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MY Astrea

Astrea is a mono-hulled steel motor vessel of 25m in length, operating year round Galapagos liveaboard tours. Charters are normally for 7 nights duration starting every Tuesday and include diving around some of Galapagos' best sites including Wolf and Darwin.

Length: 25 metres / 83 foot
Beam: 6 metres / 18 foot
Cruise: 8 knots
Divers: 16
Enriched air nitrox is available here
Galapagos liveaboard, the Astrea

The M/Y Astrea is a custom-built diving boat with ample space for up to a maximum of 16 guests on board. Guests are accommodated in 8 twin share en-suite cabins located on various decks throughout the boat. Less luxurious than some of the other Galapagos Islands liveaboards, Astrea still promises comfort and friendly service with the local crew of 9 happy to assist you in English or Spanish.

All dives are done from a tender after gearing up on the dive deck. Features of interest include nitrox and a deck with a camera rinse tank and table, plus shower and toilet. After scuba diving, you can relax in the air-conditioned saloon with a complimentary beer or a cup of coffee, check your images on the onboard computer, or enjoy some music or movies on the entertainment system.

For those who want to dive the best of the Galapagos Islands but have a limited cruise budget, Astrea is the clear choice.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...
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June 2016
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
21 Jun 28 Jun 7 Central Galapagos, Wolf, Darwin 22 US$ 3,917
28 Jun 5 Jul 7 Central Galapagos, Wolf, Darwin 22 US$ 3,917
July 2016
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
12 Jul 19 Jul 7 Central Galapagos, Wolf, Darwin 22 US$ 3,917
26 Jul 2 Aug 7 Central Galapagos, Wolf, Darwin 22 US$ 3,917
August 2016
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
23 Aug 30 Aug 7 Central Galapagos, Wolf, Darwin 22 US$ 3,917
September 2016
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
6 Sep 13 Sep 7 Central Galapagos, Wolf, Darwin 22 US$ 3,917
November 2016
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
15 Nov 22 Nov 7 Central Galapagos, Wolf, Darwin 22 US$ 3,917
December 2016
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
13 Dec 20 Dec 7 Central Galapagos, Wolf, Darwin 22 US$ 3,917
May 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
2 May 9 May 7 Central Galapagos, Wolf, Darwin 22 US$ 4,460
16 May 23 May 7 Central Galapagos, Wolf, Darwin 22 US$ 4,460
30 May 6 Jun 7 Central Galapagos, Wolf, Darwin 22 US$ 4,460
June 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
13 Jun 20 Jun 7 Central Galapagos, Wolf, Darwin 22 US$ 4,460
27 Jun 4 Jul 7 Central Galapagos, Wolf, Darwin 22 US$ 4,460
July 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
11 Jul 18 Jul 7 Central Galapagos, Wolf, Darwin 22 US$ 4,460
25 Jul 1 Aug 7 Central Galapagos, Wolf, Darwin 22 US$ 4,460
August 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
22 Aug 29 Aug 7 Central Galapagos, Wolf, Darwin 22 US$ 4,460
October 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
31 Oct 7 Nov 7 Central Galapagos, Wolf, Darwin 22 US$ 4,460
November 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
14 Nov 21 Nov 7 Central Galapagos, Wolf, Darwin 22 US$ 4,460
28 Nov 5 Dec 7 Central Galapagos, Wolf, Darwin 22 US$ 4,460
December 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
12 Dec 19 Dec 7 Central Galapagos, Wolf, Darwin 22 US$ 4,460
26 Dec 2 Jan 7 Central Galapagos, Wolf, Darwin 22 US$ 4,460

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More Trip Details...

Notes: The Galapagos Islands are a popular destination with limited liveaboard spaces. We recommend you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner (except on final evening), snacks, soft drinks, hot drinks, land tour to Darwin centre, transfer from airport and within the islands, scuba dives (as detailed in the trips above), English-speaking dive masters (4-5 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weight belt.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Dive equipment (rented from Santa Cruz, payable in advance: full set US$ 265 per week), Galapagos entrance fee US$ 100, transit card US$ 10, US$ 20. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash only).

