Calipso Liveaboard, Galapagos

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Highlights

  • All double cabins located on the main or upper deck and offer large, panoramic windows with sea views
  • 2 single cabins on the lower deck with no single supplement
  • Fully kitted dive deck with 4 hot showers, camera charging stations and a bi-level camera rinse tank for larger rigs and smaller cameras
  • Itineraries include Darwin and Wolf as standard, as well as other exploratory dive sites

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, hairdryer, individually controlled AC, TV with hundreds of films to choose from, safety deposit box, USB charging ports and laminate flooring. Beds are doubles that can be converted into two singles. There are also two single cabins located on the lower deck with no single supplement, which are allocated on a ‘first come first served basis’. 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 is home to lounge chairs, BBQ, bar and hot tub.

Calipso Galapagos dive itineraries are 7-nights long and explore the world-famous Wolf & Darwin for the chance to get up close with whale sharks, hammerheads and dolphins. Calipso also visits Marchena, previously only dived by a few scientists and filmmakers it is known for having very large pods of dolphins, schools of Hammerheads and Galapagos sharks. The large dive deck located at the back of the boat is fitted with rinse tanks, hot water showers, dedicated camera storage and cleaning areas and personal towels.

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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, Land Excursions, Cabin Towels, Complimentary Toiletries, Deck Towels, WiFi internet.

Required Extras: Chamber Fees (35 USD), National Park Fees (100 USD), Port Fees (20 USD).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Alcoholic Beverages, Nitrox (150 USD), Nitrox Course, Private Dive Guide, Rental Gear.

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Boat features

  • Camera Station
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • TV in cabins
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Free Internet
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Leisure Deck
  • Bar
  • BBQ Area
  • Available for Charter
  • Jacuzzi / Hot Tub

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Vegan Options
  • Fine Wines Selection
  • Free Soft Drinks
  • Wine Available
  • 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

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Boat Specifications

  • Year built 1991
  • Year renovated 2019
  • Length 35.4 m
  • Deck area 55 m2
  • Beam 8 m
  • Top speed 11 knots
  • Cruising speed 9 - 10 knots
  • Engines 2 Cummins NTA855-M 400 hp and 1800 rpm
  • Max guests 16
  • Number of cabins 8
  • Number of bathrooms 9
  • Tenders 2
  • Water capacity 5000 gallons
  • Fuel capacity 7200 gallons
  • Freshwater maker Yes

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

Calipso Reviews

  • 9.4 Superb
  • 29 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
    9.4
  2. Crew
    9.4
  3. Food
    9.9
  4. Diving
    9.4
  5. Value
    8.9
  • 6.4 Review score
  • ALVARO D
  • United States United States
Needs to improve

Recent boat which has to improve many details, especially “before trip support & info”, and service details in crew. Diving is guided by official national park divemasters, supposed to be a plus, but this is not the case. Boat needs to improve its navigation capacities: unconfortable even with calm weather in hot season. Overall a nice dive trip for the unforgettable nature and diving spots, boat and needs to improve for worthing the money they took. Thank you

Recommended for
Destination, diving, natural life
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Alan B
  • United States United States
Almost wonderful

The Whale sharks

Recommended for
Crew, dive guides, food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Christopher H
  • United States United States
Trip of a Lifetime

From the moment we landed, everything was top notch. The cabins, crew, and itinerary were AWESOME. We were able to spend 3 days at Darwin and Wolf, and saw scores of Hammerheads, Galapagos Sharks, Turtles, Eagle Rays, and even 3 Juvenile Whale Sharks. The crew and our dive guides were all amazing, always cracking jokes and dropping knowledge about what we were seeing above and below. I would do it again in a heartbeat!

Recommended for
The Marine Life, The Food, The Crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Enrique F
  • United States United States
Felt like a dream.

