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Humboldt Explorer is a steel mono-hulled motor yacht of over 30m in length which runs Ecuador liveaboard tours of 7 nights in duration all around the best dive sites of the Galapagos archipelago.

Length: 32 metres / 107 foot
Beam: 7 metres / 21 foot
Cruise: 8 knots
Divers: 16
Enriched air nitrox is available here
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Humboldt Explorer Galapagos diving cruises

Constructed in 2009, this purpose-built diving boat is very spacious and provides the comfortable environment necessary for those lucky enough to be diving the challenging but unforgettable waters of the Galapagos Islands. Up to 16 divers can be accommodated on these Galapagos diving cruises in twin or double bed standard cabins, featuring air-conditioning, in-cabin audio-visual entertainment and hot water, en-suite facilities. All cabins have windows meaning plenty of natural light.

Common areas follow the roomy, high quality cruise theme with an elegant diving area and saloon which is air-conditioned and tastefully furnished. Guests tend to socialise here and enjoy the TV, DVD and music system and library of books. For added luxury you can even relax in the jacuzzi on the sun deck. A spacious dive deck with large camera table and nitrox are all further evidence of how diver-friendly the Humboldt Explorer truly is.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

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Special discounted trips highlighted in yellow

November 2014
Dep: 17 Nov Ret: 24 Nov Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,595
December 2014
Dep: 22 Dec Ret: 29 Dec Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,595
January 2015
Dep: 26 Jan Ret: 2 Feb Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 3,895
March 2015
Dep: 2 Mar Ret: 9 Mar Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,295
Dep: 9 Mar Ret: 16 Mar Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,295
April 2015
Dep: 20 Apr Ret: 27 Apr Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,295
May 2015
Dep: 4 May Ret: 11 May Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,295
June 2015
Dep: 22 Jun Ret: 29 Jun Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,595
July 2015
Dep: 6 Jul Ret: 13 Jul Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,595
Dep: 13 Jul Ret: 20 Jul Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,595
Dep: 27 Jul Ret: 3 Aug Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,595
November 2015
Dep: 23 Nov Ret: 30 Nov Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,595
December 2015
Dep: 21 Dec Ret: 28 Dec Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,595
Dep: 28 Dec Ret: 4 Jan Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,595
January 2016
Dep: 4 Jan Ret: 11 Jan Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,295
Dep: 11 Jan Ret: 18 Jan Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,295
Dep: 18 Jan Ret: 25 Jan Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,295
Dep: 25 Jan Ret: 1 Feb Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,295
February 2016
Dep: 1 Feb Ret: 8 Feb Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,295
Dep: 8 Feb Ret: 15 Feb Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,295
Dep: 15 Feb Ret: 22 Feb Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,295
Dep: 22 Feb Ret: 29 Feb Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,295
Dep: 29 Feb Ret: 7 Mar Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,295
March 2016
Dep: 7 Mar Ret: 14 Mar Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,295
Dep: 14 Mar Ret: 21 Mar Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,295
Dep: 21 Mar Ret: 28 Mar Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,295
Dep: 28 Mar Ret: 4 Apr Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,295
April 2016
Dep: 4 Apr Ret: 11 Apr Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,295
Dep: 11 Apr Ret: 18 Apr Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,295
Dep: 18 Apr Ret: 25 Apr Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,295
Dep: 25 Apr Ret: 2 May Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,295
May 2016
Dep: 2 May Ret: 9 May Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,295
Dep: 9 May Ret: 16 May Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,295
Dep: 16 May Ret: 23 May Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,295
June 2016
Dep: 6 Jun Ret: 13 Jun Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,595
Dep: 13 Jun Ret: 20 Jun Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,595
Dep: 27 Jun Ret: 4 Jul Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,595
July 2016
Dep: 4 Jul Ret: 11 Jul Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,595
Dep: 11 Jul Ret: 18 Jul Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,595
Dep: 18 Jul Ret: 25 Jul Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,595
August 2016
Dep: 29 Aug Ret: 5 Sep Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,595
September 2016
Dep: 12 Sep Ret: 19 Sep Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,595
Dep: 19 Sep Ret: 26 Sep Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,595
November 2016
Dep: 21 Nov Ret: 28 Nov Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,595
Dep: 28 Nov Ret: 5 Dec Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 4,595

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More Trip Details....

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, local brands of alcohol, land tours, transfers to the boat from the airport in San Cristobal, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s)(4-5 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, DiveAlert, a surface signaling device, and an electronic beacon.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory): Dinner on the final evening, scuba equipment (US$ 250 per trip), dive computer, dive insurance (mandatory), Galapagos entrance fee US$ 100, transit card US$ 10, chamber support fee US$ 35, fuel surcharge of US$ 150. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (customers might provide their own where appropriate at no extra cost).

Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks (premium brand), nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 150 per trip), torches. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

How to get there: Humboldt Explorer departs from San Cristobal every Monday afternoon. Guests fly into Ecuador and take a connecting flight, through Guayaquil or Quito, to San Cristobal in the Galapagos islands. Both Guayaquil and Quito have daily flights to the Galapagos, although Guayaquil is recommended with cheaper prices and better-timed connections.

You will need to overnight in Guayaquil or Quito before flying on to the Galapagos. To ensure easy flight connections to Galapagos, a 2 night stop-over is recommended. On the return leg you will probably need to overnight in Guayaquil or Quito since most international flights depart too early to make the connection possible. The flight from Galapagos arrives in Guayaquil (and then Quito) in the afternoon.

