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THE CREW
T2 specialized Guides with license for Galapagos
1 Captain
1 Cook and his assistant
1 Barkeeper/ Server
1 First mate and 1 mate
2 Engineers

FACILITIES    
The diving platform offers space for all guests’ dive equipment, camera table, cleaning tanks with fresh water, space for drying suits. In the inside we have a lounge with air condition, TV, stereo, library, movies, table games, as well as our dinner room with air condition, a resting room with a bar and on the upper deck in the front is a sun deck.


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THE YACHT

ASTREA is a motor yacht that is in size, 25m(75ft) length, which is built for diving in the Galapagos archipelago. We have all according permits and will operate throughout the year.
Dive safaris and land cruises are 8 days/7 nights and start every Tuesday.

Length: 25 meters / 83 foot
Beam: 5.5 meters / 18 foot
Cruise: 10 knots
Divers: 16

pinguinoe1Astrea Yacht  is a custom-built diving live aboard boat, TOURIST CLASS with plenty of space for diving comfort and relaxation from the moment you step onboard. With a 16 guest maximum and 9 person crew, you can expect comfortable rooms throughout the boat. - A high level of personal service is given in both English and Spanish.

Almost all dives are done from a dive tender, allowing for easy access to all the best diving sites. Nitrox is available and the dive deck is fully equipped including a camera table and rinse tank. After diving, guests can relax in the air-conditioned lounge with a complimentary beer, wine or a cup of coffee. Guests can also check their photos on the onboard computer, or enjoy some music or movies on the entertainment system. Comfort, service and serious diving in the remote islands of the Galapagos all await you, the discerning diver on the Astrea Yacht.

 

FACILITIES

THE CREW
T2 specialized Guides with license for Galapagos
1 Captain
1 Cook and his assistant
1 Barkeeper/ Server
1 First mate and 1 mate
2 Engineers

FACILITIES    
The diving platform offers space for all guests’ dive equipment, camera table, cleaning tanks with fresh water, space for drying suits. In the inside we have a lounge with air condition, TV, stereo, library, movies, table games, as well as our dinner room with air condition, a resting room with a bar and on the upper deck in the front is a sun deck.

CABINS, BERTHS, SHOWERS, BATHROOMS
The Yacht has 8 double cabins with bunk beds; 4 cabins in the upper deck (No. 1, 2, 3, 4), 1 cabin on the main deck (No. 5) and the 3 cabins in the lower deck (No. 6, 7, 8)

Each cabin offers
- Air conditioning.
- Shower with warm water, toilet and air condition.
- Amenities and towels .
- Windows in the cabins on main deck and upper deck. Bull eyes in lower deck.
- Reading lamps.
- Closets.
- Smoke alarm and alarm system.
- Fire extinguisher and life vests.
- Electricity outlets with 110V.

Additionally we offer two showers with warm water to shower off salt water after diving or swimming.

CATERING

009Typically we offer buffet style meals. Conditions may vary where we offer a set menu by plate.

The kitchen offers a wide variety of Ecuadorian and international cuisine. Alcoholic beverages are offered at an extra cost.
A cafeteria on the main deck is available 24 hours for free tea, coffee and water.
Each cruise starts with a welcome cocktail and lunch and ends with breakfast.

 

 

 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS   SAFETY SUPPORT FEATURES

• Built 1998
• Restored in 2015
• Size 25m x 5,5m
• Weight 133 GRT
• Speed 8 Knods
• 2 Engines Caterpillar with 250 HP
• 2 Generators Cumin 180 HP
• 1 Compressor
• 1 Compressor Nitrox, Nitrox COMP’d
• 50 Tanks Aluminium
• Electricity 110v, 220v; 24 hrs a day
• Capacity for 8000 l Sweetwater.
• Desalination plant 4500 l daily.
• Gasoline 8000 Liter. 
 
