Humboldt Explorer, Galapagos

Excellent food and drinks

“The schooling hammerheads were incredible, and we even got a whale shark that stayed late in the season. A few tiger sharks, schoo…”

Anthony M, United States United States
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    • 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 the Explorer Ventures Fleet, 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, WiFi internet.

Required Extras: Chamber Fees (35 USD), Fuel Surcharge (150-220 USD), National Park Fees (100-200 USD), Visas and Fees (20 USD).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Airport Transfer, Local Flights, Nitrox (150 USD per week), Nitrox Course (170 USD), 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
  • Free Internet
  • 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
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Anthony M
  • United States United States
Unreal dive trip to the outer Galapagos Islands

The schooling hammerheads were incredible, and we even got a whale shark that stayed late in the season. A few tiger sharks, schools of eagle rays, plenty of dolphins, turtles, and sea lions. The food was great and the fresh snacks and juice right when you got out of the water was much appreciated. The crew even got a fresh caught tuna from a passing fishing boat and served sashimi. Comfortable beds and plenty of hot water for showers. The land excursions were terrific as well and definitely rounded out the complete Galapagos trip.

Recommended for
The diving was phenomenal, the crew was super helpful, and the fresh caught fish was an excellent addition
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Megan H
  • United States United States
Really positive experience

--Dives were fantastic with flexibility. We saw everything from massive amounts of sharks to turtles to manta rays to eels. The sea lions are super social. I honestly don't know how you would experience Galapagos without being on a liveaboard. The Humboldt vessel was near perfect, except maybe TOO much air conditioning indoors. I'll forgive them for that. I was cold pretty much the whole time! --I wrote my internal review to the company before the land excursion; the land excursion on Santa Cruz was kind of meh (visiting the turtles). Not the cruise company's fault. --On Humboldt, the crew was super cheerful, delightful, very cohesive, and seemed to love their jobs/lives. It was idyllic. This was the most advanced dive experience that I've had. The expectation was that we'd handle our own BCD setup and gear prep. The dives were tough with the currents. You definitely needed that 100-plus dive experience. It was also 1 dive guide for 8 divers. This was very different than my last (and only other) liveaboard experience. The last one in Thailand had a ratio of 1 guide to two or three divers. In that case, the divers were newer and burned through air in 20 minutes. This advanced dive experience was better with no drama on ear pressure, masks, buoyancy, or temperature. We stayed down for upwards of 55 minutes. --Food amazing. So many fresh fruits and vegetables. Seafood delicious. --There was always hot coffee and hot water for tea. Loved this. --I'm really happy with the whole experience.

Recommended for
(1) crew super nice and happy and loved each other, (2) great dives, (3) smart logistics
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Jennifer Z
  • United States United States
Humboldt Explorer made my first Liveaboard experience a success!

The Humboldt is the only boat in Galapagos to spend 4 days between Wolf and Darwin. The dives were the best I’ve ever done, the guides prioritize safety , and the crew makes getting ready for each dive a fun and efficient experience. Besides the diving, the food is delicious and frequent, cabins are comfortable, and the hot tub and sun deck upstairs are an awesome place to relax.

Recommended for
Dives, safety, food.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Giorgia R
  • Italy Italy
Absolutely amazing!

The organisation and the attention that they have for the guest it’s amazing! All the staff members are professional, friendly and always kind. The boat is WOW: clean, tidy, nice common areas and beds really comfortable. The food is local and international: delicious. The diving part of the boat is absolutely functional and the crew helps you literally in every moment. For sure, I’ll choose them again when I’ll come back to Galápagos!

Recommended for
Crew - food - whole experience
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Benjamin H
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Some of the worlds best hammerhead diving

Manta, loads of eagle rays, hammerheads, tiger shark, whale shark.

Recommended for
Dives, Food, Crew
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Daniel C
  • Australia Australia
Fantastic trip to Wolf and Darwin

Great trip to Wolf and Darwin, fantastic diving with lots of Hammerheads and 1 whale shark (even though it was out of season). Boat was well run, tidy and comfortable. Only complaint is there is limited shady areas outside to sit on the top deck.

Recommended for
4 Days of diving at Wolf and Darwin, Excellent crew and guides, fantastic food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • simon B
  • Germany Germany
great crew, super service top diving


Recommended for
the crew, the food, the diving
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Howard L
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great diving in Galapagos

Hammerheads on almost all dives, plus turtles, rays, Galapagos sharks and 2 whale shark sightings

Recommended for
Excellent dive sites, great guides, very safe
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Sandra J
  • Canada Canada
Fantastic crew, boat and dives!

How amazing it was to see all the schools of hammerhead sharks, the huge whale sharks, schools of spotted eagle rays, mobulas, turtles, moray eels, tuna and so many scools of fish. We got lucky with warmer water and not so bad of currents. The crew were all so helpful during the dives with double checking air before getting on the panda, assisting getting on and off the panda with all our gear, and helping with the suits. The dive masters Ronny and Kebin, were fantastic. They had excellent briefings and were very safety concious. The crew did an amazing safety drill. Thanks Roberto and Fabricio for the excellent food, especially the sushi one afternoon, which was delicious. Good drinks prepared by Hector. Thanks Crucita for keeping our rooms so clean and it was fun seeing our towel caricatures. This liveaboard experience was superb and I would highly recommend to anyone. Top notch service and experience for my bucket list adventure.

Recommended for
Diving and seeing the hammerhead sharks and whale sharks, fantastic crew and boat, and a great variety of food each day.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Adam K
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Great boat and crew

Seeing hammerheads and whale sharks. Very friendly crew and dive guides. Good food and service. Cabins always clean and then tidy

Recommended for
Amazing diving, friendly crew, nice cabins