Aqua Liveaboard, Galapagos

Excellent food and drinks

“Seeing giant Tiger Shark, hundreds of hammer heads, schools of dolphins, sea birds and islands ”

Mace B, United States United States
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Highlights

  • 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.

Note: 50 logged dives is the minimum required experience for the Aqua, due to the more advanced conditions of certain dive sites.

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Included: VAT, Airport Transfer, Drinking Water, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels.

Required Extras: National Park Fees (100-200 USD per trip), Visas and Fees (20 USD per trip).

Optional Extras: Travel Insurance, Gratuities (40 USD per day), Local Flights (470-510 USD per trip), Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Nitrox (150 USD per trip), Nitrox Course (250 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
  • Available for Charter

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 2023
  • Length 25 meters
  • Deck area Width 5.5 meters
  • Beam 5.5 meters
  • Top speed 10 knots
  • Cruising speed 10 knots
  • Engines 2 Cummins 270 HP
  • 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
  • Fuel capacity 2291 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
  1. Vessel
    8.4
  2. Crew
    9.1
  3. Food
    9.5
  4. Diving
    9.3
  5. Value
    8.8
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Mace B
  • United States United States
Amazing dive trip Wolf+Darwin

Seeing giant Tiger Shark, hundreds of hammer heads, schools of dolphins, sea birds and islands

Recommended for
Santiago great dive guide and naturalist
  • 7.2 Good
  • PAUL JOSEPH P
  • United States United States
An affordable Galapagos liveaboard

Galapagos liveaboards tend to be quite expensive, even when certain trips go on sale. Aqua, however, is more reasonably-priced, even when it is not on sale. So getting this trip on sale made my goal of diving the Galapagos even more financially viable. Of course, sometimes you get what you pay for. This affordable Galapagos liveaboard definitely cuts corners compared to my liveaboard experiences in other destinations. These were nonetheless mostly manageable sacrifices that I could live with, like paying extra for soft drinks. My main gripe was with the guides and the timing and execution of dives. As I understand it, most Galápagos liveaboard use freelancers that rotate amongst the various boats, so what I have to say may not apply to your future trips on this boat. The guides kept dives far shorter than necessary in the name of safety, even though we could have safely remained at depth within the NDLs for much longer. They also had a tendency to lead us out into the open blue water in fruitless searches for schools of hammerheads. Most of the hammerheads that we saw were in smaller groups closer to the reef; we would have been better off staying there.

Recommended for
Hammerheads, marine iguanas, affordability
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Jonas W
  • Norway Norway
Unreal diving on an amazing boat

Unfortunately we didn’t see the whale shark, but apart from that, this trip had it all. Hundreds of hammerheads, big galapagos sharks up close, multiple molas, the unique dive with iguanas and some oceanic mantas. We were also lucky with the other divers; a mix of young and slightly older people, and the dive guides were absolutely amazing, especially Juan Carlos. He’s a hidden gem! The boat is one of the «budget» ones in the Galapagos but nothing feels that way. It is spacious with a great upper deck and the rental gear was really good. We really needed those 7mm wet suits! A dream has been fullfilled, but we’ll be back - 10/10!

Recommended for
The diving, the people, the boat
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Lara O
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
A fabulous week on Aqua

We had some amazing dives during our week and we had a great mix of divers which made the week enjoyable, everyone got on well. We had a fabulous dive guide, Juan Carlos, whose knowledge, love and passion for diving in the Galapagos shines through. The boat is run extremely well and professionally with friendly and helpful crew. Food was also amazing, plentiful and varied. All in all a superb week on board Aqua. Thank you.

Recommended for
The dives, the guide & crew and the food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Celysce C
  • Australia Australia
Amazing experience with trustworthy dive guides.

The cabins were really clean and the equipments were well maintained. The crew was just simply amazing, they were very accomodating and knowledgable. We felt safe navigating through Darwin and wolf despite the initial concerns for the strong currents. Liveaboard.com crew were also very responsive and comprehensive with their emails and communications

Recommended for
Amazing food, great local knowledge, friendly crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Youjin W
  • South Korea South Korea
Wonderful experience in Galapagos

Aqua is budget friendly in Galapagos, but they definitely gave me a perfect liveaboard experiece. Safety equipments were given per person. Also there were so plenty of good snacks and meal everyday. Friendly diving instructor and crews made my trip comfortable as a family. I was able to dive for a week with highly experienced diving instructor, so I had a wonderful diving experience eventhough it wasn’t a season. I saw so many school of hammerhead sharks, and etc.(Many many many of sharks, eagle rays …) It was lucky to be with Aqua crew

Recommended for
Friendly Diving instructor, Foods, Safety
  • 7.2 Good
  • C C
  • Hong Kong Hong Kong
Destination was great but not very pleasant experience

The dive sites are great, remote places naturally have beautiful marine life. Chef was wonderful, all meals were delicious. Diving would be more enjoyable if it wasn’t rushed all the times. Ascent was pretty abrupt and one diver eventually got DCS. And dive guides didn’t pay much attention to divers when we tried to get their attention on low air. Some last minute situations happened. Basically the dive guides caused some stress which made the diving experience less enjoyable.

Recommended for
Dive sites. Dive sites. And food.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Victoria M
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Amazing amazing amazing

We had 2 full days at both Wolf and Darwin, amazing sightings of sharks and dolphins and having dive sites completely to ourselves

Recommended for
Brilliant dives, excellent crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Johann Rudolf N
  • Germany Germany
An incredible week full of wonderful diving

Wow! What a week! The crew is doing everything to make the best stay for everyone on board. I loved the hot showers right at the dive area on the boat and the fresh towels after each dive! :) There were plenty of vegan and vegetarian food options and snacks after each dive. The food was delicious! The diving gear was professional, everything worked well. The guiding under water was always amazing! I loved every single dive!! But make sure to know how to dive in these strong conditions before going on a boat around Galapagos ;) The cabins were cleaned every day. As I said, the crew is the best!! Each cabin has its own bathroom with shower and toilet. Thank you for a wonderful week and see you someday in the future :) Muchas gracias amigos!

Recommended for
food, crew, diving
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Martina B
  • Czech Republic Czech Republic
Great price/value liveaboard

Very comfortable liveaboard with great itinerary. The dive guides were excellent as well as organization of the diving itself (including gear preparation, transportation to the dive sites etc.). Cabins are well maintained and comfortable, food was outstanding. Overall very good value for money.

Recommended for
Dive guides, itinerary, food