Humboldt Explorer, Galapagos



    • Two land tours to see giant tortoises and endemic birds
    • Expansive dive deck, safe charging stations, and upgraded safety features
    • Member of the Green Fins sustainability and conservation program
    • Nitrox on board

The MV Humboldt Explorer of Explorer Ventures Feet offers incredible diving in the Galapagos year-round. Completely renovated in Spring 2023, the vessel is one of the Galapagos's safest, most modern, and most comfortable liveaboards. Humboldt Explorer offers 8 double or twin cabins on the upper or lower decks. All rooms have private en-suite bathrooms, individually controlled AC, and a TV. The air-conditioned salon on the main deck features an entertainment/media area and a large lounge. Meals are served in this salon's dining area, where guests can enjoy views of the Galapagos Islands. Meals are a mix of American and local cuisines. Other notable areas include the top deck with sun loungers, a bar, an al-fresco dining area, and a hot tub to warm up between dives.

Humboldt Explorer also offers a unique 7-night/8-day itinerary; it is the only Galapagos liveaboard to offer 4 days of diving with pelagics at the islands Darwin and Wolf. The dive deck is equipped with individual gear storage, a large camera table and charging station, and a separate fresh water rinse tank for underwater camera equipment. Diving occurs from two large tenders; nitrox is available for those certified. The Humboldt Explorer liveaboard offers incredible diving in the Galapagos year-round. The high season is from July to November when conditions are colder, currents are stronger, and visibility is lower, but this is the best chance to see whale sharks when diving at Darwin and Wolf. The low season is from December to June, when the currents are not as strong, the visibility is clearer, and the water is warmer. Hammerheads, eagle rays, sea lions, Galapagos and silky sharks, and huge schools of fish are generally present all year.

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

Required Extras: Chamber Fees (35 USD), Fuel Surcharge (150 USD), National Park Fees (100 USD), Visas and Fees (20 USD).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Airport Transfer, Local Flights, Nitrox (150 USD per week), Rental Gear, Land Excursions, Snorkel Gear.

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Boat features

  • Camera Station
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • TV in cabins
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Bar
  • Available for Charter
  • Jacuzzi / Hot Tub

Food & Drinks

  • Local Food
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Free Wine w/Dinner
  • Fine Wines Selection
  • Free Soft Drinks
  • Wine Available
  • Set Menu Dinner

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 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.


Boat Specifications

  • Year built 2009
  • Length 111.5 feet
  • Beam 21.3 feet
  • Top speed 10 knots
  • Engines Detroit Diesel 6V92 350HP
  • Max guests 16
  • Number of cabins 8
  • Number of bathrooms 8
  • Tenders 2 x rigid hull inflatables
  • Fuel capacity 5'300 gallons

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits

Humboldt Explorer Reviews

  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • 85 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Susanne K
  • Austria Austria

Marine life, birds, Crew

Recommended for
Walhai, Delfine, Seehunde
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Pascal D
  • Belgium Belgium
Back on Humboldt Explorer..and liking it


Recommended for
The dives, the dives, land visit
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Maurizio D
  • Brazil Brazil

Dive with whale sharks.

Recommended for
Food, dives and guides
  • 7.6 Good
  • Daniel C
  • Australia Australia

Whale sharks, and the abondance of life on the dives, with massive schools of fish, dolphins, sharks.... so much life was just fantastic to see it all

Recommended for
Dive guide Xavier was a mature guide but was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable, was such a pleasure to have his knowledge and care in the trip. The diving it self was fantastic, and the boat wasnt too big so was more wasnt too bust with lots of people.
  • 7.6 Good
  • Victor B
  • Australia Australia
Saw what we expected to see

Learning more of the Galapagos Islands. Seeing amazing creatures. and the stars at night. Few things to improve, quality of rental equipment, dining comfort (not enough space for 16), better pillows, linen and towels. Variety of desserts. Dry camera table. Better description of diving conditions in advertising.

Recommended for
Cabin Comfort. Crew Friendliness.
  • 7.2 Good
  • Charmaine H
  • Australia Australia
Sharks sharks sharks

We were pretty well looked after by the crew. Loved the hot towels after the dive. The only thing I wish I had known in advance was that the rental equipment is fairly rough (not to mention overpriced) and I would recommend bringing your own.

Recommended for
Whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, other fishes
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Geoff C
  • Australia Australia
The best dive experience of our lives!

Seeing such an abundance of sea life all in one trip was simply epic! We had underwater whiplash as everywhere we turned there was more sea life. We have never had an experience like it, and wouldn't be disappointed if we don't. Diving Wolf and Darwin islands is next level!

Recommended for
Whale sharks, diving, free booze! 😏
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Ricardo Yudi N
  • Brazil Brazil

Lots os sharks, food, beer and wine included, crew.

Recommended for
Whaleshark, hammerhead sharks, food onboard
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Fabian F
  • Argentina Argentina
Excelente crucero

Los tres buceos con el tiburon ballena en especial y los buceos con decenas de tiburones martillo en Wolf y Darwin

Recommended for
Lo mas destacado fueron la calidad de los buceos, con su abundante y muy variada vida marina; la comodidad a bordo y la atencion de la tripulacion
  • 10 Exceptional
  • walter C
  • Argentina Argentina
muy buena. wonderfull

El tiburón ballena.

Recommended for
in the dar Windows island