Aqua Liveaboard, Galapagos

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The Aqua liveaboard offers fantastic diving and naturalist itineraries throughout the Galapagos archipelago. The unique combination of both Galapagos liveaboard diving and naturalist activities means that divers can explore the incomparable diversity both above and below the water. Explore the best of the Galapagos dive areas, including Wolf and Darwin, for exciting encounters with sea lions, turtles, hammerhead sharks and whale sharks. Additional to the diving itineraries Aqua also offers 3, 4 or 7-night naturalist cruises which can be easily combined with the dive cruise, offering a great way to explore the Galapagos islands in comfort, enjoying activities like snorkelling, kayaking and hiking.

Aqua has 8 comfortable cabins catering to a maximum of 16 guests. Each cabin features a private en-suite bathroom with hot-water shower, air-conditioning and storage. Cabins offer a choice of twin, double or triple bedding. On the main deck is the indoor lounge, bar, library and dining area, which leads out onto the dive deck with fresh-water showers. The upper deck has two lounges, perfect for relaxing in between dives or excursions, as is the sundeck with loungers and stunning views.

Join the Galapagos Aqua liveaboard for unbeatable value diving and naturalist itineraries in the Galapagos islands. Call us or book online today to reserve your space.


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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: Chamber Fees (35 USD per trip), National Park Fees (100 USD per trip), Visas and Fees (20 USD per trip).

Optional Extras: Gratuities (18-23 USD per day), Hotel Transfer, Local Flights (500 USD per trip), Alcoholic Beverages, Soft drinks, Welcome Cocktails, Nitrox, Nitrox Course, Private Dive Guide, 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.


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

  • 8.4 Very good
  • 6 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
    8.3
  2. Crew
    8.0
  3. Food
    8.7
  4. Diving
    9.3
  5. Value
    7.7
  • 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