Humboldt Explorer, Galapagos

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Dive the spectacular Galapagos Islands aboard the 33m Humboldt Explorer. World renowned for is exceptional biodiversity, Humboldt will take divers to the best dive sites of the Galapagos to discover Galapagos sharks, hammerheads, turtles, schools of tuna, manta rays, whale sharks and white tip sharks.

Humboldt Explorer offers 8 air conditioned, double cabins with ocean view, TV/ DVD, private bathrooms and showers. The 7 member crew will ensure guest comfort and satisfaction for up to 16 guests. Guests can relax in the air conditioned salon, the covered back deck and sun deck with Jacuzzi.

For the dive enthusiast, a diving instructor and assistant are on hand to create the ultimate diving experiences. MV Humboldt is designed for hassle free diving and features a large staging area, tanks, weights, rental equipment, Nitrox, camera table and rinse tank. Humboldt Explorer schedules 8 day cruises year round to unforgettable dive destinations.

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Included: VAT, Accommodation, Tanks, Weights, Belts, All meals, Alcoholic beverages, Towels Provided

Excluded: Airport transfers in Quito or Guayaquil, Hotel accommodations, Flights to/from Galapagos, Last evening meal, Rental gear (full equipment rental includes mask, boots, fins, regulator, BCD, wetsuit), Dive computer, Crew gratuities, Trip Cancellation & Dive Accident Insurance, Quito/Guayaquil departure taxes, Premium Alcoholic Beverages, Galapagos National Park tax - $100 pp (cash only - payable upon arrival at Galapagos Airport), Tourist card $20 (payable in cash at Quito or Guayaquil Airport of departure for Galapagos), Nitrox, Hyperbaric chamber fee: $ 35 per person, Fuel Surcharge $150 per person, Please Note: Onboard payments via credit card will incur a 17% fee. It is advisable to take cash for park fees / onboard charges / fees / tips

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Boat features

  • Shaded diving deck
  • Camera Station
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • TV in cabins
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Separate rinse for u/w camera
  • Camera room with table and charging point
  • Custom built for diving
  • Hot Tub
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Snacks All Day

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
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving

The crew speaks English.


Gear Rental

There is diving gear available to rent on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form.
You will need to pay for the rental gear on board of the boat. Show prices.


Accommodation


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

  • 8.6 Fabulous
  • 35 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
    8.6
  2. Crew
    8.7
  3. Food
    9.5
  4. Diving
    8.7
  5. Value
    7.6
  • 7.6 Good
  • Eric F
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Visited best diving sites in the world

Diving there is just amazing (Darwin and Wolf)

Recommended for
Whale-Sharks, Hammer-Head sharks, frinedly crew and team mates
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Yee Hon C
  • Malaysia Malaysia
Overall, amazing but there are the little annoying things/people

Definitely the dives, definitely an experience I won't forget for a long time, if ever. Some of the wonderful crew really go out of their way to get you sorted, but you also have some really terrible ones. And I think the trip is pretty well planned-out and organised overall.

Recommended for
some of the crew, amount of food, and the dives
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Amanda C
  • United States United States
Great diving and crew, boat needs some upgrades

100+ hammerhead sharks, dolphin pods, friendly and helpful crew. The dive guides rotate between different boats, but we got lucky with Paolo--he's fantastic.

Recommended for
dive quality, dive guides, crew
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Ingo L
  • Germany Germany
Great boat and exceptional dive spots

Many many sharks, rays, turtles, great weather, really good food

Recommended for
Lots of Hammerheads, playful seals and a wonderful barbecue on the sun deck
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Noriko I
  • Japan Japan
So many sharks!

Guide's English is easy for Japanese to understand. Compared to Japanese diving shops, the guides don't keep an eye on their guests (in Japan, a lot of guests depend on their guides too much). Crew are all friendly, the cabin is kept clean, and the foods are delicious. I could enjoy not only diving but also land visit. I could not forget the beautiful stars...

Recommended for
Hammerhead sharks, Hot chocolate after diving, Stars
  • 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.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Trevor C
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Fantastic diving - excellent crew and guides

I surprised my girlfriend with a marriage proposal during the trip and the crew really went the extra mile to make it a very special experience for us both. Diving was well organised, and land based trips provided a nice variety to the trip. There are more expensive liveaboards in this already very expensive area, but I can’t imagine they provide anything better than the brilliant crew aboard the Humboldt explorer. The trip itself ticked every box we had hoped for. We were lucky with our fellow guests and had a good laugh onboard as well as the famed hammerheads, whale-sharks, Galapagos sharks, rays and silkies beneath the surface. Best diving we’ve done by far. Highly recommended.

Recommended for
More dives at the two main sites of Wolf and Darwin than other liveaboards. Excellent guides and brilliant service from all of the crew
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Adam H
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Humboldt Explorer

Schools of hammerheads but also the pods of thousands of dolphins at Wolf and Darwin. The marine life was amazing We also saw Killer whales and the crew did everything to get us out on the pangas to get the best experience My partner was a non diver and was snorkelling with hammerhead, Galapagos and silkie sharks as well as the sea lions, again big thanks to the crew.

Recommended for
Hammerhead sharks, dolphins and crew
  • 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
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Irene A
  • Singapore Singapore
Epic dives didn't dissappoint this bucket list place

52+ dives with the hammerheads!!

Recommended for
Plenty of dives at Wolf and Darwin! Loads of hammerheads and other sharks. Great company.
  • 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
WHALESHARK!!!

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

Recommended for
Whaleshark, hammerhead sharks, food onboard
  • 10 Exceptional
  • seulky K
  • South Korea South Korea
Everything is perfect!

