The Dive Shop Travel -Galapagos Eco/Diving Tour
October 20-Nov. 2, 2013
The Galapagos Archipelago consists of seven major islands (San Cristobal, Espanola, Floreana, Santa Cruz, Santiago, Isabela and Fernandina), six smaller ones (Darwin, Wolf, Pinta, Marchena, Genovesa and Baltra) and dozens and dozens of rocks and islets. Sometimes the smaller the island, the bigger the effect it has on the visitor. The archipelago stretches roughly 270 miles (430 km) from Darwin in the northwest to Espanola in the southeast.
The islands are truly remote and only recently have they felt the footsteps of man. The nearest land is Ecuador, on mainland South America, 600 miles (960 km) away to the east.
“It was an experience out of a dream; alone in the deep with a whale shark the size of a jet bomber, accompanied by a sea lion playing the role of fighter plane escort. The sea lion kept zipping back and forth from the whale shark to me, as if to say, “See? I told you it would be worth it." The three of us swam together for a small piece of eternity just as I began to wonder about finding my way safely home. As I swam up to the shallows, through thick schools of fish and sleek Galapagos and hammerhead sharks, I waved goodbye to my two new friends, and focused on the squadrons of sharks now surrounding me.”
People who know Buddy dive’s philosophy “Eat, Sleep, (Buddy) Dive” will find the same convenience during their Galapagos trip as well. The yachts reflect Buddy Dive’s vision and innovation when it comes to diving. The two new ships are 120 feet long and consist of four decks, including a sun deck and Jacuzzi.
All suites (minimum of 161 square feet, or 15 square meters) are air conditioned, have their own private bathroom and are serviced multiple times per day. They are equipped with regular beds and an entertainment system that includes a flat-screen monitor and a DVD player. The comfort of the furnishings makes these suites very inviting after a beautiful day of diving.
The spacious dive deck consists of two parts, one of which is closed off and heated in order to welcome you back from your exiting dive in warmth and comfort along with warm towels and hot chocolate and snacks. Not to forget the 4 showers, custom designed camera tables and direct access to the outside bar for those much needed liquids!
The beautiful lounge and restaurant area are the perfect setting for a tasty breakfast, lunch or dinner, briefings and photo shows on the huge TV accompanied by the all inclusive beverages served by the on-board crew.
Oct. 20 - Round trip air from Tucson to Quito,
overnight in Quito / including breakfast and transfers
Fuel surcharge not included
Diver: $8399 per person