of Ecuador's leading conservation organizations, Conservacion y Desarrollo developed the Smart Voyager
sustainable tourism certification program, which awards its
seal of approval to tour boat operators and hotels in
Ecuador who meet a set of strict conservation standards for
protecting the environment, wildlife and the well-being of
workers and local communities.
everything the Galapagos has to offer, including everything that is under
the sea! The Galapagos Sky is the perfect vessel for you to fulfill all the
expectations you’ve ever had of
Galapagos! Climb aboard the breath taking Sky Dancer and
prepare yourself to see what lies beneath the sea. Grab you gear and get
ready to SCUBA Galapagos from this marvellous ship.
foot, first class ship has all the right specifications you are looking for
when you want to go diving in Galapagos. Equipped with the newest and most
advanced SCUBA gear along with 8 staterooms, a large dive platform and much
more, the Sky Dancer is one of the finest diving boats in all the Galapagos.
If want to
get the most out of your
Galapagos adventure, book your adventure travel package on
the SKY Dancer through Discover Galapagos. The stunning sea creatures and
once in a lifetime experiences are waiting!
"The dazzling realm beneath the sea
captivates as much curiosity as the islands themselves."
Discover both onboard the
Galapagos Sky, our
16-passenger, 100-foot first class dive live-aboard. Custom-designed in
2000, the M/Y Galapagos Sky offers the newest and best-equipped vessel for
SCUBA diving in the Galapagos.
Double ("matrimonial") bed
The Galapagos Sky
(Sky Dancer) is fully air-conditioned. Its interior features teak
paneling and furnishings, a dining area, a fully stocked bar, and a main
salon with an audio/video entertainment center. On deck, ample space is
allocated for personal dive gear storage, a photo and video film lab, light
tables, daily E-6 processing, and open deck space for sunbathing.
appreciate our large dive platform with fresh water showers, fresh water
rinses, dive deck assistance and photo and dive equipment rental services.
Zodiacs will ferry you between exquisite dive sites and the anchored yacht.
Most underwater forays are drift dives. The Sky Dancer offers up to four
dives per day on a pre-planned, yet flexible itinerary.
Fine dining, a
Galapagos Sky specialty, offers both international and
Ecuadorian cuisine. Enjoy the Galapagos in style with the creature comforts. Wake to a morning coffee service that
draws you toward a breakfast buffet. After every dive, wrap up in fresh warm
towels, and snuggle into plush, terrycloth bathrobes found in each cabin.
The Galapagos Sky's accommodations include eight comfortable staterooms
located on two decks. Each cabin features two twin beds, private head /
shower, mirrored cabinet, wardrobe, full-length mirror, window or portlight
view, bathrobes, hairdryer, toiletries and fresh towels every day.
The nine-person crew includes your captain, two Dive Instructors or dive master
/naturalist, and six crewmembers on hand to ensure that your
Galapagos voyage transcends into a treasured adventure.
Radiant fish and bizarre animals emblazon the waters around
the Galapagos and exhilarate divers and snorkelers. Seventeen percent of the
fish and 35% of the marine invertebrates in the Galapagos are found only in
this isolated archipelago. The abundance of otherworldly underwater animals
evokes a sense of exploration and mystery.
Swept by both the cold waters of Antarctica and warm currents from the
tropical Pacific, the Galapagos' colorful marine life embodies an unusual
mixture of species. Here, penguins swim with tropical fish and iguanas feed
underwater. The marine animals exhibit the same bold curiosity and lack of
fear characteristic of terrestrial wildlife.
To conserve this wealth of sea-life, the Galapagos Marine Resources
Reserve (GMRR), with waters totaling 27,000 square miles, was signed into
law in 1986. The law protects marine life 15 nautical miles offshore. In
1998, the Special Law for Galapagos extended the off-limits restrictions for
industrial fishing to 40 miles offshore.
