Galapagos Sky

WELCOME TO THE GALAPAGOS KIDS SEA CAMP FAMILY DIVE VACATION 

July 15th-22nd (Only three cabins left!) 

You read it correctly, we have created a family-friendly dive vacation on a liveaboard in the Galapagos Islands.  This unique one of a kind family dive adventure is custom designed for all levels of divers.  We have planned a milder more family-friendly diving schedule and itinerary suited for the recreational diving family.  Kids Sea Camp has been taking families with children to this majestic world heritage site for 13 years. We are the only organization that runs a combination of diving and land adventures with kids on this world famous dive vacation.   The Galapagos Sky luxury 16 passenger Yacht has been privately chartered just for you. We cater only to your wants and needs.

You can expect to encounter many species of sharks, rays, whale sharks, giant oceanic mantas, wild dolphins, sea lions, marine iguanas and large tornadoes of schooling of fish. The Galapagos Sky vessel offers the most family-friendly dive team in Ecuador. A private Galapagos park guide will accompany you on all dives.  Families will dive from 2 pangas set up for families to dive together. Marine presentations and slide shows featuring the days’ aquatic life will be provided each night.  A free SeaLife camera will be available for divers to use all week.  Each diver will receive the PADI Whale Shark Aware Diver PADI certification.

The Galapagos is a great place to dive all year-round! Give us a call 1.803.419.2556 about booking this “Bucket List” adventure if you can’t make the July trip.   

The Northern Galapagos Islands family dive adventure trip to Darwin and Wolf  are rated #1 for diving, education, adventure, and diversity

June 15-22.  (special offer on last minute cancelation $600 off 3 cabins opened up.  Call today to take advantage of this offer 803-419-2556

This dive trip is truly for the intrepid traveler.  If you want to truly share a memory to last a lifetime, then join Kids Sea Camp for our 12th Family Dive Adventure week to the Northern Galapagos Islands. We have privately chartered the luxury 16 passenger Galapagos Sky liveaboard and 11 Ecuadorian Crew Members, including dive instructors and private park guides. Our Kids Sea Camp staff instructor Fraser Purdon who is also a Tech instructor and Scubapro representative will be leading this family dive trip with his 15-year-old daughter Sophie Purdon a PADI Master Diver. Fraser will be teaching photo classes, tips, and tricks with using the new Sealife HD 2.0 video camera and the New DC2000 underwater camera systems.

Reasons to go

  • You will learn about and experience the Galapagos Islands staggering array of marine life, nearly 20 percent of which is found nowhere else on earth.
  • You will learn about and experience with your kids, the ocean that surrounds the Galapagos Islands diving with sea turtles, sharks, sea lions and over 500 species of fish out of which 25% are endemic.
  • You will sail through these majestic Islands of the Galápagos located 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) west off the mainland of Ecuador, and are considered the crown jewel of scuba diving worldwide.
  • You will visit the Charles Darwin Institute. This archipelago was made famous by Charles Darwin's  publication The Origin of Species in 1859, The Galapagos is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. 
  • Only 14 permits a year are issued to dive in the Galapagos Islands and you are one of the very few that will ever have the opportunity to dive and explore these islands above and below at a time of year which is considered peak whale shark season.

Just give us a call today 1.803.419.2556. We will assist you with trip preparations for Ecuador as well as gear needs for your family; hotel stays pre and post cruise tours and information. We are the experts in family travel and are looking forward to meeting your expectations and needs..

Finding Whale Sharks
The Galapagos Islands are located at the confluence of three great oceanic currents: the cold South Equatorial Current (source is the Humboldt Current), the warm Panama Current, and the cold, deep Cromwell Current. Every July, the tradewinds freshen and the South Equatorial Current lowers land and water temperatures, providing a perfect environment for whale sharks.

Whale sharks are filter feeders, extracting plankton from the water, and often small fish as well. They are migratory and travel the oceans in regular routes to feed. The islands of the Galapagos provide numerous areas of natural upwelling during Whale Shark season – and the plankton love this. And Whale Sharks love plankton!

