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Galapagos Island Adventure

Galapagos Shark diving and Eco Adventure.

Shark Diver is excited to announce that we have partnered with Tip Top Diving and the “Nortada”, a brand new live-aboard dive vessel, to offer an unforgettable dive and eco tour experience in the Galapagos. The Galapagos islands are one of the premier Eco travel destinations in the world. You will have the opportunity to dive with Sea Lions, visit Darwin and Wolf island for a once in a lifetime chance to swim with Hammerhead – Galapagos- Dusky, Whale- and many other species of sharks, along with big schools of Tuna and tons of other sea life. You will also get to do some exciting land tours at North Seymour as well as Darwin station. This is truly going to be an unforgettable adventure.

The Nortada will provide you with the most luxurious live-aboard experience. Limited to 8 divers, she is the newest and most modern dive vessel in the Galapagos. Purpose built for SCUBA diving she’ll provide you with the most incredible experience in the Galapagos.

Dive related information:

Two 15 foot inflatable tenders with 4 stroke 20HP outboard engines takes fully equipped divers to and from the dive sites.

All divers are provided with a Nautilus Lifeline bi-directional VHF/DSC marine radio with GPS, dive alert and DSMB.

A complete toolkit and a selection of solid lead weights and trim soft pouches are available for all divers.

Nitrox compatible aluminum 80 cu ft / 12 liter & 100cu Ft / 15 liter cylinders are filled by one of the twin Nuvair LP/HP Compressors.

Two Nuvair nitrox analyzers are available on board.

For technical and rebreather diving, redundant oxygen clean Haskell Sport Boosters, one Tri Hunter 3000 Gas mixing stick for Trimix blending,  several nitrox compatible 40 cu ft / 6 liter aluminum stage cylinders and  several 19 cu ft / 2 liter steel  rebreather cylinders with various valves and one Analytical Industries Trimix Analyzer are available upon request.

Itinerary(click on the links to see the dive site description)

Friday: (AM) Arrival to Galapagos (PM) Check Dive – Punta Carri

Saturday: (AM) Cape Marshall / Manta ray City (PM) Roca Redonda

Sunday: (All Day) Wolf La Banana, Shark Bay, The Landslide, The Elephant

Monday: (All Day) Darwin

Tuesday: (All Day) Wolf

Wednesday: (AM) Bartolome / Cousins Rock (PM) Bartolome – land visit

Thursday: (AM) North Seymour – land visit (PM) Darwin Station – land visit

Friday: (AM) Santa Cruz Highlands and flight out

How do I get to the Galapagos?

You have to get to Ecuador mainland first. There are two international airports in Quito (UIO) and Guayaquil (GYE). There are several direct non-stop flights from New York, Houston and Miami to Quito and Guayaquil every day. American Airlines and United / Continental are the main US carriers but DELTA and other airlines fly as well. The main Latin American Carriers are LAN, TACA. Iberia has daily flights from Madrid. KLM flies to Quito and Guayaquil as well. Most flights arrive late in the afternoon or in the evening.

You will most definitely need to spend a night in Quito or Guayaquil before flying to the Galapagos Islands the next day.There are several hotel and transfer options. We can arrange those for you, just contact us.

Flights to the Galapagos depart from Quito or Guayaquil. There are two main airports in the Galapagos Islands. You want to fly into the one in Baltra that serves Puerto Ayora in Santa Cruz Island. There are many flights a day. TAME, AeroGal and LAN are the main carriers for the 2 hr. flight to the Galapagos Islands.Our Tip Top Travel Lufthansa City Center agency in Quito can arrange flights for you.

The return flight is very similar. You fly from the Galapagos (usually before 12pm) and have a transfer  hotel night in Quito or Guayaquil to take an early flight out the next day. If you can book an international flight leaving after 7pm you might not need that overnight stay.

Visa requirements:

Visitors must have a current passport, adequate funds to cover their stay, and a return airline ticket. US citizens require a passport that must be valid for 6 months from date of entry.  Since regulations vary by country, contact your consulate or embassy of your country for the requirement. Price includes:

  • 7 days of live-aboard diving
  • All meals on board
  • Round-trip airport transfers from Baltra Airport to the Nortada dive vessel.
  • All taxes
  • Galapagos Island park fee

Frequently Asked Questions

Even the most hard core shark fans have a few questions and our team have collected the most frequently asked from our divers. If your question about your next shark diving adventure isn’t answered below, don’t hesitate to call us at 619.887.4275 or toll free 855.987.4275 or email us, informed shark divers are better shark divers.

Is shark diving safe?

