MV Galapagos Master dive boat review
The Galapagos Master, formerly the Deep Blue, was founded with one purpose in mind: to take divers to the best diving locations on the planet with the very latest and best equipment and facilities onboard. The MV Galapagos Master is the Master Fleet’s vessel making the voyage to the world-famous Galapagos Islands.
The diving of the Galapagos Islands is sometimes challenging – there are often currents and the temperatures and thermoclines can be variable. However, for those wanting the ultimate in larger, pelagic marine life, the Galapagos is probably the best place to dive on the planet. In 1835 the Galapagos Islands were made famous by Charles Darwin and his legendary voyages onboard the HMS Beagle. The Galapagos islands have a rich history. With 20% of the life on the islands unique to their ecosystem and not found elsewhere on the planet, the islands are now a vitally important centre for marine and scientific research. The Galapagos Islands are one of the decreasing number of places on earth where there is the opportunity to see huge pelagic life such as hammerhead sharks, silky sharks and whale sharks. Or, on land (and sometimes in the sea!), to see iguanas and penguins. Absolutely stunning and on the bucket list of most experienced divers.
The MV Galapagos Master is a direct rival for the MV Galapagos Aggressor III. Built in 2004 and renovated in 2014 she is identical in size to her rival at 32m long and 7m in beam.
She is of steel construction, cruises at 12 knots, and claims to be one of the most eco-friendly liveaboards operating on the Galapagos Islands.
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Cabins and Boat Layout
The Galapagos Master has space for 16 guests and the 12 crew there to make your voyage a safe, fun and memorable experience.
On the lower deck of the vessel there are twin occupancy cabins. The cabin has en-suite bathroom facilities, individual air-conditioning and in-cabin entertainment.
The middle deck has cabins for double occupancy. Again, the cabin has en-suite bathroom facilities, individual air-conditioning and in-cabin entertainment.
The upper deck cabins have larger windows and a more airy atmosphere. There are either twin or double occupancy based on your circumstances and – as with the lower and middle deck cabins – have en-suite bathroom facilities, individual air-conditioning and in-cabin entertainment.
When not in the cabin there are wonderful amenities onboard. The lounge area offers soft comfortable seating where you may relax with your travelling companions in air-conditioned comfort or make use of the entertainment system.
Moving along the vessel is the dining area, complete with a cocktail bar for when the day’s diving is done. Here you’ll be treated to tasty buffet meals prepared each day by the onboard chef – a flavoursome combination of local and western dishes. Being hungry is not an option!
There is a benched seating area outside and, for sun-worshippers, an sun-deck on the top level complete with loungers. There’s also a cocktail bar here where you might watch the sun set with a cheeky drink.
Diving onboard Galapagos Master
For photographers there is an indoor camera set-up station with charging points. On the amply sized dive deck – located at the aft of the lower deck level – there is another camera preparation area.
There are individual areas for setting up your dive equipment, rinse tanks and fresh water showers located at the rear of the vessel on the dive platform.
Typically, four dives per day are offered. Due to the challenging nature of some of the sites training beyond beginner level is highly recommended, as are a minimum of 50 dives.
Diving is done in buddy teams. The dive deck is spacious and there’s ample storage space for your diving equipment in a personal locker. Nitrox is available for an additional fee and is highly recommended for making the most of your bottom time and extending safe limits.
The diving is conducted from support tenders. DIN adaptors are available onboard for those bring European regulators and Nitrox is available for those who sensibly choose to use it.
Departing from San Cristobal, there are a choice of 7 or 10 day itineraries. Dive site selection is obviously subject to the prevailing conditions.
Where does this liveaboard dive boat go?
Check out the fabulous places where this dive boat travels to.
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