Our underwater guides are the best sources for finding whale sharks. They know how to watch the wind, current, and water temperature to determine the best spots to find the whale sharks. While this is often at an underwater point facing the upwelling (but sometimes not the current – the upwelling and current may be different) it is often not real close to the reef.

Once you are on the yacht, it's covered!

All cabin types are double occupancy with private bathroom. Deluxe cabins are located on the lower deck of the yacht. Master cabins on the upper deck. Deluxe cabins have 2 single beds. Master cabins have the option of 2 single beds or 1 double bed.

Rates include:

  • Cabin accommodations
  • Beverages (including beer and wine with Dinner),
  • Air or Nitrox fills,
  • One 80 cuft/12 liter tank,
  • Weights and weight belt
  • Up to 4 dives per day on 5.5 days for 7-night cruises
  • All other Galapagos Sky services, and amenities
  • Naturalist and dive guides are available for each dive.
  • 3 land excursions to Bartolome, Santa Cruz, and San Cristobal Island
  • The lounge and dining area are fully air-conditioned with stylish, comfortable seating
  • The main salon is equipped with a large television and full entertainment system
  • 5-star service for up to 16 guests
  • Free Nitrox for certified Nitrox divers
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks
  • Nightly discussions and presentations with Fraser Purdon
  • Free Sealife HD micro cameras to use all week
  • Online photo gallery with all your memories to last a lifetime captured
  • Equipment and camera rentals and gear storage
  • Two dive masters on each boat
  • KSC tote bags, T-shirts, Flap straps and other giveaways (giveaways vary from sponsors)
  • Slide presentations
  • Naturalist lectures

Seeing Galapagos from the land and the sea

This schedule is based on ideal weather conditions for traveling and dive. So this schedule can and will change based on conditions beyond Kids Sea Camp's control.

When you arrive at the airport at San Cristobal on Sunday (Avianca flight), the crew of the Galapagos Sky will personally meet you, collect your luggage, and escort you to the Galapagos Sky. Your luggage will be delivered to the dive deck for you. After everyone is on board, we will introduce you to the boat and do our mandatory safety briefings and drills.

  • Sunday A.M: San Cristobal Island, arrival in airport and transfer to the boat. Briefing onboard about the ship and the island. On Sunday PM San Cristobal Island, Isla Lobos This small island named after the sea lions that rest and play on its rocky shores.
  • Monday A.M.: Bartholomew Island, Bartholomew is the home of the Pinnacle Rock, the most famous view in the Galapagos, and a beautiful white-sanded beach. In the evening Santiago Island, Cousin’s Rock A excellent wall dive site for seeing a forest of black juvenile corals, seahorses, hammerheads, rays, etc.
  • Tuesday A.M.: Wolf Island Schools of hammerheads meet up with barracudas and eels to offer the diver a spectacular view.  Wolf Island Schools of hammerheads meet up with barracudas and eels to provide the diver a panoramic view.
  • Wednesday A.M.: Darwin Island, Diving at Darwin is overwhelming as the water it is thick with hammerheads and large schools of fish. In the afternoon Darwin Island Diving at Darwin is overwhelming as the water it is thick with hammerheads and large schools of fish.
  • Thursday A.M: Wolf Island Schools of hammerheads meet up with barracudas and eels to offer the diver a spectacular view. In the afternoon Darwin Island Diving at Darwin is overwhelming as the water it is thick with hammerheads and large schools of fish. 
  • Friday A.M.: Isabela Island, Cape Marshall Cape Marshall, is a very special dive, where lava from the Wolf volcano falls into the ocean. Isabela Island, Vicente Roca Point The remnants of an ancient volcano form two turquoise coves with a bay protected from ocean swells in the afternoon.
  • Saturday  A.M.: Pinzon Island, An excellent diving spot for beginners and experienced alike depending on the site. In the evening we will be on Santa Cruz Island, Puerto Ayora The economic center of the Galapagos with many souvenir shops, bars, internet coffee, etc. Santa Cruz Island Highlands, The highlands are located in the northern part of the island and can reach elevations up to 1500 mountain.
  • Sunday P.M.: San Cristobal Island, Interpretation Center A series of interactive exhibits providing information about the history and biodiversity of the Galapagos. San Cristobal Island. Transfer to the Airport. Itineraries are subject to National Park regulations and can be modified without previous notice.

