Our carefully selected Pacific diving destinations represent what is, for most, the chance of a lifetime to dive with large pelagic animals. Our itineraries are developed to maximise opportunities to see some of the events that most will only see on the TV from a comfortable armchair. We can take you there on our tailor-made excursions to destinations you probably first heard about from National Geographic Magazine. This is diving with an adventurous twist.
Choose between amazing destinations like Socorro, Guadalupe, Cocos and Galapagos.
Please note that the price and availability can change without fore warning. All prices are excluding flights, extra hotel nights, marine park fees, etc. For this reason, we ask you to click on the ”Book Liveaboard” to the right and send us an e-mail in order to receive an offer with the correct information from your desired departure airport.
Scuba Travel is more than happy to assist in booking flights, liveaboard nights and any other holiday components you may desire. We reserve the right to change the price should there be changes in the currency on, or before the date of your booking.
Liveaboard operators generally require a minimum amount of guests in order to sail. For this reason, Scuba Travel cannot guarantee a departure unless the numbers are fulfilled. Contact us for the most updated information regarding the departures and prices. The trips that are marked with bold are our ambassador led dive holidays, of which the majority have a special theme (photosafari, marine biology, etc.).
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Your comfort is our priority everywhere onboard. The Nautilus Explorer is a happy ship and carefully designed to be very safe with heavy, strong steel construction and extensive soundproofing. The vessel's hullform, passive stability system and bulbous bow provides for a remarkably easy ride while heavy-duty commercial grade systems ensure that you have a smooth-running voyage. A water level platform aft of the dive deck provides easy entry into dive skiffs, kayaks and Laser sailboat.
Imaginative and fresh cuisine is one of the cornerstones of our business. Soups are homemade; Bread, pastries and deserts are baked onboard and there is always lots to eat with up to 4 meals a day, a choice of entrees and plenty of snacks.
For a small ship, the Nautilus feels "plenty big". There is ample room to find a quiet place to read, chat, fill out your divelog or journal or work on editing the images you shot that day - whether in the separate dining room, main salon or one of the upper sundecks. And there is nothing like a soak under the stars in the sparkling clear fresh water of the hot tub after a day of diving or exploration. The main salon also serves as the ship's entertainment centre with very "comfy" couches, a great library, a well stocked bar and select evening video showings, presentations and slide shows.
They offer accommodation on the Nautilus Explorer to suit all preferences ranging from a luxurious premium suite on the hot-deck to a cost effective, mixed-gender triple occupancy stateroom on the lower deck. All eight lower deck staterooms have private heads with separate shower stalls, central air conditioning and measure 90 square feet. Six of the staterooms have side by side beds. Two of the staterooms have large double beds and additional storage area. There is also one co-ed triple occupancy stateroom.
Three superior suites on the hot-tub deck measure 145 sq. ft and have large exterior windows. They each have private facilities, a desk and either bureau or wardrobe. Two of these suites have doors that open directly outside. The third suite boasts a large flat screen TV and DVD player. The premium suite is also located on the hot-tub deck and is twice the size of the other suites. It has a separate bedroom and lounge each with a large flat screen TV and DVD player, private facilities with a full-size bathtub and shower plus large private windows looking out on an ocean view.
The interior of the Solmar V is outfitted in brass, rich mahogany and granite table tops, and is completely carpeted. The salon comfortably seats all of the guests and offers a large-screen HDTV, VCR, DVD player and stereo system. Each cabin features air conditioning with individual controls, an ensuite bathroom and shower, and a TV/DVD player for your enjoyment. All cabins have top-of-the-line "Pillow-Top" mattresses and down pillows.
You will be well fed from the time you set foot on board until the time you leave. Arriving guests are greeted with snacks and a welcome Margarita. Three course meals are served at lunch and supper, and fresh fruit and other snacks are available all day long. Beer and wine are available free of charge and customers are welcome to bring their own onboard. The dive deck is very spacious and designed for flow and ease of use, even with a full load. The dive stations are positioned around the outside of the dive deck. The crew will fill your tank between dives and move your gear to or from the panga if needed for the next dive. There is also plenty of room on both sides to hang your wetsuits. At the center of the dive deck is a huge multi-level camera table, complete with charging stations and an air gun. There are also plenty of charging stations inside the lounge.
