Aqua Galápagos Diving Cruise
This yacht is also known as the "Astrea" or "Pinguino Explorer"
A Galápagos Cruise on board the Aqua
Nitrox Refills ($)
100% CO2 carbon footprint offset
- Diving in Darwin and Wolf, something hardly anyone offers;
- Fantastic chef that everyone raves about;
- Nitrox available, camera table and rinse tank
- Unique choice of diving or naturalist itineraries;
Comfortable cabins & layout of ship
Aqua is a spacious, traditional motor yacht that offers excellent value for money. Uniquely she offers both naturalist and diving itineraries - some guests stay on board to do both! Aqua offers light and airy cabin accommodation to a maximum of 16 guests and her charming and well appointed communal areas are lovely places to relax after the day’s excursions. Fully refurbished in 2015, her cabins are based on comfortable traditional bunks, are individually air conditioned and offer private bathrooms. Lower deck cabins feature traditional portholes whilst upper deck cabins have windows. All are decorated in a clean, bright style with natural wood and light walls. Other amenities on board include a communal TV & DVD player, ship’s library and a selection of tabletop games. There’s also a well-stocked bar, and the upper sun deck is a perfect place to take your drink and soak up the Galápagos sun.
Food for thought
Aqua’s meals are a highlight. Her kitchens produce excellent international and Ecuadorian dishes served in the air conditioned dining room. Guests frequently single out their dining on board as a highlight of their trip.
For divers, the yacht is exceptionally well equipped. The dive platform includes plenty of space for all your dive gear, on-deck showers, camera table, cleaning tanks with fresh water, and space for drying suits. Hardware includes 2 dive tank compressors, and enriched air or nitrox is available. Dive gear can be hired - please advise with your booking.
Requirements for divers:
We require that passenger hold a valid international diving license (Advanced or Intermediate), a medical certificate, Diving Insurance (DAN), more than 45 logged dives and necessary experience in the open sea (meaning with strong currents, updrafts and downdrafts, diving walls and good emergency techniques).
There is Nitrox available on board (not included, but reasonably priced). If you want to use it, you will need to show a Nitrox certification.
Guests are welcome to bring their own equipment on board. If you want to rent a equipment from the ship, the cost for this is $275 to include wetsuit, boots, weights, fins, snorkel gear, octopus, and BCD).
Aqua is a great value for money naturalist adventure option, and a “must do” diving option. Her chef is her secret weapon - we’ve yet to hear anything except high praise for the kitchen! Comfortable accommodation and a relaxed and friendly atmosphere make Aqua an ideal candidate for dive fans or for naturalists on a budget.
Pictures and Deckplans of Aqua
Amenities on board the Aqua
German guide possible
Snorkel gear (free)
Transfers to and from ship
Water, Coffee, Tea & fresh juices
Nitrox Refills ($)
100% CO2 carbon footprint offset
Air conditioning & private bathroom
All meals throughout the cruise
Sustainability on board the Aqua
At Galapatours we love and respect the pristine ecosystems and fascinating wildlife of the Galápagos Islands, and we insist that our cruise partners do too. To protect the archipelago all our cruise vessels must have sophisticated water filtration systems, modern efficient engines, and strict maintenance schedules to minimize pollution.
The Galápagos National Park authority also defines exact cruising routes that dictate which ships can visit highlights at specific times, as well as limiting passenger numbers. These measures ensure that animals and habitats are not disturbed by too many visitors.
But at Galapatours we like to go even further. We voluntarily offset all the CO2 emissions of every cruise we sell - at no cost to you. And you can also play your part by traveling responsibly and following our Eco Guidelines during your stay. Click here to find out more about these guidelines, our commitment to sustainable tourism, and the Galápagos National Park rules.
Technical details of Aqua
2x Caterpillar (250 HP)
Food & Drinks on board the Aqua
The food on our Galapágos Cruises is among the very best you will find in South America. Most of the on-board chefs are internationally trained and have prior experience working in the best hotels and restaurants in Ecuador and indeed around the world.
You can expect a first-class selection of food, including a good variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, locally sourced poultry and fish/seafood, rice and pasta dishes. Most boats will always include some typical Ecuadorian dishes on the menu during your cruise. If you have specific dietary requirements then these can usually be accommodated by the chef providing you have given advance notice. Please make sure you tell us about any allergies or dietary requirements you have at the time you book with us. If you leave it until you arrive at the dockside, then it may well be impossible to accommodate your needs.
Most boats serve a range of options at meal times in a relaxed buffet-style. At the first class and luxury end of the market, some boats have more formal dining where you will be served at your seat. However the atmosphere is always relaxed on board our cruises, and never stuffy or formal.