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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 a king bed & picture window
    2 main deck TWIN/DOUBLE cabins
    side-by-side twin beds convertible to a king bed & picture window
    2 lower deck SINGLE cabins
    2 adjacent twin beds & 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
    non-alcoholic beverages
    compressed air & tanks
    weights and weight belts
    National Park guide
    use of snorkeling equipment & wetsuit
    use of underwater camera

    airport transfer for official incoming/outgoing flights

  • international airfare
    domestic airfares
    alcoholic beverages
    gear rental
    park fees, local taxes
    transit control card

    12% sales tax on purchases


On board Calipso

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    Calipso at Darwin's Arch
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    upper sun deck
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    salon & dining area
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    dining area
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    double cabin
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    twin cabin
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    dive deck
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    Panga at Darwin's Arch

Deck Plan ... Dive Map ... Technical Specifications

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Built: 1991
Complete rebuild: 2018
Length: 33.25-meters (109-foot)
Beam: 7.20 meters  (24-foot) 
Electricity: 110 & 220 V
Water capacity: 5000
Fresh watermaker: 4200 gallons per day
Fuel capacity: 7200 gallons
Hull: steel with 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 has 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 has covered & uncovered options, the hot tub, a bar & barbecue.  On the upper deck, behind the bridge, are 6 of the cabins, all with large windows.  The main deck houses 2 forward cabins, a huge lounge and dining area with flat screen TV.  At the stern, on this level, is 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 is available at an extra cost.

Itinerary variation

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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.

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

Your cruise logistics

Ecuador has 2 international airports: Quito (airport code UIO) and Guayaquil (airport code GYE). Most international flights arrive in the evening so you'll want to plan an overnight hotel.   It is always safer to arrive early to make certain your luggage arrives, too.  You'll fly to San Cristobal in Galapagos in the morning. All flights to Galapagos from Quito route through Guayaquil. You do not deplane and the wait is typically only 20 minutes or so.  If you make your own way to San Cristobal plan to arrive at the passenger dock in San Cristobal no later than 1:00 PM on the day of departure. There is a Gazebo at the end of the dock where you can wait with your luggage and you will be escorted by panga (Zodiac RIB) to Calipso.

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