Aqua Liveaboard, Galapagos

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Highlights

  • Both naturalist & diving itineraries available, offering the best of both worlds
  • Diving itineraries visit the iconic Wolf & Darwin dive sites
  • Dive with sharks, hammerheads and even Mola Mola

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 18 guests on board 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. Cuisine served on board is a mixture of local Ecuadorian and international cuisine.

A wide range of activities are included in all itineraries, giving guests the 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. There is a spacious dive deck with 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 be provided with personal marine rescue GPS, a storm whistle and diving beacon and surface marker tube for added safety and piece of mind.

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Included: VAT, Airport Transfer, 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), Hotel Transfer, Local Flights (460-500 USD per trip), Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Welcome Cocktails, Nitrox (150 USD per trip), Nitrox Course (200 USD), Private Dive Guide (5-7 USD per day), 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.


Diving

  • 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
  • 18 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
    8.4
  2. Crew
    9.0
  3. Food
    9.4
  4. Diving
    9.4
  5. Value
    8.6
  • 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
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Leanne D
  • Canada Canada
I had a lovely time with the great staff!

The school of hammerheads was fantastic and the sea lion encounters were so awesome!

Recommended for
Lots of animals to see, wonderful staff, clean
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Lara C
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Fantastic!

Hammerheads, seals and the people - all were great!

Recommended for
great boat, excellent staff, brilliant diving
  • 10 Exceptional
  • matthieu R
  • France France
Sensational

it s been a sensational week in all a spect! The diving was simply unreal and the Galapagos are incredible! On top of this, this entire crew has been great! Great guides, great service and food, nice boat, all that with a smile, in one word it s been a phenomenal trip! Thanks a lot for an unforgettable week

Recommended for
Stunning diving & great crew!
  • 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
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Yanxin H
  • China China
Great value!

Dolphins!

Recommended for
Food is good, rental gear is super new, good service
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Stacy G
  • United States United States
Amazing trip! Didn’t want to leave

I had an amazing time aboard the Aqua. From the moment I met with the crew, everything was a breeze. I didn’t need to worry about anything during the duration of the trip. The days and schedule were organized so well. The staff took care of everything so all we really needed to worry about was waking up on time :)

Recommended for
Boat, crew, ease of everything.
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Allen E
  • United States United States
This was the dive trip of a lifetime.

The highlights were the abundance of sharks, the large schools of reef fish, the hundreds of thousands of birds in the islands, and the outstanding enthusiasm and competence of the crew. However, what I feel needs improvement is the information provided before the trip. I did not receive a good summary of what to bring and how to meet the boat. I did receive the itinerary for the trip, but it says that the boat leaves from Puerto Ayora, while the boat actually left from a bay near the Airport. I was sent the correct information four days before the trip, but I had already left home and did not get the information until the evening before the trip. One other suggestion is that the recommended 7mm wetsuit may not be warm enough for some divers. Although the islands are on the equator, there are cold currents that lower the temperatures on some dives to the low 60's, depending on the time of the year.

Recommended for
The unique underwater life, the abundance of marine life, and the outstanding service of the crew were the three best things.
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Aurélie L
  • France France
Really worth it!

It was one of the first diving cruise of Aqua and everything went very well. The boat and cabins are nice. The dive guides were very friendly and knew well the spots. Food was good. The water is of course chilly and the viz not the best but the marine life is so rich it makes you forget everything!

Recommended for
Whale sharks, sea lions and hammerheads
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Richard O
  • Canada Canada
Amazing diving on a reasonable boat

The boat was nearly constantly moving between dive sites, but the northern islands (Wolf and Darwin) along with the day on the west coast of Isabella and Fernandina were definitely the highlights. We saw tons of hammerheads, several whale sharks, a handful of Mola Mola, watched the marine iguanas feeding and more. The boat is renovated but is a tight space for the number of divers and only had 2 guides. The did an excellent job with rental gear and all the paperwork before our trip. Overall, it is hard to go wrong with a liveaboard in the Galapagos because the wildlife is so dense, so it comes down to what amenities and diver to guide ratio you want to pay for.

Recommended for
Marine life, Marine life, Marine life
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Matthias B
  • Germany Germany
Friendly staff, delicious food and great atmosphere

Besides the fantastic underwater worlds it was first if all the friendliness and helpfulness of our guides Jessy and Simo, also the quality and variety of food our chef Pedro prepared for us (which was far better than my expectations!) that created a great atmosphere among the group. I also would like to mention dear Mercedes' kindness and amenities such as hot chocolate with cinnamon after our dives in cold water which contributed to the trip being unforgettable!! Thanks also to our panga driver Juanito, Carlos, Ronny, the Capitan and the other Crew members for all their help and patience. The only thing which I would try to avoid next time is getting cabin nr 1 which is located in the underdeck and has no window to let fresh air in.

Recommended for
almost new dive equipment, delicious Food, very kind guides
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Jeffrey Y
  • United States United States
Great service excellent locations

Snorkeling and locations

Recommended for
Food, service and snorkeling
Origin: US