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The Humboldt Explorer comfortably accommodates 16 passengers in 8 air-conditioned rooms, all of which have private bath and shower facilities. Most cabins can be arranged to provide two twin beds or one large bed depending on guest needs. All cabins have flat screen televisions and windows to maximize the view of the Pacific Ocean and Galapagos Archipelago. Cabins are located on the main and lower decks. The air-conditioned salon on the main deck includes dining tables, TV, CD/DVD, video library and lounge area.
A partially covered sundeck with jacuzzi and ample seating areas is located on the top level, and a salon including a lounge area, a spacious dive deck with a large camera table are just some of the features.
The dive deck is equipped with individual gear bins, large camera table, recharging station, air and nitrox filling stations, tank racks, and a separate freshwater rinse tank for underwater camera equipment. Diving operations are conducted from two large pangas (tenders), easily boarded from the dive deck. The Humboldt Explorer is also equipped with a satellite telephone for emergency calls worldwide.
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There are 6 cabins on the lower deck, most of which can be converted to either one queen bed or two twin beds. They have ample storage and a window.
The Main Deck features two guest cabins which can be converted to either one queen bed or two twin beds. They have ample storage and provides guests with an ocean view.
Route Description - Humboldt Galapagos Safari
The Humboldt Explorer will take you to the best dive sites in the Galapagos where you will encounter Galapagos sharks, silky sharks and lots of schooling hammerheads being cleaned by king angelfish. Turtles, schools of tuna, eagle rays, and sea lions are common sites in the Galapagos with sightings of whale sharks being possible from June through to November.
Monday: San Cristobal - Guests fly to the Galapagos Islands from Ecuador arriving around mid-day, where they will be met at the airport and taken to the vessel where boarding begins at 1 pm shortly followed by lunch and a briefing. After lunch the boat departs for a short crossing to Isla Lobos for a check dive and safety briefing before dinner is served, the boat will then depart to the next destination.
Tuesday: Punta Carrion - Guests do 2 dives here, one at 6:30 and the other at 9:30 with the possibility of an extra dive depending on the weather. Rays and many schools of fish are seen as well as blue footed boobies, frigate birds, sea lions and iguanas on the afternoon North Seymour land visit. The boat departs in the evening for the 16 hour crossing to the Northern Islands.
Wednesday: Wolf Island - Guests do 4 dives here, the first dive takes place at 6:30, then 10:30 and 14:00 and one at 16:30 with the possibility of a night dive. Hammerheads, whale sharks, sea lions, eagle rays and silky sharks are often seen cruising the waters here. The boat spends the night anchored in Wolf Island.
Thursday: Wolf Island - Guests wake up and do 2 more dives at Wolf Island (6:30 and one 9:30am) followed by a crossing to Darwin Island where 2 more dives will take place, at 14:00 and 16:30. Sightings include red lipped batfish, hammerheads, eagle rays and Galapagos sharks. The boat spends the night anchored in Darwin Island
Friday: Darwin Island - Guests do another 4 dives at Darwin Island, one at 6:30 followed by a mid-morning dive at 10:30 then 14:00 and the last dive at 16:30 where sightings of hammerheads, eagle rays, turtles and silky sharks are the norm. The boat departs in the evening for the crossing to Wolf Island.
Saturday: Wolf Island - Guests will do another 3 dives at Wolf Island, one at 6:30 followed by 9:00 and 11:00 before the 20 hour crossing to Cousin’s Rock begins.
Sunday: Cousin’s Rock - Guests get to do 2 dives here, one at 6:30 and one at 9:30 with many sightings of sea horses, eagle rays and sea lions. Lunch is served during the 3 hour crossing to Santa Cruz where guests will visit the giant tortoises, Puerto Ayora and the Darwin Centre where guests will eat ashore and return to the Humboldt Explorer at 20:30.
Monday: San Cristobal - Guests will have breakfast before departing the boat at 9 am, giving guests plenty of time to visit the beach and town before transfers back to the airport depart at 1:00 pm. Guests will then fly from the Galapagos Islands to Ecuador where you will catch your connecting flight.
Please note: This is a sample itinerary and is weather dependent. Each itinerary includes the same islands however the order of the island may vary due to the Galapagos National Park regulations.