Top 10 Reasons to Book a Land-Based Dive Package Over a Galapagos Live-Aboard
Land-based can offer more land excursions, wildlife viewing, and alternative multi-sport activities than a live-aboard.
Land-based appeals to a broader spectrum of divers, beginner to expert. It is not just for the "hard core" diver. There are ample dive sites perfect for the novice or occasional diver that will also interest most experts.
Land-based is perfect for groups and families with both divers and non-divers in the mix. There are numerous options for non-dive guests. This is not possible on a live-aboard.
Land based gives one the opportunity to do additional training while you dive with a PADI instructor. Beginning divers may get their Open Water Certification and seasoned divers may obtain their Advanced Certification and Specialty Certifications such as Underwater Photography.
The cost for a land-based dive package is on average $500 to $1000 per person less than a week on a live-aboard.
Land-based divers are able to visit more islands for a more intimate exploration of Galapagos including opportunities for social interaction with local island inhabitants.
With lodge-based there is no fixed-in-stone itinerary like a live-aboard. One has the flexibility to pick and choose what you want to do and how much you'd like to dive.
For many, staying in a lodge is far more comfortable, with no "moving floors" during rough seas, free internet (Red Mangrove's Santa Cruz and Isabela lodges), and plenty of room to stretch out without confined spaces.
Red Mangrove does not charge extra for rental dive equipment (except for dive computers) while a live-aboard will usually assess an average of $250+ for rental gear.
It is widely believed that land-based programs have a greatly reduced ecological footprint (relative to a live-aboard cruise) and are better positioned to benefit local communities.