To date we have enjoyed a 100% operational record at every shark site we operate in.Shark Diver remains committed to Safe and Sane Shark Diving TM, it’s a way of doing shark dive operations right, the first time, every time. No shark system is 100%, so let’s talk shark safety. Over the past decade Shark Diver has steadfastly stuck to a few core operations principals that are at the heart of Safe and Sane Shark Diving. 1. Respect the sharks. Shark Diver sees sharks for what they are, predators, first and foremost. We respect that fact. No one, no matter how seasoned or professional should lose sight that sharks have the potential to be dangerous if they are not treated with a healthy dose of operational respect. 2. Sharks are not “playthings”. Along with respect comes the understanding that stunt work with sharks with regular divers ultimately leads to disaster. We conduct the same dive and baiting protocol with sharks each and every time.Operations that conduct stunt work with sharks while commercial divers are in the water have little respect for the animals and the resource. We are here to observe these magnificent animals, not use them for personal gain, either with stunt based images or video or by calling stunt work “conservation.” 3. Baiting and sites. Shark Diver only operates at sites with seasoned animals. We do not change baiting practices in the middle of a dive, and we do not confuse the animals. When you change what you do with sharks in a baited situation you often have confused sharks, which leads to situations that are not good for your divers or for the sharks. Sharks do not want to attack humans as a general rule, but they have 300 million years of predatory evolution behind them, so do the same thing with sharks each time, every time. Our crews work with the animals and let their behaviour be our guide – not the other way around. These are a few of the simple yet successful principals we have developed and stick with year in and year out. Like we said no system is 100% safe, but a decade later we have shown that respect, protocols, and understanding the animals you are fortunate enough to work with can allow for safe shark interactions – and we hope you agree.

Do I need qualifications to dive?

Other than being reasonably physically fit, you don’t have to be an expert diver to cage dive with us at our Isla Guadalupe white shark dive site. Divers joining us in the Bahamas and Fiji do need to be certified divers. For non divers joining us this season at Guadalupe, you will be required to attend an onboard cage diving presentation. Comfort in the water is a must. We strongly suggest that non divers take an “intro to diving” class at your local dive shop prior to joining us at our white shark dive site.

Do you have Bio-Sphere permits?

Shark Diver operates under Mexican operations permits issued to the MV Horizon by CONANP and other agencies. We have done so since the permit system was introduced to Isla Guadalupe in 2008. There are no such things as “exclusive permits” at Isla Guadalupe. The Mexican white shark permit system is fair and even, each vessel, each operator, has to operate within the established park guidelines. If you become aware of any operator who makes claims to “exclusive permits” be wary of that claim as they are false, and the operator is hiding something from the divers.

Do the sharks ever attack the cage?

As a general rule no, they do not. We do not entice sharks into cages nor do we seek hard shark interactions. As some operations have unfortunately discovered sharks can be unforgiving if you do not adhere to strict shark diving protocols. We do, and it’s our foremost consideration when you dive with us. Expect very close passes within 12 inches at times. We run a cage free operation in the Bahamas but do have film and television cage systems for rent if needed.

How big are the white sharks and tigers?

Isla Guadalupe Great Whites are primarily transitional sub adults, 12 – 16 feet in length are are sleek, fast, and beautiful. We also encounter makos on very rare and very special occasions. Later in the season we encounter much larger sharks upwards to 18 feet. We call this “The Time of the Titans.” Late season sharks also come with a better chance of poor weather on site so you need to take that into consideration when making your shark diving choice with us. In 2013 our primary focus will be on peak season dates from August-September and early October to maximize your chances of quality interactions with these animals. Tigers in the Bahamas run from 10-15 feet in length and are primarily female. They can be shy at times but we work with them over a period of days at Tiger Beach until they, and our divers, reach a good comfort level.

Is cage diving always possible?

At Tiger Beach Bahamas and Fiji we run a cage free operation for our divers. At Isla Guadalupe on occasion adverse weather may prevent safe cage diving operations. Our experienced dive operations managers will make the decision when he or she feels that your dive safety may be at risk. We may move to a better location or even cancel the weeks trip and reschedule another trip as soon as the weather improves. Safety is always our first priority. We will never “push the envelope” at any shark site when it comes to your safety or your loved ones safety. In the many years we have been at Isla Guadalupe we have canceled only one expedition due to late season storms and all our divers got a return trip.

How far in advance do I have to book?

We suggest that you book your expedition with us as soon as possible to guarantee yourself a spot on any of our fleet boats for limited expeditions to our incredible and pristine shark diving sites. Worldwide attention has grown for Isla Guadalupe, Fiji and Tiger Beach over the past decade, and we are experiencing record interest again this year! Shark Guarantee?

Yes. After almost a decade of shark diving operations we offer the industries only shark diving guarantee. Shark Diver only runs shark operations during peak seasons, we know when and at what times the sharks are on site and have the benefit of the world’s most productive and pristine shark sites to operate in. We will never offer a shark expedition to you without a full and complete guarantee to back it up. Our guarantee is backed up by a return expedition with a two year window and the ability to give your expedition as a gift to another if you so choose. If we have to cancel an expedition due to weather, you will also get a gift certificate good for two years on a return trip. Many shark diving operations will not offer anything to their divers if they fail to deliver sharks. We choose to back our sites up with a “no loss shark diving policy.” After all this is your vacation, and your money, we’re in the business of delivering sharks. Join us!