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Galapagos Dive Adventure


A different dive adventure - Dive with the whale shark experts Jonathan R. Green, Simon J. Pierce, Sofia Green or Jenny Waack! Enjoy the silence & adventure of Galapagos' unique underwater world while supporting research & conservation of whale sharks! Dive with us and support actively the conservation of whale sharks - we show you how!

Galapagos Shark Diving - Whale shark in nature with diver

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Why dive in Galapagos


Once you dive Galapagos your life and diving will NEVER be the same! Galapagos offer a unique variety on wildlife that you only can find here!

 

In Galapagos you can actually DIVE with the mightiest of all sharks… the Whale Shark! Galapagos is the only place in the world where 99.8% of the whale sharks are truly HUGE adult females swimming up to 15 meter / 45+ feet in length! 


Nearly all of them seem to be pregnant as they have massively extended abdomens. Galapagos might be THE place where whale sharks give birth - which is one of the reasons that scientists from all over the world come to Galapagos to study this UNIQUE population.

 

Due to the different cold and warm currents Galapagos offers such a variety on wildlife that you ONLY can find there!

Dive with hammerhead, Galapagos & Silky sharks, Whale Sharks, turtles, Molas, Marine Iguanas, Eagle rays, mantas, dolphins, Jacks, Tuna, Red-lipped batfish and many other unique marine life

Why dive with us?


Galapagos Shark Diving - Dive with Whale Sharks
  • YOU support the research of 'Galapagos Whale Shark Project' directly & and help us finding more ways to protect this gentle giants!
  • Daily presentations related to Galapagos Islands & Galapagos Whale Shark Project!
  • Small group - Maximum of 15 passengers
  • 4 dive masters - 1 dive master per 4 divers!
  • Dive with the Whale Shark Expert Jonathan R. Green, Simon J Pierce, Sofia Green and Jenny Waack and get details about the research project in Galapagos and behind-the-scene of filming 'BBC Blue Planet II' directly from the project leader Jonathan.
  • Become a Shark Ambassador ~ Learn how to provide data to support actively Whale Shark Research. So you can get engaged with shark conservation now! You can make a difference wherever you go diving worldwide!
  • Travel always responsible! On our Eco Dive Tour we will pay attention how to travel economically responsible and behave respectful to wildlife.
  • Photography instruction and practical advice about photography on land and underwater directly onboard by the underwater photographers Jonathan R. Green, Simon J. Pierce, Sofia Green and Jenny Waack.
  • We offer translation onboard in English, German, Spanish and French.

How supporting Shark Conservation?


Galapagos Shark Diving® offers dive trips to the world's most beautiful destinations and combines it with supporting marine conservation. The knowledge about sharks and training teaches how every diver can support conservation of endangered marine wildlife – with no science background needed. Every year only a few Shark Conservation Dive departures are offered in the best shark diving season and best months to dive in the islands of Galapagos and Cocos (July – October). Every dive trip is accompanied by shark scientists from the Galapagos Whale Shark Project, which is featured in the BBC Blue Planet II series. 

For every diver the organization donates to the research of the Galapagos Whale Shark Project. This team is studying the unique population of adult whale sharks in the Galapagos. Find more information about the research project.

 

Each scientist will provide you with extensive knowledge about whale sharks and will teach you at the same time how you as a diver can support conservation of marine wildlife such as whale sharks, giant manta rays, sea turtles, other shark species, rays, molas, whales and other endangered animals – and that worldwide. You too can make a difference!  Find out more about the programs on board

 

"In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught." (Baba Dioum)

 

This quote is very true as governments who decide about protection zones will only protect what they understand. 

Every year millions of sharks are killed for their fins or caught as “bycatch” like many other marine wildlife like manta rays, turtles, sea lions amongst others. One way to ensure that a species may survive is to protect those areas key for their reproduction (mating, birthing, etc.). Until now only 5 % of the world oceans are truly protected! Furthermore, we don’t yet know precisely the areas where for example, whale sharks give birth or mate! In order to ensure that these gentle giants will not go extinct we need to identify such areas and create marine reserves and sanctuaries, in order to halt the population declining further. The Galapagos Islands could be one of the key locations where adult female whale sharks give birth and is already recognized as a vital nursery for other shark species in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Region. On our Shark Conservation Dive Trips we collect data which furthers our understanding of whale sharks and other marine wildlife and that helps us to promote Conservation through education and awareness.

