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Example 10 Day Cruise aboard Galapagos Sky
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Cruise through the Galapagos Islands aboard the luxurious 16-guest diving liveaboard, Galapagos Sky. With diving options daily, search for whale sharks, dolphins, hammerhead sharks, sea turtles, eagle rays, barracuda, mola mola, and more among the stunning underwater topography.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Guayaquíl, Ecuador
Day 2 : Guayaquíl | San Cristóbal | Embark the Galapagos Sky
Day 3 : Pinzón Island
Days 4-6 : Wolf Island | Darwin Island
Day 7 : Fernandina Island | Isabela Island
Day 8 : Bartolomé | Santa Cruz Island
Day 9 : San Cristóbal Island | Disembark | Guayaquíl
Day 10 : Guayaquíl | Return Home


  • Explore one of the largest marine protected areas in the world via diving
  • Search for a wide range of species - sharks, dolphins, sea turtles and more
  • Cruise to remote Darwin & Wolf Isl. to spot pelagics & tropical species
  • Witness the antics of sea lions as they perform underwater acrobatics
  • View endemic Galápagos giant tortoises in their natural habitat


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  • Small Ship

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Sea lion and scuba diver Enjoy a blissful snorkeling trip. Panga rides will take passengers on voyages to explore the Galapagos islands Travelers learning how to scuba dive. White tipped shark

Day 1 Guayaquíl, Ecuador

Board your independent flight to Ecuador. Upon arrival in Guayaquíl, transfer to your hotel for a welcome dinner and overnight.  

Day 2 Guayaquíl | San Cristóbal | Embark the Galapagos Sky

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to San Cristóbal. Upon arrival, embark the Galapagos Sky. After settling in and getting acquainted with the ship, cruise to Los Lobos for a check-out dive. This site offers your first underwater introduction to Galápagos sea lions and fur seals - their acrobatic antics make for a thrilling and entertaining experience. Return to the ship for a welcome reception and dinner. 

Day 3 Pinzón Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
While diving at Pinzón you have opportunities for encounters with a variety of species of sharks, sea lions, mantas, eagle rays, and moray eels. Some of the tropical species found here include yellow-tailed surgeonfish, king angelfish, Moorish idols, steel pompanos, snappers, grunts, creole fish, and barracuda. Your second dive of the day is around Cousins Rock, a beautiful wall that offers great viewing of  corals, frogfish, seahorses, scorpionfish, and octopus. The area is also frequented by large schools of barracuda and occasionally hammerhead sharks. Sea lions are your comical companions upon entry and on the safety stops. This evening, cruise toward the most isolated islands of the Galápagos—the uninhabited, untouched, twin cathedrals of world class-diving—Wolf and Darwin Islands.

Day 4-6 Wolf Island | Darwin Island

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Spend the next three days diving (up to four dives per day plus a night dive) around the legendary islands of Wolf and Darwin. Once you see Wolf and Darwin, you immediately understand why there are no shore excursions on this part of the cruise—there is no way up those dramatic vertical cliffs!
Wolf Island – This magical island has several dive sites to choose from. This is the place to find schooling hammerhead sharks, large aggregations of Galápagos sharks, dolphins, large schools of tuna, spotted eagle rays, barracudas, sea lions, and sea turtles. The bottom is covered with hundreds of moray eels, many of them free swimming. Being several degrees warmer than the central islands, you can look for many representatives of the Indo-Pacific underwater fauna. On a night dive here, you may also spot the unusual red-lipped batfish as it “walks” along the seafloor.

Darwin Island – Considered by many experienced divers as the very best dive site in the world, the water here is warmer by a few degrees than the central islands. In one single dive you can find schooling hammerhead sharks, Galápagos sharks, silky sharks, large pods of dolphins, thick schools of skipjack and yellow fin tuna, big eye jacks, and mobula rays. From June to November, it is not uncommon to encounter whale sharks in multiple numbers. The presence of occasional tiger sharks, black and blue marlin, and killer whales adds on to this amazing diving experience. If you still have time to look for smaller species, you can find octopus, flounders, and an enormous variety and abundance of tropical fish.