In wolf island, I could see schooling of hammerhead sharks! Whaleshark as well :-)

Recommended for
Dive guide, food, free beer!
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Andrea Z
  • Italy Italy
great & challenging

hammerhead, nice boat, too many divers for each dive guide

Recommended for
hammerhead, crew service, food
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Andrea Z
  • Italy Italy
great & challenging

hammerhead, nice boat, too many divers for each dive guide

Recommended for
hammerhead, crew service, food
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Gary W
  • United States United States
One Great Week!

I counted 50 hammerheads at one time!

Recommended for
Hammerheads, great food, ease of diving.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Johnny L
  • United States United States
More like 5 days of great diving than 7

Loved the diving. However that's more a highlight of the Galapagos themselves. The Humboldt shines because it spends more time at wolf than the other liveaboards. So many Hammerheads <3. The food was good. You will look forward to it every time the bell rings for meal time. The desserts are however we're meh. Except for some yummy tree leches and s delicious chocolate and passion fruit mousse. The crew is friendly but more to themselves. They are happy to interact if interacted with but will not impose on you. They were great. I love non bunk bed cabins and the cabins are cozy, the AC amazing. And the baths had a good amount of space. I was in cabin 3. The only cons are that the first day and half are kinda meh. Day one is a 15 minute 5 meter max check out dive. It's useful but I wish they just bulked it in with the second days itinerary to make a full day. I would prefer the boat to have had one more dive guide so that it wasn't 2 groups of 8. And would've liked that the guides have a pro camera for underwater pictures. But that is something I felt spoiled with on a previous liveaboard. Other than that my trip was great! Would definitely return. Open bar (liquor included) was so sweet. Bring your own gloves and get a reef hook. You will be so thankful you brought one.

Recommended for
North Islands, drinks, cabins
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Voitekh G
  • Russia Russia
The trip was wonderful

Top class service onboard

Recommended for
Food, diving, land excursions
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Igor T
  • United States United States
Fantastic trip

Loved seeing all the schools of hammerheads and other sharks. The diving was out of this world, best dive trip of our lives. Currents are strong. We were relative beginners at only 25 dives but in decent shape; and this was definitely very challenging for us.

Recommended for
Amazing diving, great food, surprisingly good rental equipment.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Pelle L
  • Sweden Sweden
Much money but u get value

Hammerheads. The reason to go.

Recommended for
Crew, food, hammerheads
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Lorenz R
  • Germany Germany
Hammerheads all over the place

Darwin and Wolf

Recommended for
Hammerheads, hot tup, warm towels after diving
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Laura R
  • United States United States
Blown away!

Everything was a highlight! What an amazing experience!

Recommended for
The location, the crew, and the food
  • 10 Exceptional
  • robert N
  • United States United States
Amazingly sharktastic!

The divers

Recommended for
Food, service, agenda
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Thomas R
  • Germany Germany
Great diving for those who like it big!

Hundreds of hammerhead sharks at the divesides Darwin and Wolf divesides where planned in the group safety was very important (radio transmitter) very good briefing landexcursions with the guides who had a lot of knowledge was excellent staff was working hard to fulfill all our wishes after a cool dive it was great having a whirlpool to warm up All in all, we would do it again, on the Humboldt Explorer

Recommended for
Hammerheads, Sealions, Whirlpool.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Janneke V
  • Netherlands Netherlands
Diving&crew were amazing, boat is a lot older than on pictures on website.

Diving at Darwin and Wolf.

Recommended for
Diving, the people and the scenery
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • JAEKYUNG K
  • South Korea South Korea
Can't be better

Boat&Cabin comfort - considering ship size, it was pretty great. i hardly felt any inconvinence. Crew service & friendliness - crews were really great. they were very friendly and they were ready to help you at any time. Food&Drinks onboard - Food were excellent. it was the best part of my voyage there. different menu everyday. i cannot explain enough but i would say that the best food on board i ever experienced(similan, maldives). in the refrigerator on second floor, beers, soft drinks were available any time. Diving & Dive guides - Diving was so great. the best thing was that you can play with sea lions. it was really awsome experience. lots of hammerhead sharks and whalesharks on almost every dives on darwin arch. the water temparature was warmer than i thoght so i didnt have any problem with my 5mm wetsuits. guides were doing their job good enough. Value for money - well.. it is lots of money guys. however i think the price is not that bad considering all those aspects above.

Recommended for
FOOD, Crews, Diving
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Rene B
  • Ecuador Ecuador
Breathtaking experience

Darwin, being able to see so many Whale Sharks. The food was always at great standards and usually very tasty. Everybody was very nice and attentive. The cabin was spacious and comfortable.

Recommended for
Food, comfort, dives
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Jane S
  • United States United States
Good liveaboard, great staff!

Diving with a whale shark!

Recommended for
Staff, dive masters and diving
  • 7.6 Good
  • Matthias J
  • Germany Germany
Great dives!

Very good - met the expectations

Recommended for
Dive sites, the big fish, the seals
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Andreas A
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Every diver's dream!!

Very comfortable, a lot of fun, good service and a great experience!! Additional costs for fuel does not make sense to me, should be included in the overall price.

Recommended for
Diversity of animals, good experience, fun people
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Naomi B
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Enjoyable trip of a lifetime, though room for improvement

Was very good and enjoyable. Glad I went inspite of the huge expense. A broken engine squeezed the dive schedule and meant missed dives. :( Only 2 dive guides for 16 divers (of varying ability) is not value for money and is a safety issue

Recommended for
The diving, the other divers, the food & drink