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Alya Galapagos

Alya Galapagos

$3150 5D / 4N or $3900 6D /5N



Built: 2017
Construction: Catamaran
Length: 31.5 meters / 103.3 feet
Beam: 12.5 meters / 41 feet
Cruise: 12 knots
Divers: 16
Engine: 2 x Cumming 350 HP
Electricity: 110 / 220 VAC

Alya Galapagos
Alya Galapagos
Alya Galapagos
Alya Galapagos
Alya Galapagos
Alya Galapagos
Alya Galapagos
Alya Galapagos
Alya Galapagos
Alya Galapagos
Alya Galapagos
Alya Galapagos
Alya Galapagos
Alya Galapagos
Alya Galapagos
Alya Galapagos
Alya Galapagos
Alya Galapagos
Alya Galapagos
Constructed in 2017, the Alya is a liveaboard created and run by native Galapaguenos. As a World Travel Awards nominee and Smart Planet certified, Alya is dedicated to sustainable practices. The ship offers one five-day itinerary and two six-day itineraries. The ship accommodates up to 16 guests across eight spacious rooms, which are spread across the main and upper decks. These rooms are offered in three styles: a king-size cabin, a twin cabin, both of which have a private balcony with a panoramic ocean view, and a matrimonial cabin. Each cabin has convertible beds, spacious closets, individual climate control, writing desks, and unique, earthy decor. The ship’s restaurant specializes in local and international cuisine, which a professional chef prepares. Guests can enjoy their meals in an alfresco dining room or relax in one of the lounges. In addition to the sundeck’s lounge area, it also has a Jacuzzi. There are nine crew members and one naturalist guide for island excursions. Each itinerary offers hiking, snorkeling, panga rides, paddleboarding, and kayaking through various parts of the Galapagos.
The ship has safety equipment including 35 life jackets, four life buoys, a flare gun, a smoke signal, two survival rafts, and fire detection and prevention equipment. Rates include airport assistance, Galapagos transfers, accommodation, meals, visits, excursions, snorkel gear(mask, tube, wetsuit, and fins), kayaks, paddleboards, and unlimited drinks(water, coffee, tea, and soft drinks), and beach towels. Local flights to and from Galapagos, the Galapagos National Park entrance fee, the Galapagos Transit card, alcoholic beverages, tips, local taxes, and travel insurance are not included.
Itinerary A, the northern route, runs for five days and includes a tour of Black Turtle Cove, which is famous for its green sea turtles, shallow channels, small caves, and mangrove forests. Other stops include exploring Darwin Bay and El Barranco, both of which are popular stops for birdwatchers as there are hundreds of gulls, frigatebirds, and more on this small island. Snorkeling along cliffs and spotting sharks, sea lions, and marine iguanas are popular highlights on this stop. The final stop on this trip is at the Charles Darwin Station, where guests learn about the Galapagos' biodiversity and conservation efforts before transferring to the airport, where guests will fly back to continental Ecuador.
Itinerary B, the western route, lasts six days and explores the Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, and Santiago islands. On this trip, guests will hike along the base of the most active volcano in the Galapagos, to the top of Vicente Roca Point, and along the rustic Espumilla Beach. Snorkelers will spot seahorses in long seaweed, hundreds of little fishes, sea turtles, and the rocky bottoms off Egas Port. Panga rides, paddleboarding, and kayaking are available as well.
Itinerary C, the southern route, runs for six days and stops at Seymour, Plazas, San Cristobal, Lobos, Espanola, Floreana, and Santa Cruz. Here, guests will hike across small islets, snorkel, or kayak through calm waters and spot sea lions, marine iguanas, sea turtles, rays, and more. This trip stops by the Interpretation Center, which is dedicated to the history of human life in the Galapagos.
Narrative text and photographs courtesy of Galagents.



Dive Conditions

Many Galapagos Dive sites, especially those in the northern Islands of Wolf and Darwin, are characterized by the presence of the following diving conditions: Currents, Surge, Thermoclines, Cold water.
The best time to dive in Galapagos highly depends on what you'd like to see. The diving season in Galapagos is generally divided into two categories: Whale Shark Season (June-November) and Manta Season (December-May) when it's slightly warmer. During the warmer Manta Season the schools of hammerheads are generally larger and giant manta rays may be found off Isabela island.
December - May: This is the warm season in the Galapagos with the highest water and air temps. Brief afternoon rain showers are common but expect the tropic sun to reappear after the rain. Water temperature is 70-86F (21-30C) with some cooler thermoclines at depth. The northern islands are generally colder. Visibility stays between 40-100 feet (12-33 meters).
June - November: This season is known as the guarua and is cooler with frequent mist and overcast days. Winds can create rougher seas at times. Water temperature is 60-75F (16-24C). While colder, the trade-off is the rich currents bringing nutrients into the islands, resulting in more abundant marine life. Visibility is slightly less as a result.
Galapagos diving conditions can be challenging. Currents are moderate to strong and may require you to grab hold of rocks below the surface so you don't drift away. Surges may create difficulties during your safety stops. The average visibility is 10 - 21m (30 - 70ft), but can be less.
June to December. However, September November is the best time to see the most wildlife, but the waters will be colder. The water for diving is cold all year-round, but even COLDER during this time of year, with thermoclines as well. Wetsuits of 7mm are recommended, as well as a hood and gloves.
Divers must follow their Dive Master and Galapagos Marine Reserve rules at all times. Divers must stick with the group and their Dive Master at all times, remain with their buddies, and ascend in pairs. Safety Stops are obligatory for all Galapagos dives.