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2008 Galapagos Trip
By Jason Heller, October 25, 2007 @ 02:00 AM (EST)

DivePhotoGuide Does The Galapagos In Style

There are only a few spots left to join Jason & Wendy Heller as we seek underwater photo opportunities with whale sharks, sea lions, schooling hammerheads, and much more...
 

 

EXPEDITION: GALAPAGOS 2008
Prepare for a life changing diving experience. The main objective of this trip is to dive in the areas of the highest concentration of photo & video opportunities. We're after Whale Sharks, Schooling Hammerheads, Sealions, Dolphins, Turtles and other pelagic action.

We will cruise the Galapagos on the M/V Galapagos Eco Explorer I , the newest and most luxurious live aboard boat in the Galapagos. Enjoy a little luxury with your adventure. The cabins are more spacious than most live aboards (great for our excessive photo & video gear) and of course have all the amenities - air conditioning and private bathrooms. A large indoor salon for dining and relaxation, a separate open-air salon, viewing and sundeck areas complete the common areas of the vessel.  The dive deck features ample space for storing dive gear and suiting up, and offers to the innovative system installed on the vessel to board the pangas (dinghies) for transport to the nearby dive sites.The experienced and knowledgeable dive guides will help ensure that we experience one dive of a lifetime after another. Buffet style meals are promised to be delicious, plentiful, and prepared fresh while we are diving or sleeping. Upon returning from each dive a new surprise snack awaits hungry divers. What more can we ask for?

 


Update on Galapagos Diving Programs
2008 diving permits should be issued by the Galapagos National Park in January, at which point we will know more about the potential of land excursions. Unfortunately, Explorer Ventures and our other sources in the Galapagos confirm that more than likely there will be a ban on land excursions for divers will be in place for 2008. Although the land excursions are nice, we are going for the world class diving. We will be visiting Puerto Ayora on the last day of the trip, where we would have an option of visiting the famous Darwin Station, home of a number of giant Galapagos tortoises.


 

Expedition Itinerary
This 7 day expedition will begin in by flying into San Cristobal. The primary objective is to dive the sites with the highest concentration of the dramatic marine life that is the Galapagos Islands - Sea Lions, Whale Sharks, Hammerheads, Dolphins, Turtles, Manta Rays, schooling fish by the thousands, and more. The focus of the expedition is diving the northern most islands of Wolf and Darwin, home to a plethora of marine life that can boggle one's mind..

Trip Extensions
Trip add-ons include individually guided trips to mainland Ecuador to explore the native culture of this South American gem. Volcanoes, colorful rural markets, and a colonial city are among some of your options of land based additions before of after your Galapagos adventure. We will post the supplemental land based add-ons within the next few months.

Reserving Your Spot
We have just a few spots available. If you'd like to join us on this exciting adventure, email us right away. The waiting list for spots on Galapagos live aboards is already stretching into mid-2009.

If you're interested in coming on this amazing adventure, diving with other photographers and videographers and experiencing an abundance of marine life and endemic wildlife like nowhere else on the planet.

Reserve your spot

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EXPEDITION: GALAPAGOS 2008 -- $3,695 (pp double occupancy)

..........* Must have a minimum of 100 logged dives

..........* All diving, tanks, weights and meals are included in the price, no flights
............are included.

..........* The diving in the Galapagos is colder than tropical diving and a 7mm
             wetsuit is required, rentals are available.

.......* Please note that a fuel surchargeof $85 is currently in effect for all departures (more info)

..........* Discounted flights from Quito or Guyanquil to San Cristobal will be arranged.

..........* There is a $100 park fee payable in cash only upon arrival in the 
             Galapagos National Park, and a $31 airport tax payable upon departure.

..........* Non-refundable deposit of $1,000 to reserve your spot on board.

 

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Dan Billings
Nov 9, 2007 11:50 AM
Dan Billings wrote:
too bad about the land tours in the galapagos, but i'm in it for the diving. i may sign up for this trip. are there 2 spots available?
Jason Heller
Dec 19, 2007 12:44 PM
Jason Heller wrote:
Hi Dan - sorry never saw this post, we have a few spots open. Please email me to discuss. Thanks
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