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Baltra-Santa Cruz - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Galaxy Diver
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Experience world-class Galapagos diving surrounded by sharks, whales, manta rays, rays, turtles, penguins, iguanas, sea lions, and more on this 8-day diving cruise. Galaxy Diver takes you to the most stunning dive sites in the Galapagos Islands with a team of expert guides and cutting-edge dive equipment. Explore El Derrumbe, La Banana, Shark Bay, Darwin Island, Douglas Cape, Marshall Cape, Cousin Rock, and Bartolome, among others. 


 
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Highlights
  • Explore El Derrumbe, one of the most famous dive sites in the Galapagos
  • Discover the north islet known by locals as La Banana, a dive site only for advanced divers
  • Dive among Hammerheads and Galapagos sharks in Shark Bay
  • See the impressive stone arch formation, known as Darwin's Pillars
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Full Itinerary

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Day 1: Baltra Airport | Embark | Baltra Northeast

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  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at the Baltra airport and meet your dive guides at the designated area. Enjoy an escorted transfer from the airport to the Galaxy Diver. The Divemaster provides a briefing on all safety and emergency procedures after taking guests to their accommodations.

Your first activity is in Baltra North East (check out dive), where you disembark close to the yacht and have your first "Galapagos taste". Make sure you get comfortable, as you will use this equipment during your entire diving cruise. You may see some white tip sharks, Galapagos sharks, hammerhead sharks, a school of reef fish, rays, and barracudas.

Day 2: El Derrumbe | La Ventana Islet | La Banana | Shark Bay

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Landslide dive site in Wolf Island, accessible only from a liveaboard locally known as El Derrumbe, is one of the most famous dive sites in the archipelago. On this day, you will have one of the most interesting and remote visits you came here for. The renowned Wolf is also considered a sanctuary for its abundant and diverse marine wildlife. It was given that name because it was visited by Theodor Wolf, a German geologist who spent many years mapping and studying the area.

The geology of the Galapagos El Derrumbe is particularly well known for seeing Hammerheads and Galapagos Sharks. Whale sharks and a huge variety of fish, rays, turtles, marine mammals, and other iconic Galápagos animals have been seen here.

The north islet, known by locals as "La Banana," is a dive site only for advanced divers. It is a wall dive, like caverns, tunnels, and a pinnacle. There is always moderate to heavy current here and visibility is often limited. Some very impressive and large animals, such as whale sharks, hammerheads, and dolphins, are spotted here. Shark Bay at Wolf Island is an underwater visitor point well known as being among the best dive sites in the Galapagos to see Hammerheads and Galapagos Sharks. Whale sharks, which are called the "giants of the sea," have also been seen here, along with a huge variety of fish, Galapagos rays, turtles, marine mammals, and many other well-known Galápagos animals.

Day 3: El Arenal | The Darwin's Tower

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Darwin Island, rich in the variety of its pelagic species in the depths of the Pacific Ocean and one of the smallest islands in the archipelago, is a spectacular area for diving as it is considered one of the Seven Underwater Wonders of the World. It is located close to Wolf. El Arenal is considered one of the best diving points in the entire world, sloping off Darwin’s Arch. The currents are moderate to strong, and the depth ranges from 46 to 121 ft., with visibility from 40 to 80 ft. There is an amazing array of marine wildlife you can encounter, like dolphins commonly sighted feeding on schools of fish, hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, rays, Galapagos sharks, and even tiger sharks and killer whales. It offers a unique experience, not just from the impressive marine life but from the geological formations as well.

One of its attractions is the impressive stone arch formation, known as Darwin's Pillars—formerly the Darwin Arch. This is a fantastic marine wonderland and home to many endemic birds. You could spot sea lions, humpback whales, whale sharks, hammerheads, angelfish, dolphins, tuna, grunts, different fish schools, garden eels, moray eels, manta rays, and more. It’s not only about underwater action; the cliffs of Darwin Arch are a popular nesting area for marine birds such as the Nazca booby, red-footed booby, Swallow-tailed gull, and the Sooty Tern. Land birds include the rare Vampire Finch and Darwin’s Mockingbird.