Excellent diving in the Galapagos includes the renowned northern Islands
of Wolf and Darwin, famous for their schools of hammerhead sharks, giant
manta rays and whale sharks. In between dives, walk the shores and marvel at
volcanic rocks dotted with rare plants, seabirds, and reptiles.
|"At times, the schooling fish were so thick that you couldn't see
through them... and they seemed to stretch from one end of your mask to the
other. We had schools of skipjack tuna surround us, almost blocking out the
sun. Hammerheads were our constant companions on nearly all of our many
dives. The Galapagos is loaded with big marine life: golden rays, eagle
rays, giant mantas and enough white-tipped and Galapagos sharks to fill a
- Peter A. Hughes
The dazzling realm beneath the sea captivates curiosity as
much as the islands themselves. Discover both onboard the M/Y GALAPAGOS SKY,
our 16-passenger, 100-foot first class dive live-aboard. Custom-designed in
2000, the M/Y GALAPAGOS SKY offers the newest and best-equipped vessel for
scuba diving in the Galapagos.
Each diver is required to bring and dive with the personal safety devices listed below
on every dive conducted from the yacht:
* A Dive Alert
This is an air powered surface signaling device that transmits a loud noise
over distances much further than you can shout or whistle. It is powered by
the air from your tank.
* Inflatable Safety Sausage (Surface Marker Buoy)
This device can be inflated using your alternate air source or your lungs.
It raises a bright orange or yellow tube approximately six feet above your
head. Waving this while on the surface greatly increases your visibility to
the crew on your vessel or tender. The safety sausage may be carried in your
BC pocket or tethered to your BC.
When activated, this compact marker strobe flashes a light at regular
intervals. It is a good way to indicate your position on the surface during
dusk or night dives to the vessel or tender.
In keeping ahead of changing industry "standards", we believe that each of
these devices individually are essential for live-aboard divers.
If you do not already own your own surface safety equipment, we strongly
encourage you to visit your local dive store to purchase them prior to
commencing your voyage. You should be able to obtain all three
items for under $150 US. By visiting your local professional dive center
you can ensure that all of the pieces are properly integrated into your
personal dive equipment. The Dive Alert comes in 3 models (one of which
should match your inflator system configuration.)
If you can practice with your new equipment before coming on the trip,
excellent. If that's not practical, we will certainly help you familiarize
yourself with the new equipment during your warm up dive and briefing.
Divers who do not have this required equipment will not be allowed to dive
from the vessel. We will maintain a limited inventory on each
vessel for rental but we strongly encourage you to get your own, and be
familiar with it, as all of our divers and staff do.
A "Surface Safety Package" that includes all three items will rent for $30
on a 7 night trip and $53 for a 10 night trip (excluding any taxes).
Previously most of this equipment has been required on our vessels already.
This new policy change now makes it mandatory on every vessel and implements
a modest rental charge for guests who arrive without the equipment.
Safety is always our top. This new policy ensures that every diver will
enter/exit the water with the best possible tools for coping with an
All Rates are in US dollars,
per person and based on double occupancy
Single Supplement = 65%, shared cabins available for singles at double
Recompression Chamber Support = $35 US per person
|June 1, 2018 - May
|June 1, 2019 - May
|June 1, 2020 - May
Cabin Supplement is 65% additional
Rate Includes: all meals and beverages (including
national brands of alcohol), airport transfers in San Cristobal, land excursions on some days, other services and amenities.
Does not include hotel in Guayaquil or Quito and air travel between
Guayaquil or Quito and San Cristobal.
8 Day Itinerary:
an enlarged map of the itinerary.
PM: Arrive San Cristobal Airport. Lobos. Check out dive. Nice protected area
at 20 feet depth. Look for Sea Lions. This is a short dive in a sandy bottom
with the focus of checking the skills of every diver. As the sun sets you
will circumvent Kicker Rock where you want to look for the Blue footed bobby
AM: Land Visit to the Highlands of Santa Cruz to see the Galapagos
Turtles in their natural environment. A visit to the very special .Scalecias
Forest., the Twins and the Lava Tube also is included during the morning
PM: Cousins Rocks (2 dives)-these dives are done along a beautiful wall and
allows for great viewing opportunities for coral, frog fish, sea horses and
octopus. Sea Lions will be your companions on the safety stops.