Day 7 Fernandina Island | Isabela Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Join a morning dive at Cape (Cabo) Douglas, on the western side of Fernandina Island, where you can expect to see Galápagos penguins, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, sea lions, seahorses, sea turtles, horn sharks, and occasional hammerhead and white tip sharks. Other species commonly encountered include chevron barracuda, snappers, yellowfin tuna, rainbow runners, and wahoo. Smaller species include creole fish, parrotfish, scrawled filefish, Pacific boxfish, and tiger snake eels.

At Punta Vicente Roca, on Isabela Island, there may be an opportunity for two dives. This is your coldest dive yet as you descend along a steep vertical wall covered in soft coral, sponges, and endemic black coral. Here you can expect to find sea horses, bullhead sharks, red-lipped batfish, various shrimp and many other marine invertebrates, and with luck, the amazing mola mola. Keep your eyes open for flightless cormorants, penguins, and maybe even a marine iguana. An after-dive panga ride offers great topside photo ops for penguins, flightless cormorants, marine iguanas, sea lions, blue-footed and Nazca boobies, magnificent frigatebirds, and noddy terns. 

Day 8 Bartolomé | Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Go ashore on Bartolomé for an invigorating hike to a panoramic viewpoint where breathtaking views abound. Conditions permitting, go diving in an area where Galápagos penguins are often found. After your dive, disembark in Puerto Ayora and take a scenic drive into the highlands. Here you can see giant Galápagos tortoises in their natural environment. Return to Puerto Ayora where there is free time to explore on your own. Return to the Galapagos Sky for a farewell dinner and overnight.

Day 9 San Cristóbal Island | Disembark | Guayaquíl

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning disembark in San Cristóbal and visit the Interpretation Center where an interesting human history of the Galápagos is presented. There is free time to stroll around town before transferring to the airport for your late-morning flight to Guayaquíl. Check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight. 

Day 10 Guayaquíl | Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Board your independent homeward flight.

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For the Galapagos Sky, please add a $35/person hyperbaric chamber fee and a a $100/person (10 day tour) or $140/person (13 day tour) fuel surcharge.

This Galápagos expedition focuses on the underwater wonders of the region and is only recommended for advanced divers. You will need to be able to climb into and out of the dive boat while wearing your dive equipment. There will be many opportunities for drift dives which offer exhilarating and sometimes challenging ways to experience the underwater realm; currents may be strong. Water temperatures in October range from 60-70°F, depending on location. Scuba Diving: To dive on this voyage you must be an Advanced Open Water (AOW) certified scuba diver. You must complete two open water dives within the 12 months prior to the trip’s departure. Please note: scuba equipment can be rented onboard for an additional fee if you prefer not to travel with your own gear.

  • Airfare to and from the Galápagos via Guayaquíl
  • Daily activity options including Zodiac cruises, diving, nature walks, and cultural tours
  • All gratuities
  • All accommodations
  • World-class lecture and expedition team
  • All onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner
  • All entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges
  • Arrival and departure transfers on group dates
  • Gift certificates for recommended expedition gear and reading materials
  • Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance

  • Airfare from your home city/Guayaquíl and Guayaquíl/home city
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Airport arrival and departure taxes
  • Transfers for independent arrivals and departures
  • Passport and/or visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages (other than listed above) and other incidentals
  • Email/Internet/fax/telephone charges
  • Scuba equipment rental fees

Child Discount

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


  • Accommodations on board Galapagos Sky 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


  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Divers are required to bring their own snorkel equipment: mask, fins & snorkel
  • Limited quantities of diving equipment are available for rent on board. Inquire for rates. Divers are required to bring their own equipment: mask, fins & snorkel, wetsuit, regulator, depth & pressure gauges, bottom timer or dive watch.
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

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

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This was my first experience with Adventure Life - and I couldn't have been more pleased with the trip. The guides and local staff in both Buenos Aires and Uruguay were terrific - extremely helpful and accommodating. I really enjoyed meeting the friendly staff in Buenos Aires in person (I left my bags with them for the afternoon).
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