At the back of the dive deck are four large rinse bins; two for rinsing gear and two separate bins for cameras. There are also two fresh water showers so you can rinse off after getting out of the water. Towels are provided and fresh drinking water is always available on the dive deck. Nitrox fills of 32 and 36% are available onboard for all certified divers. Instructors can provide training on board for those guests who wish to use Nitrox and are not currently certified.
Built of steel and with a cruising speed of 12.5 knots the Galapagos Master is set to be the most eco-friendly, dive liveaboard in the Galapagos Islands. She has 9 well-appointed modern cabins, a spacious interior and generous outside space for relaxation and dive gear preparation. The experienced crew of 10 is waiting to welcome you aboard and show you the best of the Galapagos, both underwater and on land.
Communal areas comprise of a spacious indoor lounge, on the middle level, with cushioned bench seating and plasma screen for movie and photo viewing. Adjacent to the lounge is an indoor dining area complete with cocktail bar. An indoor camera set-up station, with numerous charging points (US round pin plug) and storage drawers is situated to the rear providing ample room for a full photography charter group. Further camera preparation areas can be found on the rear deck next to the dive deck. The upper level has shaded outdoor bench seating with cushioned loungers from where all guests can enjoy the fresh air and views of The Galapagos.
For those who enjoy to relax in the sun there is the top level sun-deck or upper level bow area with additional cushioned loungers provided for your comfort. Guests are free to take advantage of the gangways on both the port and starboard sides to walk around the yacht or visit the Captain in his bridge on the upper deck.
The dive equipment set up is found on the aft deck of the lower level. The boat provide individual set up areas, with under bench storage for all your personal items. Rinse tanks are conveniently located for washing dive equipment and camera gear, whilst there are 2 shower heads for those wishing for a quick post-dive rinse down. A further 2 deck heads are situated on the starboard side of the boat, just in front of the salon entrance.
Undersea Hunter has previously worked as a submarine support vessel, research vessel and a support boat for James Bond films! Completely renovated by the Undersea Hunter fleet to meet the needs of today's discerning diver, now she cruises out to the remote Cocos Island.
Undersea Hunter comfortably sleeps 14 guests in twin cabins. Ensuite and individual air conditioning are standard and the saloon has space to spare for dining and relaxing.
Photographers will love the on board laptop and slide projector whilst nitrox and rebreather divers are well catered for.
Undersea Hunter's steel hull brings incredible stability - ideal for the voyage out to Cocos and when you get there 2 large tenders speed you to the dive sites. Undersea Hunter has completed hundreds of research and photographic missions, including the Deep Rover Project with Dr. Sylvia Earle.
With a fuel capacity of 40 tons and water tankage of 26 tons, her blue water capability is almost unlimited. Under the guiding hands of Avi Klapfer and Yosy Naaman, the Undersea Hunter is dedicated to bringing civilized comfort to delightfully uncivilized locations like Cocos Island.
Guadalupe Island (Mexico) is the top destination for great white shark encounters. This small volcanic island located in the Pacific 240 kilometers (150 miles) off the west coast of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula outperforms both South Africa and Australia with shark-seeing consistency and watching conditions. Only Guadalupe Island can boast shark viewing in beautiful clear blue water with 125 – 150 foot visibility. They recently counted 108 great white sharks in the bay where they stage their submersible cage diving operations which guarantees unforgettable encounters.
Voyages are typically 5 nights/6 days. Number of shark-dives on the trip is virtually unlimited. On the first morning upon arrival you do warm-up dives and afterwards the pool is always open. Current record is 31.5 hours of cage time over 3 dive days. Cages close at 5 p.m. on the last dive day to get ready for the steam home.