We had a wonderful time on the Calipso. The crew and dive guides were fabulous and the diving was spectacular. We got to see everything we had hoped to see including a mola mola and whale sharks. We were a bit unprepared for how cold the water was, and the rental wetsuits weren't warm enough for us. Luckily we had great fellow divers who offered up extra layers for us.

Recommended for
We got to scuba dive with sea lions, marine iguanas, whale sharks, hammerheads and mola mola
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Lisa K
  • United States United States
Most beautiful Liveaboard I've been on

I loved loved loved the sea lions. I didn't expect to be so impressed with them. I was going to see all the hammerheads, hoping to see Mola Molas, and Whale Sharks. We could tick off everything on the list, except seeing a penguin swimming in the water. I was in awe at the numbers of hammers, but the vis-being not that great-makes me want to come back again to see this again. The marine iguanas were also really cool.

Recommended for
outstanding crew service, huge numbers of marine life, so many windows on the boat
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Ethan H
  • United States United States
Excellent!

Whale sharks in abundance! Mola mola in abundance! One of the guides was absolutely knowledgeable on many useful subjects. Some crew members went above and beyond including doing my laundry on the last night. Thank you

Recommended for
The guides were amazing! Crew was super friendly and helpful and the accomodations we're great
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Alvaro C
  • Spain Spain
Awesome trip in the best liveaboard I've been

One day at Darwin, while being surrounded of hammerheads and galapagos sharks as usual, a group of silky sharks decided to surround us feeling curious, we were so excited to have such an experience, when a massive Whale Shark appeared from the deep blowing our minds. Believe what they tell you about the Galapagos, and if you go with this really big and comfortable boat full of details with a crew that enjoys their job, you will be in the perfect hands. (I've been in 3 other liveaboards around the world, so I can compare, this one was the best).

Recommended for
Sharks, staff and food
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Abdulrahman A
  • Kuwait Kuwait
It was a great experience

Hammer heads

Recommended for
1- Wolf & Darwin 2-Friendly staff 3- Crossing the equater
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Li P
  • Canada Canada
Great dives

The guides I had are great. One is really knowledge about the islands. The other took plenty of photos of the animals and everyone and made a movie for us at the end. The food is amazing for a liveaboard. Rooms are spacious and bright. Water is frigid. They will tell you average water temperature is 23 oC in December. That is the warmest water we encountered. Half the dives had a temperature between 16 and 19. Bring some shorties in addition to the 7mm

Recommended for
Great dives, great food, very clean rooms
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Carl G
  • Canada Canada
All around great trip

The overwhelming amount of wildlife in the Galapagos

Recommended for
The sites, the crew, the boat
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Caslav D
  • Canada Canada
Great trip!

Diving with hammerheads, whalesharks, sea lions, and iguanas. Penguins and mola mola at the end. Area for improvements: selection of diving sites regardless of conditions; rushing during some dives; last day schedule.

Recommended for
Friendly crew, great food, nice and clean cabin
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Sean C
  • Canada Canada
Amazing experience with a great staff

Very nice boat, well set up with a comfort room with an amazing view. The staff was incredibly helpful and always willing to do that little bit extra to make it the best experience possible. Darwin and Wolf are definitely the highlights of the trip with all the shark action you could ask for.

Recommended for
Hammerheads, Orcas, Friendly Staff
  • 10 Exceptional
  • IGNATIOS S
  • Greece Greece
Excekwnt

Amazing diving

Recommended for
Service, guides, cabin
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Simone U
  • Switzerland Switzerland
What a great experience!

I saw so many things that I had never seen before (having 1000+ dives): Iguana, "walls" of hammer heads sharks, sealions playing with us ... Other things I had seen before, but just not in this obliviance, like turtles, sharks in general, big, big schools of fish, great variety of fish. Also: a very nice and helpful crew. They have the right to a certain amount of tips, so no need to go a long way to assist the guests. But still they do, they are just super people!

