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Aqua Diving Cruise Galapatours

Center & Santiago

5 Days Galápagos cruise on board the Aqua

From USD 2,950

Center & Santiago

5 Days, Max. 16 passengers

8 Reviews

Budget Ship

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A 5-day Expedition Cruise

8 Reviews

Budget Ship
The Trip Highlights

Mars-like landscapes at Rábida

Iconic views during a walk on Bartolomé

Mosquera: A snow-white beach, full of sea lions

Lava-strewn landscapes at Chinese Hat

Galapatours 'Plus' Experience

Great balance of affordability and comfort

In our opinion, one of the best chefs!

English-speaking guide for all activities

Lectures in the evening

Get to know the highlights of Galápagos with this Naturalist cruise on board the beautiful Aqua! On this Expedition Cruise, you will discover the incredible wildlife of the Galápagos Islands: Isabela, the biggest of all islands in the Galápagos, offers you fantastic hikes, views and arguably some of the best snorkeling spots in the Archipelago. During your time spent on Rábida, you will have the opportunity to watch wild Flamingos and walk on a blood-red sandy beach. On Santiago, an island formerly inhabited by pirates, you will be able to enjoy hikes and dinghy rides.

Your ship: Aqua

- Affordable and comfortable adventure cruising;
- Also offers fantastic diving tours (see below)
- Fantastic chef that everyone loves;
- Plenty of space, with a 3 deck layout.

Comfortable cabins
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! (See below)
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 r … Read more about Aqua



Transfers to and from ship


Snorkel gear (free of charge)


100% CO2 carbon footprint offset

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Complete set of Scuba gear (approx 250 USD)


Nitrox Course (approx. 200 USD)


All meals

air conditioning

Air conditioning & private bathroom


Water, Coffee, Tea & fresh juices

DE guide

German guide possible



EN guide

English guide

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Nitrox fills (appprox. 150 USD)

Food & Drinks

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.

Aqua Galapagos Cruise


Stef H. - Berlin, Germany

Aqua Galapagos Cruise

Budget Ship

Best cruise on the best yacht Die Astrea-Yacht hat die höchstmögliche Bewertung verdient. Wir verlebten im Rahmen der Naturalist Cruise eine wunderbare Woche, wurden von einer tollen, sympathischen Crew rund um die Uhr hervorragend versorgt (besonders vom Koch, der eine super Arbeit geleistet hat). Unser Guide war Jimmy, der einen tollen Humor hat und alles über die Insel wusste und unserer Gruppe dieses Wissen in angenehmer Weise vermittelt hat. Täglich sind wir 1-2 an verschiedenen Stellen an Land gegangen sowie außerdem 1-2 täglich schnorcheln gewesen. Jede der Inseln ist eine Welt für sich und sehr sehenswert. Man begegnet Eidechsen, Leguanen, Vögeln, Seelöwen und anderen Tieren hautnah und kan beim schnorcheln Schildkröten, Rochen und auch Haien begegnen. Das Schiff an sich ist ebenfalls super, die Kabinen sind klein, aber fein, jede verfügt über ein eigenes Bad. Es gibt ausreichend Sitzmöglichkeiten im Freien (überdacht und nicht überdacht), neben dem Speisesaal gibt es eine kleine Lounge mit Fernseher und Büchern. Es sind maximal 16 Passagiere an Bord, sodass es keineswegs überlaufen ist und man ausreichend Möglichkeiten hat, sich der fantastischen Natur zu widmen. Wir würden diese Reise jederzeit wiedermachen, es gibt keinen vergleichbaren Ort auf der Erde und die Astrea Yacht hat uns dieses Erlebnis besonders versüßt.

Treveire - Sydney, Australia

Aqua Galapagos Cruise

Budget Ship

5 Stars with best diving ever Overall I am now going to give 5 stars, I would have gave 3 but everything was sorted in the end by Dennis, his response time I found to be very good.The actual trip represented good value for money as I got an inclusive deal. The diving overall even with average visibility was out of this world. The guide Luis was good, the food was very nice and the crew made a lot of effort. ACTUAL DIVING : I can only say that Wolf and Darwin Island is the best diving I have ever experienced in the World for "Big Stuff" ..massive schools of Hammerhead Sharks, Galapados Sharks, more Turtles than you can shake a stick at :-) Playful Sea lions with unreserved energy and beautiful eyes dancing through the water. The best underwater experience with 8 or 9 Dolphins, we could hear them before they torpedoed through the water... and more and more life everywhere. Then the ultimate underwater arrival that literally landed on us at 30 m @ Darwin island was a giant female Whale shark ..the biggest fish in the sea... she gracefully said her hello and was gone within less than a minute, aqua gliding away with no chance of keeping up in the current and depth. Words cannot describe this week of diving and the connection to this raw beauty in this volcanic wonderland. This was worth all the $ and effort to get here. Put it on your bucket list and if you don’t dive, perhaps consider learning but make sure you get your experience up or maybe the Wolf might swallow you whole. I can say hand on heart, I will have to return some day.. it was that good

Catherine LeBlanc

Aqua Galapagos Cruise

Budget Ship

Decided for a Cruise above Island Hopping and don't regret it! I have dreamed of coming to the Galapagos Islands. When we were then staying in the Hotel "The Roof Galapagos" Enno, the Hotel Manager of, recommended us to book a stay on a boat if we wanted to make most of our stay in Galapagos. His hotel was booked out anyway, so we contacted his friend Benno (the names!) and he found a great Last-Minute Deal for us! We don't regret it at all, this was such a magical experience! The Boat itself is a bit older and the cabins are small but me and my wife enjoyed the fact that we could also do a few dives. Apparently, this is not possible on other boats at all, who would have thought! Thanks again, Benno, for the organization!

Gordon Slohan

Aqua Galapagos Cruise

Budget Ship

Once in a lifetime trip Best trip of my life! I am still very thrilled about the decision to go the Galapagos Islands. I chose the Astrea (Naturalist Programme) because of its size. It was a cozy boat with everything you need. Staff was very friendly and spoke very well English. The food was very delicious and more than filling!

Henry Wolfham

Aqua Galapagos Cruise

Budget Ship

Great trip I went with my wife and son on the Naturalist Cruise of the Astrea. We all loved it so much and hope to be able to come back to the islands one day. My son still thinks he saw dinosaurs! Nature there is magnificent. The Astrea is a relatively small boat compared to the other ones you can find around Galapagos, but we didn't mind at all. Everyone was very nice and helpful. The food was great and the kitchen could deal with my wife's allergies (nuts and certain fruits). If you want to get to know the Galapagos Islands on a lower budget, I can definitely recommend the Astrea Cruise!


Aqua Galapagos Cruise

Budget Ship

Affordable Diving in Galapagos I stayed on this live-a-board during my recent visit to the Galapagos (July 12-19). The Astrea is not a luxury cruise, but an affordable very comfortable live-a-aboard with an exceptional cook, outstanding crew, and awesome guides. Just to name a few of the events experienced, we dove with whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, galapagos sharks, mola mola, orca whales, dolphins, and playful sealions. If you are looking for an affordable diving experience in the Galapagos then book a week on the Astrea. Everything a diver needs to enjoy diving the Galapagos you will find on the Astrea. I booked my Astrea tour through Dive the Galapgos. They were awesome in setting everything up including flights from Guayaquil to Baltra. I highly recommend booking your Galapagos trip on board the Astrea.

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