The Nautilus Explorer voyages out to Socorro Island to dive and interact with the friendliest giant mantas in the world. This is by no means a trivial goal. Their highly experienced crew have spent many years diving these waters which gives you the edge needed for a truly spectacular experience. These are true giant mantas, Manta birostris (aka manta ray), and should not be confused with the regular and smaller Mobula species, which can be seen far more often and practically everywhere. The giant Pacific mantas which you will meet at Socorro are the largest of the rays and we believe they are the most majestic creatures in the ocean. They swim by moving their wing-like pectoral fins, which can grow up to 7 meters wide, but usually average about 5 – 6 meters. At Socorro, these giants choose to interact with divers! They come in very close – less than 1 meter! – make eye contact with you and then swim along beside you – totally on their terms.
Trips board at the main API dock in Cabo San Lucas harbour at either 8:00 a.m. or 8:00 p.m. and depart shortly afterward. This is the same dock that the cruise ship tenders come and go from. After a one-day ocean crossing you arrive at the first dive site. There are 6 dive days on an 8-night trip and we will be visiting 3 different islands of this beautiful remote and deserted archipelago. We will pack up after the last full dive day and a relaxing dinner anchored in a protected cove for the one day voyage home, arriving in Cabo San Lucas the next evening. You spend one more night on the boat before you disembark the next morning at 8:30 a.m.
Day 1 / Saturday
Isla Lobos - 1 dive: This small island is named after the sea lion colonies that frolic here ("lobos marinos" in Spanish). We begin our adventure with an equipment and buoyancy check dive while enjoying the playful company of the sea lions and other unique marine life populating the island - marine iguanas, turtles and rays are just the beginning.
Day 2 / Sunday
Sites – 4 dives: Puerto Coca, Manta City, Cape Marshall: Located at the northeastern shore of Isabela below the 1707 meter Wolf volcano, Cape Marshall offers drift diving with pelagics and near-vertical volcanic walls adorned with black corals. This is a place that divers do not usually frequent due to its remoteness and strong currents, however it is here where you will experience the world-class drift diving that has made this site as famous as it is remote. During 3-4 dives your guides will introduce you to the wonders of both the Northern and Southern dives sites. There is also the possibility to snorkel here in a salt water pool with sea lions.
At these dives sites the sheer numbers of Giant Mantas found cruising by the cape are astounding and they are accompanied by massive schools of grunts, barracuda, salema and others - blotting out the sun above as you drift on by. Other potential companions include Whitetip reef sharks, Galapagos rock bass (Camotillo), the gold rimmed surgeonfish, sun fish, sea lions, the harlequin wrasse and the sailfin grouper (Bacalao). Schools of scalloped hammerhead sharks migrate here and you will find the giant mantas enjoying cleaning stations as yellowfin tuna and large schools of mobula rays circle around from December to May - during warm season.
Days 3-6 / Monday -Thursday
Wolf & Darwin Islands: What (diver’s) dreams are made of!
The islands of Wolf and Darwin are where we will spend the majority of our bottom time – and with good reason – they are considered the best diving destinations in the world & contain the stuff that (diver’s) dreams are made of!
Wolf Island: This small island is located more than 100 kilometers to the northwest of the main Galapagos island chain. It takes only 10-11 hours to get there on the Buddy motor yachts.
Here you’ll have it all: schools of hundreds of hammerhead sharks, sea lions, manta rays, turtles, Amberjacks, Trumpet Fish, Hogfish, Butterfly Fish, eel, dolphins and, with some luck, whale sharks. Wolf Island is also prolific in corals and reef life, with more than 8 species of corals, and the greatest diversity of tropical fish found around the islands. Some of Wolf Island’s incredible dive sites are Shark Bay, The Landslide, Elephant Rock, The Caves and La Banana. Here you will also see Scalloped Hammerhead activity year round. There is also the possibility for snorkeling here with dolphins and a visit to “The Secret Cave”.
Wolf is also a great experience above water, for it is the home of literally hundreds of thousands of seabirds such as Red-footed boobies, nazca boobies (also known as masked boobies), frigates, pelicans and swallow-tailed gulls.
