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    Galapagos Rebreathers 2017 expedition

    Following the success of our latest comprehensive rebreather trip to the Galapagos in 2015, we are now organizing the next biennial trip for August 2017.

    These trips represent the pinnacle in aquatic interaction on closed circuit rebreathers in the Galapagos and offer unique encounters unavailable on open circuit scuba.

    We expect this trip to be the perfect storm as we'll be in a La Nina year following El Nino, combined with a high season month of August and a full moon should deliver the best of Galapagos.

    This trip is available to a very limited and select group of divers. The Galapagos archipelago is a world famous hotspot for observing marine mega fauna, especially sharks. The use of rebreather technologies provides great opportunity for very close wildlife experiences in the islands.

    In the Galapagos hundreds of hammerhead sharks and rays cruising overhead, while big schools of Galapagos sharks wonder very close, can be the fore playing scene for a bus sized whale shark to appear out of the blue…

    This is a reason why many diving enthusiasts and underwater imaging specialists come every year. But very few of the regular tourists will ever have the opportunity to witness this world patrimony national park in its perfect silence. If the experience is amazing enough in Open Circuit imagine it with the bubble less and quiet and moist environment a rebreather provides.

    From August 7th to 14th, 2017 a rebreather oriented expedition to the Galapagos Islands is being organized by PADI Course Directors and Technical Instructor Trainers Andy Phillips and Jorge Mahauad. The specialized trip is supported by Jorge A. Mahauad and Galapagos Rebreathers.

    Organizers have chartered Humboldt Explorer, a 35 meter steel hulled licensed live-aboard vessel with capacity to accommodate 16 divers in 8 air-conditioned double occupancy cabins with private bath and showers. A comfortable dive deck and a camera table are available for all divers. Social areas include a partially covered sundeck with Jacuzzi, ample seating space and a salon including a lounge and dining area.

    Galapagos Rebreathers will provide an expedition technician to operate boosters and deliver high pressure oxygen. Granular or pre-packed CO2 absorbent, on board steel 2 or 3 liter rebreather cylinders with in line style valves and 6 liter aluminum bailout cylinders with DIN convertible valves and stage / sidemount rigging will be available for all rebreather divers.

    It's worth combining with a week before or after doing other trips on the islands or in Ecuador or Peru.

    Here's a sample itinerary;

    Day 1 (day of arrival) On Monday you will arrive aboard at San Cristobal Island, followed by a check out dive at Itabaca channel. This site is the home for many sea lions, as well as sand dollars, black-blotched stingrays, puffers and sea stars.

    Day 2 Morning dives are scheduled at Punta Carrion which gives the opportunity to see Galapagos garden eels, sea turtles, sea lions, fur seals, golden eagle rays, yellowtail grunts, bigeye jacks, schools of snappers and frequent sightings of whitetip reef sharks, hammerheads, and Galapagos sharks. An afternoon land based tour will be offered on North Seymour to view Blue footed boobies, Iguanas and Gannets.

    Day 3 - 6 Every day three dives will be made at Wolf Island or Darwin Island. These dive sites are very well known for the high presence of hammerheads, and big Galapagos sharks. There is also the likelihood of seeing marine turtles, various types of rays, mantas, dolphins, moray eels, and invertebrates.

    Day 7 Two dives are scheduled at Cousins where often eagle rays, manta rays, sea horses and Galapagos sharks can be spotted. Followed by a Guided visit to the town of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island in the afternoon. Cousins Rock is a perfect site for seeing black juvenile corals, Galapagos seahorses, octopuses, hammerheads, Galapagos sharks, green sea turtles, eagle rays, and schools of barracudas.

    Day 8 (day of departure) Check out day and departure from San Cristobal.

    This itinerary is subject to change without notice by the authorities of the Galapagos National Park Service depending on environmental reasons.

    On our trips in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2105 we had Whale sharks, Hammerheads, Manta Rays, Dolphins, Sea lions, hundreds of schooling fish, turtles, and wait for it………………….Orcas!!!!!

    No surprises trip fee is US$6200 per rebreather diver. Price includes the following items:
    • Accommodation on double occupancy cabins on board M/Y Humboldt Explorer
    • Transportation to and from dive sites
    • All meals on board, coffee, tea and drinking water
    • Fuel Surcharge
    • Air diluent and bailout (rebreather divers only)
    • Sofnolime 8-12 (1 - 2.5mm) CO2 absorbent or equivalent in pre-packed cartridges. (rebreather divers only)
    • Two Open Circuit Galapagos Marine Reserve dive masters.
    • One Rebreather support technician for the entire duration of the trip (rebreather divers only)
    • High pressure (150+ bar) medical grade Oxygen provided from Haskell Booster Pump. (rebreather divers only)
    • Rental of one set of 2 or 3 liter steel cylinders for on board gas with in line style valves (rebreather divers only)
    • Rental of one 40cf / 5,7 liter bailout cylinder with DIN/Yoke 200 bar convertible valve (rebreather divers only)
    • Stage or sidemount rigging for off board bailout system. (rebreather divers only)