 

 

Sleep in luxury on the open ocean

After an exciting and awesome day of diving in the Galapagos, you might be a little tired. The Galapagos Sky has just the cabins to refresh and recharge to dive again the next day. 

Master Stateroom cabins: 1-4 are located on the Dolphin deck (deck plans) and have two twin beds (that can be joined together), private facilities, window view, mirrored cabinet, wardrobe, bathrobes, hairdryer, biodegradable toiletries, fresh towels daily, air conditioning and volume controls.

Deluxe Stateroom cabins: 5-8 are located on the Iguana deck (deck plans) and have two twin beds, private facilities, Portlight view, mirrored cabinet, wardrobe, bathrobes, hairdryer, biodegradable toiletries, fresh towels daily, air conditioning and volume controls.

Rates include:

  • Cabin accommodation,
  • All meals, snacks, beverages (including beer and wine with dinner)
  • Air or nitrox filled tanks,
  • Weights, weight belt,
  • Up to 4 dives per day on 5.5 days for 7-night cruises
  • 8.5 days of diving on 10-night cruises,
  • 3 land excursions, service of naturalist guides and dive masters,
  • Transfers in the Islands between airport and dock from flights arriving before 1:00 pm (13:00)
  • The M/V Galapagos Sky specifications:
    • L.O.A.: 100 feet
    • Beam: 24 feet
    • Cruising Speed: 12 knots
    • Range: 2,400 miles
    • Fuel Capacity: 8,000 gallons
    • Water Capacity: 6,000 gallons
    • Desalinator Production: 4,500 gallons per day
    • Compressors: two high / two low pressure
    • Voltage: 110 and 220 volts
    • Navigational Aids: VHF and HI-SUB radios, GMDSS, color radar, echo sounder, Furuno GPS
    • Safety Aides: EPIRB (emergency position indicator radio beacon)

Here are the rates for the KSC week in the Galapagos on the Galapagos Sky from July 15th to the 22nd.

CabinPrice (Per Person)
Deluxe Cabin$6,595
Master Cabin$6,695

Diving in the Galapagos, Questions, and answers:

Question: Is it possible to go with a 1-year baby?
Thank you for your interest in Kids Sea Camp and Family Diving Adventures.
The Galapagos is a rustic and raw destination.  We travel out to Darwin and Wolf the farthest Northern Islands of the Galapagos to dive with the larger and rarer pelagics.  In order to do that, we are on a luxury Liveaboard Yacht.
I would not recommend this trip for anyone under the age of 10 for sure and genuinely prefer ages 12 and up.   Having said that we have been taking families with kids as young as 8 to the Galapagos for 14 years.  Those kids that I have made acceptions for were very mature, and excellent swimmers and snorkelers so they enjoyed playing with sea lions and snorkeling with turtles and marine iguanas and had no issues with being on a boat in relation to seasickness.   I take kids that are certified divers at age 10 and 11 and it is quite easy for me to do, however, at that age, their maximum depth is 40ft.  So its perfect for the wild dolphin, iguanas, sea lions, and turtles, However, to truly experience the diving in the Galapagos, the 70 ft limit of kids age 12+ is more desirable for a more memorable experience.
I hope this answers your question.  Please feel free to ask me anything else, I'm happy to share my experience.
As to traveling on a dive adventure with a 1-year-old, we do have many families over the years, that have brought their little toddlers to our Cayman Islands, Bonaire, Fiji, Palau and Philippines destinations.  They are easier to get to,  offer child care and have better-suited facilities.
Kind regards
Margo

The Galapagos Islands feature about 30 available dive areas, this is why Galapagos is definitively the best location for Ecuador scuba diving adventures.

