Astrea is a mono-hulled steel motor vessel of 83ft (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.
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 showers 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.
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 center, 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$ 499 per week), Galapagos entrance fee US$ 100, transit card US$ 20, US$ 20, health insurance (mandatory to enter Ecuador). 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. If overnighting on arrival you will stay in Santa Cruz or San Cristobal. Baltra has no accommodation. 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 09:20 hrs and Avianca 1689 departing at 12:45 hrs (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
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travelers 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 1 extra person can join the cruise in a Standard cabin free of charge (total 9 or more guests). Full charter: Pay for 14 guests and 2 additional persons can join the cruise in a Standard cabin free of charge (total 16 guests).
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.
There are 8 Standard cabins with private en-suite bathrooms and either twin bunk beds or a lower double bed and single upper bed: 1 on the main deck, 4 on the upper deck, and 3 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.
Nitrox - 2 motorized dinghies - Dive platform and kit up area with 2 hot water showers 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
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.