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Galapagos Adventure

Galapagos Adventure

05 - 12 November 2018

About Galapagos Adventure

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 Magnus Lundgren 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.

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.

Magnus Lundgren - has 20 years of experience guiding expeditions around the world, as well as an educator in underwater photography, giving his expeditions an extra flair. Participants on the exclusive adventure are bound to develop their skills just by listening to him. “My goal has always been to coach participants at their ambition level so that advice and tips can lead to results there and then.”

UW-photo workshop - During this adventure you will have the chance to take spectacular photographs of big fishes, school of fish and mammals. Magnus will have three very informative and inspiring presentations during the trips evenings.

Presentation 1 - Intro to Galapagos marine life and ”getting ready” - A visual presentation of one of the most dynamic dive site in the Pacific, with information about the marine life along the planned route. Plus, a preparatory briefing so that you, your diving equipment and your uw-camera is fully ready for the great experiences ahead of you.

Presentation 2 - Big action, how to shoot big mammals around the Galapagos - A comprehensive review of how it is to dive and photograph around the islands. How do you get close to the big animals? What lens should you use? Should you use the flash or natural light? Magnus will let you know about equipment, technology and photo ideas linked to your upcoming dives around the Wolf, Darwin and Isabela..

Presentation 3 - Lighting and wide-angle - A "full" review of how to shoot with wide-angle "for real". Magnus will talk a lot about lenses, lamps, lightning, arms, positions and much more. And give you tips and tricks of how to best capture great photos of seals, sharks, turtles, hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, manta rays, eagle rays and dolphins.

Questions about the workshop? Your photo pro Magnus Lundgren 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 Magnus regarding photography in preparation of the trip:












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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 November 3

We recommend that you arrival today to Quito, Ecuador and spend at least 2 nights in a hotel in Quito. This is to to provide extra time in case of any flight or baggage delays. If your flight is delayed, you may miss the boat’s departure, as it cannot wait.

Sunday November 4

Free day in Quito on your own. 

Monday November 5

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 November 6

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 7 - 9

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

Saturday November 10

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

Sunday November 11

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 12

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). We recommend that you spend at least one hotel night in Quito in case of delays and fly home the earliest on November 13th.

Tuesday November 13

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

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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