The Gala I - Pingüino Explorer (also known as the Galaexplorer) is a unique cruise ship operating in the Galapagos Islands, because it offers both naturalist cruises and diving cruises! The GalaExplorer is the only ship allowed to make two types of tours: 8 days live-aboard diving cruise, and then the next 8 days of naturalist cruise touring the highlights of the archipelago.

Gala I - Pingüino Explorer Yacht is a ship designed exclusively to offer the comfort and relaxation from the moment you start your trip. The boat has 2 motorized dive boats zodiac brand, platform diving and shower facilities with hot water after each trip, as well as personal lockers for your dive gear, camera table and rinse tank separately.

In its main deck air-conditioned restaurant includes a bar, lounge with TV, VCR, stereo, computer, library with movies, games, books, magazines, self-terrace with bar and shaded area and bathing area lazy sun, dining.

Class: Tourist Superior Class

Gala I - Pingüino Explorer

GalaExplorer bow

Naturalist Cruise Includes:

  • All meals - Buffet Style
  • Water, Tea and Coffee
  • Accommodation in Double Cabin (1 or 2 beds)
  • Excursion Specified in Itinerary
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide
  • Airfare (usually included)

Not Included:

  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee
  • Isabela Fee ($20) & Entrances to private ranches ($3)
  • Alcohol and Soft Drinks
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Tips

Scuba Deck GalaExplorer

Dive Cruise Includes:

  • 2 to 5 dives per day (As per itinerary)
  • Accommodation in double cabin
  • Transfers from and to the airport in Galapagos
  • Pre- breakfast , breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks are provided on board
  • Soft drinks (coffee, tea , scented water , purified water , juice)
  • Technical equipment: tanks, weights , weight belt
  • Dive Master 8/1 ( Each Dive Master can take up to 8 divers)

Dive Cruise Not Included:

  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee
  • Alcohol and Soft Drinks
  • Personal equipment: Wetsuit, fins, BCD, Regulator, mask, snorkle, hood, gloves, booties, computer. These are available as rental.
  • Nitrox ($120 per week)
  • Hyperbaric Chamber
  • Tips

Dinning GalaExplorer

Cabin GalaExplorer

GalaExplorer Starboard 2

GalaExplorer Stern


Naturalist Itinerary

8 days Tuesday - Tuesday
4 days Tuesday - Friday*
5 days Friday - Tuesday*


Scuba Itinerary

8 days Tuesday - Tuesday*

* Site with the astrisk are authorized to do activites on land.

The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without warning due to weather conditions, National Park regulations or unforeseeable circumstances.

Lounge GalaExplorer


  • Capacity: 16 Passengers for naturalist cruise
  • Capacity: 14 Passengers for Dive Cruise
  • Crew: 10 + 1 bilingual naturalist, and Dive instructor and Dive master
  • Length: 82 ft. / (25 m.)
  • Beam: 18 ft. / (5.5 m.)
  • Cabins: There are 8 cabins with private bathroom:
    • 4 cabins with windows on the upper deck (2 bunk beds)
    • 1 cabin with window master on the main deck (1 double and 1 bunk)
    • 3 cabins with porthole on the lower deck (2 bunk beds)
  • All cabins feature: Air conditioning, full bathrooms, reading lights, shelves, safety vest, electrical outlets, fire extinguishers, and alarms.
  • Current: 110 V / 220 V 
  • Speed: 10 knots
  • Motors :2 Caterpillar 250 HP
  • Generators: 2 Perkins 55 KW
  • Built: 1998 - remodeled in 2012
  • Scuba Equipment: rental available on board
  • Two tank dive compressors: Enriched Air or Nitrox

GalaExplorer Deck

Cabin &  Bathroom GalaExplorer

Deck Plan GalaExplorer

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