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Galapagos Dive Expedition

Galapagos Cruise

  • Galapagos Sky
  • Dive Boat
  • 16 Capacity
  • 8 Days
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Summary : Discover an underwater diver's paradise surrounded by sea lions, manta rays (Dec - May), turtles, and colorful reef fish with perhaps even whale sharks (May - Nov) and mola molas! Enjoy approximately 17-19 dives (includes check-out dive, plus a night dive!) accompanied by a dive master with essential knowledge of the dive locations such as legendary Wolf and Darwin Islands. On land, explore Bartolome Island, spot giant tortoises in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island and learn about the human history of the island at San Cristobal's Interpretation Center.

We strongly recommend two pre-cruise nights and one post-cruise night in Quito or Guayaquil. Please inquire about adding these or other services to your trip.

Activities : Birding, Diving, Hiking, Photography, Snorkeling

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Itinerary
Day 1
San Cristobal Island

Arrive at San Cristobal's airport where crew will personally greet you, help with luggage, and escort you to the expedition vessel. Cruise to Los Lobos for your check-out dive with playful Galapagos sea lions and fur seals. Later in the day, discover the myriad of diverse land formations while cruising the Galapagos Islands.

Day 2
Bartolome Island / Cousins Rocks

Bartolome is a lovely dive spot at Cousins Rocks boasting a variety of colorful fish and unique photo opportunities. Travel along a beautiful coral wall discovering frog fish, sea horses, and octopus. Enjoy sea lion companions on your safety stops.

Enjoy a hike to a favorite hilltop with breathtaking views. Conditions permitting, snorkel in crystal-blue water with the possibility of penguins as companions.

Day 3 – 5
Wolf Island / Darwin Island

Spend the next three days diving (3-4 dives per day) spectacular locations at Wolf and Darwin Islands including The Arch, considered by many as the best dive site in the world. Experience Darwin Island and observe hammerhead sharks, bottle-nose dolphins, octopus, flounders, rays, turtles and multitudes of tropical reef fish found nowhere else in the islands. Whale sharks are common from June through November. The presence of occasional tiger sharks, black and blue marlin, and killer whales adds to this amazing diving experience.

Discover Wolf Island's splendor and observe a plethora of shark species. This is the place for schooling hammerhead sharks, large aggregations of Galapagos sharks, and occasionally whale sharks. Seeing dolphins, large schools of tuna, spotted eagle rays, barracudas, sea lions and sea turtles is common. The bottom is covered with hundreds of moray eels, many of them free swimming. On a night dive, enjoy watching red-lipped bat fish walk along the bottom of the sea!

Day 6
Cape Douglas / Punta Vincente Roca

At Cape Douglas, on the western side of Isabela Island, you will do one dive Friday morning. Here you can expect to see penguins, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, sea lions, seahorse, sea turtles, horn sharks, red lipped batfish, and occasional hammerhead sharks and white tip sharks. Also keep an eye out for chevron barracuda, snappers, yellow fin tuna, rainbow runners, and wahoo. There are also a lot of smaller fishes like creole fishes, parrot fishes, scrawled filefishes, pacific box fishes, and tiger snake eels.

Visit Punta Vincente Roca for up to 2 dives and a Panga ride. Diving here is chilly, particularly below the thermocline, but not to be missed! Discover a steep, deep vertical wall covered in soft coral, sponges, and endemic black coral. Observe mola mola, sea horses, horn sharks, red-lipped bat fish, various shrimp and many more marine invertebrates. After the dive, photograph penguins, flightless cormorants, marine iguanas, sea lions, blue-footed and masked boobies, magnificent frigates, and noddy terns during the panga ride back to the ship.

Day 7
Pinzon Island / Santa Cruz Island

Pinzon Island provides opportunities for encounters with a variety of species of sharks, sea lions, mantas, eagle rays, and moray eels. Enjoy one dive here observing many fish species including yellow tailed surgeonfish, king angelfish, moorish idols, steel pompanos, snappers, grunts, creole fish, and barracuda.

After the dive, visit the highlands of Santa Cruz Island to observe Galapagos Tortoises. Explore the coastal town of Puerto Ayora before heading back to the yacht.

Day 8
San Cristobal Island

In the morning, visit the Interpretation Center to discover the natural and human history of the islands. After your visit, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the mainland.

Notes

This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes. Diving in Galapagos IS considered ADVANCED diving as it occurs in the presence of strong currents, cold water and at times limited visibility. Diving from tenders/pangas (small inflatable boats) is also the rule and not an exception in this World Renowned destination. Recommended requirements include 50-100 open water dives, experience in currents, ability in removing gear in water and ability in getting into small boats in choppy seas.

Dry Dock Dates: Jan 8 - Feb 19, 2017

Rental Dive Equipment: BCD; regulator and gauge; computer; underwater camera; wetsuit, hoood, mask and snorkel, and fins/booties. Please contact ExpeditonTrips for details. Limited sizes and quantities available. Please make sure to reserve in advance.

Included:
Cabin accommodations; meals aboard yacht including beer and wine with dinner; non-alcoholic beverages including filtered drinking water; service of naturalist guides/dive masters; transfers and baggage handling in the islands between airport and ship; diving equipment: filled tanks, weights, weight belt; free nitrox fills; up to 4 dives per day over 5.5 days; 3 land excursions. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare; hotel nights before/after cruise; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil; Galapagos National Park entrance fee; Galapagos Transit Card; gratuities to guides and crew; purchases in onboard boutique; traveler’s insurance*; hyperbaric chamber fee; dive gear and equipment rentals; fuel surcharge may apply.

We are happy to add hotels, air and land arrangements as requested, and you will be quoted for services.

Airfare between Quito/Guayaquil and the Galapagos Islands:
The flights between mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) and the Galapagos Islands are an additional cost. To secure your seats on often overbooked flights, ExpeditionTrips must reserve these flights for you at the time of cruise booking. Approximate cost (including service fee): $450-$600 per adult.

*Cruise Interruption and Cancellation Insurance:
We strongly recommend that all passengers traveling on Galapagos Sky invest in comprehensive medical, accident, trip cancellation and trip interruption insurance at the time of your reservation. This investment will protect you and your financial commitment in the event of unforeseen travel delays, airline cancellations, weather, personal or family illness or injury which may not allow for you to make your scheduled cruise. We also strongly recommend diving accident insurance such as coverage provided by Divers Alert Network.

Photos © Philip Hamilton