Galapagos Master, Galapagos



  • Dive with huge schools of hammerheads, Galapagos Sharks, Sea Lions, Dolphins and Mantas
  • 7 or 10-night itineraries available
  • An experienced crew of 12 onboard to show off the wonders above and below the water

The Galapagos Master is a stable, steel yacht delivering year-round diving itineraries in the Galapagos Islands. There are 9 en-suite cabins that cater for up to 16 guests onboard. Offering both upper deck and lower deck air-conditioned accommodation with a choice of twin or double beds, each has personal clothing storage and private en suite bathrooms, with centrally heated hot water.

On the middle deck, there's an indoor lounge and dining area, which is fully air-conditioned with comfortable cushioned bench seating and a complete entertainment system. Meals are served buffet-style by the onboard chefs in the indoor dining room with an adjacent cocktail bar. The outer deck has shaded seating which is a great place to relax between dives whilst the upper-level sundeck and cocktail bar is typically where divers gather to relive the days' diving adventures.

Scuba diving from the Galapagos Master liveaboard is supported by high powered tenders, with 2 dive masters to accompany the group. The well equipped diving deck provides ample space for all your equipment. Amenities include nitrox fills, equipment storage boxes, rinse tanks, a warm water shower and a 2-tier camera table. The Galapagos Master offers year-round diving holidays with a choice of 7 night and 10-night itineraries departing from San Cristobal. Each trip takes the world-class dive sites of the Galapagos, including a minimum of 2 days at Darwin and Wolf. Diving up to 4 times per day you can expect to see schooling hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, tuna, sea lions, iguanas, eagle rays and much more.

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The captain and crew of the Galapagos Master have developed new operational protocols with extra precautions against COVID-19 in mind, which includes additional training for the crew in appropriate sanitation and cleaning practices with viral infections in mind, as well as enhanced, documented and inspected deep cleaning and sanitation of all areas of our vessels a minimum of three times a day.

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

Required Extras: Dive Insurance, Travel Insurance, Fuel Surcharge (20 USD per day), National Park Fees (100 USD per trip).

Optional Extras: Gratuities (60-70 USD per day), Alcoholic Beverages, Nitrox (25 USD per day), Rental Gear (45 USD per day), Snorkel Gear, Laundry / Pressing Services.

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Boat features

  • Laundry Service
  • Camera Station
  • 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
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Leisure Deck
  • Bar
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Fine Wines Selection
  • Wine Available
  • Fine Cuisine
  • Full-board Option
  • 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.


  • DIN Adaptors
  • Nitrox available
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for 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 2004
  • Year renovated 2015
  • Length 32.3 metres
  • Beam 7.5 metres
  • Cruising speed 12.5 knots
  • Engines 2 x MTU 6062 475 HP
  • Max guests 16
  • Number of cabins 9
  • Number of bathrooms 10
  • Tenders 2
  • Water capacity 16 tonnes

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • 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
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Galapagos Master Reviews

  • 8.6 Fabulous
  • 41 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 7.6 Good
  • william L
  • United States United States

Huge variety of Rays

Recommended for
The food, the comradeship, the Mola Mola
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Jeffrey S
  • United States United States
Very good dive operation accommodations were spartan

Darwin island. Whale shark and swimming iguanas.

Recommended for
Diving, diving, dining
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Shanna T
  • United States United States

I’ve done drift dives before but this was amazing. To see the hammerhead cleaning station was so neat. And the sea lions playing.

Recommended for
Hammerheads, crew, and the divers
  • 10 Exceptional
  • KAY H
  • United States United States
Outstanding staff, service & Diving


Recommended for
Service, comfort, kindness
  • 5.6 Review score
  • Alexis R
  • United States United States
Extremely Overpriced

Diving at Isla de Darwin and the Arch...overshadowed by the inordinate price I paid for the trip though.

Recommended for
Isla de Darwin
  • 8.0 Very good
  • John P
  • United States United States

Galapagos archipelagos!

Recommended for
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Marcelo L
  • United States United States
Great liveaboard!!!!

