There are just a few places left on Dive Worldwide’s brand new and unique cruise to the Galapagos Islands during prime whale shark season under the expert guidance of Jonathan Green, one of the pre-eminent experts on these ancient giants. Developed in partnership with the Galapagos Conservation Trust, this special trip is a one-off departure in August 2016.
If there is one man with whom to discover the whale sharks of the Galapagos Islands, it is Jonathan Green. He founded the Galapagos Whale Shark Project in 2011 and continues to lead research expeditions on an annual basis; identifying, satellite tagging, sampling and studying the whale shark.
During the Galapagos Whale Shark Expedition, divers will spend a week exploring the finest dive sites of the Galapagos from the comfort of the Humboldt Explorer liveaboard. While exploring the world-class dive sites, guests can listen to talks about Green’s research into the ecology, physiology and behaviour of these enormous, yet gentle ocean creatures. Experienced divers may be rewarded with eagle and manta ray encounters, as well as witnessing playful dolphins and hundreds of sharks – the highlight however will be diving with whale sharks.
The adventure begins on San Cristobal Island – the first island on which Charles Darwin set foot in September 1835 – where divers step aboard their liveaboard to cross to Isla Lobos for a check out dive. Visit North Seymour Island, with opportunities to both dive and explore the island, observing the large colonies of blue-footed boobies and frigatebirds, as well as sealions and marine iguanas. Wolf and Darwin Islands are next on the agenda – considered to be two of the best diving sites in the world. These islands provide an unparalleled quality and quantity of marine life. The biggest draw for divers however – and the focus for this trip – are the huge whale sharks. These ancient giants are attracted to the area between June to November, when the Humboldt Current is at its strongest. The vessel then moves on to Cousin’s Rock, renowned for its macro life, where divers should keep an eye out for sea horses as well as eagle rays. The last port of call, before returning to San Cristobel, is Santa Cruz to observe giant tortoises in their natural habitat and visit Puerto Ayora, home to the Darwin Research Centre.
Home for the week is the 30-metre long Humboldt Explorer. Designed as one of the fastest, most stable and most comfortable vessels sailing the area, accommodations are befitting the magical nature of the Galapagos. There are eight double staterooms, all with private facilities, with a maximum of 16 guests on board. Facilities include a spacious air-conditioned salon equipped with a TV/DVD and dining tables, open air salon and a sunning/viewing area on the top deck. The dive deck is well equipped with dive lockers, camera table, rinse tanks and a recharging station.
Dive Worldwide offers the Galapagos Whale Shark Expedition from £3,845 per person sharing (or £5,145 with international flights), including 7 nights’ liveaboard accommodation, all meals (exc. 1 dinner), up to 4 dives per day, expert guide and San Cristobel airport transfers. Flights are extra. Departs 29 August 2016.
For more information visit diveworldwide.com or call +44 (0)1962 302087.