DIVING TOUR 7D / 6N

ITINERARY check-rates-button

 

 

Day 1:

captura-de-pantalla-2016-10-18-a-las-10-32-42Arrive to Baltra Airport. Reception and transfer. Ferry crossing to Santa Cruz Island (10 min-ride). Arrive to Santa Cruz Island. Stop in highlands of Santa Cruz where you will visit a Giant Tortoise Reserve for an easy hike to observe to Giant Tortoises in their natural habitat. Transfer to the hotel and check in. In the afternoon visit to The Charles Darwin Research Station where you’ll learn by first hand, the conservation and research efforts in the Galapagos Islands. See the tortoise hatchlings and breeding programs which are saving several races of tortoises from extinction. Also, the opportunity to see the giant Galapagos tortoises. Later you’ll try on diving equipment. Overnight at Santa Cruz Island. (L)

 

 

captura-de-pantalla-2016-10-19-a-las-10-24-37Day 2 and Day 3:

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Port for diving excursion. Diving Tour according availability (Floreana, Santa Fe, Gordon Rocks, North Seymour, Mosquera, Beagle, Daphne Minor, Bartholomew The Platform, Cousins. You´ll take lunch on board. In the afternoon transfer to the hotel and overnight.
*Diving places may change according divers level and availability. Speed boats are capacity for 8 divers. Overnight at Santa Cruz Island. (B, L)

 
 

captura-de-pantalla-2016-10-19-a-las-10-24-46Day 4: SANTA CRUZ ISLAND / Bay Tour

After breakfast, we´ll take the boat for a visit to Santa Cruz Island´s bay. The tour takes around 3 hours and a half. Starting from the main pier of Puerto Ayora, the boat will take us to “Lobería,” so named for the large seal colony where is snorkeling is possible not far from this amazing mammals. It is a very special place to see a variety of colors of fish. We´ll also visit Punta Estrada, Sharks´Channel, Playa de los Perros, and Grietas. During the visit we may find species like white tip Sharks, sea tortoises, marine iguanas, crabs, pelicans, and some other marine birds. At the end of the excursion, we´ll getting back to the pier. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at Santa Cruz Island (B)

 

 

captura-de-pantalla-2016-10-19-a-las-10-24-53Day 5:

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Port for diving excursion. Diving Tour according availability (Floreana, Santa Fe, Gordon Rocks, North Seymour, Mosquera, Beagle, Daphne Minor, Bartholomew The Platform, Cousins. You´ll take lunch on board. In the afternoon transfer to the hotel and overnight. *Diving places may change according divers level and availability. Speed boats are capacity for 8 divers. Overnight at Santa Cruz Island. (B,L)

 
 

captura-de-pantalla-2016-10-19-a-las-10-24-57Day 6:

Breakfast. Transfer to the pier to take boat for a shared daily tour to Seymour, Plazas, Santa Fe Islands. (according to availability). In the afternoon transfer to the hotel. Overnight at Santa Cruz Island. (B, L)

*Navigations are based on shared services.

 

Day 7:

Breakfast and Transfer out Baltra’s airport. Flight black to mainland for connections or visit Ecuador. (B)

End of services.

B: breakfast L: lunch D: dinner

INCLUDED: 

  • 6 nights accommodation at selected hotel in Santa Cruz Island
  • Daily breakfast at the hotel
  • Meals according itinerary Private transfers in Galapagos
  • Naturalist bilingual guide
  • 3 diving day trips (2 daily dives), with diving equipment 7mm wetsuit, Regulator, BCD, mask, fins, hood, gloves, weight belt y tanks (does not include dive computer and instructor included.*
  • 1 sailing daily tour to North Seymour, Plazas or Santa Fe Island**. Visits and meals according itinerary.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Air ticket to the Galapagos Islands
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee $100,00 USD
  • Transit control card $20,00 USD
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Meals not indicated on itinerary
  • Tips and personal expenses.

*Diving places may change according divers level and availability.

** Sailing day tour may change according availability.

Notes:

  • It is mandatory to hold a diver’s certification (PADI, NAUI, CMAS, or other).
  • Medical Certificate if declaring any medical condition and/or for people over 55 years old that have not been diving during the last 6 months.
  • Be between 13 and 65 years of age.
  • We accept certified beginner divers at all dive sites except Gordon Rocks for which we require a minimum of 30 logged dives or the previous dive evaluation of our dive guides, while diving at another site.