Northern Galápagos Islands dive adventure: The best and most abundant marine life are found around the archipelago’s northern islands, especially Wolf Island and Darwin Island. These islands can be accessed by Live-Aboard Only.

Education and learning: The waters around the small, remote islands of Darwin and Wolf contain the largest biomass of sharks on the planet.  You will learn about the most important species of our oceans survival.  Sharks are found here like no other place on earth.  Many come here, migrating in large numbers from around the world to reproduce.  This is what makes them so vulnerable to commercial shark fin poachers and longline fishermen.  Although the numbers decreased each year due to worldwide shark finning, diving in the Galapagos still yields massive schools of Hammerheads, rays and other marine life. You will see and experience what may not be around for other generations to come.  Each person pays a $100 park fee in cash upon arriving into the Galapagos.  This goes to support, protect and care for this great preserve.

At Wolf Island, divers are rewarded with a myriad of reef fish, including schools of angelfish, after the long twelve-hour trip from Santa Cruz. The sea depth ranges from 12 to 20 meters. The area known as El Derrumbe is reputed to be the best place in the Galápagos to see hammerhead sharks. The caves around the island offer opportunities to observe white-tipped reef shark, hawkfish, sea turtles and puffer fish.

Darwin Island is just two hours north of Wolf Island. The shelves drop from 15 to 22 meters. A variety of sea life lives here, including moray eel, surgeonfish, serranid and carangid species, as well as triggerfish.

Courses offered:

  • PADI Underwater Naturalist: Learn key differences between the terrestrial and aquatic worlds, major aquatic life groupings, interactions and information that dispels myths and responsible interactions with aquatic life. For more info...
  • PADI Digitial Underwater Photographer: Learn how to choose the right underwater camera system for you, the PADI SEA (Shoot, Examine, Adjust) method for getting great shots quickly, principles for good composition of underwater images, practical techniques to take great photos with your digital camera. For more info...

Sunday: (Embarkation day)

Isla Lobos, The check out dive: We cruise to the area of Los Lobos for your check-out dive. This will be your first underwater introduction to Galapagos sea lions and fur seals! Watch them Zoom in and out and dance playfully for you! Even on the first day of your liveaboard cruise – you begin to see the myriad and diverse land formations which comprise the Galapagos Islands topside. It is then you realize you will see nothing like it in your lifetime.

By definition, the entire Galapagos Archipelago is geographically remote. But after this day of your liveaboard cruise finds you heading toward the most isolated, northernmost part of the Galapagos Islands – the uninhabited, untouched, twin cathedrals of world-class diving – Wolf and Darwin Islands.

Monday: (Your first diving day)

Bartolome: Penguins can be seen at this dive site.  Bartolome is a lovely area where guests enjoy a favorite land tour where they can climb to the top of the hill to where breathe taking views abound.

Cousins Rocks: This dive is an itinerary favorite and is done along with a beautiful wall and allows for excellent viewing opportunities for corals, frogfish, seahorses, scorpion fish, and octopus. It is also an excellent dive for large schools of Barracuda and even Hammerhead shark sightings. Sea lions will be your companions upon entry and on the safety stops.

  • Bartolome: 1 dive and land walk
  • Cousins: 2 dives

Tuesday through Thursday: (The moment of truth welcome to Wolf and Darwin!)

Wolf & Darwin: Most experienced divers will agree, Wolf and Darwin can provide some of the best diving encounters in the world! Whale sharks are common here from Mid May through November. At The Arch at Darwin, you will see hammerhead sharks either individually, in small groups, or large schools. Bottlenose dolphins are common. The reef contains many warm water varieties of fish found nowhere else in the Islands. Once you see Wolf and Darwin – you’ll immediately understand why there are no shore excursions on this part of the cruise – there is no way up the vertical cliffs!