Darwin Island: Darwin Island (formerly known as Culpepper Island) marks the end of the archipelago to the northwest. The island is barely over 1 km² in size and 168 meters at its highest point. Several ocean currents meet at the arch, and that is the reason for the abundance of pelagic life that divers enjoy. For sheer electric excitement there are few, if none at all, dive sites that rival Darwin and it’s impressive stone arch. Here you’ll have the unique opportunity to go swimming with dolphins, eagle rays, spotted morays, manta rays, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, pilot whales, melon-headed whales and the enormous whale sharks – sometimes all on the same dive!
Also in these amazing dive sites you may encounter blue-spotted jacks, scorpion fish, rainbow runners, hogfish, big eye jacks, sailfish, trumpet fish, parrotfish and many other different species of marine life. Darwin Island is really a diver’s dream come true. There is no dry access to the island for it emerges vertically, but from the Yacht you’ll be able to spot the sharp beak ground finch or “vampire finch”, sea lions, penguins, red footed boobies and masked boobies.
Day 3 / Monday
Wolf & Darwin Island sites – 4 dives:
SHARK BAY (WOLF); LANDSLIDE (WOLF); TWO DRIFT DIVES (DARWIN)
Day 4 / Tuesday
Darwin Island sites – 4 dives:
FOUR DRIFT DIVES (DARWIN)
Day 5 / Wednesday
Wolf Island sites – 4 dives:
SHARK BAY (WOLF); LANDSLIDE (WOLF); ISLOTE LA VENTANA (WOLF); LA BANANA (WOLF)
Day 6 / Thursday
AM: Douglas Cape (Fernandina Island) – 2 dives: located in the island of Ferdinand, it is known for offering one of the best drift dives among the area and is best spot for spotting marine iguanas and penguins. Cape Douglas is indeed one of the most exciting drift dive spots in the island. The currents are moderate; The site is rewarded for sightings of sea lions and fur seals mingling with the marine iguanas and penguins. You can access the site simply by just a boat.
Day 7 / Friday
Cousin’s Rock – 1 dive: Cousin's Rock is located off the east coast of Santiago (north of Bartolome). It rises barely 32 ft (10 m) out of the water, to the south lies a big rock separated from the island by a narrow channel. The combination of coral covered rocks sheltering a variety of smaller creatures, a huge variety of tropical fishes and the presence of large animals make Cousin’s Rock one of the favorite sites in Galapagos. You can also see here sea lions, turtles, eagle rays, white-tipped reef sharks, and mantas in the warmer months (December / May).
Black corals, small hard corals, sea fans, hydroid bushes and red sponges grow in every direction, and because of the many ledges on the wall, small fauna populate this site. Among your companions you’ll find hawkfish, nudibranchs, Galapagos seahorses, octopuses, and even frogfishes. In the realm of pelagics you’ll see mobula rays, mantas and sharks (whitetipped reef and hammerheads), sea lions and large groups of spotted eagle rays.
Bartolome Island (Land visit)
Isla Bartolome, located off the east shore of Sullivan Bay, is a small but beautiful island most famous for its iconic Pinnacle Rock, arguably one of the most recognizable landmarks of the Galapagos. This incredible geological site is a staggering rock face, formed from an eroded lava formation from the eruption of an underwater volcano. Visitors can summit the island via a 600-meter (about 2,000 foot) trail and enjoy some of the most breathtaking views of Pinnacle Rock, Sullivan Bay, Isla San Salvador (or Santiago), and Isla Daphne. Photographic opportunities abound at this ideal spot.
Visit the north beach for wonderful snorkeling opportunities. Swim with beautiful fish and Galapagos penguins, or visit the southern shore to see white-tipped sharks, spotted eagle rays, and stingrays. Keep your eyes out for the green sea turtles, especially if you’re there during mating season (typically November to January).