Recommended for
super diving, super crew, super food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Anne M
  • France France
Perfection on the Ocean

Absolutely stunning boat and amazing crew! There's no better boat in the Galapagos : huge super comfy cabins with panoramic windows, very good and diverse food, and a crew with a very very big heart who takes good care of every one! Our trip was a really exceptional human experience. Thanks again Calipso and her crew. The diving was as expected in the Galapagos : one of the best in the world! We saw so many sharks, rays, sealions and dolphins on our dives that we thought we were dreaming. If I have a chance to come back to the Galapagos, I'd like to go on Calipso again for sure. Everything was so perfect!

Recommended for
The crew, the boat, the diving
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Susanne D
  • Canada Canada
Exceptional experience!!!

So many highlights I can’t even begin to describe them. The boat and crew were simply incredible. I would recommend medication for sea sickness as in august the Galapagos is choppy water. I would also suggest you have the necessary diving experience required to take this challenge on. Thank you Calipso for the trip of my life!!!!

Recommended for
The crew was incredibly helpful. The guides were very knowledgeable and while the diving was challenging The guides were very experienced. The food!!!!!! So good!!!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Janusz S
  • Poland Poland
Excellent trip

Excellent boat with very friendly and helpful crew and professional diving instructors. Good food and fantastic dives. We were on the Darwin and Wolf route and now I can confirm that this is truly the sharkiest spot on our planet! Tens of hammerheads and Galapagos sharks were passing by in front of us a few meters away! Additionally, there were also orcas swimming near our zodiac boat! Everything was (almost) perfect! I have only a small remark to headquarters (not the crew) where they were, without any explanation, trying to change the category of our cabin on the arrival day.

Recommended for
Diving instructors, hammerheads, orcas
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Margrit E
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Top liveaboard experience

Marine life - big swarms of fish, Hammerheads, Whaleshark, Marine Iguanas, Turtles, and Sealions my new favorites !

Recommended for
Boat Comfort and especially friendly Crew Services and Dive Guides professionality
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Gilbert G
  • Denmark Denmark
Simpelthen et fantastisk skib fås ikke bedre.

Det hele alt.

Recommended for
3 ting kan ikke beskrive besætning og skib det var det hele.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Nigel S
  • Canada Canada
Just a fantastic crew and a very well planned trip. Couldn’t be better!

Diving Wolf and Darwin

Recommended for
Great diving, Super amazing crew, Very comfortable accommodation
  • 10 Exceptional
  • ales Z
  • Czech Republic Czech Republic
Amazing,my best diving ever

Whale sharks hundrets of hammerhead sharks mola mola diving with iguanas and cormorans and sea lions

Recommended for
Excellent guides and crew very comfortable boat
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Marcela V
  • Slovakia Slovakia
The best divetrip

Whale sharks, hamerheads, galapagos sharks, iguanas, turtles, mola mola, pinguine, playful seelions and a lot of others.. The best dive experience ever! Amazing boat, perfect service, experienced dive guides, extremely helpful and friendly staff. I got even suprise for my 100 dive (decoration in my room and big cake). Food was always delicious, jacuzzi after dive was super and there is very nice sundeck. Calipso is top!!!

Recommended for
Beautiful dive sites, a lot of sharks, perfect service on the boat
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Nadine E
  • Germany Germany
Perfect livesboard experience

Very well organised liveaboard with really friendly and helpful crew, great dive guides and breathtaking diving. Will definitely do it again!

Recommended for
Dive, eat, sleep - repeat
  • 6.8 Review score
  • Alena Š
  • Czech Republic Czech Republic
Good but not as much as I expected

I generally enjoined the trip, however Galapagos is slowly becoming overadvertised and overpriced tourist trap. I should have gone 10 years ago. The diving rules are unnecessarily strict specially for more experienced divers and it stops you from seeing more hammerheads. And recommended tip of 10 % of trip value is a bad joke provided the amount you already paid, on Antarctica cruise they suggest just 10$ a day for much better services.

Recommended for
Iguanas feeding underwater, Whalesharks, sea horses
Origin: US