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 A word from Dom: "Calipso is a very interesting new dive liveaboard option for Galapagos.  For one thing, she's offering an itinerary which is slightly different from the other liveaboards, going to Marchena (typically only dived by scientists).  For another thing, with 10 cabins available but a maximum of 16 guests allowed by the park service, she's offering 2 lower-deck single cabins with no single supplement.  Thirdly, she's a boat I've known for years and she's always been a fantastic choice for naturalist cruises.  With this refit & revamp as a dive boat, she will certainly come up to or surpass her former first-class standards."  ... Dominick Macan


Cabins ... diving amenities ... what's included

  • 6 upper deck TWIN/DOUBLE cabins
    side-by-side twin beds convertible to doubles - cabin with window

    2 main deck DOUBLE cabins
    double bed cabins with windows

    2 lower deck SINGLE cabins
    with twin bed cabin with portholes 

    Each 120 sq ft / 11 sq meter cabin has: closet & plenty of storage, hair dryer, audio and video circuit

  • up to 3 dives per day
    12L aluminum tank
    diving from 2 inflatable tenders
    3 hot, freshwater showers
    rinse tank & camera table
    nitrox is available
    rental gear available

  • accommodation, meals & snacks
    on-alcoholic beverages
    compressed air & tanks
    weights and weight belts
    airport transfer for official incoming/outgoing flights

  • international airfare
    domestic airfares
    alcoholic beverages
    gear rental
    park fees, local taxes
    12% sales tax on purchases


On board Calipso

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    OLD lounge - currently being renovated
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    OLD dining - currently being renovated
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    OLD cabin - currently being renovated
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Deck Plan ... Dive Map ... Technical Specifications

Itinerary map, deck & cabin layout, yacht specs, equipment & safety features for Calipso                                open



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ITINERARY: Departures are from San Cristobal on Thursday.

Day 1 Thu: Arrive San Cristobal - PM: Isla Lobos Check Out Dive
Day 2 Fri: Marchena
Day 3 Sat: Wolf
Day 4 Sun: Darwin
Day 5 Mon: Wolf
Day 6 Tue: Jan-June: Cape Marshall. July-Dec: AM: Cabo Douglas PM: Punta Vicente Roca
Day 7 Wed: AM: Dive Cousins Rock PM: Highlands of Santa Cruz. Charles Darwin Station.
Day 8 Thu: Interpretation Center. Departure.

Total Dives: 21  Total Land visits: 2


Built - 1991
Complete rebuild 2018
Length - 33.25 m / 109 ft
Beam - 7.20 m / 24 ft
Electricity - 110 & 220 V
Water capacity - 5000
Fresh watermaker - 4200 gallons per day
Fuel capacity - 7200 gallons
Steel hull. Steel-fiberglass superstructure


2 ribbed zodiacs (pangas)
2 dive guides (1 per 8 divers)
well designed dive deck
individual dive stations
equipment rental


Engines - 2 Cummins
Generators - 2 Cummins
Cruising speed - 11 knots


Antenna GPS
Furuno Radar and Depth Finder


VHF Radio & Satellite Phone


First Aid, Oxygen & AED
Life Jackets & Life Boats
Dive Alerts, SMBs, Nautilus Lifeline
Radio Beacon EPIRB
Searchlight and Horn
Bilge pump alarm
Fire Alarm System & Extinguishers
Smoke & Temperarture Detectors

An old favorite in a new life

Long a favorite for naturalist cruises in Galapagos, Calipso (formerly the Flamingo) is beginning a new life as a scuba diving vessel following a complete make-over: new motors, new generators, new compressors and Nitrox system, plus a total rebuild on the interior and the sundeck, with the addition of a jacuzzi.  The dive deck is all new and will have camera tables, rinse tanks, hot showers and a head.

Sun lovers and those who wish to enjoy the scenery will enjoy the large sun deck, which will have covered & uncovered options, hot tub, bar & barbecue.  On the upper deck, behind the bridge, are 8 of the cabins, all with large windows.  The main deck houses 2 forward cabins, a huge lounge and dining area with flat screen TV, as well as the new 450 square-foot dive platform.  The last 2 cabins are located on the lower deck and will be used for single divers with no single supplement.

Calipso produces its own fresh water through reverse osmosis desalinization units that are free of R-12 gas, so they offset their carbon emissions. There is a satellite telephone to provide your family with a contact number in the event of an emergency and WiFi at available at an extra cost.

Itinerary variation

Diving regions include Darwin & Wolf, Machena, Punto Vincente Roca, Cabo Marshall, Cabo Douglas & Cousin's Rock. One of the interesting elements being offered by Calipso is its itinerary which will include diving at Marchena, a site normally only dived by scientists.  Punta Espejo on the southeast edge of Marchena is an excellent site for sharks, with hammerhead and Galapagos sharks particularly abundant.  Dolphins and sea lions are also around for playful encounters.  Other species include snappers, grunts, surgeonfish, scorpionfish, sea turtles, rays, spotted morays and endemic garden eels, among others.  A second dive site, Punta Mejía, is located on the southwestern side of the island.


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