Highlands of Santa Cruz Tour (Land visit)
Santa Cruz is an island of extreme geological interest and beauty. Out of the different islands in Galapagos many of which are young, volcanically active and dominated by rock formations of all different styles and colors, Santa Cruz tells a “greener” side to the Galapagos story.
Here you can see giant tortoises in misty moss-laden forests, woodpecker finches, barn owls, lava tubes (they look like huge man-made tunnels, yet they are a result of sheer nature) amidst the picture-perfect tropical colors of the Pacific. Santa Cruz gives you a sneak peak at what the other islands in the Galapagos are evolving into.
Day 8 / Saturday
Interpretation Center (Land visit)
A must see in the Galapagos, the Interpretation Center was built in 1998 by the national park in conjunction with the Spain Agency for International Cooperation. The Center is about a 10-minute walk from the main dock. Here you will hear the story of the formation of the Galapagos Islands, the wildlife that lives here, the arrival and impact of man and the importance of conservation. The displays are lively and engaging making it the best visitor center in the Galapagos Islands.
Please note that your safety is our number one priority - your itinerary is subject to change as determined by the Captain and based on conditions during the cruise. Whenever possible we will offer 4 dives per day and optional night dives will be at the Captain’s discretion.
When all passengers are on board and all equpment is safely stored, the overnight sail to Cocos will commence. The island itself is approximately 35 hours sailing upon departure from the jetty.
Upon anchoring, the diving will begin straight away. Bajo Alcyone is one of the area's most famous dives yet this is only one of many dive sites that should not be missed.
Dirty Rock and Manuelita are both frequented by hammerheads, so there is plenty of opportunity to get great shots if you are a photo enthusiast.
Silverado, Shark Fin Rock and Punta Maria are all unforgettable dive sites offering a glimpse of Cocos thriving ecology.
The daily itinerary changes according to the seasonal marine life action, as well as the weather conditions.
NOTE: Cocos is an advanced itinerary for divers with experience in drift diving. The island is very remote and two days of sailing are required to get to the nearest hyperbaric chamber, so divers are asked to be conservative.
Time: The Galapagos is on Central Standard Time
Currency: U.S. dollars are now the standard currency in Ecuador and on vessels
Language: Spanish, although English is spoken by our guides and other travel staff
Requirements: Travellers must present a valid passport for entry; currently no visa or vaccines required
Rules of the National Park: Do not disturb or remove any plant, rock or animal. Be careful not to transport any organic material form island to island. Do not touch or handle the animals. Do not feed the animals. Do not startle or chase any animal. Stay on marked trails, doing so will avoid damage to vegetation or cause erosion. Do not leave or throw any litter on or off the ship. Please, do not buy souvenirs made from native Galapagos products (except for wood) Do not smoke on the islands.
Temperature: The following chart gives temperature averages and details for the Galapagos Islands throughout the year. Shown in ºC.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
29 30 31 30 28 26 25 23 25 25 26 27 Maximum air temp
21 23 23 22 22 20 19 18 17 18 19 20 Minimum air temp
23 25 25 25 23 23 22 19 20 21 22 23 Average sea temp
Time: Costa Rica and Cocos Island -6 GMT
Currency: Colones ($1 USD = ca. 529 c)
Language: Spanish, but English is widely spoken
Visa: All passengers must have a valid passport. Most EU citizens do not need a passport, but if in doubt we recommend checking with the Costa Rican consulate prior to departure.
Health: There is no malaria in Costa Rica and no vaccinations are necessary. Drinking water is safe in cities and resorts.
Recompression chamber: The nearest Recompression Chamber is in Panama City, more than two days sailing from Cocos.
Clothing & Traditions: We recommend casual and cool cotton attire while on board. Nights can be chilly and/or drizzly so bringing a sweater, light jacket or windbreaker is recommended. In San JosÃ© dress is slightly more formal - long pants for men in the evening and a dress or pantsuit for women is appropriate.
Weather/ water temperature: Average water temperature is 26 C to 29 C.
Departure Tax: There is a departure tax of $26 USD (subject to change without notice)