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Calipso Dive Liveaboard, Galapagos

  • Rating 9.4 out of 10 9.4 Superb
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    • Nitrox available
  • from $ 612 / day
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“Diving with sea lions and marine iguanas”

Daniel B, Flag of United States United States

Highlights

  • All double cabins are located on the main or upper deck and offer large, panoramic windows with sea views
  • 1 single cabins on the lower deck with no single supplement (subject to availability)
  • Fully kitted dive deck with 4 hot showers, camera charging stations, and a 2-level camera rinse tank for larger rigs and smaller cameras
  • Itineraries include Darwin and Wolf as standard, as well as other exploratory dive sites
  • Free Nitrox for trips departing in 2023/2024

The Calipso liveaboard schedules year-round diving in the Galapagos National Park. Completely renovated in 2019, everything was designed to offer comfort and a fresh, modern environment. There are 6 cabins on the upper deck and 2 cabins on the main deck, each with panoramic windows, en-suite bathrooms, a hairdryer, individually controlled AC, a TV with hundreds of films to choose from, a safety deposit box, USB charging ports, and laminate flooring. Beds are doubles that can be converted into two singles. There is also one single cabin located on the lower deck with no single supplement, subject to availability. At 33m in length, there is more than enough space for 16 guests and 11 crew members on board. Social areas include an indoor salon and dining area where international and Ecuadorian cuisine is served with fresh local produce and seafood. The top deck has lounge chairs, a BBQ, a bar, and a hot tub.

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Included: VAT, Fuel Surcharge, Airport Transfer, Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Tea & Coffee, Welcome Cocktails, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Nitrox, Land Excursions, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels, WiFi internet.

Required Extras: National Park Fees (100-200 USD), Port Fees (20 USD).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Alcoholic Beverages, Nitrox Course (250 USD), Private Dive Guide, Rental Gear.

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Calipso Dive Reviews

  • Rating 9.4 out of 10
  • 9.4 Superb
  1. Vessel
    9.4
  2. Crew
    9.3
  3. Food
    9.9
  4. Diving
    9.7
  5. Value
    8.9
  • Rating 10 out of 10
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Daniel B
  • Flag of United States United States
Amazing crew, amazing location, amazing trip

Diving with sea lions and marine iguanas

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Crew, Diving, Wildlife
  • Rating 9.2 out of 10
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Sean M
  • Flag of United States United States
Calipso crew made for a fun off-season Galapagos trip

I did an April trip aboard the Calipso. Overall, the trip was pretty great. Below are a few highs and lows, but way more of the former than the latter. The crew is great. Our steward, Danny, made sure every guest had everything they needed throughout the journey. Every hour. Every day. Divemaster Jimmy was incredibly knowledgeable about the various dive sites and really helpful to a wide range people of various diving competence. The rest of the crew were equally professional and helpful throughout. The rooms are spacious and clean (as was the boat, overall). The food was pretty good. And the sky deck area was underutilized on our cruise, but great. The Calipso, while not ludicrously indulgent or gluttonously fancy, was a great value for the money. Any nits I had were incredibly minor. The Santa Cruz transfer if you are going on to San Cristobal wasn’t exactly seamless (just make sure you have a very specific time the boat will be in port). I would have loved a freshwater dunk tank for all equipment (though fresh water was readily available via his and outdoor shower). And approach to tipping was less than just a suggestion — it was rather blunt. But as with any Liveaboard, tip. These folks work hard. I mostly mention these to emphasize how small these things are compared to all the reasons the ship is worth your consideration. These are all small. Whereas the trip felt big. I’d definitely recommend. However, were I to do the trip again I’d definitely choose the Calipso, for sure. However, I would probably opt for August-November when water clarity and conditions are more ideal. There was a ton of stuff at the sites, it just wasn’t always easy to see. (Something the boat obviously has no control over. But were I reading this, it’s something I would want to know.) I hope this helps inform your plans. Good luck in your choosing.

Recommended for
Spacious rooms, lots to see, great crew
  • Rating 8.8 out of 10
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Doug S
  • Flag of United States United States
Great Crew!

The biggest highlight was the diving. We saw everything we thought we would and more!

Recommended for
The crew was amazing! They were very helpful and friendly. The food was fantastic! The diving was incredible!

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