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Humboldt Explorer

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The very stable Humboldt Explorer  is a 106-foot (32-meter) tri-deck steel vessel built for stability on the long crossings to Darwin and Wolf.  She takes 16 guests & offers a great itinerary.

A word from Dom :  "Initially the humble "little sister" to the "big guys" in Galapagos, Humboldt Explorer has turned out to be highly popular and is booked solid most of the year.   Budget-friendly, she's a good choice for comfort without luxury."...... Dominick Macan 


Cabins ... diving overview ... what's included



  • 2 main deck DOUBLE/TWIN cabins
    queen bed or 2 twin beds, ample storage & picture windows
    4 lower deck DOUBLE/TWIN cabins
    queen bed or 2 twin beds & window 
    2 lower deck TWIN cabins
    2 adjacent twin beds & window

    All cabins have en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning & flat screen TV/DVD. 

  • 3 - 4 dives per day (days vary)
    diving from 2 large pangas (tenders)
    12 liter alu tanks (DIN & INT valves), 15 liter aluminum tanks (at extra cost)
    scuba gear rental available (please request in advance)
    nitrox 
    water temperature: 60 - 75F, 16 - 24C
    5 -7mm wetsuit recommended

    divers should ideally have Advanced Open Water & 100 logged dives

  • accommodation & diving
    meals, snacks, water, tea & coffee
    alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (not premium alcoholic beverages)
    compressed air, tanks, weights and weight belts
    certified National Park guide/dive instructor & assistant

    airport transfers in Galapagos

  • international & domestic airfare
    scuba rental equipment (please request in advance)
    nitrox and nitrox courses
    15 liter tanks
    chamber support fee
    fuel surcharge
    premium alcoholic beverages
    incoming & outgoing satellite phone calls

    Galapagos National Park tax & Ingala tourist card fee




On board Humboldt Explorer


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    Darwin's Arch
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    stern view
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    hottub
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    sun deck
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    salon
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    dining area
  • Humboldt Explorer king cabin opt
    double cabin
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    twin cabin
  • Humboldt Explorer dive deck opt
    dive deck
  • Humboldt Explorer Sundeck BBQ opt
    sun deck BBQ


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

Itinerary map,  deck & cabin layout,  yacht specs,  equipment & safety features for Humboldt Explorer.... open

 

DECK PLAN

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ITINERARY MAP

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SPECIFICATIONS

Registry: Pto Baquerizo Moreno, Galapagos Islands
Length overall: 111.5 ft (34 meters)
Beam: 21.3 ft (6.5 meters)
Draft: 8.2 ft (2.5 meters)
Tonnage: 169 ITC
Main engines: Detroit Diesel 6V92, 350 hp
Generators: 2x Perkins 73 kw
Maximum Speed: 10 knots
Fuel Capacity: 5,300 gallons (20,000 liters)
Range: 1,800 nm

MACHINERY

Twin diesel engines on all steel and aluminum yachts
Two or more generators, 110-208 ac voltage, each capable of supplying the yachts needs independently
Two SCUBA air compressors with cascade storage
Nitrox membrane system with cascade storage
Watermaker with ample storage
Support dinghies with outboard motors for shore excursions and scuba diving

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Life rafts (2), life rings/strobes, life vests/strobes, emergency position locator, flares, oxygen and first aid equipment
Air Systems:2 electric Bauer compressors with nitrox membrane, 32% nitrox, bank storage

Tenders: Rigid hull inflatables (2), used for passenger transport and diver pickup
Accessories: Diving Equipment


Comfortable liveaboard, friendly & knowledgable staff 


The Humboldt Explorer was designed by one of the premier marine architects in Ecuador, and is the first of her kind.  A teak sundeck features open and covered areas, a Jacuzzi, a wet bar, a BBQ grill and a large exterior dining area with ample seating for all. The indoor dining and lounge area comfortably seats all guests as well and provides a bar & entertainment center. Two of the guest cabins are located on the main deck, while the others are located on the lower deck and all feature windows.

A large dive deck with camera rinse tank, large camera table, wetsuit drying area and hot showers accommodates 16 divers with ease.  The dive deck is equipped with individual gear bins, recharging station.