Great divemasters, dives, boat and group. It was very good!!!

Recommended for
Hammerhead sharks, marine iguanas and sea lions
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Toby M
  • United States United States
Incredible diving, well worth it at discounted proce

darwin and wolf, cabo douglas iguanas

Recommended for
knowledgeable dive guides, abundant wildlife, lots of space
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Andrew H
  • United States United States
The diving was incredible but what set this boat apart was the family like atmosphere the team was able to create.

Diving at Darwin and Wolf was incredible

Recommended for
The diving, boat atmosphere, and guide knowledge
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Julio Ruben V
  • United States United States
I will reflect on doing this again.

Animal lifeforms on both sea and land, the sea mounts, the profile of the former arch, the Sea Lions, Iguanas, Batfish and Sea Robins we found!

Recommended for
The camaraderie between crew/ clients, the service, the dives!
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Alexandra C
  • United States United States

Diving!! Wonderful crew.

Recommended for
Crew competence, good food, great diving
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Brett M
  • United States United States
Few places in the world like it!

Darwin’s Arch Mola mola Playful sea lions

Recommended for
Tons of sharks; unique marine life; unexpected sightings
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Reid J
  • United States United States
The food was excellent and crew was very attentive

Galapagos Master had an excellent surprise travel service - when we arrived a Quito airport, someone was waiting in line for us already, and expedited our check in process. Seamless, and thoughtful! This saved us a tremendous amount of time and avoided any confusion about how to navigate check-in.

Recommended for
weather was great, saw whale shark, molla mollas, and mantas, excellent food
  • 8.4 Very good
  • claire W
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Lots of Hammerheads!

A great experience

Recommended for
many large pelagics, food on board
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Oliver G
  • Germany Germany

absolutely amazing boat and trip!!!

Recommended for
diving, crew, boat comfort
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Carsten N
  • Denmark Denmark
Galapagos is the best diving experience ever

Diving at Darwin and Wolf islands with hundreds of hammerhead sharks on each dive. Diving at "Manta City" with lots of mantas.

Recommended for
The diving sites were the best experience ever. The dive guides are very skilled and know the sites well. All crew members makes the trip unforgettable.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Wang F
  • China China
Best trip in my life!

Hundreds of sharks, lots of turtles/sea lion and unique sea creature I have never seen before.

Recommended for
1. Professional diving vessel with all equipment and facility I need 2. professional crew and dive guide. 3. nice arrangement of
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Andreas S
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Exceptional wildlife experience at world's best dive site

Diving at Darwin Island, followed by Wolf. These 4 days were simply amazing!

Recommended for
Whale Sharks, Hammerhead Sharks, Marine Iguanas
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Jacinta C
  • Mexico Mexico

The areas visited were breathtaking. The diving was the best! The crew was exceptionally helpful and nice. We absolutely loved our divemasters (Juan Carlos - Macarraon and Daniel). The food and post diving treats were always delicious.

Recommended for
The crew, food, divemasters
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Solveig G
  • Germany Germany
unique opportunity to see amazing animals

Diving at Darwins island with plenty of hammerhead sharks on each dive. Diving at Fernandina with sea iguanas, sea lions and penguins.

Recommended for
Whale Sharks, Sea Lions, Penguins
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Sylvie S
  • France France
Amazing sightings!

I loved to see all these animals underwater: hammerheads, whale sharks, iguanas, dolphins, mantas, mobulas, sting rays, eagle rays, dolphins, redlipped batfish, silkies, Galapagos sharks, turtles,... So many! And the landtour was great too :) The crew was very friendly as well. For big marine animals it is THE place. I like how the national park protects the environment.

Recommended for
Iguanas Friendly crew Sharks
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Natsumi U
  • Japan Japan

At least one, sometimes as many as 5-6 shark whales are seen in each Darwin's Arch dives (total 8 dives arranged).

Recommended for
Guides, Comfort, The coffeemaker.
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Yu-Hsien S
  • Taiwan Taiwan
Excellent dive, awesome itinerary!

