This holiday, be drawn into a celebration of life as you swim with tropical fish, wander amongst lazy sea lions and dive into the mysterious depths of the ocean. Add some equatorial magic as you visit the Equatorial Monument and straddle two hemispheres! Visit Galapagos Islands where you will be awed by the underwater craters and the unusual landscape.
Shoals of tropical fish, hammerheads, turtles, manta rays, fur sea lions, white tip sharks and garden eels will accompany you on this journey to the magical world of life under water. Wall dive off Cousins’ Rock and you will find a profusion of black coral, seahorses and frogfish that promise to fascinate you throughout your adventure. A unique opportunity to uncover the mysteries of the ocean, you will be enthralled by the fascinating underwater kingdom and treasure memories of this marine getaway for years to come.
Day 1: Quito
Transfer in Quito. Overnight at Overnight at Hostal Vieja Cuba 3* or similar(subject to availability). Breakfast is included
Day 2: Mainland Ecuador - Santa Cruz
Arrival at Galapagos. This package is for the novice to intermediate diver who gets to experience up to six dives and enjoys all the land excursions the Darwin's Triangle has to offer. Ferry crossing to Santa Cruz Island (10 min-ride). Check-in Aventura Lodge followed by lunch. Snorkel with Sea Lions, Sting Rays and Baby Reef Sharks in the shallow, emerald waters of Tortuga Bay, then witness the nesting site of the famous Marine Iguanas. Equipment fitting and if Discover Scuba (not certified yet) 45 minute introduction to Scuba Diving Video. Welcome Cocktail. Briefing followed by dinner.
Day 3: Santa Cruz
Diving in Santa Cruz. with opportunities to see Eagle Rays, Manta Rays, Hammerheads, White-Tipped Reef Sharks, Galapagos Shark, Stingrays, Marbled Rays, Tiger Snake Eels, Moray Eels, Garden Eels, Sea Stars, Sea Turtles, Jacks, Blue and Gold Snappers, Flag Cabrilla, Creole fish, King Angelfish, Barracuda, Hieroglyphic Hawk fish, Frogfish, Yellowtail Surgeonfish, Spot fin Burr fish, Scorpion fish, Cardinal fish, Nudibranch and more! After lunch visit the Darwin center. Enjoy a fascinating guided tour of the Charles Darwin Research Station. Founded in 1964 with the purpose of studying and preserving the natural wonder that is Galapagos. The station is supported by over 100 scientists and researchers from around the world, instrumental in the conservation efforts of the islands. The Charles Darwin Research Station is also home to Lonesome George, also known as the world rarest creature. He was discovered in 1971 on Pinta island and is the very last of his kind. Learn more about Lonesome George and much more fascinating natural history at this amazing center.
Day 4:Santa Cruz - Isabela
Diving in Santa Cruz. with opportunities to see Eagle Rays, Manta Rays, Hammerheads, White-Tipped Reef Sharks, Galapagos Shark, Stingrays, Marbled Rays, Tiger Snake Eels, Moray Eels, Garden Eels, Sea Stars, Sea Turtles, Jacks, Blue and Gold Snappers, Flag Cabrilla, Creole fish, King Angelfish, Barracuda, Hieroglyphic Hawk fish, Frogfish, Yellowtail Surgeonfish, Spot fin Burr fish, Scorpion fish, Cardinal fish, Nudibranch and more! Return by 1PM for transfer to Isabela Isabela Las Tintoreras and Bay Tour. Walk through a jagged 'AA' lava field, passing abundant colonies of marine iguanas, to see a small canal full of resting white-tipped reef sharks. The black, treacherous lava field, the emerald green sea, the forest green mangrove and the cloud capped volcanoes of Isla Isabela is the sort of afternoon backdrop you will not soon forget. Once you return to the dock, you can snorkel this warm, shallow bay surrounded by mangrove, for an opportunity to see white-tipped reef sharks, sea lions, penguins and more. Relax for some time and then have dinner 7:00pm.
After breakfast you will depart for Isla Tortuga for 2 dives where you will have a chance to see Mantas, Stingrays, Sea Turtles, White-Tipped Reef Sharks, Hammerheads, King Angelfish, Yellowtail Surgeonfish, Barber fish, Blue-Chin Parrotfish, Bump head Parrotfish, Galapagos Groupers, Galapagos Sheep head, Harlequin Wrasse, Grey Grunts, Tuna, Barracuda, Corals, Tubes and more. Possibility of Sunfish and Orcas.
We begin with a drive out of town along the most beautiful, white sand, palm-lined beach in the whole of the Galapagos, Long Beach. This stretches on for 3 kilometers before we hit the National Park and begin with a stop to walk up the stairs for astounding vistas from the top of Cerro Orchilla. As you drive down the road, you will very likely see the largest of the Galapagos marine iguanas sunning by the side of the road. And don't be surprised if you have to wait for a Galapagos tortoise to cross the road in front of you. You will visit the Muro de Las Lagrimas (Wall of Tears), which was built with backbreaking effort by prisoners of a local penal colony by carrying jagged volcanic rock long distances.
The path to the Wall of Tears is abundant with lava lizards. The males are larger and striped and the females red-throated. If you visit during breeding season, be careful not to step on or disturb the many nests along this trail. They appear as holes that a gopher might have dug, but in fact are nests.
Birds are also incredibly abundant and your Naturalist Guide will assist you with identification. Isabela has more tortoises in the wild than any other island with several sub-species, since lava fields created a barrier that limited their mobility to freely roam.
On your way back to town, you will visit the Interpretation Center, a breeding center for the giant Galapagos Tortoises and the only place to view the rare, remaining flat-backed (so-called 'tabletop' shells) Galapagos tortoises, many of which still bear the scars of volcanic activity from Sierra Negra. Dinner in the Lodge at 7:00pm
Dive in 4 Hermanos which is a series of 4 islands and islets where you can have a chance to see Manta Rays, Sea Horses, Lobster, Nudibranch, Sea Cucumber, Octopus, Sea Horse, White-Tipped Reef Shark, Yellowtail Surgeonfish, Peruvian Surgeonfish, Wrasse, Sea Turtles, Tuna, Panamic Horse Conch, Tiger Snake Eel, Sea Stars and so much more. After that you have a free afternoon to enjoy the white sandy beach or explore downtown Isabela, Puerto Villamil, and take in some of the unique island culture and flavor.
Day 7 :Isabela - Baltra
Wake up for early departure by boat to Santa Cruz then a short drive to the airport at Baltra, Breakfast. Transfer Hotel to Airport. Transfer in Quito.Overnight at Hostal Vieja Cuba 3* or similar(subject to availability).
Day 8 :Quito
Transfer out Quito
09 Apr - 20 Dec; Daily
Start time: Depends on your flight arrival time
Pick up form hotel at 0530h
All daily diving tour programs are customized for the customer. Safety comes first and therefore we require the following information about each passenger’s diving experience in order to customize a program that will fit the customer’s skills and interests :
Type of diving license (level and training agency)
Current number of dives made
Date of last dive
Experience with drift and wall diving
Experience diving in cold water and with thick wetsuits
What would the customer like to see in the Galapagos?
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