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Explore the unique sea life of the Galapagos islands on this amazing 8 day diving cruise on the Astrea! Sail around Santa Fe and Santiago Islands, then to the remote Darwin and Wolf Islands to experience some of the best diving in the Galapagos.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra - Santa Cruz
Day 2 : Bartolome
Day 3 : Wolf Island
Day 4 : Darwin Island
Day 5 : Wolf Island
Day 6 : Isabela
Day 7 : Pinzon Island-Santa Cruz
Day 8 : Highlands of Santa Cruz- Baltra

Ship

Astrea

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Bartolome
  • Cabo Marshall
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Darwin Island
  • Highlands
  • Isabela
  • Pinzon Island
  • Santa Cruz
  • Vicente Roca Point
  • Wolf Island

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 Baltra - Santa Cruz

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
AM: Arrive at the Baltra airport, where a guide will be waiting to welcome you to the islands. Once all group members arrive, head to the dock and embark the yacht and be welcomed by the crew. Lunch will be served, then the adventure begins!

PM: In the afternoon, participate in presentation on the diving platform, with general guidelines for the use of equipment on board the ship. Then take your first dive northeast of Baltra, where you can spot different species of fish, shark, and even some sea lions, unique species of the Enchanted Isles!

Day 2 Bartolome

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
AM: Begin your day in Bartolome, where the current is moderate allowing down to a maximum depth of 20 meters. As you plunge into the tropical waters, look for white tip sharks, green turtles, different types of rays, tropical fish and red-lipped bat fish that is endemic to the Galapagos. You may also spot hammerhead sharks. After you dive, get back on board and enjoy a delicious breakfast.

PM: Take your second dive of the day on Cousin Rocks, an island located 15 minutes by boat from Bartolome Island. It is a place of moderate currents, but with excellent opportunities to see seahorses, blood toad fish, schools of eagle rays, sea lions and fur seals, and occasionally giant rays.

This area is full of hillside holes and small caves that are the perfect refuge for eels, octopuses, lobsters. The seascape is framed with black corals and different species of sponges.

A nice hot shower awaits the return on board and a snack before lunch. After a short break, the third dive is made in the same place. Afterwards, hop back on the ship as it sails towards Wolf Island.

Day 3 Wolf Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend today exploring the remote Wolf Island. Here, you have the opportunity to go on two dives that will allow you to experience the amazing ocean life unique to this area.

Wolf Island is located on a hillside, where you can descend up to 25 meters. Here, you can observe large schools of hammerhead sharks, as well as Galapagos sharks and other species such as hawksbill and green turtles. You may also have the opportunity to see the great whale sharks, giant manta rays, eagle rays; between rocks morays, scorpion fish and dozens of other sea creatures.

While diving in the caves on Wolf Island, you need to carry a flashlight as you enter a large underwater tunnel that will lead you to several caves worth exploring. Among the rocks, you may see moray eels, lobsters, scorpion fish, nudibranchs and more species. Turtles swim around the area amid a variety of fish. Before entering and leaving the cave, you can see Galapagos and blacktip sharks.

Day 4 Darwin Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today is full of adventure as you take four dives around Darwin Island. Visiting this site is a unique privilege, where you can admire Galapagos wildlife at its best. On the surface, you may find pods of blue footed and red footed boobies, as well as other tropical birds and playful dolphins jumping alongside the boat. You may even spot a whale!

While underwater you can observe many different species: huge schools of fish, large schools of hammerhead sharks, turtles, and large fish such as tuna or albacore yellow tail. However, the main attraction is the opportunity to watch the whale shark, which are most active between the months of July and November.

Day 5 Wolf Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Head back to Wolf Island, where you have the opportunity to go on two new dives in the company of green and hawksbill turtles, hammerhead sharks, and possibly whale sharks.

Day 6 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The first dive of the day is at Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela. Begin early in the morning and dive down to the soils of coral, where you can seahorses, as well as catfish, red-lipped batfish, many species of sea turtle, and the main attraction the Mola Mola. At the end of the dive, take a zodiac tour around the edges of the island. Here you may find penguins, flightless cormorants and some marine iguanas among the rocks.

Afterwards, head to Cape Marshall. Getting to Cape Marshall will take a few hours, but you can take this time to enjoy beautiful views of the impressive volcanoes and other amazing Galapagos landscapes.

Once at Cape Marshall, dive into some shallow waters where you may see schools of barracuda, bream and striped bigeye, and several other species.

Day 7 Pinzon Island-Santa Cruz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend today diving near Pinzon Island, a small island in the center of the archipelago. Here, you may see red-lipped bat fish, giant manta rays between 3-6 meters, marbled rays, stingrays, and lots of sea turtles.

In the afternoon, head to Charles Darwin Station on Santa Cruz Island. Visit the interpretive center to observe land iguanas and giant tortoises.

Day 8 Highlands of Santa Cruz- Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
Spend this morning hiking around the highlands of Santa Cruz. Here you can find giant tortoises in their natural state, as well as several species of Darwin finches and vermillion flycatcher.

For those wishing to continue the adventure on this trip to the Galapagos, the Astrea offers the possibility of a naturalistic 8 day cruise and explore the Enchanted Islands from the surface.

For those who complete their trip, the guide will take you to the airport.

Astrea

Per person starting at
$3,920
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Double Cabins
There are 8 double cabins with private bathrooms. There are 4 cabins with windows on the upper deck, 3 cabins with portholes on the lower deck, and 1 master cabin on the main deck (1 double bed and 1 upper bed)

Notes

-Single Supplement is 60%
-Credit Cards are not accepted as payment on ship
-It is possible to switch from naturalist to diving cruise and it is necessary to make an additional deposit, which will be paid to the Galápagos National Park to receive an authorization

Cruise Includes:
-Certified guides
-Dive Master
-Nitrox Free
-Tanks and Weights
-Snorkel Equipment (Mask,Tube,Fins)

Cruise does not Include:
-Air Ticket to/from Galapagos
-Galapagos Park Fee
-Control Transit Card - Ingala
-Personal Expenses
-Alcoholic beverages
-Personal diving equipment
-Wet Suits (available for rent)
-VAT (12%)

Child Discount

May be available upon request

Children under 12 receive a discount of $135 off adult flight rates, and discounted Galapagos Entrance Fee of $50

Included

  • Accommodations on board Astrea based on double occupancy
  • Meals while in the Galapagos
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide
  • Shore Excursions
  • Swimming and Snorkeling
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
  • Snorkeling Equipment

Excluded

  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Diving available on diving specified cruises. See diving itinerary for pricing details.
  • Rental wet suits are available for $25 per day -cash only
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

  • Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $530 - $595
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $540

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