Aqua Liveaboard, Galapagos



  • Both naturalist & diving itineraries are available, offering the best of both worlds
  • Diving itineraries visit the iconic Wolf & Darwin dive sites

The M/Y Aqua liveaboard in the Galapagos offers the choice of 7-night diving itineraries or 3, 4 or 5-night naturalist itineraries. Nine cabins spread over 3 decks cater to 16 guests onboard and a choice of twin or matrimonial bedding. Each room features a private en-suite bathroom, individually controlled air-conditioning, and storage space. Main and upper deck cabins also have picture windows to offer sea views. Social areas dotted around the yacht include a shaded outside lounge, sun deck, indoor lounge, and library and dining area. The cuisine served on board combines local Ecuadorian and international cuisine.

A wide range of activities is included in all itineraries, giving guests a chance to get up close and experience the unique wildlife of the Galapagos Islands. Naturalist cruises include guided hikes, bird-watching, and incredible photography opportunities. Divers will be blown away by the amazing marine biodiversity, with the chance to see whale sharks, schooling hammerheads, and even Mola Mola. A spacious dive deck has plenty of room for kitting up and gear storage. Two diving tenders make diving from the MY Aqua a comfortable experience, and enriched air nitrox is available for those certified. Divers will also receive a personal marine rescue GPS, a storm whistle, a diving beacon, and a surface marker tube for added safety and peace of mind.

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Included: VAT, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Kayaks, Land Excursions, Naturalist Guide, Snorkel Gear, Snorkeling Guide, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels.

Required Extras: National Park Fees (100 USD per trip), Visas and Fees (20 USD per trip).

Optional Extras: Gratuities (10-12 USD per day), Local Flights (460-500 USD per trip), Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Welcome Cocktails, Nitrox (150 USD per trip), Nitrox Course (200 USD), Rental Gear (250 USD per trip), Scuba Diving Courses.

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Boat features

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Custom built for diving
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Nearly 1:1 Crew-to-Guest Ratio
  • Bar

Food & Drinks

  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Fine Wines Selection
  • Fine Cuisine
  • Welcome Cocktails
  • Al Fresco Dining

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.


  • DIN Adaptors
  • Nitrox available
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving
  • Sidemount Diving
  • Shaded Diving Area

The crew speaks English and Spanish.

Gear Rental

There is diving gear available on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form. See below for further details on inclusions and pricing. Show prices.

Drawings & Vessel Layouts

#deckplan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 1998
  • Year renovated 2019
  • Length 26
  • Deck area 5.5 meters
  • Beam 5.5 meters
  • Top speed 9 knots
  • Cruising speed 9 knots
  • Engines 2 x 250 H Caterpillar
  • Max guests 16
  • Number of cabins 9
  • Number of bathrooms 9
  • Tenders 2 Caribe (C-20 & C-17) with 50 HP Yamaha four stroke outboards
  • Water capacity 176
  • Fuel capacity 2000 gallons
  • Freshwater maker 1200 gallons

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • E.P.I.R.B. Distress System
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light
  • Engine room CCTV
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Aqua Reviews

  • 9.0 Superb
  • 97 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Mark T
  • United States United States
Excellent staff with (Limited) Exceptional Diving

Hammerheads at Wolf were the reason I made the trip. Galapagos has lots of life with Sea Turtles, Marine Iguanas, sharks and even a Whale Shark. I couldn't sleep first three nights in bottom cabin due to ocean and engine vibrations. Staff was superb. Get "tourist card" at Quito or Guayaquil airports and have small bills for cash purchases in Ecuador.

Recommended for
Service, New Friends, Some Dives
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Jia F
  • Singapore Singapore
Decent liveaboard in the Galapagos

Seeing so many hammerhead sharks, an oceanic manta and several golden rays at Darwin and Wolf. Enjoying two very beautiful and calm reef dives at Cousin Rock. Great food and friendly staff.

Recommended for
Diving, Food, Fellow passengers
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Christopher T
  • United States United States
Best way to explore the Galapagos

I love the camaraderie on a liveaboard, and this one was no different. We saw hammerheads, galapagos sharks, mola mola, marine iguanas, and giant tortoises (mid-May). I thought the scuba guides, captain, and crew were very friendly and professional. The food was quite good.

Recommended for
Food, gear, and service
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Ry F
  • United States United States
Dive the Galapagos aboard the Aqua!

Because the dive companies cooperate, we had spectacular dive sites to ourselves. We were not there for high season, but still saw an incredible selection of biodiversity. The food onboard was delicious and plentiful. On many liveaboards, we are the youngest divers, but this trip was full of really fun younger people. We would dive with the Aqua again!

Recommended for
The best 3 things about the Aqua were the crew, the food, and amazing diving.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Taylor L
  • United States United States
Great diving

Aqua is a comfortable boat with a wonderful crew. Food, drinks, and facilities were excellent. Rental gear is in very good shape and the crew maintains the boats and equipment very well. The crew and dive guides prioritize safe diving. They were also very flexible and rearranged the itinerary to fit the conditions as best as possible. The diving was great - all kinds of sharks, rays and mola mola, etc. Plus, unlike other dive boats, Aqua’s dive guides are also naturalists and were able to lead panga visits to islands so we could learn about and photograph wildlife above the water between dives. Great trip, we highly recommend it!

Recommended for
Dive itinerary, crew and guides were great
  • 9.2 Superb
  • julien A
  • France France
Amazing week with the team of Aqua

Unforgettable week with Aqua crew and guides. Due to covid situation we were the only boat un Darwin and Boat. Only 9 divers for the whole place with amazing life encounter... The crew was very friendly and helpfull all along the trip. The food was good and diversified. I highly recommend Aqua for a diving cruise in the Galapagos

Recommended for
the dives, the crew, the guides
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Abhimanyu J
  • France France
Great diving experience and friendly staff though slightly cramped cabins

Two days on Wolf island, seeing in a single dive over 300 hammerheads!

Recommended for
1. Dive guide 2. Catering to food preferences 3. Friendly staff
  • 6.4 Review score
  • Christian H
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Einfaches Schiff mit Mini-Kabinen

Abwechslungsreiches und gutes Essen mit viel Gemüse, hilfsbereite Crew. Unsere Kabineauf dem Oberdeck war ausgesprochen klein, die Toilette häufig defekt und das Badezimmer überflutet. Die schlechtesten Guides seit langem, das ganze war keider eher suboptimal organisiert . Wenig Grossfisch.

Recommended for
Gutes Essen, freundlicher Staff
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Fabrice R
  • France France
Unbelievable cruise !

Wolf et Darwin faune d'une richesse inimaginable, requins marteaux, lions de mer, iguanes le paysage de ses roches inhabitées extraordinaire ! Le bateau nécessité une remise a jour de son étanchéité lors de fortes pluies....!!

Recommended for
La beauté des paysages et du monde sous marins, la richesse de la faune, la gentillesse de l' équipage.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Barbara L
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Wunderschöne Tauchgänge

Die Safari war so geplant, dass wirklich nur die Topspots angefahren wurden. Jeder Divespot hatte etwas Aussergewöhnliches zu bieten. Ich konnte viel mehr Tiere sehen, als ich es mir erträumt habe.

Recommended for
Hammerhaie, Mondfische, Iguanas