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Pinguino Explorer

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

Length: 25 metres / 83 foot
Beam: 6 metres / 18 foot
Cruise: 10 knots
Divers: 16
Enriched air nitrox is available here
Galapagos liveaboard, the Pinguino Explorer

The Pinguino Explorer is a custom-built diving liveaboard 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 tour boat, Pinguino Explorer 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 dive tender after gearing up on the dive deck. Features of interest include nitrox and a dive deck with a camera rinse tank and table, plus shower and toilet. After 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, Pinguino Explorer is the clear choice.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

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December 2014
Dep: 30 Dec Ret: 6 Jan Central Galapagos-Wolf-Darwin US$ 3,475

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More Trip Details....

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, 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): Dinner on final evening, dive equipment (rented from Santa Cruz: full set US$ 350 per week, BCD, regulator or wetsuit are US$ 105 each per week), Galapagos entrance fee US$ 100, transit card US$ 10. 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, nitrox US$ 100, torch, dive computer, dive insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

How to get there: Pinguino Explorer 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 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: 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 65% 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 16 guests and receive 2 extra spaces free of charge.

Whole boat charter rate (per night): US$ 45,325

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. Don’t 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 cabins with private en-suite bathrooms: 1 Master double bed cabin with TV and DVD on the main deck, 4 Deluxe twin bunk bed cabins on the upper deck, and 3 Standard twin bunk bed cabins on the lower deck. The lower deck cabins have portholes while all the other cabins have windows.

Pinguino Explorer Standard cabin 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
  • Personal safety box
  • 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...
Pinguino Explorer's air-conditioned saloon The crew of 9 comprise:
  • 2 Divemasters
  • Captain
  • Cook and Assistant
  • Stewardess
  • Engineer
  • 2 Deck Hands
Nitrox - 2 motorised dive 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.

  • Dining in the saloon on the Pinguino ExplorerEcuadorian 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 dinner 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...
  • The Pinguino Explorer Galapagos liveaboard - another viewBuilt in year 1998, restored in 2012
  • Size - 25m x 5.5m
  • Weight - 133 tonnes
  • Top speed - 12 knots
  • Cruising speed - 10 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...
  • The upper deck on Pinguino ExplorerLife raft (25 pax.)
  • 2 x 50 HP Yamaha 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 dive insurance is NOT provided - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation
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layout plans...
Pinguino Explorer deck plans
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