Darwin Island: Considered by many experienced divers as the very best dive site in the world, The Arch at Darwin island (actually several dive sites depending on where you enter, currents, etc.) honors its reputation. It is warmer by a few degrees than the central islands. In one single dive, you can find schooling hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, large pods of dolphins, thick schools of skipjack and yellowfin tuna, bigeye jacks, mobula rays, and silky sharks. From June to November, it is not uncommon to encounter whale sharks in multiple numbers on one single dive. The presence of occasional tiger sharks, black and blue marlin and killer whales adds on to this fantastic diving experience. If you still have time to look for smaller stuff, you’ll find octopus, flounders, and an enormous variety and abundance of tropical fish. Darwin Island is the biggest jewel on the Galapagos Crown.

Wolf Island: One of those magical islands, with several dive sites to choose from. If you want to see sharks, you are at the right spot. This is a place for schooling hammerhead sharks, large aggregations of Galapagos sharks, and occasionally whale sharks. Seeing dolphins, large schools of tuna, spotted eagle rays, barracudas, sea lions and sea turtles is ordinary. The bottom is littered with hundreds of moray eels, many of them free swimming. Being several degrees warmer than the central islands, you can look for many representatives of the Indo-Pacific underwater fauna. On a night dive here you will also enjoy spotting and be watching the Red Lipped bat fish walk along the bottom of the sea!

  • Tuesday: 4 dives a day at Wolf 
  • Wednesday: 4 dives at Darwin
  • Thursday: 3 dives total, 2-tanks at Darwin and 1-afternoon dive at Wolf before long transit back to central islands

Friday: (Iguanas and penguins!)

Cabo Douglas: On the western side of Fernandina Island, we will do one dive Friday morning.  Here you can expect to see Galapagos Penguins, Marine Iguanas, Flightless Cormorants, Sea Lions, Seahorse, Sea Turtles, Horn Sharks, Red Lipped Batfish, and occasional hammerhead sharks and white tip sharks. Also keep an eye out for chevron barracuda, snappers, yellowfin tuna, rainbow runners, and wahoo. There are also a lot of smaller fishes like creole fishes, parrot fishes, scrawled filefishes, pacific boxfishes, and tiger snake eels.

Punta Vincente Roca: Our coldest yet rapidly increasing favorite dive – steep, deep vertical wall covered with soft coral, sponges, and endemic black coral. Regular sightings of mola (oceanic sunfish,) seahorses, bullhead sharks, red-lipped batfish, various shrimp and many other marine invertebrates. Keep your eyes open for flybys from the flightless cormorants, penguins and maybe even a marine iguana. Our after-dive panga ride offers great topside photo ops for penguins, flightless cormorants, marine iguanas, sea lions, blue-footed & Nazca booby Birds, magnificent frigates and noddy terns. The diving here is chilly (particularly below the thermocline – but not to be missed!).

  • Cabo Douglas 1 dive: Marine iguana dive
  • Punta Vicente Roca: up to 2 dives and Panga ride if time allows.

Saturday: (Your last day of diving)

Isla Pinzon: While diving Isla Pinzon you will be provided opportunities for encounters with a variety of species of sharks, sea lions, mantas, eagle rays, and moray eels. Many species of fish and tropicals including yellow tailed surgeonfish, king angelfish, Moorish idols, steel pompanos, snappers, grunts, creole fish, and barracuda. This dive is then followed by a transit to Itabaca Channel where guests will be transferred by bus (at approx. 1400h and approx.. 45-minute ground transfer) to visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz to see the Galapagos Tortoises in their natural environment, and visit Puerto Ayora. 

Guests will then be transferred back to Itabaca Channel to board the Galapagos Sky approx. 1900h for dinner on board. The Sky will then return to San Cristobal for Sunday morning cruise completion.

  • Northeast tip of Isla Pinzon/Islote Dumb: 1 dive
  • Puerto Ayora/Highlands tour

Sunday Morning: (Land tour and day of departure)

Arriving in San Cristobal: (Land Excursion) visit the Interpretation Center where a fascinating human history of Galapagos is presented, town walk (last chance for shopping). Late morning departure.

