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A pair of friendly sea lions

Day 1 Academy Bay

The trip starts at 8:00 AM from the Municipal Dock of Puerto Ayora.

Up to 16 travelers will take a 20 minute boat ride to a small Islet just outside the bay called La Loberia. Here you will have the opportunity to swim and snorkel with playful, curious sea lions and colorful fish for around 45 minutes. Afterwards, the cruise continues to the Channel of Love, which offers romantic scenery with its turquoise water. Blue-footed boobies also enjoy this special atmosphere.

The Channel of Sharks is an attention grabber, because of its mysteries. If you are lucky, plenty of white tip reef sharks can be observed from the cliff above the channel. A 30 minute walk through red landscape will bring you to the “Beach of the Dogs” with Opuntias and a large colony of marine iguanas.

The turbulent water meets the volcano rocks for a dramatic scene. Travelers are able to see pelicans and blue-footed boobies, as well as other Galapagos wildlife, do their daily activity.

Finally, the trip leads the group through salt fields, where the famous Galapagos salt is harvested. The amazing canyon of Las Grietas will open up with walls approximately 50 feet high! Who dares to jump into the crystal clear water and be an official Galapagos Cliff Diver? It is such a picture-perfect site for refreshing in barely salty water while protected from the sun.
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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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