Master Galápagos Diving Cruise
An unsurpassed liveaboard diving experience
A Galápagos Cruise on board the Master
100% CO2 carbon footprint offset
Single travellers can share cabin
Galápagos Master prides itself as being one of the most eco-friendly Galápagos diving boats in the fleet. This sturdy, all-steel vessel is the perfect choice for getting you to some of the world’s best diving sites at the remote Wolf and Darwin islands. With only 16 guests maximum per trip and a crew of 12, she offers one of the best guest-to-crew ratios of any live aboard dive boat in the Galápagos, and her equipment is first class.
Comfortable cabins Master has nine modern and well-appointed cabins, including four twins on the lower deck, and four on the upper deck. There is an additional single cabin which is available for solo travelers. Lower deck cabins may be preferable for those who suffer from motion sickness, as the ship’s movement will be less apparent in the swells that sometimes occur as you cruise the waters around the Galápagos.
Lower deck cabins feature traditional portholes, while upper deck cabins have larger windows. All have en suite bathrooms with shower, and rooms are air-conditioned for your comfort.
A social experience Galápagos Master’s communal areas are the heart of the ship. The main deck houses the spacious indoor lounge. Comfortable social seating makes this a great place to relax and swap stories about the day’s adventures and your Galápagos diving experience. You’ll also receive your safety and naturalist briefings here. There’s a large flat screen TV with HDMI inputs, which is perfect for watching your diving movies or taking a look at your photos.
Also, on the main deck is the dining area and cocktail bar. Your chef Angel produces a great range of mouthwatering dishes, including his specialty ceviche, which is truly delicious, and can be enjoyed with a range of alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks from the bar.
Another great touch is the dedicated “camera station” where you can charge and store cameras - there are several North American power sockets available here, ensuring you’ll always be ready to capture the marine life that thrives in the Galápagos.
For sun worshipers, the upper deck open-air lounge is perfect. Comfortable seating and loungers are available to help you soak up the equatorial sun. If you prefer a little more privacy, Galápagos Master’s bow area offers a quieter place to relax, with room for four sun loungers. The boat is very informal and relaxed, and you’re always welcome to use any of the gangways to move around the boat, and the captain is always happy to receive visitors on the bridge.
High quality dive experience The dive deck on Master is very well-equipped, with everything you need for a first class Galápagos diving experience. Everyone is allocated their own equipment set up area, with storage for personal items. Generously sized rinse tanks are centrally located for washing down your dive equipment and camera gear, and there are 2 shower heads if you want a quick post-dive rinse. When you return from a dive, you’ll find a large dry towel waiting for you at your dive station, as well as a welcoming selection of warm drinks and snacks.
Stunning diving itineraries With a choice of seven night and ten night itineraries, a Galápagos Master diving cruise offers something for everyone. Most days include four dives: two in the morning and two in the afternoon, but on some days you will have a shore excursion in the afternoon to allow you to see even more of the stunning Galápagos Islands and some of the land-based animals.
This means that even on a seven night trip, you will enjoy 18-20 dives. However, the ten night trip means an amazing 28 dives are possible - if you can, this would be our recommendation for the ultimate Galápagos diving adventure of a lifetime.
Galápagos Master offers you a wide range of dive equipment for rent at a reasonable daily rate, including full sets (excluding torch and dive computer) from $45 per day. Nitrox is available.
Our comments Galápagos Master is a great option for seasoned divers who want to experience some of the best and most wildlife-rich diving in the world - including the world-famous Galápagos dive sites of Wolf and Darwin. Captain Javier and his dive team are highly experienced and very welcoming, and we particularly like the additional thoughtful touches that Master’s operators have put in place, such as the dedicated camera charging station and the individual preparation stations. This is a very social boat, and her large and comfortable communal areas attest to this. The salon is a great place to spend the evening checking out everyone’s photos and videos on the big screen - pictures from Galápagos you’ll treasure forever!
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The sailing routes of Master
Amenities on board the Master
Transfers to and from ship
All meals throughout the cruise
100% CO2 carbon footprint offset
Air conditioning & private bathroom
Single travellers can share cabin
Water, Coffee, Tea & fresh juices
Sustainability on board the Master
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 Master
First Class Ship
2x MTU 475HP
110V + 220V
Food & Drinks on board the Master
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.
