8day Calipso Diving Cruise – Luxury (22 dives)

8 Days

The Calipso yacht offers year-round diving in the Galapagos Islands in luxury accommodation. All cabins are located on the upper deck and have sea views. Calipso allows you to explore the Galapagos Islands in both Naturalist and Diving itineraries. Calipso boasts a spacious lounge, dining area, a fantastic dive deck, a sundeck with a Jacuzzi, and 8 comfortable cabins.

Tour Overview


Starts on available dates

Starts and Ends: San Cristobal
Category: luxury cruise
Style: Diving cruise

It’s time to join the best scuba diving adventure on board the best liveaboard diving yacht in the Galapagos islands, one of the best scuba diving destinations worldwide.

On Calipso, travelers will enjoy the best of both worlds that the Galapagos Islands have to offer: the land and sea.

Upgraded and modernized in 2019, with 8 spacious cabins that can hold up to 16 passengers, a professional crew, expert diving guides, open dining, social areas, and free Wi-Fi and soft drinks, this ship is perfect for all kinds of adventurers.

Only in Galapagos will you be able to dive with such a sheer abundance of species and so many sharks! The best dive sites in Galapagos are some of the best on the planet and are only accessible from a liveaboard. The high season offers whale sharks and is the peak of wildlife populations.

What is the minimum age for divers?

Children 15 years and up who are certified and have the prerequisite number of logged dives may dive when accompanied by an experienced diving parent.

What experience is required to dive Galapagos?

Diving in the Galapagos is advanced due to strong currents, varying visibility, and cold water. We recommend 50 dives between Dec and May and 100 dives between June and Nov. You need Nitrox certification especially if you are on the lower end of dive experience.

Is there night diving?

Yes, bring your torch! There are 2 sites where night dives are permitted. One is at Wolf July – December and the other is at Cabo Marshall January – June. We also have a small swim-through at Wolf which is so much more beautiful with a torch.


Itinerary - 8 Days

Thursday: Arrival in San Cristobal and Lobos Island (1 dive)

AM-San Cristobal: Arrival at San Cristobal Island airport, where our guides will be to greet you and escort you to the yacht. Onboard, the staff will show you all the services we have on board and cabin assignment.

PM-Lobos Island: After lunch, everyone has an equipment check and a one-on-one with the guide for details on your diving experience. This will follow by a safety briefing and emergency drill procedures with the yacht crew. Check dive will be at Lobos island where you may see white tip sharks, sea turtles, rays, and schools of reef fish.

In the evening you will have our welcome cocktail and presentation of the boat’s crew followed by your first dinner on board.


Friday: NE Baltra and Bartholomew (3 dives)

AM-NE Baltra: Baltra NE. This morning you will have a check dive in NE Baltra where you will have ideal conditions to feel comfortable with the equipment and get ready for diving in Wolf and Darwin areas. You may see some white-tip sharks, Galapagos sharks, hammerhead sharks, school of reef fish, rays, eels, and barracudas.

PM-Bartholomew Island: From the distance, you can see the famous Pinnacle Rock, one of the top iconic sites in the Galapagos Islands. While diving, you may see Galapagos sharks, white-tip reef sharks, reef fish, barracudas, turtles, Mobula rays, and sting rays. This is one of the few places in the Galapagos Islands where you can dive into a coral reef which makes such a colorful topography underwater!


Saturday: Wolf Island (4 dives)

Diving will begin early to get in all 4 dives in a 12-hour day. An optional night dive is also available, where you can see garden eels and the red-lipped batfish.
AM-PM-Wolf Island: We will arrive at Wolf island, one of the reasons Galapagos is on most divers’ bucket lists. Scientists have designated Wolf and Darwin (together as they are so close together) as the shakiest place on earth because they have the largest biomass of sharks on the planet, 17.5 tons of sharks per hectare (2.47 acres). Only divers visit Wolf as there are no land visits.

Sightings include huge schools of hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, whale sharks (in season), silky sharks, eagle rays, sea lions, fur seals, mantas, turtles, jacks, trumpetfish, butterfly fish, morish idols, moray eels, and dolphins. Some sites at Wolf are covered in coral and all of the tropical fish species live on coral reefs. Dive sites include Shark Bay, The Landslide, La Banana, and Islote La Ventana. On the island itself, there are hundreds of thousands of seabirds including all 3 types of boobies in Galapagos – red-footed, blue-footed, and Nazca. There are frigates, pelicans, lava gulls, and red-billed tropicbirds.


