Humboldt Explorer, Galapagos

  • Rating 8.8 out of 10 8.8 Fabulous
    • Free Internet
    • Nitrox available
  • from $ 420 / day
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“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, Flag of United States United States


    • 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.

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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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Humboldt Explorer Reviews

  • Rating 8.8 out of 10
  • 8.8 Fabulous
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  • Rating 9.6 out of 10
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Anthony M
  • Flag of 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.

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The diving was phenomenal, the crew was super helpful, and the fresh caught fish was an excellent addition
  • Rating 9.6 out of 10
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Megan H
  • Flag of 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.

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(1) crew super nice and happy and loved each other, (2) great dives, (3) smart logistics
  • Rating 9.2 out of 10
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Jennifer Z
  • Flag of 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.

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Dives, safety, food.

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