 

GALAPAGOS DIVING OPTIONS

Galapagos offers some amazing diving opportunities because of the diversity of underwater life in the islands. You may choose from one of our daily diving trips below and add it to your cruise or island hopping package. No matter what way you decide to do your dives you will have a truly unforgettable experience in Galapagos!

 

FLOREANA 

Location: South of Santa Cruz Island, 3 possible dive sites, 1 hour and a half way from our base.

Site Conditions: Normally this site does not present strong currents. This is a reef dive where corals and sponges may be found.

What to see: Cleaning station, sea lions, Galapagos sharks, white tip reef shark, turtles, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, barracudas, variety of invertebrates.

GORDON ROCKS (minimum experience to participate: 30 logged dives or the previous evaluation of our dive guides at another site) 

Location: North-east of Santa Cruz island, 2 dive sites located 30 minutes from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz island).

Site Conditions: This rock formation is a world renowned site, for intermediate and advanced divers due to the strong currents and surge.

What to see: Hammerhead shark, Cleaning station, Galapagos sharks, white tip reef shark, mobulas, turtles, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, Galapagos eel, barracudas, variety of invertebrates.

 

BARTHOLOME 

Location: Located east of Santiago Island, a small island with the famous Bartholomew pinnacle, 2 dive sites located at 1 hour and a half from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz Island).

Site Conditions: Moderate currents. A platform is found at approximately 10 meters where a variety of reef fishes reside. On the edge of this platform there are underwater cliffs which start at about 15 meters deep with good probabilities to observe pelagic species.

What to see: White tip reef shark, reef fishes, barracudas, turtles, mobulas, sting rays, variety of invertebrates.

COUSINS 

Location: North-east of Santiago island near Bartholomew island, 1 islet, 2 dive sites located at 1 hour and a half from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz island).

Site Conditions: Normally there are no strong currents at this site; this is partly a reef dive, partly a wall dive where the endemic black coral is found.

What to see: Cleaning station, sea horses, barracudas, sea lions, Galapagos sharks, white tip reef shark, turtles, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, variety of invertebrates. At surface interval penguins may be observed.

 

NORTH SEYMOUR 

Location: North of Santa Cruz Island, 2 dive sites located 30 minutes from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz Island).

Site Conditions: For all levels of divers, although sometimes there can be strong currents, platform reefs with a diversity of species

What to see: Cleaning station, sea lions, Galapagos sharks, white tip reef shark, hammerhead shark, mobulas, turtles, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, Galapagos eel, barracudas, variety of invertebrates.

 

BEAGLE 

Location: South of Santiago Island, 3 exposed rocks, 2 dives sites located at 1 hour and a half from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz Island).

Site Conditions: Normally there are no strong currents at this site, reef dive with many corals and sponges.

What to see: Cleaning station, sea lions, Galapagos sharks, turtles, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, barracudas, manta rays, variety of invertebrates and probably solitary hammerhead sharks.

 

DAPHNE 

Location: North of Santa Cruz Island, an exposed rock, one dive site located 30 minutes from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz Island).

Site Conditions: Normally there are no strong currents at this site, rocky and sandy bottom.

What to see: here we find a small cave (this is NOT a cave dive) where white tip ref. sharks rest, additionally there is a pinnacle where we find a diversity of rays, Galápagos shark, turtle, ref. fishes, barracudas, black coral walls and variety of invertebrates.

 

MOSQUERA 

Location: North of Santa Cruz Island between Seymour Island and Baltra Island, this is an islet that emerges from the sea (sand bar), one dive site located 25 minutes from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz island).

Site Conditions: Normally there are no strong currents at this site, sandy bottom between 15 and 18 meters with garden eels and pelagic species, there is also a wall that starts at 18 meters where we also find black coral and variety of invertebrates.

What to see: Hammer head sharks, black tip reef shark, white tip reef shark, sea lions, turtles, barracudas, ref. fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, mobulas, Galápagos eel, and variety of invertebrates.

 

SANTA FE 

Location: South of Santa Cruz Island, 3 possible dive sites located at 1 hour by boat away from our base.

Site Conditions: Generally there is good visibility and calm currents, ideal for beginners although the topography and fauna might be interesting for intermediate divers.

What to see: Cleaning station, reef fishes, garden eels, sting rays, eagle rays, turtles, Morays eels, sea lions, white tip reef shark, and variety of invertebrates.

 

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