Galapagos Shark Research Insights & Photography Dive Liveaboard
Aug 2022 and June / July 2023, 2024 & 2025
From The Equator to the Poles
Aqua-Firma and our team of professional divers, marine & environmental scientists undertake extensive research into some of the most inspiring dive sites in the World. Our diving highlights range from the impressive pelagics of Galapagos and Cocos Island; to pristine coral reefs of Southeast Asia; the icy realms of the Arctic & Antarctic; and marine megafauna such as Whale Sharks, Manta Rays and Whales across all of the World's five oceans.
Marine life, diving and snorkelling are core passions for us and knowledge of the areas we visit is difficult to surpass. Aqua-Firma's area-specific specialists have guided and researched every ocean. This enables us to tailor your experiences for what best serves your interests; and answer any general or technical diving questions you may have, from the state of tropical reefs around the Globe, to diving in sub-zero polar oceans.
The Best of Above & Below Water
An important criteria of the destinations we travel to, is the ability seamlessly to combine a world class underwater experience with equally inspiring travel on land. The Galapagos provides a prime example of this where we often combine boat based dive or snorkelling trips with equally inspiring land based trips in the islands; and from the Andes to the Amazon in Ecuador and Peru. Similarly we can combine a wilderness safaris in East Africa with diving or snorkelling in the offshore islands, tailoring your trip to your interests and budget. Perhaps in Antarctica diving is only part of your passion, in which case we can include additional experiences such as camping, kayaking, mountaineering and snow shoeing to fit your polar ambitions. This range and depth of above and below expertise also enables us to tailor experiences to suit the very specific balance of interests within your group - particularly important if not everyone dives.
World Class Diving & Snorkelling - Deeper Insights
Aqua-Firma also offers a series of unique group expert led diving and snorkelling experiences which provide insights into marine science, conservation and underwater photography. These include Whale Shark and Manta Ray Research experiences to Mexico, Madagascar, Komodo and Tanzania; and snorkelling alongside humpback whales and their calves, based on a motor yacht far out to sea in the Caribbean Silverbanks between the Dominican Republic and Turks & Caicos Islands.
Protecting the Marine Environment
Whilst we aim to enable you to explore some of the world's greatest diving locations, conservation of the marine environment you see with us is a priority. Our first objective is to minimize any potential impact your visit may have and we therefore urge all divers to dive responsibly & safely.
We are also proud to contribute directly to marine protection in places where we dive. In the Galapagos, we make a donation to the Galapagos Conservation Trust with every client we send to the islands. In the Arctic and Antarctica, we remain the only company to offset the carbon emissions of polar voyages, through rainforest projects we have been assisting since 1999.
Our whale shark and manta ray research trips to Madagascar, Tanzania, Komodo and Mafia Island have raised significant funds for our partners at the Marine Megafauna Foundation. For further information visit the Research & Conservation section this website; or for further inspiration Contact one of our experts.