Optional extras: Alcoholic drinks, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 130 per trip), torch, diving computer, dive insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

How to get there: The M/Y Astrea liveaboard departs from Baltra island every Tuesday afternoon. Guests fly into Ecuador and take a connecting flight, through Guayaquil or Quito, to Baltra in the Galapagos islands. Both Guayaquil and Quito have daily flights, 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, 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 the islands arrives in Guayaquil (and then Quito) in the afternoon. Recommended flights are Avianca 1632 arrival (Baltra) at 09:20am and Avianca 1689 departing at 12:45pm (Baltra).

We will place your domestic flight requirements with the liveaboard operator who is 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 Islands 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: US$ 200 off published prices.

Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travellers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 60% of the published price.

Dive clubs and group discounts: Pay for 8 guests and receive 1 extra space free of charge. Full charter: Pay for 14 guests and receive 2 extra spaces free of charge.

Whole boat charter rate (per night): 2016 - US$ 7,835. 2017 - US$ 8,920

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 wildlife cruise. These liveaboards visit some of Galapagos'' finest locations with naturalist guides, literature and presentations. Don't just leave after a week of diving, get the full picture of these incredible islands.


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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
There are 8 Standard cabins with private en-suite bathrooms: 1 double bed cabin on the main deck, 4 twin bunk bed cabins on the upper deck, and 3 twin bunk bed cabins on the lower deck. The lower deck cabins have portholes and central air-conditioning while all the other cabins have windows and individual air-conditioning.

All the cabins have:
  • Air-conditioning
  • Bathroom with toilet and hot water shower
  • Hand basin, toiletries and towels
  • TV & DVD player (Master cabin only)
  • Windows or portholes
  • Reading lights
  • Shelves and mirror
  • Fire detector and alarm system
  • Fire extinguisher & life jackets
  • 2-flat pin 110-220V electricity
  • Bedding
No. of bathrooms / showers - 9 / 9 (hot water)

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Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
The liveaboard's crew of 9 comprise:
  • 2 Divemasters
  • Captain
  • Cook and Assistant
  • Stewardess
  • Engineer
  • 2 Deck Hands
Nitrox - 2 motorised dinghies - Dive platform and kit up area with hot water shower and personal dive gear lockers - Camera table and separate rinse tank - Air-conditioned saloon with TV, video player, music system, computer - Movie library, games, books, magazines - Dining area with self-service bar and water dispenser - Sundeck and shaded area with sun chairs

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Menu, Cuisine Type...
Meals are served menu-style using the freshest ingredients available. You can expect a range of Ecuadorian and international cuisine. Beer, wine, tea, coffee, water and soft drinks are all also available free of charge. The last night's meal is not included and will take place on shore.

  • Ecuadorian and international main meal dishes.
  • Menu dining in the air-conditioned saloon on main deck.
  • Pre-breakfast, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are provided.
  • Beer, coffee, tea, juice, drinking water and soft drinks are all provided free of charge.
  • Free snacks include chocolate, fried plantain, cheese, popcorn, cookies, tuna mousse.
  • The catering service begins with lunch on the first evening of the cruise.
  • All dietary requirements are catered for - please send advanced notice.
Sample meals:
Fish soup, rice, cabbage salad with carrots, chicken a la passion fruit, apple dessert;
Tuna salad, spaghetti with shrimp, cucumber salad, corn cake;
Avocado salad, boiled potatoes with cheese sauce, roast beef, vegetables, chocolate cake.

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Technical Specifications...
  • Built in year 1998, restored in 2012
  • Size - 25m x 5.5m
  • Weight - 133 tonnes
  • Top speed - 12 knots
  • Cruising speed - 8 knots
  • 2 x 250 HP Caterpillar engines
  • 2 x 55 KW Perkins generators
  • 2 x dive tank compressors
  • Enriched air nitrox
  • 12 litre aluminium scuba tanks with Int. valves. DIN adaptors available.
  • Electricity 110 & 220V, 24 hours per day
  • Water capacity - 8,000 litres
  • Fresh watermaker - 4,500 litres per day
  • Fuel capacity - 8,000 litres

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Navigation, Safety Features...
  • Life raft (25 pax.)
  • 2 x 50 HP Yamaha dive dinghies
  • VHF radios
  • 2 radars
  • Furuno GPS
  • Depth sounder with alarm
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Searchlight and horn
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Model 406 EPIRB
  • Emergency oxygen - 3,000 litres on main boat, plus 500 litres per tender
  • Complete first aid kit
  • Life jackets in cabins
  • Fire extinguishers throughout
  • Customer diving insurance is NOT provided - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation

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