Day 4: Shark Bay | La Ventana Islet | El Derrumbe | La Banana

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Shark Bay at Wolf Island is an underwater visitor point well known as being among the best dive sites in the Galapagos to see Hammerheads and Galapagos Sharks. Whale sharks, which are called the "giants of the sea," have also been seen here, along with a huge variety of fish, Galapagos rays, turtles, marine mammals, and many other well-known Galápagos animals.

The Landslide dive site in Wolf Island, accessible only from a liveaboard locally known as El Derrumbe, is one of the most famous dive sites in the archipelago. On this day, you will have one of the most interesting and remote visits you came here for. The renowned Wolf is also considered a sanctuary for its abundant and diverse marine wildlife. It was given that name because it was visited by Theodor Wolf, a German geologist who spent many years mapping and studying the area.

Day 5: Douglas Cape | Vicente Roca Point

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Dive Douglas Cape in the morning to observe the gracious marine iguanas feeding on algae underwater. First, you can observe them catching the sun to warm them up, and later, they will go into the sea to feed themselves for around 20 minutes. Then they return to the shores and warm up again. It will be different to see them laying on the beach, even disgusting while spitting saltwater from their noses, but they will look different, even elegant on the water. You can also observe penguins, Galapagos sharks, and different schools of fish.

On the northwest coast of Isabela Island, at Vicente Roca Point, you can see a lot of different animals feeding at the same time: turtles, Peruvian grunts, flatworms, sponges, sea lions, frogfish, octopus, nudibranchs, Galapagos bullhead sharks, mola molas (the largest bony fish in the sea), penguins, and schools of black-striped sea horses..

Day 6: Marshall Cape | City of the Mantas

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Marshall Cape, located on the northeast side of Isabela Island, with its populations of giant mantra rays, mobulas, enormous schools of barracudas, Galapagos sharks, sea lions, and the, by now, traditional host of Galapagos critters. All these species are possible to see due to the plankton-rich waters in this area. Marshall Cape has another important attraction: the flightless cormorants, which can be seen resting on the shores.

Its name says it all—it's the city of the Mantas, so it is very common to see giant Mantas here. Seeing these majestic species on the bottom of the sea, swimming among kaleidoscopic fish, eels and turtles is a unique and exciting experience for any diver.

Day 7: Cousin Rock | Bartolome

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Dive at Cousins Rock, a small triangular volcanic rock with platforms full of black coral, where it will be possible to see lots of barracudas, sea lions, Salema, yellowtail surgeonfish, hammerhead, and white-tipped reef sharks, manta and eagle rays, lots of nudibranchs and frogfish, sometimes sea horses, small hard corals, red sponges, and sea fans; sea lions are always there.

Bartolome is one of the most iconic places in the Galapagos and one of the few places where you can see penguins without going to the remote areas of western Isabela and Fernandina. You will get great views of Pinnacle Rock, located on the northern side of the island, right next to a beautiful peach-colored sand beach. The hike to the top of the island is fantastic and will offer you incredible views of lunar landscapes with scattered volcanic cones. Many islands are visible from this outlook, as well as the bay of Sullivan and the Pinnacle Rock.

You will have the option to swim or snorkel from the beach. This area holds a well-deserved reputation for being one of the best snorkeling spots in the Galapagos, not only because of its clear and calm water but also because of the presence of penguins, which are relatively easy to find while snorkeling, along with an incredible diversity of fish, colorful invertebrates, sea lions, turtles, rays, and reef sharks.

Day 8: Twin Craters | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
The Twin Craters, also known as "Los Gemelos," is located on the way to the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island. You will find them on both sides of the road leading from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. In fact, they are not real craters; they were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. You will have a wonderful view of the local flora, like scalesia plants. On this site, it is also possible to observe the endemic short-ear owl.

Then, transfer to the airport to take your flight back to continental Ecuador.

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Child Discount

10% discount for children under 12 (between 6 to 11 years old). Child discounts are conditional and may not apply to certain departures. Please contact us for more information.

Children under 12 may receive discounts on Galapagos flight fares and entrance fees. Contact us for details.
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
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  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $100 per adult, $50 per child under 12

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