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ABOUT ASTREA LIVEABOARD
The 82 feet / 25 meter Steel Vessel Astrea was built in 1998 and refurbished from 2010 to 2012. Astrea offers Dive expeditions and seightseeing cruises around the Galapagos archipel. Regular dive trip duration takes from Tuesday to Tuesday and includes up to 19 dives, 2 land visits and 3 diving days around the top spots Wolf and Darwin. Furthermore Astrea is offering non diving naturalist cruises of the same duration.
7 twin and 1 double cabin, each with privat bathroom offer space for 16 divers.
The boat features a lounge on the main deck with air conditioning, TV, audio and video player, library, movies, games, restaurant, terrace bar and relax with solarium and a sundeck with cushioned loungers.
Guests can enjoy a variety of international and Ecuadorian cuisine. There is a choice of beer, wine, tea, coffee, water and soft drinks available on board. Meals are served at the air-conditioned restaurant, menu and buffet style using the freshest ingredients available. Snacks after the return of each dive/excursion.
Length/Beam: 82 feet (25 meters) / 18 feet (5,5 meters)
Brutto weight: 133 tons
Maximum speed: 8 knods
Engines: Caterpillar 250 hp
Generators/Compressors: 2 x Cumin 180 hp/2 air compressor - 1 Nitrox compressor
Electricity: 110 Volt, 220 Volt on bridge, 24 hours a day
Water capacity: 8,000 liters
Water maker: 1,188 gallons (4,500 liters) per day
Full capacity: 2,113 gallons (8,000 liters)
Crew: 9, 2 divemasters, Capitain, Cook and Assistant, Stewardess, Engineer, 2 deck hands
SAFETY ON BOARD
- 1 life raft for 25 persons
- Radio VHF and portable radio
- 2 radars
- Depth sounder with alarm
- Searchlight and horn
- Bilge pump alarm
- Epirb 406 RLS (Emergency position-indicating radio beacon)
- Emergency Oxygen
- compete first aid kit
- Fire extinguishers and CO2
- Life jackets in each cabin
ACCOMODATON ON BOARD OF ASTREA
Astrea offers space for 16 divers in 8 cabins located on the lower-, mid-, and upper deck. The 4 lower deck cabins have bunk beds, port holes and central A/C, the main deck Master cabin double bed, windows and individually adjustable A/C and TV/DVD. The 3 upper deck cabins bunk beds, windows and individually adjustable A/C.
All cabins include private bathroom, how water shower, air conditioning, toiletries, 110 Volt sockets, reading lights, closets, life jackets, fire extinguishers and smoke detectors.
ITINERARY OF THE ASTREA DIVE EXPEDITIONS
The itineraries are subject to changes without prior notice. During the dive trip the crew may change itineraries and dives according to local conditions or park regulations.
DAY 01 TUESDAY: Baltra Island - Check Dive
Morning arrival at Baltra airport. Crew Pick up and transfer to Astrea. Boat check in.
Afternoon after lunch sailing to Northeast Baltra island and Check out dive.
DAY 02 WEDNESDAY: Bartolome – Cousin Rocks
Morning 1 dive in Bartolome, afternoon 2 dives at Cousin and following departure to the northern islands.
DIA 03 THURSDAY: Wolf Island
In this remote spot of the Galapagos two dives will take place, one in the Landslide and one in The Cave.
DAY 04 FRIDAY: Darwin Island
Up to 4 dives at Darwins Arch.At this marvelous most northwest island we enjoy 4 dives today at the spot called The Arch.
DAY 05 SATURDAY: Wolf Island
Back at Wolf for two dives at El Derrumbe and La Cueva.
DAY 06 SUNDAY: Isabela Island – Punta Vicente Roca – Marshall Corp
Morning 1 dive at Punta Vicente Roca. After the dive panga ride to the shoreline to observe the penguins, flightless cormorants and marine iguanas.
Afternoon Cabo Marshall. The trip to Cabo Marshall will take a few hours. Travel along the coastline of Isabela and with an amazing view of the volcanoes that formed the island, Ecuador, Darwin and Wolf. Crossing the equator line south bound.
1 dive at Cabo Marshall the main attraction are the giant manta ray, it is up to 6m (18ft) wing span, swimming at low depth. Several small fish in large schools are to be seen here, too, such as barracudas.
DAY 07 MONDAY: Pinzon Island
At this small island located in the center of the Archipelago, we will have our last dives of the trip. We will see the red lip batfish, giant manta rays, marbel rays, eagle rays and a large quantity of marine turtles.
In the afternoon we travel towards Santa Cruz and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station with its interaction center and the giant tortoises that live here. They are bred to set them into the wilderness.
DAY 08 TUESDAY. Santa Cruz Highlands – Baltra Airport
Before flying back to the mainland or continuing your adventure at Hotel Silberstein we visit the Highlands with the tortoises in their natural environment, several types of finches and the Twin Craters.
ASTREA also offers to continue your adventure on board for a Naturalist cruise to explore the Islands on Land in an 8 day cruise.
For those who leave the Enchanted Islands our guide will take you back to the airport in Baltra and check you in for your flight home, full of beautiful memories.
SCUBA DIVING ON BOARD OF ASTREA
Minimum 60 dives and drift dive experience are required for participation.The dives take place in 2 dive tenders with ouboarder engines to get as close to the dive sites as possible. Up to 19 dives are offered on a regular 8 day/7 night expeditions, it always depends on the local conditions and park regulations.
DIVING INFRASTRUCTURE ON BOARD OF ASTREA
The dive deck is located on the main deck and is equipped with camera table, rinse tanks and storage compartments for each diver. Additionally it has a bathroom on the platform and two hot showers.
Tanks: 50 x 80 cu ft (12 liter) Aluminim tanks
Charging stations: We have 110 in cabins and in the saloon we can offer 220 under request.
Dive Tenders: 2 x 50 HP Yamaha zodiacs with rigid hull
RATES AND SERVICES ON BOARD OF ASTREA
Prices are based on double occupation per person in US Dollars for individual bookings
8 days, 7 nights, 6 diving days 2016
8 days, 7 nights, 6 diving days 2017
*Park fees may change without prior notice
Single occupancy 50% supplement
Dive expeditions on Astrea include:
⦁ Accommodation and complimentary toiletries, towels
⦁ Transfers/pickups from airport
⦁ Dives with tanks/air/weights, dive master services
⦁ All meals, water with meals
⦁ Excursions in the islands with English Speaking Naturalist Guide
⦁ International flights and flights to/from Galapagos
⦁ Galapagos Park fee
⦁ Control Transit Card Ingala
⦁ Dive gear rental
⦁ Trip cancelation and diving insurance
⦁ Possible fuel surcharge
⦁ Nitrox $130
⦁ alcohol beverages and soft drinks
⦁ Crew tips
Flights from Quito or Guayacil to Baltra
Tue: Flight AV 1632. Departs UIO 07:05 AM. Departs GYE 08:40 AM. Arrives GPS 09:30 AM
Tue: Flight AV 1633. Departs GPS 10:10 AM. Arrives GYE 13:00 PM. Arrives UIO 14:35 PM
PAYMENTS ON BOARD OF ASTREA
Cash only in US Dollars
CHECK OUT THE VIDEO OF ASTREA GALAPAGOS DIVING CRUISE