Explore Galapagos with Secret Sea Visions

Conducted Group Tour aboard M/V Galapagos Sky * July 5-12, 2015

Maurine Shimlock and Burt Jones Welcome to the Galapagos Islands -- The Galapagos Islands are a National Park and Marine Sanctuary. Over 90 percent of the land and all of the waters are protected. It's unique location at the confluence of three major currents make it one of the busiest, fishiest, and magical underwater places on earth. Gently swept by the waters of three major oceanic currents, the Galapagos Islands provide a stunning range of extraordinary diving encounters for live-aboard divers. Schooling Hammerheads, giant whale sharks, rays of all shapes and colors, turtles, huge schools of fish, galapagos fur seals, and astounding marine life diversity are just some of the riveting attractions of Galapagos liveaboard diving - a destination many divers feel is "the best in the world."

M/V Galapagos Sky Luxury Live-Aboard -- This 100 ft. (33m), 16 passenger luxury live-aboard yacht was launched in 2001 by owner Santiago Dunn. Galapagos Sky has cruised the islands of the Galapagos Archipelago for nearly a decade - providing thousands of divers with high octane, extraordinary diving experiences. Galapagos Sky live-aboard cruises offer a full line-up of luxury accommodations, excellent food, "extra touch" amenities, and a friendly, helpful staff. For more info read: M/V Galapagos Sky -- FAQ

Tour Leader Burt Jones -- Burt Jones is a highly experienced dive tour guide, underwater photographer and naturalist. With his wife Maurine Shimlock, he operates Secret Sea Visions, specializing in stock photography, coffee-table photo books, and unique conducted group scuba trips. Over the years, Burt and Maurine have documented the longest underwater cave in Mexico, stalked sea snakes in Borneo, dived with immense schools of hammerhead sharks, and been chased by Komodo Dragons.

Availability is Waning -- At this point, one Deluxe Cabin remains available, plus one berth for a male twin-share in a Deluxe Cabin. If you are interested, please contact Island Dreams now. 1-800-346-6116, or email Tina@divetrip.com. We are here to serve you.

Secret Sea Visions / Island Dreams Full Boat Charter
M/V Galapagos Sky * July 5-12, 2015
Itinerary Date Window Duration Deluxe Stateroom
price per person
Master Stateroom
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7-night Cruise July 5 - 12, 2015 Cruise price $5295 $5495
additional fees $ 671 $ 671
All rates are per person on a twin-share basis in US dollars and subject to change without prior notice. Same gender willing to share requests are available on either master or deluxe cabins. Single passengers who prefer not to share with a same-gender passenger, must pay a 65% supplement.

Master Staterooms, cabins 1-4, are located on the Lido deck and have two twin beds (that can be joined together), private facilities, window view, mirrored cabinet, wardrobe, bathrobes, hairdryer, toiletries, fresh towels daily, air conditioning and volume controls.

Deluxe Staterooms, cabins 5-8, are located on the Dolphin deck and have two twin beds, private facilities, Port light view, mirrored cabinet, wardrobe, bathrobes, hairdryer, toiletries, fresh towels daily, air conditioning and volume controls.

NITROX Included -- Nitrox fills are included for all Nitrox certified divers.

Rates do not include: International airfare to Quito, Ecuador, additional fees as specified below, gratuities to guides and crew, purchases at the boutique, Nitrox certification course, dive gear equipment rentals, underwater photo course or camera equipment, and all other expenses of a personal nature.

Additional fees: Domestic airfare forward from Quito, Ecuador ($526), Galapagos Park entrance fee ($100), Transit control tax ($10) hyperbaric chamber fee ($35), totaling $671.00.

M/V Galapagos Sky package inclusions: Cabin accommodation, all meals, snacks, beverages (including national brands of alcohol), filled tanks, weights, weight belt, up to three dives per day on 5.5 days for 7-night cruise, land excursions, service of naturalist guides/ dive masters, transfers in the Islands between airport and dock (on cruise dates), all other Galapagos Sky Fleet services and amenities.

M/V Galapagos Sky

Rates do not include: International airfare to Ecuador, Airfare to Galapagos, Galapagos entrance fee ($100), Transit card ($10) hyperbaric chamber fee ($35), gratuities to guides and crew, purchases at the boutique, Nitrox course or fills, dive gear equipment rentals, underwater photo course or camera equipment.

Galapagos Park Tax: The entrance fee to the National Park is $100 for adults is not included in the cruise rate. For your convenience, this charge will be added to your cruise invocie and prepaid on your behalf.

Safety Device Requirements: M/V Galapagos Sky is promoting the requirement of three (3) surface safety devices (Divealert, a safety sausage, and a Sea Marshall Surface Locating Beacon. The Sea Marshall beacon is provided to guests at no charge for use during the cruise. Divers are requested to support their local dive stores by purchasing and coming onboard with the DiveAlert and a safety sausage. If divers are unsuccessful in acquiring these two items, they will be provided free of charge onboard for use during the cruise; but supplies are limited.

Gratuities to Guides and Crew: Aboard our vessels, gratuities are not included. We prefer that our guests reward our crew based on their performance. If the crew performs to your expectations, may we suggest that a gratuity of approximately 10-15% of your cruise rate be considered normal aboard a live aboard dive boat. However, ultimately the amount to tip is entirely at the discretion of the guest. Gratuities are divided up among all crew members including naturalist guides.

Consecutive Charters: Any guest who confirms back to back (consecutive) charters will be awarded a reduction in cabin rate of $250 on their 2nd Departure. This does not apply to groups where the guest on the second charter did not travel on the first.

Special Discounts: A $200 discount will be applied to those guests who at the time of travel have reached 62.5 years of age. Proof of age at time of booking is required (passport or driver's license). Active Scuba Instructors receive a $200.00 discount. To qualify for this discount, instructors must submit proof of "current standing with certifying agency" via liability insurance or certification "Fee" sticker for the year. This can not be combined with group travel. Military: Active or Retired military (Army/Navy/Air Force/Marines/Coast Guard) with proof of service status will be extended a $200 reduction of their cabin rate.

Purchases on Board: There is a "Boutique" on board that sells a selection of logo clothing, film, batteries, etc. Every guest has an open tab which is paid on the last day of the cruise. We accept cash, Travelers checks, Visa, Mastercard or American Express.

Galapagos Dive Guides: DivEncounters will supply an expert dive Instructor and a dive master who are also naturalist guides certified by the Galapagos National Park Service. The guides are qualified divers with essential knowledge of specific diving locations with their respective interest and dangers.

Dive Equipment: Divers are required to bring their own dive equipment, including: mask, fins and snorkel, regulator, depth and pressure gauges, dive computer, bottom timer and/or dive watch, buoyancy compensator device (BCD), dry suit or thick wet suit (1/4" or 5-7mm), hood and gloves, and proof of open water diving certification. Optional items include underwater camera, video camera, etc.

Prices are Subject to Change: All package prices are in U.S. dollars, per person on a twin-share basis, and are subject to change without notice. Fuel surchages may be added, or removed, as required by prevailing conditions.

For more info read: M/V Galapagos Sky -- FAQ