Here you will find our frequently asked questions and answers. If you still cannot find what you’re looking for, please contact us.

Nitrox is included in the cruise rate.  Nitrox/Enriched Air Certification by a recognized certification/training agency is required to dive with Nitrox on board Galápagos Sky.  Without proof of Nitrox certification, divers will be provided with air fills.  Without Nitrox certification, all dives cannot be completed on Days 3, 4 & 5 at Wolf & Darwin due to recreational Non-Decompression Limits.  Nitrox classes are not offered on board.  Our membrane system generally produces 32%.  Certified Nitrox divers must analyze and log Nitrox mixes and MODs prior to each dive.  Nitrox Analyzers are provided on board. 

✅ Nitrox Certification Cards must be presented to Dive Guides at check-in on board.  

Divers without Nitrox Certification will be required to hire a Private Dive Guide.

ARRIVALS TO ECUADOR

Effective February 11, 2022, all visitors aged 3 and older must present certification of vaccination (a card or QR code with a certificate) against COVID-19, with the final dose administered at least 14 days prior to arrival, OR a laboratory-certified negative RT-PCR test result issued within 72 hours prior to the flight departure.

All visitors must complete and present a Traveler Health Declaration Form (one per family) prior to boarding the flight and present it to customs upon arrival in Ecuador. Alternatively, a digital form can be completed (one per person) https:// declaracionsalud-viajero.msp.gob.ec/ Upon arrival, you will be screened for symptoms including a temperature check and complete a customs form. Arriving travelers who present symptoms may be subject to a random rapid antigen test.

ARRIVALS TO GALAPAGOS

Effective February 11, 2022, all visitors aged 3 and older must present certification of vaccination (a card or QR code with a certificate) against COVID-19, with the final dose administered at least 14 days prior to arrival, OR a laboratory-certified negative RT-PCR test result issued within 72 hours prior to the flight departure.

We recommend our guests be fully vaccinated with a booster or arrive to Ecuador with a negative test result valid for entry to Galapagos. Entry requirements change frequently according to the evolution of the epidemiologic situation. Please check for the current requirements up until your departure for Ecuador and Galapagos.

CRUISE DEPARTURE DAY

Once onboard, you will be asked to complete a one-page questionnaire concerning your health and medical conditions. The Captain screens guests during the cruise with a temperature check and oxygen saturation level.

COVID TESTING FOR DEPARTING FLIGHTS

Travelers who require an Antigen test to return to their country can be tested at the airport in Quito and Guayaquil. In QUITO, VIP Medical is open 24/7at the airport. In GUAYAQUIL, VERIS lab is available on Sunday starting at 2:30 PM through a special arrangement with Ecoventura. If you depart San Cristobal SCY on Sunday after disembarkment from Galapagos Sky on AV1631, upon arrival to GYE, our Representative will meet and escort our guests to the lab’s location inside the airport. Results are available within 30 minutes. The cost is $40 and credit cards are accepted for payment.

We will provide guests with a Full Cruise Credit (FCC) to reschedule their cruise up to 24 months from their cruise departure if either of the following conditions are met:

COVID-19 specific travel restrictions include the following:

  • Ecuador closes its borders or prevents travelers from entering due to governmental guidelines and restrictions on your country of residence.
  • Your country of residence presents you from departing due to their governmental guidelines and restrictions on the entry to Ecuador.
  • Your country of residence, Ecuador or Galapagos has a mandated quarantine.

We recommend that all travelers purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy, preferably CFAR, should you need to cancel for any other reason.

Medical illnesses, including COVID-19, that prevent travel are covered by Travel Insurance. Please check your Travel Insurance policy.

Our most popular question! Truly, Galapagos offers phenomenal year-round diving.  The Galapagos Sky offers liveaboard cruising all twelve months of the year and visits the unbelievable islands of Wolf and Darwin on every trip. There are two “seasons” for Galapagos diving:

WHALE SHARK SEASON (from June to November)

The water is cooler, 60-75°F, 15-24°C.

MANTA SEASON (December through May)

The water is warmer, clearer 68-82°F, 18-28°C

Each diver is required to have Dive Accident insurance. Divers must note the company and policy number on the Application.  The Hyperbaric Chamber donation fee does not cover any medical expenses if needed.  Traditional Health Insurance and Travel Insurance policies do not cover hyperbaric treatment or emergency evacuation caused by the activity of scuba diving.  A Dive Accident policy or rider to a Travel Insurance policy is required.  DAN.og and DiveAssure.com are common Dive Accident Insurance companies that also offer Travel Insurance.  There are many other Dive Accident and Travel Insurance companies offered around the world.  Best to research what is available in your home country.

                       

English and Spanish are spoken on board Galápagos Sky by Dive Guides and Captains.

110/AC 60 cycle Type B (the same as in North and Central America) with some 220 outlets on the dive deck.  The main lounge area and all cabins have Type B outlets.

Taxi service in the Galapagos islands is very inexpensive.  From the airport or hotels to the Main Municipal dock, the charge will be just s few dollars (USD cash only)  Taxis do not take credit cards.

The US Dollar USD – The country of Ecuador uses the US Dollar.  Many small shops and vendors in Galápagos only take cash.  If credit cards are accepted, there is usually a surcharge.   Personal bank checks and Traveler’s Checks are not accepted on board or in the islands.