Sunday: Darwin Island (4 dives)

AM-PM-Darwin Island: Darwin’s Arch is an icon, the symbol of diving in the Galapagos. It is located 229 km / 142 miles north of the central islands. In addition to Wolf, this is where we find massive schools of hammerheads. Huge, pregnant whale sharks pass through Darwin Island each year for unknown reasons.

Darwin is the warmest dive site in Galapagos due to the tropical Panama current. You spend a lot of the dive stationary, on a platform that drops into the blue where hammerheads swim against the current. It is like being on the side of a hammerhead highway watching traffic pass. You leave the platform to swim out into the blue when a whale shark is spotted. That sometimes means swimming through the hammerheads, a truly magnificent experience you will carry with you forever.


Monday: Darwin and Wolf (4 dives)

AM-Darwin island: We have 2 more dives at Darwin in the morning.

PM-Wolf Island: We have 1-2 more dives at Wolf in the afternoon. There is an optional night dive at the Anchorage site. Anchorage has a sandy bottom where you may see garden eels and red-lipped batfish.


Tuesday: Depending on the season (4 dives)

We have special itineraries according to the months below:
June – December:
AM-Cape Douglas (Fernandina Island): Fernandina is an active volcano that has erupted twice in the last decade. It is the ‘hot spot’ in Galapagos.

This is the only site on liveaboard itineraries where you can see diving Marine Iguanas feeding underwater. You also see Penguins feeding on tiny silver Sardines using schools of black striped salemas as cover. Turtles are especially abundant at Cape Douglas which is probably why this is a likely location to see Orcas.

PM-Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island): If you look at a map, Isabela Island looks uncannily like a seahorse. Punta Vicente Roca is located on the northwestern side of Isabela just below the seahorse's ‘mouth’. Isabela has 5 active volcanoes.

Punta Vicente Roca is a mola mola (Sunfish) cleaning station, it has large turtle populations, the endemic Galapagos bullhead shark, penguins, sea horses, sea lions, and many species of fish not found elsewhere in the Galapagos. It is not uncommon to find yourself diving with an endemic flightless cormorant.


Wednesday: Cousin's Rock and Santa Cruz (2 dives)

AM-Cousins Rock: We will have 1-2 dives depending on the divers' mood at Cousins, the remains of an eroded crater sticking up out of the sea. On the eastern side, the rock cascades down in a series of recessed ledges strewn with black coral, which is bright green under the water. Taking cover in the coral, you may find seahorses, frogfish, octopus, turtles, and the elusive longnose hawkfish. It is not unusual to spot pelagic from Cousins including mantas, eagle rays, mobulas, and hammerheads. Sea lions and fur seals are also at Cousins.

PM-Santa Cruz Highlands: We disembark at Santa Cruz Island to go to the Highlands to see the iconic Galapagos Tortoise in its natural habitat. After the Highlands, we descend into the largest town in Galapagos, Puerto Ayora. Our farewell dinner will be at a restaurant in Puerto Ayora.


Thursday: San Cristobal

AM-San Cristobal: After breakfast, you will disembark on San Cristobal island for your return flight to the continent.



Adults double cabin :


Deposit: $2000
Adults sharing a cabin with their travel partner or a designated same-gender traveler.

Adults single cabin:


Deposit: $500

Adults who prefer not to share a cabin with a designated same-gender traveler.



  • Accommodation on board at double cabins
  • All meals, snacks, and beverages included on board
  • Unlimited Nitrox included
  • Billingual National Park certified dive guide
  • Weights, weight belts, and air tanks
  • We provide DA1 Dive Alerts, basic SMBs, and Nautilus Lifeline at no charge
  • Wi-Fi is included
  • Airport transfers in SCY when arrival/departure is on official flights


  • Flights to/from Galapagos
  • National Park Entrance fee ($100 per person), TCT visitor card ($20 per person)
  • Recompression chamber fee ($35 per person)
  • Equipment - Full kit rental is $300 per person. Rental includes BC, Regulator, Wetsuit, Fins & Booties, Mask
  • Computer rental is $100
  • $50 for dive alert; $40 for SMB; $250 for Nautilus Lifeline and $75 for a ditched weight belt
  • Personal expenses and gratuities are not included
  • Diving Insurance and personal insurance are not included
  • Onboard credit card charges are subject to both VAT and an admin fee of 5%
From $6,395.00
/ 2 or 3 adults
From $10,871.00
/ Single Traveler

Trip Facts

  • 8 Days
  • San Cristobal, Punta Carrion & Seymour, Darwin and Wolf, Isabela - Fernandina, Cousins, Santa Cruz
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