AM: Wolf All night 120 nautical mile transit with schedule arrival between
9am and 11am. (1 Dive). Look for schools of Hammerheads, Silky Sharks,
Galapagos Sharks Dolphins and rays.
PM: Wolf (2 dives) during the afternoon.
AM: Darwin Early morning transit with early arrival at Darwin. (2 dives) at
the Darwin Arch. Hammerheads, Galapagos Sharks and HUGE schools of tropical
fish enjoy this area. Seasonal sightings of Whale Sharks are common.
PM: Darwin (1 Dives) at the Darwin Arch.
AM: Darwin (2 dives) at the Darwin Arch.
PM: Wolf Late morning / early afternoon transit back at Wolf. (1 Dive) After
the dive we will head to the west central Islands
AM: Roca Redonda (1 dive) Dive encounters will include Hammerheads, wahoos,
big eye jacks, and at time the underwater volcanic vents can release warm
PM: Vicente Roca (2 dives), Colorful sites with many marine invertebrates,
anemones, lobsters, shrimp with occasional Mola Mola sightings. Plus the
opportunity to have a panga ride and snorkeling.
AM: Marshall Island (2 dives) At Cape Marshall, on the eastern side of
Isabela island, we encounter rocky volcanic cliffs which drop down to the
ocean floor as an almost vertical wall. You might see large animals like
manta rays, marble rays, hammerhead sharks, mola mola (oceanic sun fish) and
marine turtles. Also keep an eye out for Chevron barracuda, snappers, yellow
fin tuna, rainbow runners, wahoo and groupers. There are also a lot of
smaller fishes like creole fishes, parrot fishes, scrawled filefishes,
pacific box fishes and tiger snake eels.
PM: Albany Islet (1 dive) White tip sharks, sea lions and many active
tropical fish will entertain you on this final day of diving.
AM: Marchena Pta. Espejo (2 dives) Underwater you might see cow nosed rays,
turtles, schooling hammerheads, schools of Blue-striped snappers, grunts,
surgeonfish, spotted morays and scorpion fish…In the shallows be on the
look-out for red lipped batfish.
PM: Marchena Pta. Espejo (1 dive) After Saturday PM diving, Galapagos Sky
will be motoring to Itabaca Channel in the north side of Sta. Cruz. This is
where we will disembark guests who have chosen to extend their holiday in
Pto. Ayora for an extension. We will arrive at approximately 9pm.
AM: San Cristobal Airport
* All itineraries are subject to change
at any time for any reason
Master Staterooms (1,2,3,4)
One Queen Bed or two Twin Beds, Private Facilities, Window
View, Mirrored Cabinet, Wardrobe, Bathrobes, Hairdryer,
Toiletries, Fresh Towels Daily, Independent Air-conditioning
and Volume Controls.
Dive deck, Galley, Salon, Boutique, Bar and Lounge
Deluxe Twin Staterooms (5,6,7,8)
Two Twin Beds, Private Facilities, Portlight View, Mirrored
Cabinet, Wardrobe, Bathrobes, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Fresh
Towels Daily, Independent Air-conditioning and Volume
Port of Registry: Ecuador
Built: Eduador 2000
Type: Mono Hull
Length: 100 feet
Beam: 24 feet
Max. Passengers: 16
Number of Crew: 8 Seamen plus 2 National Park Guides and 1 student Guide
Number of Tenders: 1
Fuel Capacity: 8000 gallons
Fresh Water Capacity: 6000 gallons
Desalination Production: 1500 gallons per day
Cruising Speed: 12 knots
Range: 2400 nautical miles
Navigation Aids: VHF, GMDSS, SSB, color radar, echo sounder, GPS, weather
Compressor: (2) K-14 Bauer
Voltage: 110 volts and 220 volts
Length of Charters: 7 and 10 night itineraries
Dives Per Day: Up to 5
Photographic Services: E6 processing, Camera rental, Photo instruction,
Video rental, Video instruction
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