Cousteau Divers Expedition to Galapagos This May
Join a unique expedition that is an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Jacques-Yves Cousteau and to rediscover this unique paradise that is The Galapagos islands. Waterproof Expeditions and Cousteau Divers, bridge science and education with recreational diving and tourism. Led by his son PIERRE YVES COUSTEAU, the mission of this expedition is to use the Cousteau Divers site assessment methodology and provide participants with educational and awareness-raising material. The Galapagos islands are a sanctuary of marine life, that was once documented by the Captain himself.
The expedition will take place from 11 to 18th May, 2015. There is a palatable excitement to Galapagos diving. As you suit up and climb into the dinghy and head out across open water to the dive site, you feel like you have just stepped into an early Jacques Cousteau documentary. Each site and island has its own flavor, and everyone has their favorites; Devil's Crown, Wolf, Gordon Rocks, Champion, but regardless of which site you are on, they are all exciting.
There is nothing like rolling into the water off the dinghy into a school of dozens of hammerhead sharks. At some sites, like the Northern islands of Darwin and Wolf, you can be caught in a huge school that seems to be unaware of your presence and just sweeps over you, wave after wave of hammerhead sharks. Divers regularly encounter squadrons of eagle rays flying by in close formation, as well as larger and more majestic manta rays. If you are lucky you are passed by a Whale Shark. Most dives are done as drift dives, where everyone rolls into the water together and the dingy driver follows the bubbles along a predetermined route. The profusion of marine life can be that dizzying.
With Cousteau Divers, you can be more than an observer of this magnificent scenery. Based on a simple to use dive log format, Cousteau Divers helps you take part in the monitoring of the health of dive sites. Pierre-Yves Cousteau will also give several presentations on-board during the trip and provide you with materials and guidelines to help you become an active agent of marine conservation through diving.
Diving in the Galapagos can be challenging, even for the experienced diver. At many sites currents can be strong and visibility may diminish due to currents and an influx of nutrients. It is highly recommend divers have training beyond beginner level and a minimum experience of 50 dives, preferably in similar conditions.
7 nights / 8 days will be spent on liveaboard Galapagos Master. Built in 2004 the yacht, known as Deep Blue, joined the Master Liveaboards brand and underwent a full refit in November 2014 and was renamed the Galapagos Master.
The refit was supervised by the experienced yacht builders of Worldwide Dive and Sail, Jan & Frank van der Linde, who have also brought you the Siren Fleet. Communal areas comprise of a spacious indoor lounge, on the middle level, with cushioned bench seating and plasma screen for movie and photo viewing. Adjacent to the lounge is an indoor dining area complete with cocktail bar. An indoor camera set-up station, with numerous charging points (US round pin plug) and storage drawers is situated to the rear providing ample room for a full photography charter group. Further camera preparation areas can be found on the rear deck next to the dive deck. The upper level has shaded outdoor bench seating with cushioned loungers from where our guests can enjoy the fresh air and views of The Galapagos.
The prices are: $5 195 for the lower deck cabin and $5 225 for upper deck cabin. 5% will be donated directly to the Cousteau Divers Program.
Full board including non-alcoholic beverages, transfers in Galapagos, 18–20 dives, zodiac landings are included. International or domestic flights from Quito–Galapagos, Extra nights hotel, Excess baggage charges on flights, Gratuities, Mandatory dive insurances, Ingala Transit Card USD 10, Hyperbaric chamber fee USD 35, National Park fee USD 100 are not included.
Space is very limited on this expedition so reserve early.