The Humboldt Explorer is also equipped with a satellite telephone for emergency calls worldwide.


Land Visits


You can 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.  Travel by bus to the Santa Cruz Highlands to visit the giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Visit the town of Puerto Ayora and the Darwin Centre on your own.  After leaving the vessel at the end of the cruise, guest are encouraged to visit the beach in town to see sea lions and marine iguanas in their natural habitat or take a short walk to the Interpretive Centre.


Itineraries


Itinerary for Humboldt Explorer. Up to 4 dives per day .... including Darwin & Wolf. The exact itinerary is always weather and conditions dependant ... however, this itinerary is valid unless conditions dictate a change and the plan will always be to visit the following sites  ...   continue reading

Sample Itinerary - there may be slight variations due to weather and/or sea conditions, but in general, this is the itinerary approved by Galapagos Park Service for this liveaboard.

Monday: San Cristobal (1 Check Out Dive at Isla Lobos)
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 Humboldt Explorer.

Guests will board the vessel after 1:00pm, have lunch and listen to the briefings. After the briefings, the Humboldt Explorer will depart for a short crossing to Isla Lobos for a check out dive and safety briefing.  After dinner the vessel will depart to the next scheduled destination.

Tuesday: Punta Carrion (2 Dives)
6:30 and 9:30 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 Northern Islands. (16+ hour transit)

Wednesday: Wolf Island (4 Dives)
6:30, 10:30, 2:00 and 4:30 dives. Possible night dive. Sightings often include hammerheads, whale sharks, eagle rays, sea lions, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks.
Night anchor at Wolf Island.

Thursday: Wolf Island (2 Dives)
6:30 and 9:30 dives

Transit to Darwin Island (2 Dives)
2:00 and 4:30 dives. Sightings often include hammerheads, red-lipped batfish, eagle rays, sea lions, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks.

Friday: Darwin Island (4 Dives)
6:30, 10:30, 2:00 and 4:30 dives. Sightings often include hammerheads, whale sharks (in season) eagle rays, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks.
Transit to Wolf Island.

Saturday: Wolf Island (3 Dives)
6:30, 9:00 and 11:00 dives. Sightings often include hammerheads, whale sharks (in season), eagle rays, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks.
Long transit to Cousin’s Rock (20+ hours)

Sunday: Cousin’s Rock (1-2 Dives)
6:30 and 9:30 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. Visit the town of Puerto Ayora and the Darwin Centre on your own. Dinner on your own in Puerto Ayora. Return to the Humboldt Explorer at 8:30pm.

Monday: San Cristobal
Depart the vessel by 9 am. Guests are free to visit the beach in town to see sea lions and marine iguanas in their natural habitat or take a short walk to the Interpretive Centre. Transfer back to the airport for flight back to Quito or Guayaquil.

All Humboldt Explorer cruises include:

Darwin & Wolf, Cousin's Rock, Punta Carrion, North Seymour land visit - usually seen are blue footed boobies, frigate birds, sea lions, marine iguanas


Your cruise logistics


Humboldt Explorer trips depart from San Cristobal in the Galapagos Islands.  You will fly to the islands from international airports in Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Flight times, prices and the Galapagos airport of arrival are all subject to change with little or no notification, and flights often run late. We strongly encourage our guests to plan on arriving at least one and preferably two days prior to your flight to the Galapagos Islands, to ensure that your luggage is with you or to make up for any travel delays. We also recommend that guests plan on an extra night in Quito or Guayaquil upon departing Ecuador.    If you are booking your own domestic flights, it's important to note carefully that you will depart from San Cristobal (SCY), not Baltra (GPS). Passengers flying into Baltra must arrange their own transportation to San Cristobal. 

We recommend letting us book your domestic flights from Quito or Guayaquil to the Islands  - and back -  so that we can stay on top of any potential schedule changes for you.

Quito, Ecuador (UIO)
American, United, Delta, COPA and LAN from U.S. cities
Most other major world airlines from hub cities

Guayaquil, Ecuador (GYE)
American, COPA and LAN from U.S. cities
Most other major world airlines from hub cities

 

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