All meals and excursions aboard ship; transfers in the islands; bilingual national park certified dive guide; use of select onboard dive equipment (weights, weight belts, air tanks, dive alert, SMB, Nautilus Lifeline, Safety Noisemaker); WiFi throughout the ship. The following are included when purchasing airfare from cruise operator in conjunction with cruise: airport transfers in San Cristobal for Galapagos flights (subject to restrictions on discounted cruises, inquire for details). Please note that a logistics fee of $50 per person will be assessed if you do not purchase Galapagos flights in conjunction with your cruise.
All airfare; alcoholic drinks; meal on final day in town; Galapagos National Park fee (US $100); TCT-Galapagos Transit Control Card (US $20); mandatory dive insurance; trip insurance and insurance of any kind; tips; personal expenses; Nitrox ($200); personal scuba gear, including mandatory dive computer; independently arranged equipment rental, if needed; sales tax & credit card fee; recompression chamber fee ($35).
Payment & Cancellation
In order to confirm this trip, a non-refundable deposit of 30% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 95 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 95 days – 70% of total trip cost
94 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost
All passengers must complete a Diver Application form at the time of reservation. No reservation is confirmed without receiving the completed application form. Booking forms and waivers are due 95 days prior to arrival. Reservations are not confirmed prior to receipt of these completed and signed forms. Passengers who fail to comply may be cancelled and/or denied boarding.
Terms & Conditions
This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.
Arrival & Departure
Most flights to the Galapagos will depart Quito or Guayaquil between 6:00am and 11:00am on Day 1 and return between 2:00pm and 6:00pm on the final day. We highly recommend travelers arrive to Ecuador two days prior to their Galapagos cruise. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page. Note: Your passport must be valid 6 months after your Ecuador trip concludes.
Flights from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to the Galapagos are not included in the cruise price, but are arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled Galapagos flight for your particular departure. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these for you in their proposal and on your invoice. On flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands, baggage weight limits are currently 50 pounds for checked items, and 17 pounds for carry-on plus a small personal item. Subject to change.
There are numerous opportunities to dive during the 8-day Dive Cruise aboard Calipso (plan for 3-4 dives per day). For select land-based visits, trip members will walk or hike from the landing point to specific areas for wildlife observation.
Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 70%(2022) or 80%(2023) supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Groups of 4-14 passengers will receive a 10% discount.
Families & Children
Kids 12 years and older are welcome aboard all departure dates for individual bookings, provided they meet the dive requirements of advance open water certification and 50 dives for January-June departures or 100 dives for July-December departures. Divers under the age of 18 should be accompanied by an adult. There is no child discount for dive departures.
Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.
Note that Galapagos Province requires foreign travelers to show proof of medical insurance coverage for entry. If you are traveling to the Galapagos Islands, confirm with your travel insurance provider that your policy contains medical coverage to meet this entry requirement. Be certain to bring your insurance plan ID documents with you when you travel.
Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. Due to the active nature of volcanoes in the Western Galapagos, alternate excursions may be offered. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.
Dive Requirements & Conditions
Please note that diving in the Galápagos is advanced due to strong currents, varying visibility and cold water. Recommended requirements include 50-100 open water dives, at least one dive in the past 6 months before boarding, and experience in currents. Calipso dive departures offer the option of air or Nitrox diving; Nitrox is strongly recommended. If you are not certified, with advance notice the course is available on board at $250. Contact AdventureSmith for additional details and pre-requisites for participating in a Calipso Dive Cruise.