The Galapagos Sky:
This 100 ft. (33m), 16 passenger luxury liveaboard yacht was launched in 2001 by. “Sky” has cruised the islands of the Galapagos Archipelago for nearly a decade – providing thousands of divers with high octane, extraordinary diving experiences. The Galapagos Sky livaboard dive safaris also offer a full line-up of luxury accommodations, excellent food, “extra touch” amenities, and a friendly, helpful staff.
Below is the planned 2012 itinerary for the Galapagos Sky as authorized by the Galapagos National Park on patent (permit) issued to Galapagos Sky.
SUNDAY AM (Day of Departure) Arrive San Cristobal—(Land Excursion) visit the Interpretation Center where an interesting human history of Galapagos is presented, town walk (last chance for shopping). Late morning departure.
SUNDAY PM Lobos (Day of Arrival) Check out dive. Nice protected area at 20 feet depth. Look for Sea Lions. This is a short dive in a sandy bottom with the focus of checking the skills of every diver. As the sun sets you will circumvent Kicker Rock where you want to look for the Blue footed bobby birds.
MONDAY AM Land Visit to the Highlands of Santa Cruz to see the Galapagos Turtles in their natural environment. A visit to the very special ―Scalecias Forest‖, the Twins and the Lava Tube also is included during the morning ashore.
Monday PM Cousins Rocks (2 dives)-these dives are done along a beautiful wall and allows for great viewing opportunities for coral, frog fish, sea horses and octopus. Sea Lions will be your companions on the safety stops.
TUESDAY AM Wolf All night 120 nautical mile transit with schedule arrival between 9am and 11am. (1 Dive). Look for schools of Hammerheads, Silky Sharks, Galapagos Sharks Dolphins and rays.
TUESDAY PM Wolf (2 dives) during the afternoon.
WEDNESDAY AM Darwin Early morning transit with early arrival at Darwin. (2 dives) at the Darwin Arch. Hammerheads, Galapagos Sharks and HUGE schools of tropical fish enjoy this area. Seasonal sightings of Whale Sharks are common.
WEDNESDAY PM Darwin (1 Dives) at the Darwin Arch.
THURSDAY AM Darwin (2 dives) at the Darwin Arch.
THURSDAY PM Wolf Late morning / early afternoon transit back at Wolf. (1 Dive) After the dive we will head to the west central Islands.
FRIDAY AM Roca Redonda (1 dive) Dive encounters will include Hammerheads, wahoos, big eye jacks, and at time the underwater volcanic vents can release warm water bubbles.
FRIDAY PM Vicente Roca (2 dives), Colorful sites with many marine invertebrates, anemones, lobsters, shrimp with occasional Mola Mola sightings. Plus the opportunity to have a panga ride and snorkeling.
SATURDAY AM (January-May) Marshall Island (2 dives) At Cape Marshall, on the eastern side of Isabela island, we encounter rocky volcanic cliffs which drop down to the ocean floor as an almost vertical wall. You might see large animals like manta rays, marble rays, hammerhead sharks, mola mola (oceanic sun fish) and marine turtles. Also keep an eye out for Chevron barracuda, snappers, yellow fin tuna, rainbow runners, wahoo and groupers. There are also a lot of smaller fishes like creole fishes, parrot fishes, scrawled filefishes, pacific box fishes and tiger snake eels.
SATURDAY PM (January-May) Albany Islet (1 dive) White tip sharks, sea lions and many active tropical fish will entertain you on this final day of diving.
SATURDAY AM (June-December) Marchena Pta. Espejo (2 dives) Underwater you might see cow nosed rays, turtles, schooling hammerheads, schools of Blue-striped snappers, grunts, surgeonfish, spotted morays and scorpion fish…In the shallows be on the look-out for red lipped batfish.
SATURDAY PM (June-December) Marchena Pta. Espejo (1 dive). After Saturday PM diving, Galapagos Sky will be motoring to Itabaca Channel in the north side of Sta. Cruz. This is where we will disembark guests who have chosen to extend their holiday in Pto. Ayora for an extension. You will arrive at approximately 9pm after a great Galapagos Liveaboard cruise.