DivEncounters is the exclusive worldwide representative of the Galapagos Live-Aboard dive yacht M/V Galapagos Sky (formerly the M/V Sky Dancer). This sales and marketing company is based in Miami, FL, and is co-owned by Peter A. Hughes and Santiago Dunn, president of Ecoventura, a leading travel and tour company located in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and established in 1990.
DivEncounters mission is to deliver exceptional underwater adventures to our guests, and by teaming up with the M/V Galapagos Sky – we will provide the highest possible liveaboard diving adventures in the Galapagos Islands – one of the top ranked diving destinations in the world.
While exceptional diving experiences are DivEncounters first priority, we also feel our guests should enjoy top notch accommodations, first rate food and beverage service, and luxury amenities as they pursue their diving dreams. And the Galapagos Sky is the perfect live-aboard to accomplish these goals.
About M/V Galapagos Sky: The M/V Galapagos Sky is a 100 ft (33m) luxury live-aboard dive yacht providing high voltage diving experiences in the fabled waters of the The Galapagos Islands. The M/V Galapagos Sky (Formerly, Sky Dancer) was launched in June of 2001 and is owned by Santiago Dunn – and in continuous operation by the same owner since that time.
In keeping with the strong tradition of live-aboard diving and service excellence built over the last decade – the M/V Galapagos Sky will continue to upgrade the vessel and amenities on a regular basis.
About Peter A. Hughes, President of DivEncounters
Peter A. Hughes is an established leader and pioneer in the field of live-aboard dive travel, and spent 25 years building his former live-aboard company, Peter Hughes Diving. Peter brings this expertise to DivEncounters – and will continue to set the bar in the world of live-aboard dive travel.
Peter’s vision for DivEncounters is simple – provide guests with exceptional underwater adventures while providing luxury accommodations and amenities topside.
Along with relentless efforts to promote ocean conservation, Peter is also recognized by many for his longevity in the industry and his commitment to quality and service. SCUBAPRO has this year, 2013, announced their DEEP ELITE, An ambassador program with a purpose. SCUBAPRO has a long legacy of working with the best and most iconic divers in the world – these individuals can choose any brand – but have an uncanny loyalty and commitment to the excellence and experiences SCUBAPRO gear delivers. To read more about the DEEP ELITE program click here .
About Santiago Dunn, Vice President, DivEncounters
DivEncounters was co-founded by Peter A. Hughes and Santiago Dunn.
Santiago is a native of Guayaquil, Ecuador where he lives with his wife and four young sons. He graduated from Boston College with a BS in Finance and Economics and a minor in Marketing. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Aviation from Condordia University in Montreal.
He is President of Ecoventura – one of the leading tour companies operating in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Ecoventura maintains a state-of-the-art fleet of 3 yachts (MY Eric, Flamingo 1, and Letty) hosting 20 guests each. These guests enjoy cruising and visiting the various islands in the Galapagos Archipelago, hiking and snorkeling, and while SCUBA diving is available on the vessels two days of each cruise – Ecoventura cruises are for families and individuals.
Since Santiago founded Ecoventura in 1990 – his passion and goal is to lead the travel community worldwide in “green” tourism. He pioneered the SmartVoyager program with the Rainforest Alliance – setting high certification standards for all vessels in Galapagos.
In 2006, Ecoventura became the first Carbon Neutral company in Ecuador. Santiago and Ecoventura have also been awarded the Sustainable Standard-Setter Award by the Rainforest Alliance, and also the recipient of the first annual Sustainable Travel Award by IGTOA.