 

If you would like to know what other divers say about travelling with us, check our review page where you can find travel reviews and experiences of our guest

 

The Itineraries


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The 8 day Galapagos itinerary


Galapagos Shark Diving - Itinerary

Tuesday

Morning: Santa Cruz - Baltra Airport

Afternoon: Santa Cruz - Baltra Island (1 check dive)

Wednesday

Morning: Cape Marshall (2 dives)

Afternoon: City of Mantas (1 dive)

Thursday

Morning: Darwin's Arch (2 dives)

Afternoon: Darwin's Arch (2 dives)

Friday

Morning: Darwin's Arch (2 dives)

Afternoon: Wolf Island (1 dive + 1 night dive)

Saturday

Morning: Wolf Island (2 dives)

Afternoon: Wolf Island (1 dive)

Sunday

Morning: Punta Vivente Roca (1 dive)

Afternoon: Cape Douglas (1 dive)

Monday

Morning: Cousin's Rock (2 dives)

Afternoon: Santa Cruz - Highlands & Giant Tortoises

Tuesday

Morning: Baltra Airport depart or continue with land extension


The ship


The boat offers a wide diversity of dive opportunities:

  • It sails to WOLF & DARWIN, THE HOTSPOT for HAMMERHEAD & WHALE SHARKS!
  • It visits dive sites for MOLAS, MANTAS and MARINE IGUANAS!

The vessel allows for a unique and unforgettable voyage in terms of the experience and quality of service and diving. Eight comfortable cabins each with private en-suite bathroom, hot and cold water, orthopedic mattresses, air conditioning which may be individually controlled and plenty of electrical outlets give you all you need. 

  

Most time however will be spent out on deck enjoying the fresh air from on the afterdeck, sundeck and dive platform. Or you can relax in the lounge, enjoy a drink at the bar or have some quiet time working on photos, reading or just meditating.

  

HERE you find more detailed information about the vessel in Galapagos.

The Price


  

        In 2021:           

$ 5,095 USD per person

 

        In 2022:           

$ 5,395 USD per person

 

        In 2023:           

$ 5,595 USD per person

 

The rate for 2021 is:

  • 8-day Liveaboard is USD 5,095  per person based on double occupancy for the week 
  • 15-day Liveaboard is USD 9,890  per person based on double occupancy for the week 
  • Special 15-day Liveaboard is USD 10,095  per person based on double occupancy for the week 

 The rate for 2022 is:

  • 8-day Liveaboard is USD 5,395  per person based on double occupancy for the week 
  • 15-day Liveaboard is USD 10,490  per person based on double occupancy for the week 
  • Special 15-day Liveaboard is USD 10,790  per person based on double occupancy for the week 

 

Following Extra/Add-ons are already included in the price:

  • donation for the GWSP project 
  • photography instruction with underwater photographer on board
  • talks/lectures about Galapagos, whale sharks & whale shark research project
  • 1 additional dive guides (total 3 dive master, ratio: 1 dive guide per group of 5 divers)
  • Become a Shark Ambassador and learn HOW YOU support shark conservation in a Citizen Science workshop

Tips for your dive trip


Available DATES


In 2021:

  • 20 - 27 July 2021
  • 27 July - 03 August 2021
  • 03 - 17 August 2021 (15 day trip)
  • 24 - 31 August 2021
  • 31 August - 07 September 2021

In 2022:  

  • 19 - 26 July 2022
  • 26 July - 02 August 2022
  • 02 - 16 August 2022 (15 day trip)
  • 16 - 23 August 2022
  • 23 - 30 August 2022
  • 30 August - 13 September 2022 (15 day trip)

In 2023:  

  • 18 - 25 July 2023
  • 25 July - 01 August 2023
  • 01 - 15 August 2023 (15 day trip)
  • 15 - 22 August 2023
  • 22 - 29 August 2023
  • 29 August - 12 September 2023 (15 day trip)
  • 12 - 19 September 2023

Scientists/Researchers on board


In 2021:        

20 - 27 July 2021 Sofia M. Green & Jenny Y. Waack
27 July - 03 August 2021 Sofia M. Green & Jenny Y. Waack
03 - 17 August 2021 Jonathan R. Green & Jenny Y. Waack
24 - 31 August 2021 Jonathan R. Green & Jenny Y. Waack
31 August - 07 September 2021 Jonathan R. Green & Jenny Y. Waack

In 2022:        

19 - 26 July 2022 Sofia M. Green
26 July - 02 August 2022 Jonathan R. Green
02 - 16 August 2022 Jonathan R. Green & Jenny Y. Waack
16 - 23 August 2022 Simon J. Pierce
23 - 30 August 2022 Simon J. Pierce
30 August - 13 September 2022 Jonathan R. Green & Jenny Y. Waack

In 2023:        

18 - 25 July 2023 Simon J. Pierce
25 July - 01 August 2023 Jonathan R. Green or Jenny Y. Waack
01 - 15 August 2023  Jonathan R. Green & Jenny Y. Waack
15 - 22 August 2023 Sofia M. Green
22 - 29 August 2023 Sofia M. Green
29 August - 12 September 2023  Jonathan R. Green & Jenny Y. Waack
12 - 19 September 2023 Jonathan R. Green

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