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MV Galapagos Sky

MV Galapagos Sky

$6395 USD / 7 nights



Length: 30 meters / 100 feet
Beam: 7 meters / 24 feet
Cruise: 12 knots
Fuel Capacity: 8,000 gallons
Fresh Water: 6,000 gallons
Electricity: 110 and 220 volts
Nitrox Free

MV Galapagos Sky
MV Galapagos Sky
MV Galapagos Sky
MV Galapagos Sky
MV Galapagos Sky
MV Galapagos Sky
MV Galapagos Sky
MV Galapagos Sky
MV Galapagos Sky
MV Galapagos Sky
MV Galapagos Sky
MV Galapagos Sky
MV Galapagos Sky
MV Galapagos Sky
MV Galapagos Sky
MV Galapagos Sky
MV Galapagos Sky
MV Galapagos Sky
MV Galapagos Sky
The Galapagos Sky is a 16-passenger luxury liveaboard yacht that was launched in 2001. The ship has cruised the islands of the Galapagos Archipelago providing thousands of divers with high octane, extraordinary Galapagos diving experiences. The “Sky” ship and team offer full luxury accommodations, excellent food, extra touch amenities, and an experienced staff. The Sky accommodates 16 divers in 8 cabins.
The Master Stateroom cabins 1-4 are located on the Dolphin deck and have two twin beds that can be joined together, ensuite bathrooms, window view, mirrored cabinet, wardrobe, bathrobes, hairdryer, biodegradeble toiletries, fresh towels daily, and air conditioning. The Deluxe Stateroom cabins 5-8 are located on the Iguana deck and have two twin beds, ensuite bathrooms, Port light view, mirrored cabinet, wardrobe, bathrobes, hairdryer, biodegradable toiletries, fresh towels daily, and air conditioning.
The Galapagos Islands are a National Park and Marine Sanctuary; over 90 percent of the land and all of the ocean waters are protected. When visiting the Galapagos, you will be visiting a part of the world that has changed little since the time of Darwin’s discovery. It’s unique location at the confluence of three major ocean currents make it one of the most species-intense and magical underwater places on earth. The Galapagos are generally considered some of the best diving in the world. Expect to experience cool water, currents, and majestic ocean critters.
The Galapagos Sky cruises are 7-night adventures offering a total 17 – 19 dives including a check out dive. The dive sites and dives are all weather, current and sea condition dependant. Diving in Galapagos is considered ADVANCED diving as you may experience strong currents, cold water, and at times, limited visibility. All diving is done from inflatable tenders. Divers will experience 4 dives per day at Wolf and Darwin. While diving the central islands on your Galapagos Sky cruise, you will experience the amazing diversity of Galapagos diving. Besides the resident mantas, sharks, and whale sharks, there is also time to photograph invertebrates in vibrant color, as well as keep an eye out for giant sunfish (mola molas). Between your dives in the central islands, you’ll also walk in the steps of Charles Darwin with 3 guided land excursions. The first land excursion will be the panoramic views as you climb to the top of Bartolome. Views will include Pinnacle Rock in the bay and also lagoons in the distance that you may recognize from movies. You will also visit the Highlands in Santa Cruz in search of the Galapagos Tortoises in their natural habitat and finish this excursion with an unguided visit to the Charles Darwin Research Center. Lastly, on Sunday morning guests can explore the Interpretation center in San Cristobal where much about Galapagos history and conservation efforts can be learned. This visit occurs just before your return flight to Ecuador.
The Galapagos Sky offers free nitrox on all charters. The ship does not support technical diving or rebreathers.
Text and photographs courtesy of the Galapagos Sky



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.