Cabins categories on board the Master
Classic Twin Cabins
Situated on the lower deck of the vessel, these fixed twin cabins offer comfortable accommodation for two guests in two single beds. Each cabin is completed with Individually controlled Air Conditioning, Ample storage, Entertainment System, Extra Towels.
Premium Double Cabin
Situated on the middle deck of the vessel, these spacious cabins offer comfortable accommodation for two guests in a double bed. Each cabin is completed with Individually controlled Air Conditioning, Ample storage, Entertainment System, Extra Towels.
Classic Twin/Double Cabins
Located on the lower deck of the vessel, these versatile cabins offer flexible accommodation for two guests in either two single beds or one large double bed. Each cabin is completed with Individually controlled Air Conditioning, Ample storage, Entertainment System, Extra Towels.
Premium Twin/Double Cabins
Located on the upper deck of the vessel, these spacious cabins provide stunning views along with ample storage and ensuite facilities. Each cabin is completed with Individually controlled Air Conditioning, Ample storage, Entertainment System, Extra Towels.
Reviews of Master
I’ll be back as soon as possible The best 10 days diving I’ve done! A tremendous holiday. The crew were fantastic and so lovely and helpful. It’s obvious how well they get on together as a team overseen by our captain Javier. The boat is clean and a great deal of hard work goes into keeping it that way. Our dive guides Jimmy-fish and Juan Carlos were such good fun, but knowledgeable and informative both on land and sea. It was a real treat to be able to dive with both of them. We were so lucky to have some wonderful guests to spend time with too; we just gelled together. The wildlife we saw both beneath and above the waves was incredible and incomparable with anywhere else. I can’t recommend this trip enough and I’ll be saving up to go again.
Hasun from Singapore
The crew made it 5 stars Great trip- boat was good but the crew was exceptional. always buzzing around making sure everything is clean and in order for our comfort. All sites were great and we had a very spectacular mola Mola 'infestation '!!! Only comment would be to change the pillows and I think few other guests feel the same. once again, kudos to the team on Galápagos master.
Sherri S. from Los Gatos
Best vacation ever My expectations for the trip were exceeded. The main thing that I wanted to see in the Galapagos was the marine iguanas in and out of the water. I was able to see them on our land excursion, but nothing prepared me for the dives that we would do with them. Our dive guides carefully timed our dives for their active time in the water and gave us great instruction on where to locate them and how to approach them for photography. This was the highlight of an already amazing trip for me and just an example of how carefully and knowledgeably our dive itenerary was planned. Our trip was blessed by perfect weather and conditions, but over and over again our dive guides delivered with good planning, attention to safety, small groups, and thorough briefings. The boat and crew were also good. Everything on the boat is ship shape and the crew go out of their way to accommodate and assist the guests. This was the roomiest cabin and biggest shower we have enjoyed on a live aboard. All the attention to the details that make you feel spoiled like warm towels and a hot drink when you come back from diving were available. Each guest had a dedicated area and gear box on deck and another dedicated drawer just inside from the dive deck for hats, sunglasses, dry clothes, etc. While the food was not gourmet, it was good and all special diets were accommodated. There was always a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables and I felt like I ate much healthier than I have on other trips. For photographers this boat is a dream. There are staging areas for the cameras with compressed air for drying off on the deck. As well as a fresh water tank for cameras only. Indoors there is yet another staging area for cameras with ample outlets for charging and a large gear drawer for each quest. I have never enjoyed a trip more.
Marina K from London
Well run boat, with excellent variety of dive sites , great food and comfortable cabins Great trip on Galapagos Master: Diving was fantastic - whale sharks, hammerheads, silkies, galapagos, white tip reef sharks, mola mola, marine iguana, sealions…. the list goes on. Dive guides were knowledgeable, fun and hardworking (also very knowledgeable about the wildlife on land) Good trip to Seymour island to see the frigate birds and blue footed boobies Very comfortable and clean cabins Lots of nice touches - e.g warm towels to climb into at the end of a cold dive.! Consistent gas mix Great food What more can you want from a liveaboard?
Dr Andre H from London
The Galapagos Master is a fantastic Dive Boat This was a great Dive Boat to do a Dive trip. The staff were really professional. The Boat was very safety conscious with regular Emergency Practice sessions. The Diving set up was excellent and the Dive crew were really helpful. The food was amazing and each meal was a delight. The Captain of the boat was really competent and I felt we were in good hands. Every staff member was helpful and friendly. I loved every minute of the trip!