 

Food aboard the Galapagos Sky

Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner are made from scratch each day. Your private chef will prepare daily meals to suit your diet and palet.

Breakfast: Fresh eggs, fruits. oatmeal and omelets or pancakes

Lunch and snacks: Daily hot baked cookies and other goodies are served in between dives. A hot lunch with soup, salad or cooked fresh fishes is prepared daily.

Dinner: Salad bar, chicken, steak, pasta, hot soup, and deserts. Beer and wines are readily available.

Special requests made in advance can be accommodated. 

Bucket lists diving takes some time. Getting to the Galapagos.

Flight information: Kids Sea Camp can arrange for the domestic flights from Ecuador to San Cristobal. Our group blocked flight with Avianca 1636 on departure day is the only flight met by our Guides for transfer to M/V Galapagos Sky.  

For guests on that specific flight, we will prearrange your Park and TCT fees. If guests arrive on another day, we are not able to assist with TCT and Park fees, we will remove the charges from the invoice and will send instructions on how to meet the crew/boat on the day of embarkation. All divers and guests must be on board by 1 pm on the day of departure.

As of December 2017:  flight prices on Avianca from Quito UIO or Guayaquil GYE, Ecuador to San Cristobal SCY

Guayaquil/San Cristobal//Guayaquil $488
Guayaquil/San Cristobal//Quito $517
Quito/San Cristobal/Quito $553
Quito/San Cristobal//Guayaquil $524

DOMESTIC FLIGHT SCHEDULE each Sunday as follows:
Quito to Guayaquil: Avianca 1636 ETD 9:00 AM ETA 9:50 AM
Guayaquil to San Cristobal: Avianca 1636 ETD 10:35 AM ETA 11:30 AM
San Cristobal to Guayaquil: Avianca 1637 ETD 12:30 PM ETA 3:25 PM
Guayaquil to Quito: Avianca 1637 ETD 4:05 PM ETA 5:00 PM

Baggage Policy:
The airlines allows one checked suitcase (up to 50 lbs./ 23 kg and up to 62″/ 158 cm) and one carry-on bag (up to 22 lbs./ 10 kg and up to 45″/ 115 cm) per passenger. All overweight, oversized and excess baggage will be charged additional and are checked subject to space available.

Baggage fees:

  • Excess Baggage: $30 + IVA for up to 50 lbs/ 23 kg; $40 + IVA 51-70 lbs/ 23-32 kg; $50 + IVA 70-99 lbs/32-45 kg.
  • Overweight baggage: $10 + IVA 50-70 lbs/ 23-32 kg; $20 + IVA 70-99 lbs/ 32-45 kg.
  • Oversize baggage: $50 + IVA for 63-85″/ 159-215 cm. IVA (tax) is 12% and is subject to change.

For more information you can find the Cruise Info Guide here: Galapagos Sky Guide (2)

It's about the diving

There really isn't anything else to do on the Galapagos Sky but dive. Yeah, we will take some afternoon walks on some of the islands, but is a liveaboard. This a "Bucket List" adventure, let's go diving! So here's more diving information for the trip.

Additional services offered on Galapagos Sky
We highly recommend that divers bring their own gear. Advanced diving conditions that are common in Galapagos truly call for divers to be on their own, known and proper fitting gear. Keep in mind Limited Sizes & Quantities are available. Please note that the Galapagos Sky do not rent or sell gloves, torches/underwater lights or dive knives.

  • Full Gear Rental Package – $250 for a full set (BCD, Reg-set, & wetsuit, mask, snorkel, and fins). Excludes computer and gloves.
  • BCD: $80 per charter
  • Reg & Gauge Set: $80 per charter
  • Computer: $75 per charter
  • 7mm wetsuit: $45 per charter
  • Hood: $25 per charter
  • Fins/Booties: $25 per charter
  • Mask & Snorkel:  $25 per charter
  • 125 cu ft/15 L tank upgrade: $60 per charter