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Galapagos Islands Diving Tour - 10 Days

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Key facts

Where: Quito , Ecuador Duration: 10 Days

Highlights

  • We are committed to promoting sustainable tourism in the Galapagos and only work with responsible local partners
  • Diving in the Galapagos is a truly once in a lifetime experience

Overview

Plunge 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. Beginning from the colonial capital of Quito, spend the day strolling around the ‘old town’, savoring the old world charm of one of South America’s best-preserved colonial cities. Your island adventure will begin with a group of volcanis islands - The Galapagos Islands. You will be awed by underwater craters and the unusual landscape of the islands.

Head out to the basalt island of Isla Lobos or the ‘Sea Lion Island’ and delight in the noisy colony of lazy sea lions. The underwater world will welcome you further in its midst as you dive off North Seymour and Cousins rock to swim with playful sea lions and explore black coral. Graduate to the world class diving site of Wolf Island and Darwin Island and you will meet the bigger fish of the ocean as you glimpse sting rays, Galapagos sharks and dolphins. Crystal clear grottos, inland lagoons and lava tubes will only add to this unique adventure as you explore Santiago and Puerto Ayora. Revel in the simple joys of nature as you engage with tortoises in the Tortoise Reserve.

An adventure of a lifetime, you can unfurl the mysteries of the ocean and treasure memories of this magical underwater kingdom.

Itinerary

Transfer airport – hotel in Quito. Overnight at Hostal Vieja Cuba 3* or similar(subject to availability). Breakfast included

Arrival at Baltra Airport followed by ferry crossing to Santa Cruz Island (10 min-ride). Arrival at Santa Cruz in the morning. Check-in at Red Mangrove Aventura Lodge. Begin your Academy Bay Tour at La Loberia, where you can snorkel with sea lions (optional) and enjoy a 40 minute navigation of Tortuga Bay. As we enter the white sandy beach, we have a chance to observe different marine species, like sting rays and baby reef sharks in the shallow waters of the mangrove ecosystems. After swimming on the beach, we take a very short hike to the marine iguana nesting site. The walk back is through a prickly pear forest carpeted in crimson sesuvium with black lava outcroppings home to more marine iguana colonies. Box Lunch on the beach. Welcome Cocktail. Briefing followed by Dinner.

Eat Breakfast, before being taken to where you will make two dives at one of the following three dive sites:

North Seymour where you will dive with Eagle Rays, Manta Rays, Hammerheads, White-Tipped Reef Sharks, Galapagos Shark, Stingrays, Marbled Rays, Tiger Snake Eels, Moray Eels, Garden Eels and more.

Mosqueras where you will see Sea Lions, Eagle Rays, Hammerheads, White-Tipped Reef Shark, Mantas, Garden Eels, Snake Eels, Bonitos, Jack, Mackerel, Three banded Butterfly fish and more.

Daphne Minor where you will see Sea Turtles, Hammerheads, White-Tipped Reef Sharks, Galapagos Sharks, Silky Sharks, Tuna, Parrotfish, Wrasse, Razor Surgeonfish, Panamic Grays by Cabrilla and more.

Lunch is served on the boat.

Post lunch, we will cruise a cove called "Luz del Dia" (Light of Day) where there is an abundance of penguins and sea lions on the steep, rocky shore and rays and tropical fish beneath the crystal-clear waters. We will continue on to the main dock in Floreana. It's not unusual to have to 'shoo' sea lions sleeping on the steps we need to ascend. On the other side of the dock are black lava rocks typically full of the amazing ruby-red and turquoise colored Marine iguanas.

BBQ Dinner at the Floreana Lodge.

Breakfast and departure on the boat for your dive sites.

Diving in Floreana. with opportunities to see Green Sea Turtles, Eagle Rays, Manta Rays, Hammerheads, White-Tipped Reef Sharks, Galapagos Sharks, Stingrays, Marbled Rays, Tiger Snake Eels, Moray Eels, Garden Eels, Sea Stars, Sea Turtles, Jacks, Blue and Gold Snappers, Flag Cabrilla, Creolefish, King Angelfish, Barracuda, Heiroglyphic Hawkfish, Frogfish, Yellowtail Surgeonfish, Spotfin Burrfish, Scorpionfish, Cardinalfish, Nudibranch and more!

