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Majestic Explorer

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The unique & spacious 35-meter (115-foot) Majestic Explorer is no longer in service.  She hit a reef and sustained damage beyond repair (June 1, 2019). 


A word from Dom :  "We were informed yesterday that Majestic Explorer had hit a reef.  This morning, June 1, 2019, we received the following press release.  It pains us to announce that this lovely Galapagos option is irreparable and her diving days are finished. "   Dominick Macan

31 May 2019 Press Release:  We are sad to announce that, in the early morning hours of May 31, 2019, the Majestic Explorer ran aground in the Central Galapagos Islands. All guests and crew were unhurt and evacuated safely to a nearby passenger vessel. Although initial damage to the Majestic Explorer was minor, the vessel was unable to move.  In the ensuing 6 hours before another vessel was able   to assist, wave action caused further damage which seems at this point to have rendered the vessel unsalvageable. We are in the process of notifying upcoming guests and their agents directly, and are working to identify options to accommodate them, and managing the situation as further information becomes available.


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

  • 2 main deck DOUBLEcabins
    queen bed & picture windows
    2 main deck DOUBLE/TWIN cabins
    queen bed or 2 adjacent twin beds & windows 
    4 lower deck DOUBLE/TWIN cabins
    queen bed or 2 adjacent twin beds & porthole

    All cabins have en-suite bathrooms, ample storage and individual air-conditioning. 

  • 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)
    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
    fuel surcharge
    premium alcoholic beverages
    Galapagos National Park tax & Ingala tourist card fee
    Friday night dinner on shore

On board Majestic Explorer

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    sun deck
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    exterior dining
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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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    camera table
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    Darwin's Arch

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

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



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Length overall: 117 ft (36 meters)
Beam: 23 ft (7 meters)
Draft: 10 ft (3 meters)
Tonnage: 200
Main engines: Motor MTU Marino, 450 hp
Maximum Speed: 10 knots
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, producing 32% nitrox, bank storage
Tenders: Rigid hull inflatables (2), used for passenger transport and diver pickup
Accessories: Diving Equipment

Majestic indeed

The elegant M/V Majestic Explorer is the latest addition to the Explorer Ventures fleet in Galapagos. She has been cruising the Galapagos Islands since August 2018. This luxurious complement to the existing Galapagos liveaboards offers 7-night itineraries to some of the best dive sites in the Galapagos Islands.

On the top deck, you'll find covered & uncovered lounging space for between-dives-recovery. A hot tub & a bar are also located on this deck, which offers stunning panoramic views of the surrounding islands.   The covered al-fresco dining area on this deck is a real plus when the weather allows for outdoor dining.  The roomy air-conditioned interior dining & salon with TV, CD/DVD, plus a bar to relax at after a challeging day’s diving are found on the main deck  ... while a large covered outdoor seating area is located at the stern on this deck.

The main deck hosts 4 cabins, the lower deck the other 4 ... and like her sister ship, Humboldt Explorer, every cabin features a window with sea view.

The large dive deck is equipped with a bathroom, individual gear bins, camera table, recharging station, air and Nitrox filling stations in addition to tank racks and a separate fresh water rinse tank for underwater camera equipment. 

Fuel to keep your engines turning

Also like her sister ship, the Majestic will serve hearty meals for divers with lunch and evening meals typically consisting of lots of salad, potatoes, rice, chicken, beef, pork and fish ... while breakfast is the usual fare of eggs, cereal, toast and fresh fruits. They don't boast "gourmet" food - just solid, nutritious food and plenty of it. If you have any dietary restrictions or requests, please indicate this on your application form. Also, please note that specific brands of soft drinks, dressings and foods are often unavailable in the islands and that low-fat or soy products may not be available. While the crew will do their best to accommodate your requests, you might consider bringing any foods required for your own specific health issues.


Itinerary for Majestic 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

Majestic Explorer - 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.  Please note the start from BALTRA .... not San Cristobel.

Saturday: Baltra (1 Check Out Dive at Punta Carrion)
Arrival & boarding
Check-out dive at Punta Carrion

Sunday: Balta North (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 Western Islands. (long transit)

Monday: Cabo Douglas (2 Dives)
Sightings include marine iguanas.
Transit to Punta Vicente Roca

Punta Vicente Roca (2 Dives)
Sightings often include mola mola, turtles and macro life.
Depart for Northern Islands (long transit).

Tuesday: Wolf Island (4 Dives)
6:30, 10:30. 2:00 and 4:30 dives. Possible night dive.
Sightings often include hammerheads, whale shark (in season), eagle rays, sea lions, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks.

Wednesday: 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

Thursday: 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)

Friday: 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. Transfer to the town of Puerto Ayora. Dinner on your own in Puerto Ayora. Return to the Majestic Explorer at 8:30pm.

Saturday: Baltra
Depart the vessel by 9 am. Transfer to the airport.

Your cruise logistics

Majestic Explorer trips depart from Baltra (GPS), not San Cristobal (SCY). Passengers flying into San Cristobal must arrange their own transportation to Baltra where the Majestic Explorer will depart from..  If you are booking your own domestic flights, it's important to note carefully that you will fly to and depart from Baltra (GPS).  Passengers flying into San Cristobal must arrange their own transportation to Baltra. 

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 Majestic.  You will will board the vessel after 1:00pm, have lunch and attend the briefings.  At that time the  Humboldt Explorer will depart for a short crossing to Punta Carrion for a check out dive and safety briefing.  After dinner the vessel will depart to the next scheduled destination.

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.  

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.



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