August 22th to 29th, 2011
The Galapagos Islands are a world famous hotspot for encounters with marine mega fauna. The highlights usually are big schools of hammer head and Galapagos sharks. Giant Manta Rays, Silky, White Tip and Whale Sharks are highly probable sightings as well. Other probable encounters are Orcas and bottle nose dolphins.
The close encounters possible with a rebreather are a great opportunity for underwater imaging, naturalist oriented observers and enthusiasts seeking intimate experiences with marine wildlife. From August 22th to 29th 2011 a rebreather friendly expedition to the Galapagos Islands is being organized on the Humboldt Explorer. We can accommodate up to 8 rebreather divers on this boat. The other 8 spaces will be used by Open Circuit divers.
The Humboldt Explorer was built in Guayaquil - Ecuador in 2009. She is a 35 meter steel hulled vessel with twin diesel engines, twin electric generators, water maker and twin SCUBA compressors.
16 passengers are accommodated in 8 air-conditioned cabins with private bath and showers, flat screen televisions and an ocean view. Beds can be arranged to provide 2 twin beds or one large bed depending on guest needs. Social areas include a partially covered sundeck with Jacuzzi and ample seating space and a salon including a lounge area. A big dive deck and a large camera table are available for all divers.
Rebreather and non-rebreather divers on board:
A maximum of 8 rebreather divers can be accommodated; the other 8 spaces will be used by Open Circuit divers. This expedition can be a great experience for rebreather divers with non rebreather partners. Special care will be taken to accommodate the rebreather divers need for time, space, silence and supervision on board and underwater. The philosophy if this trip is: Together but not mixed.
The authorized itinerary for the trip can be found here. The highlights is 3 days in the far north (two days in Darwin and one in Wolf).
Dive conditions and profiles:
The Galapagos Islands usually present challenging sea conditions such as strong currents overall, big waves in the surface, strong surge and frequent negative entries.
For the rebreather diver ascending and descending currents, increased workload underwater and stress resulting from close encounters can also become substantial challenges. Dive profiles will be recreational with a bottom time of 60 minutes and an average depth of 20 meters. Standard diluent provided will be air and maximum recommended depth 40 meters.
Insurance and Liability Releases:
All divers must carry diving insurance for the entire duration of the trip. Travel insurance for the entire duration of the trip is also recommended. Upon arrival, rebreather divers will be requested to fill in standard forms for diving liability release plus a special statement of understanding and liability release specific to rebreather usage.
Price, conditions and payment:
The basic rate for this trip is $4295 plus $150 fuel surcharge. Price includes Galapagos Marine Reserve divemasters, 7 night / 8 day accommodation on board, transportation to and from dive sites, all meals, coffee, tea and drinking water.
A $1500 supplement will be charged for rebreather divers. This supplement will cover expenses and provide the following items:
Sofnolime 8-12 (1 - 2.5mm) non indicating CO2 absorbent
High pressure (200 bar) medical grade Oxygen provided from Haskell Booster Pump
Rental of one set of 2 or 3 liter steel cylinders for on board gas with Ambient Pressure style valves
Rental of one 40cf / 5,7lt or 80cf / 12lt aluminum bailout cylinder with DIN/Yoke 200 bar valve.
Stage or sidemount rigging for off board bailout system
If special requirements such as grain size, type of valves, etc. come in with proper timing we will do the best to accommodate those.
Tips and gratuities, drinks other than the included, and personal expenses are not included in the rate. Additional charges for air tickets, entry fee and taxes apply. The additional costs breakdown is estimated below and is subject to change without prior notice:
Round Trip air ticket to the Galapagos Islands: USD 450,00
Migratory control card: USD 10,00
Galapagos National Park entry fee: USD 100,00
Booking and cancellation policies:
A USD 1500,00 deposit is required in order to book spaces on board. Deposit must be made as confirmation. Rebreather divers also need to pay supplement fee with the initial deposit. Balance has to be paid in full 90 days prior to departure date.
All deposits are non-refundable but name changes and/or guest negotiation of spaces purchased is allowed.
Contact, questions, special needs and information:
Please contact Jorge A. Mahauad by posting a comment in this blog or by email to: jorgeantoniomwXgmail.com (X indicates @).
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