• 1 Safety boat ( 25 pax.)
• 2 Zodiacs with YAMAHA Engines
• Radio VHF
• 2 Radars
• Sonar with Alarm
• Reflector and Whistle
• Bilge pump
• Epirb 406 RLS
• Emergency Oxygen
• First Aid Kit
• Fire extinguisher
• Life vests in cabins
• Pump for fire extinguishing

All the equipment necessary for sailing in fulfillment with International Coast Guard regulations (Navigation, communication, rescue, first aid).

 

ITINERARY

Baltra. Arrival at Baltra airport. Our guide will welcome you, gather the group and take you to ASTREA to check in.

After an abundant lunch and accommodating yourself in one of our comfortable cabins, we will give a short introduction with general information about the yacht and its installations. Afterwards you will have a first dive at the northeast area of Baltra to check equipment and weights where you will be joined by rays, white tip sharks and sea lions.

Bartolomé. This is the perfect spot to start your adventure with moderate currents. At the depth of around 20mtrs (60ft) we might see white tip reef sharks, green marine turtles, different types of rays, tropical fish and the red lip batfish, which are endemic to the Islands. Occasionally even the first hammerhead sharks can be spotted swimming nearby. After this first dive our chef awaits with an amazing breakfast.

Cousins Rock. Todays second dive will be approximately 15 minutes north of Bartolome by an islet. It is a perfect spot with moderate to stronger currents with excellent possibilities to spot sea horses, bloody frogfish, schools of eagle rays, sea lions afur seals and sometimes giant manta rays. The topography forms a nicely populated slope full of volcanically formed holes that are the perfect refuge for moray eels, octopus and lobster. We will be surrounded by black coral and many different types of sponges. A warm shower and little snacks wait for guests on board before lunch. After a well-deserved nap the third dive of the day will be at this same spot. Back on board the journey starts toward the island Wolf.

In this remote spot of the Galapagos today we will have two dives. El Derrumbe (Landslide). The topography is forming a slope where we descend up to 25m (75ft). Large schools of hammerhead sharks are welcoming the divers to the first highlight of the trip. We also find Galapagos sharks and other open water species such as green and carey turtles. With some luck even the large whale shark will make its first appearance, as well as the giant manta ray, and eagle rays. Amongst the rocks we can spot morays, scorpion fish and many others… La Cueva (The Cave). To dive this spot a flashlight is highly recommended. We will encounter an under water tunnel to dive through with various caves to explore. Amongst the rocks we find moray eels, lobster, nudibranchia and more. Turtles are found all over with a large quantity of fish. At the entrance and exit of The Cave we might find Galapagos and Black Tip Sharks.

This marvelous most northwest island we enjoy 4 dives today at the spot called The Arch. Arco de Darwin (Darwins Arch). To visit this unique spot is every divers dream. Here you see everything the marine life of Galapagos has to offer. Above the ocean uncountable groups of Blue and Red Footed Boobies along with many tropical birds welcome the visitors. Playful dolphins and occasionally whales around ASTREA are part of the excitement. Underwater we will observe a large quantity of species, immense amounts of fish, large schools of hammerhead sharks, turtles, large fish such as yellow tail tuna and albacore. Of course, the most important visitor of this remote spot and one of the main reasons to visit Darwin is the impressive Whale Shark, which is usually present from July to November.

Back at Wolf we will have two dives at El Derrumbe and La Cueva. A new day brings a new adventure! While in the company of turtles and plenty of hammerheads divers can search for some more whale sharks

Punta Vicente Roca. First dive starts very early. At the sandy bottom by the corals we will look for large sea horses which live as couples scattered over the dive spot. We also find the catfish, red lip bat fish and the highlight of the day the Sunfish. This area is home of many marine turtles. All of the above stay in the area the whole year. After the dive we will do a panga ride to the shoreline to observe the penguins, flightless cormorants and marine iguanas.

Cabo Marshall. The trip to Cabo Marshall will take a few hours. We will travel along the coastline of Isabela and have an amazing view of the volcanoes that formed the island, Ecuador, Darwin and Wolf. We will cross the equator line south bound. At Cabo Marshall the main attraction are the giant manta rays with 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.

At this small centrally located island 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.

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.

At this small centrally located island 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.

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.

At this small centrally located island 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.

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.

 

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