The two days diving at Darwin's Arch, one day at Wolf, and the one day at Punta Vicente Roca and Cabo Douglas. Mind blowing experience!

Recommended for
The diving, the guides, the itinerary
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Tuvia R
  • Hungary Hungary
The restrictions of the national park authorities limited the activities and experiences

the highlights were the marine iguanas and the whale sharks

Recommended for
The group members were nice and experienced, the dive masters were very knowledgable, and the crew was very friendly and helpful
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Michele S
  • Italy Italy

diving with amazing species

Recommended for
marine life, lost in the middle of the ocean, diving all day long
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Marina C
  • Italy Italy
Amazing wildlife underwater with a great team

I had the opportunity to see a whale shark even if he was not expected in this period and was great. Really many hammerhead in Darwin and Wolf. My cabin was comfortable and the chef prepared for me vegetarian food. I really enjoy.

Recommended for
Wildlife, diving guides, helpful crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • China China
Awesome guide and friendly ppl, spacious boat

Get to see animals and unwind with nature. Good landscape

Recommended for
People, space, dives
  • 6.4 Review score
  • Bouchra B
  • France France
ok -

the meeting with the hammerhead and wale sharks

Recommended for
dive sites
  • 6.0 Review score
  • Thorsten J
  • Denmark Denmark
Disappointed - too much waste time and sitting on a rock while diving - waiting...!

Diving with sealion, iguanas and whalesharks + were the highlights. In general a very rich underwater life with great biodiversity. I like how its possible to dive in both warm and cold water.

Recommended for
Great fellow passengers. A rich biodiversity. Good cabin and quality of foods and coffee with fresh local beans
  • 4.4 Review score
  • Luis Antonio M
  • Brazil Brazil
A guide for eight divers is an insecurity factor

I don't recommend the Galapagos master. On the second dive in Darwin, we had serious problems due to sound equipment placed in the low pressure hose! The air began to leak and the guide did not solve the problem. We climbed almost out of breath and didn't make the safety stop. It all happened because of the horn placed on our equipment by the Galápagos master! Not even the guide accompanied us to the surface. We almost had a serious accident due to the lack of structure at the operator.

Recommended for
The lice in Darwin
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Pascal D
  • Belgium Belgium
excellent dives

Woolf and Darwin

Recommended for
Diving in woolf and Darwin
  • 6.8 Review score
  • Andreas P
  • Germany Germany
Great diving experience with a great crew on a very old vessel

Huge school of hammerheads, Mola Mola, Whale sharks, Marine Iguanas, Wolf Vulcano at night

Recommended for
Encounters, Crew, passengers
  • 6.8 Review score
  • Annette Rokeya H
  • Germany Germany
great diving in spectacular location

We generally liked our stay at the Galapagos Master (this was our 2nd time on this boat) and had an overall good experience. The service and assistance provided by was extraordinary, they always responded fast and solution-oriented, so we would definetly book with again. The Galapagos are of course a spectacular diving location and we saw lots of hammersheads, Galapagos sharks eagle rays, some whalesharks and other fish! We feel that the diving operation has some room for improvement compared to our last trip 4 years ago, for example a longer check dive the first day (and not only 10 Min next to the beach), and more strict enforcement of the announced schedule (we ran with some delay most days). One thing they could improve would also be to put the dive groups together according to dive experience and not because they sit together at the dive deck. We happened to be in a group with more inexperienced divers whos air consumption was very different to ours. But overall we still had a great experience and we would totally recommend the Galapagos as a dive destination and would 100% recommend to book with!

Recommended for
1. lots of hammerheads and Galapagos sharks 2. nice and hardworking crew 3. good food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Steve C
  • Canada Canada
Excellent Dive Guide and Boat Crew

Diving in Darwin and Wolf Island

Recommended for
Diving / Dive Guide / Crew
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Vanessa C
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Excellent Dive trip

- Whaleshark - Iguanas - Orcas

Recommended for
staff, diving, Nature Walks
Origin: US