and rental diving equipment
    • Nitrox is available and there is a large camera table and rinse tank for cameras.
    • All safety equipment complies with international Coast Guard regulations

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Trip Advisor Reviews

star rating  Amabilidad y experiencia - Hice el viaje desde BS AS a Quito, y luego a Galápagos.
Todo resultó impecable
La organización, los guías, los hoteles y todos los servicios contratados
Destaco la amabilidad, y predisposición de Rachel, nuestra guía de gran parte de la estadía en Quito. Y los guías en las islas, Peter, Carlos Lopez y otros cuyo nombre no recuerdo
También al chofer, Darwin, ayudándo para que obtengamos buenas fotos
Recomiendo la agencia por la cordialidad y profesionalismo.

avatar thumb Lore1074
August 7, 2023

star rating  Todo solucionado. Gran servicio.  - Muy buen servicio, muy personalizado, atendiendo todos los detalles de nuestras necesidades, tanto programadas como las que aparecían sobre la marcha. Gran amabilidad de todos los representantes de la organización con quien tuvimos contacto. Definitivamente muy recomendable.

avatar thumb Agirbal
April 5, 2023

star rating  Viaje, agencia y equipo excelente!  - Acabamos de hacer un viaje a Ecuador con Surtrek, hemos visitado Quito y Galápagos, el trato y la organización han sido excelente. Desde el trabajo de planificación del viaje con Karla, hasta el acompañamiento del conductor Cristian, y los guías David y Rachel en las actividades. Todo el equipo ha sido muy profesional y atento a nuestras necesidades. los recomiendo totalmente.

avatar thumb clarag920
April 9, 2023

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