    Additional costs not included in trip fee:
    • Nitrox Bailout
    • Tips and Gratuities
    • Special drinks
    • Round Trip air ticket to the Galapagos Islands
    • Migratory control card tax
    • Galapagos National Park entry fee
    • Personal expenses
    • Transfers and hotels in Ecuador mainland
    • Additional extensions in Galapagos

    To confirm a place we require a deposit 50% of $3100 (balance due 180 days in advance of departure date), and as the policy is non-refundable we recommend trip insurance.

    Although there are 16 places on the boat we expect these places to go fast, and often reservations for Galapagos are needed 18-24 months in advance. The diving is some of the best in the world, and our groups tend to be experienced divers, which gives us a more enhanced group diving experience.

    Do this trip whilst fish stocks last and in good company of fellow dive pro's!

    It's the trip of a lifetime!!!
    Jorge A. MAHAUAD

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    Re: Galapagos Rebreathers 2017 expedition

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    Re: Galapagos Rebreathers 2017 expedition

    I had the pleasure of diving the 2015 Rebreather Galapagos trip and have already signed up for 2017. I posted my trip report on another board, but thought I'd share here as well:

    We booked this trip almost two years ago, arranged by Jorge at Tip Top Diving and Andy from Utila Dive Center. Jorge's colleagues helped plan every detail, including our in country flight arrangements, hotel before and after the liveaboard, airport transfers, land tours, etc. It was all perfect!

    I've read alot about the challenging conditions in the Galapagos, and was honestly a little nervous. I have about 50 dives with my drysuit, but didn't feel rock solid with it yet. (I'm a Florida girl - cold water diving is below 76. Reading the reports for the Galapagos, I knew it would be dry suit only for me. I'm glad I did, although with El Nino, water temps were uncharacteristically warm (76 - 80). I also feel pretty rock solid going dry now!).

    Time for the check out dive. We were immediately greeted by 3 beautiful hammerheads. Huge garden eels and more morays than I've ever seen on any ten dives combined were RIGHT there. Another small school of hammers swims by, then a Mola Mola swims over to check us out. It circles back a few times, then I got distracted by the sea lion pups wanting to play in my bubbles (I was on a rebreather, so I was furiously generating bubbles for them to play with). Back on the boat, and I'm obviously whooping and hollering - totally ecstatic about what was most likely the best dive of my life. And the locals sort of shrug and were like 'yeah, that was a nice dive.' ARE YOU KIDDING ME???!!!??? They weren't. It got better from there.

    Massive schools of hammerheads, the occasional whale shark, sea lions and seals. Dolphins and more turtles than you can imagine. Galapagos. Why aren't you closer??

    Now the boat. I've never met a happier crew. The dive guides LOVED diving. Many of the crew didn't speak English, but they seemed to anticipate my questions or needs with a smile. And the young lady cleaning? She must sprout additional arms and legs every time we went under water or ate. The room was ALWAYS spotless. She'd even do light laundry for you if you asked nice. The food was plentiful and tasty, the rooms were well appointed and comfortable. I think the engines are in need of an overhaul (smoky) and believe they said that was happening soon. The diving is all done off 2 zodiacs which was surprisingly easy, even with all our gear. The runs were short and the guides would help seat you and pass down cameras. No problem rolling in with the big cameras, but if you're not comfortable, they are happy to hand them to you. Getting back on can be a challenge. We took our gear off in the water and most pulled back onto the boat. I'm not proud and used the little ladder - it was a piece of cake. Conditions can be rough and the current is quite strong. You should be very comfortable with your buoyancy, drift diving, hanging onto the rocks and ducking out of the current.

    Galapagos diving is probably the best in the world, but is not for the faint of heart (or body). You should be in relatively good shape and I personally wouldn't think that asking for a minimum of 100 dives of experience would be at all out of line. Did I say that I've already booked my trip for 2017?

    A few of my favorite pics from the trip attached.



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    Re: Galapagos Rebreathers 2017 expedition

    As one of the organizers for this trip and a self-confessed Galapagos rebreather addict, I can't recommend this trip enough for rebreather divers. With extended bottom times and intimate aquatic encounters and our next trip planned around a full moon and in the opposite year to El Nino, known as La Nina, it really is the the perfect storm. Our last trip booked up 18 months in advance and spots for this one are already going fast so please contact me on info@goproutila.com with specific questions.

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