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Galapagos Adventure

Galapagos Adventure

30 October 2017 - 06 November 2017

About Galapagos Adventure

 FULLY BOOKED - This trip is now fully booked, please email us to be put on the waiting list, info@exposureexpeditions.com.

 Magic in the Galapagos - Whale sharks, huge schools of hammerheads, playful sea lions, curious sea turtles, mantas, many different species of sharks and much more. Join marine biologist Anders Salesjö on an unforgettable expedition to the magical Galapagos islands.  We promise a big smile on your face. 

Sharks and rays - The mythical Galapagos Islands offers superb diving for those seeking spectacular scenery and great animals below the surface.  You will most certainly encounter five different shark species including large pregnant female whale sharks, great schools of multi horned hammerhead sharks, vast amounts of white tip reef sharks, the Galapagos shark and the silk shark. If luck is on your side, you may also encounter the black fin and the tiger shark. Rays are also plenty here, among them the spotted eagle, manta, mobula and stingrays. But there are more than rays and sharks. Seeing curious sea lions and sea turtles up close is something that you will experience on many dives. Various species of dolphins and sunfish are not very uncommon either.

Trips format - This package includes a one week liveaboard trip on the diving vessel Galapagos Master. If you feel that one week in the Galapagos is too short, you can choose to extend your stay with additional days on the island of San Cristobal, or perhaps combine your experience with Ecuador, or Peru visiting Machu Picchu. Additional information regarding extensions will be provided when the flight becomes available, approximately 10 months before the trips departure date.

Target group - This trip is for divers with a interest for photo and marine biology and it is perfect for the person that wants an action packed, luxurious and relaxing dive holiday combined with great food and fantastic service. Diving in the Galapagos can be challenging, even for the experienced diver. Currents can be strong at many dive sites, and visibility may diminish due to both the currents and an influx of nutrients. We highly recommend our guests have training beyond beginner level and a minimum experience of 50 dives and a PADI Advanced certificate or similar, preferably in similar conditions.

Anders Salesjö - curiosity about our marine life has led him into photography as a way of spreading knowledge about this fantastic environment that we have. In his opinion, this is the best way to keep it safe. Through the years he has won both the Swedish and Nordic underwater photo championships and has represented Sweden at the world championships. Anders is also a marine biologist and during this trip he will share all his experience with you.

Marine biology and UW-photo - During the trip, expedition leader Anders Salesjö will have some shorter lectures where you will learn more about the underwater world, as well as get tips on camera settings before the dives. There will be no longer theory sessions, as the idea of ​​this trip is to spend most of the time in the water. During the trip you will have lectures about the following subjects:

Galapagos reef fish - Sharks of Galapagos - Dolphins of Galapagos - Sea lions and other pinnipeds - Sea turtles - The sea iguana and its relatives - The photographers' best shots from the trip

Questions about the workshop? Anders Salesjö will give briefings during the trip, as well as give photography feedback to those that would like to have it. In plenty of time prior to the trips departure, you will be sent an email giving tips about what is good to have with you on this adventure. At that time you will also have time to ask specific questions to Anders regarding photography in preparation of the trip anders@undervattensbilder.se.

Features

DESTINATIONGALAPAGOS, ECUADOR

TRIPS DURATION7 NIGHTS LIVEABOARD

TRIPS FORMATLIVEABOARD

LIVEABOARDGALAPAGOS MASTER INCL FULL BOARD

TARGET GROUPDIVERS & PHOTO INTEREST

WORKSHOPMARINE BIOLOGY & UW-PHOTO

EXPEDITION LEADARANDERS SALESJÖ

DIVING6 DAYS PLUS CHECK DIVE

MAXIMUM TRAVELLERS16 PERSONS

PRICE PER PERSON44 300 SEK

EXTENSION 1SAN CRISTOBAL, GALAPAGOS

EXTENSION 2MAINLAND, ECUADOR

EXTENSION 3MACHU PICCHU, PERU

EXTENSION 4EXTRA LIVEABOARD WEEK

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About Galapagos - Ecuador - Pacific Ocean

The Galapagos Islands consists of 19 islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, approximately 1000 km west of Ecuador’s mainland. Practically all of the islands are classified as a national park and around the islands exists a large sanctuary for the marine life. More than 90% of the land and ocean area is protected. There are no land predators, which has made the animals fearless. Due to this, you are able to approach the animals quite closely, providing excellent opportunities to capture great pictures.

During your visit, you will soon realize that the area has not changed much since Charles Darwin discovered the islands back in 1835. Thanks to the islands being located where three great current streams meet, the worlds greatest collection of species above and below the water exists here.

Adventure Galapagos day by day

Saturday October 28

Departure from Scandinavia to Quito, Ecuador. Arrival same day with transfer to the hotel in Quito.

Sunday October 29

Free day in Quito on your own. 

Monday October 30

Check out from the hotel in Quito, transfer to Quito Airport for departure to San Cristobal, Galapagos.  At San Cristobal airport you will picked up by staff of the Galapagos Master and transferred to the boat, followed by an introduction of how everything works on board. The boat will then head to Isla Lobos, a site famous for its sea lions, where you will do a check-dive. You will also have the chance to witness marine iguanas and sea turtles.

Tuesday October 31

In the morning you will do 2 dives at Punta Carrion and Baltra North East, followed by an afternoon land tour of North Seymour Island, before cruising north during the evening.

Wednesday - Friday November 1 - 3

During these days you will be diving on and around the northernmost islands, Wolf and Darwin Island. 

Saturday November 4

The boat will head to the island Isabela where you will dive around Punta Vicente Roca.

Sunday November 5

During the morning we will dive at Cousin Rock, followed by an afternoon dive at Los Gemelos and a visit to Darwin Station in Puerto Ayora.

Monday November 6

A morning visit to the Interpretation Centre on San Cristóbal Island followed by check-out and payment of your equipment rental, bar tab, merchandise from the ships souvenir shop, etc. This is also the time to give a gratuity tip to the staff if you wish.  Transfer to your flight back to the mainland to Quito, Ecuador (unless you have extended your stay in the Galapagos). In Quito you will be transferred to the hotel where you will spend your last night before your return trip.

Tuesday November 7

Departure from Quito to Scandinavia (unless you have extended your stay in Ecuador).

Wednesday November 8

By now, you will have returned back to Sweden with unforgettable memories and pictures.

Please note! 

Please note that the itinerary is only a preliminary plan.  Activities can change, or may need to be exchanged, in the case of adverse weather conditions or other unexpected incidents. Accommodation can also change due to availability.

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