Galapagos Islands - M/V Galapagos Sky Liveaboard

Sunday, May 14, 2017 - Sunday, May 21, 2017 (1 week)
Led by Christy Pattengill-Semmens, Ph.D., REEF Director of Science
15 divers maximum
SOLD OUT. Inquire at for waitlist.

Join REEF’s first Field Survey Trip to Darwin’s domain aboard the luxurious Galapagos Sky Liveaboard! The entire archipelago is a National Park and marine reserve filled with life not found anywhere else on the planet. Observe penguins swimming with tropical fish, iguanas feeding underwater and swim beside giant whale sharks and Galapagos sharks. Participants will visit the Wolf and Darwin Islands, which boast some of the best diving in the world, while enjoying three land excursions throughout the week to Bartolome, the highlands of Santa Cruz and Puerto Ayora, and San Cristobal. REEF Director of Science, Christy Pattengill-Semmens, will help surveyors sharpen their knowledge of fish species found in the Galapagos, while the dive team aboard the Galapagos Sky are Galapagos National Park naturalist certified to offer expert guidance both underwater and on land.

Please note that the average water temperature in the Galapagos in May is 72 F, but temperatures range from the mid 60’s to upper 70’s in different areas of the itinerary and annual variation.

A large school of barracuda in the Galapagos Islands.

Cost per person: $5,695 for double occupancy in a deluxe stateroom, $5,895 for double occupancy in a master stateroom. The M/V Galapagos Sky has 4 deluxe staterooms, located on the Iguana deck (lower) and 4 master staterooms, located on the Dolphin deck (main). All cabins have private en-suite bathrooms, wardrobes, hair dryers, and biodegradable toiletries.

What is included: Your package includes 7 nights in a shared, air-conditioned accommodation aboard the M/V Galapagos Sky, up to 4 dives per day for 5.5 days including 1 night dive, 3 land excursions in the Galapagos Islands, service of naturalist guides/divemasters, all meals, snacks, and beverages (including beer and wine with dinner), free nitrox, airport meet and greet in Guayaquil, transfers in the Islands between airport and dock on cruise dates, morning beverage service, tanks, weights, and weight belts.

Additional fees: A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar, and survey materials. Avianca Airlines flight from GYE to San Cristobal approximately $437/person roundtrip (rate subject to change), $100/person Galapagos National Park fee, $20/person transit card fee, and $35/person recompression chamber fee will be added to the final payment balance. Gratuities, onboard purchases, and equipment rentals not included. Cost of overnight hotel in Guayaquil not included.

Airport/hotel transfer information: Participants should fly in to José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport in Guayaquil (GYE), arriving on Saturday, May 13, to allow for potential flight delays. Galapagos Sky is able to book rooms at Oro Verde Hotel for approximately $175/room. Please contact REEF if you would like assistance booking your overnight in Guayaquil. Flights to Galapagos (San Cristobal) are scheduled for Sunday, May 14, and are serviced by Avianca Airlines flight 1636 departing from Guayaquil at 10:35am and arriving in San Cristobal at 11:30am. Please be at the airport in Guayaquil 1.5 hours prior to departure for check in. Trip participants are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets through Galapagos Sky/REEF for the San Cristobal flight, to receive assistance with the check in procedure and the option to pre-pay the transit card and park entrance fee. A representative from Ecoventura will accompany participants on the flight to San Cristobal. On Sunday, May 21, participants will take Avianca Airlines flight 1637 departing San Cristobal at 12:30pm and arriving in Guayaquil at 3:25pm. 

How to book: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules.

About the trip leader: Dr. Christy Pattengill-Semmens is REEF's Director of Science. Christy is an expert at Fish ID and has led dozens of REEF Field Surveys over the years to all of REEF's survey project regions.

The M/V Galapagos Sky.

  A pair of seahorses, one of many exciting sights while diving the Galapagos.

Plenty of space and luxury aboard the ship.

The breathtaking Pinnacle Rock at Isla Bartolome. Photo credit: Michael Pritchett.

Discover unique invertebrates such as this vibrant and endemic nudibranch.

Galapagos Sky Website
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