After that, lunch at a local restaurant. Post lunch, Panga ride around the shores of Floreana, you will experience a great adventure in which you will be able to catch the best of the island. Short navigations around in order to swim, snorkel, or simply relax on this remote and beautiful island. Dinner at a local restaurant.

Dinner in the Lodge.

Post breakfast, depart for one of the following:

Diving in Floreana. with opportunities to see Green Sea Turtles, Eagle Rays, Manta Rays, Hammerheads, White-Tipped Reef Sharks, Galapagos Sharks, Stingrays, Marbled Rays, Tiger Snake Eels, Moray Eels, Garden Eels, Sea Stars, Sea Turtles, Jacks, Blue and Gold Snappers, Flag Cabrilla, Creolefish, King Angelfish, Barracuda, Heiroglyphic Hawkfish, Frogfish, Yellowtail Surgeonfish, Spotfin Burrfish, Scorpionfish, Cardinalfish, Nudibranch and more!

Departure at 11:00am for Isabela. Sailing time is 1.5 to 2 hours.

We will arrive at Isabela between 12:30pm and 1:00pm. Arriving in the port is a visual feast, with stunning green and turquoise water so clear you can see turtles, sea lions, and penguins as though looking through glass. We will check into the Red Mangrove Isabela Lodge and have a hot, wholesome lunch. (Time may change according to sea conditions).

Departure to "Las Tintoreras" and Bay Tour.

After lunch, we will board a smaller craft to head out across the port, slowing down to view blue-footed boobies and Galapagos penguins sharing the same rocky sunbathing space, before turning a bend and docking. From there we take an intriguing walk through a jagged lava field, passing abundant colonies of marine iguanas, to see a small canal full of resting white-tipped reef sharks.

If the tide is low, they are sometimes a mere two feet below the surface. The views from here are something you may carry with you for the rest of your life! The black, treacherous lava field, the emerald green sea, the forest green mangrove, and the cloud-capped volcanoes of Isla Isabela create an afternoon backdrop you are not likely to ever forget.

Once you return to the dock, you can snorkel in this warm, shallow bay surrounded by mangrove, for an opportunity to see white-tipped reef sharks, sea lions, penguins, and, of course, the mystery of the mangrove below the surface.

Don't worry, white-tipped reef sharks are not aggressive, merely fascinating. We'll have a bit of time to relax and shower before briefing and dinner in the Lodge at 7:00.

Dinner in the Lodge.

After breakfast you will depart for 4 Hermanos for 2 dives where you will have a chance to see Sea Horses, Mantas, Stingrays, Sea Turtles, White-Tipped Reef Sharks, Hammerheads, King Angelfish, Yellowtail Surgeonfish, Barberfish, Blue-Chin Parrotfish, Bumphead Parrotfish, Galapagos Groupers, Galapagos Sheephead, Harlequin Wrasse, Grey Grunts, Tuna, Barracuda, Corals, Tubes and more. Possibility of Sunfish and Orcas.

In afternoon, return to the lodge for lunch then enjoy a free afternoon to enjoy the 3 ½ Kilometer white sand beach or take the complimentary bicycles to explore Puerto Villamil at your leisure.

Briefing and dinner at the Lodge.

After breakfast you will depart for 4 Hermanos for 2 dives where you will have a chance to see Sea Horses, Mantas, Stingrays, Sea Turtles, White-Tipped Reef Sharks, Hammerheads, King Angelfish, Yellowtail Surgeonfish, Barberfish, Blue-Chin Parrotfish, Bumphead Parrotfish, Galapagos Groupers, Galapagos Sheephead, Harlequin Wrasse, Grey Grunts, Tuna, Barracuda, Corals, Tubes and more. Possibility of Sunfish and Orcas.

After late lunch at Isabela Lodge, time to relax and discover Isabela on your own.