We will place your domestic flight requirements with the liveaboard operator who are responsible for booking the flights. We request your patience with this process since there are often waiting lists and slow confirmations of availability. You must inform us whether you are flying into Guayaquil or Quito before domestic flights can be considered. If you wish to extend your stay in Galapagos to enjoy land tours please decide that early in the booking process to ensure flight availability

For more information see our Galapagos travel information section.

Non-diver rate: 10% off the published price.

Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single traveller may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 80% of the published price.

Dive clubs and group discounts: For departures between Dec. 1, 2015 - May 31, 2016 and Dec. 1, 2016 - May 31, 2017. Groups of 6 or more receive 1 space for free and save US$ 200 per person. Groups of 12 or more receive 2 spaces for free and save US$ 300 per person. Full charter receive 3 spaces for free and save US$ 300 per person. See whole boat charter rate below.

Whole boat charter rate (per night): US$ 7,990, High Season - US$ 8,590.

Add-on package: Galapagos is a once-in-a-lifetime destination and the above water creatures and environments are just as impressive as below. You can extend your time in this nature-lovers paradise by adding a 3, 4 or 7 night non-diving liveaboard. Estrella del Mar conducts nature tours around some of the finest locations in the Galapagos with naturalist guides, literature and presentations. Donít just leave after a week of diving! Get the full picture of the incredible Galapagos islands.

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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
There are 8 Standard cabins on this Galapagos Islands tour boat. There are 2 twin bed cabins on the middle deck and 6 double/twin bed cabins on the lower deck. All of the cabins have private en-suite bathrooms and their own private TV and DVD player.

Ecuador liveaboard, the Humboldt Explorer's Standard cabin All the cabins have:
  • Air-conditioning and fan cooling
  • Windows
  • En-suite bathroom with toilet and hot water shower
  • Hand basin, toiletries and towels
  • TV & DVD player
  • Reading lights
  • Cabinet, shelves and mirror
  • Bedding and luggage space
  • US-style 3-pin 110V electricity
  • Life jackets
  • Fire extinguisher
No. of bathrooms / showers - 13 / 13 - hot water

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Crew, facilities, dive courses...
The Humboldt Explorer's saloon The Humboldt Explorer crew of 9 comprise:
  • Dive Instructor
  • Divemaster
  • Captain
  • Cook
  • 2 Engineers
  • Stewardess
  • 2 Deck Hands
2 Motorised dive dinghies - Dive platform and kit up area with hot water showers and toilet - Camera charging station with separate rinse tank - Main deck air-conditioned saloon and dining area with bar, TV, DVD, music system, movie library, fish ID books, games and general interest books - Satellite telephone - Sundeck and shaded area with jacuzzi and chairs - Water dispenser

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Menu, cuisine type...
The dining experience on Galapagos dive cruises with the Humboldt Explorer begins with lunch on the first day which, as with all main meals, is a mix of American and Ecuadorian dishes featuring fish, beef, pork or chicken, salads, rice or potatoes.

  • The dining area onboard the Humboldt ExplorerA selection of local Ecuadorian cuisine and international dishes.
  • Air-conditioned dining area with buffet meals.
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are provided.
  • Snacks include biscuits and fruit.
  • Coffee, tea and drinking water are all provided free of charge.
  • Beer, spirits and wine are available for purchase on board.
  • All dietary requirements can be catered for - please send advanced notice.
  • Cruise dining service begins with lunch at boarding.


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technical specifications...
  • Galapagos diving cruises with the Humboldt ExplorerBuilt in year 2009
  • Size - 32.3m x 6.5m
  • Weight - 169 tonnes
  • Top speed - 10 knots
  • Cruising speed - 8 knots
  • 2 x 350 HP Detroit Diesel engines
  • 2 x 73 KW Perkins generators
  • 2 x Bauer scuba tank compressors
  • Enriched air nitrox
  • 9.5, 12 & 15 litre aluminium dive tanks with Int. valves; DIN adapters available
  • Electricity 110 & 220V 24 hours per day
  • Water capacity - 4,500 litres
  • Fresh watermaker - 5,700 litres per day
  • Fuel capacity - 20,000 litres

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navigation, safety features...
  • Humboldt Explorer for diving in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador2 x Life rafts
  • 2 x 25 HP Yamaha dinghies
  • ICOM, VHF, Marine 1C & M504 radios
  • Furuno radar
  • Furuno Navnet GPS
  • Furuno sounder
  • Searchlight, life rings and horn
  • Bilge pump alarms
  • Emergency position and indicating system & flares
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Oxygen - 24,000 litres
  • Medic first aid box & trained staff
  • Fire alarm & detectors
  • Fire extinguishers throughout
  • Life jackets in each cabin & pilot house
  • Customer dive insurance is NOT provided and is MANDATORY - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation
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layout plans...
Humboldt Explorer deck plans
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Customer reviews: 

"Staff were excellent. Facilities were very good (although the boat was a bit older than I expected (I knew beforehand that this operator was not a luxury outfit). Overall a fantastic experience." - Steven Moore, USA...

"The dives, food and other services provided by the staff at the Humboldt Explorer were excellent. We were very happy with each and every member of the crew at the boat. Therefore, we would rate the on-sea services as a 5 (Excellent).
However, we were not pleased with how Explorer Ventures handled the booking phase of the trip. The delays in them booking the local flights as well as the other smaller issues were not handled in a manner that we would expect from a first class service provider. Therefore, we rate the entire services as 4 (Very Good)." - Mikko Huimala, Finland ...

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