Departure to Humedales Tour. We begin with a drive out of town along the most beautiful, white sand, palm lined beach in all of Galapagos, Long Beach. This beach, straight from the cover of a travel magazine, stretches on for 3 kilometers before the National Park where we walk up the trail for astounding views from the top of Cerro Orchilla

Visit the "Muro de Las Lagrimas" (Wall of Tears), a unique construction built by the backbreaking of prisoners of a penal colony centuries before. The path to the Wall of Tears is abundant with lava lizards, the males are larger and striped and the females red-throated.

Lunch at Isabela Lodge and depart to Santa Cruz. Sailing time is 1.5 to 2 hours

After lunch, around 1:00pm, depart from Isabela to Santa Cruz.

Arrive in Puerto Ayora and check in at Aventura Lodge.

Then, to a guided tour to the fascinating Charles Darwin Research Station where you can learn about the whole Galapagos and meet the most famous giant tortoise: Lonesome George.

Dinner and overnight at Aventura Lodge

Departure for airport. Before entering the 'gate' to depart, you will pass through a line where you need to present the part of your Migratory Control card you have carefully guarded and now have handy for the Immigration officer.

Transfer in Quito. Overnight at Hostal Vieja Cuba 3* or similar (subject to availability). Breakfast is included.

Assistance and transfer from hotel to airport in Quito to take international flight.

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

Daily

Duration

10 Days

Start time

Start time: Your preferred time
Duration: 10 Days

Meeting point

Your hotel in Quito.
(Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

Ending point

Your hotel in Quito.

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Inclusions

  • 8 dives
  • Full scuba gear
  • Dive master diving in the water with customers
  • Transfer to/from Puerto Ayora, excursion, meals and dive sites as mentioned
  • All Meals on Day 2,3,4,5,6,7,8.
  • Breakfast only on day 9,10.

Exclusions

  • Airline ticket to the Galapagos Islands US$ 532.00 net per person (subject to change without previous notice)
  • Entrance Fee to the Galapagos National Park US$ 100.00 net per person (subject to change without previous notice)
  • Ingala transit card US$ 10.00 net per person (subject to change without prior notice)
  • Alcoholic and soft Beverages
  • Personal Expenses
  • Meals not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Tips

Please note

All divers will be required to show, complete or sign some of the following documents during the booking process:
Open Water Dive Certification (AD, DD)
Dive questionnaire (AD, DD)
Waiver and Release of Liability (AD, DD)
Dive authorization (if under 21) (AD, DD)
Medical Statement of Good Health (AD, DD)
Log Book showing the number of open water dives in the last 23 months (AD and regular DD require at least 30 dives and DD with Wolf and Darwin require at least 50 open water dives).
Itinerary subject to change or be modified due to weather conditions or change in the regulation of the Galapagos National Park. Any change will be advised to the clients on the spot

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Additional info

  • Here at Isango! we are dedicated to the practice and promotion of responsible tourism. We work only with tour operators for which the preservation of outstanding natural landscapes is a top priority. We are a company that is committed to eco-tourism and we ensure that all of the tour operators we use in the Galapagos meet and maintain adherence to the strict regulations set by the National Park authorities. Our eco-friendly tour operators practice environmental sustainability and strive for the protection and conservation of these fragile natural habitats. All tours and itineraries are regulated by the National Park to ensure its constant protection and conservation. Committed to minimising the impact of tourism on the natural environment, our providers apply international standards to their work and abide by strict rules to minimize any disturbance to wildlife or to the landscape.
  • Galapagos is subject to a series of strict regulations, mandatory for all inhabitants, tour operators and visitors alike, in order to preserve the islands’ unique ecosystems. Visitor numbers are strictly controlled and groups are accompanied at all times by fully trained and licensed tour leaders who educate their groups about the unique and delicate environment they are visiting.
  • Diving in the Galapagos Islands is advisable for very experienced divers only. Cold waters, strong currents and surge may be present.
  • Neither early check in nor late check out.
  • For diving passengers has to bring:Health certificate, Wet Suit, egulator, Diving Certificate, Buoyancy control vest, Mask and Fins.
  • Seat in bus services operate with minimum of 2 passengers.
  • All packages in the jungle area are on seat in bus basis.
  • Accomodation at mentioned hotels or similar are in standard rooms.
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