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Explore the unique sea life of the Galapagos islands on this amazing 8-day diving cruise on the Aqua! 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. Discover unique spots such as Cousins rock is located north-east of Santiago island, near Bartolome. This site has a unique and stunning topography of jagged rocky shelves where animals, both big and small, can be found resting and feeding. It is one of the few places where you can see endemic black coral amongst the riot of colorful clams, algae, flora and fauna that cover the rocks like splashes of paint.

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 : Vicente Roca Point | Cape Douglas
Day 7 : Roca Blanca | Pinzon
Day 8 : Highlands of Santa Cruz- Baltra

Highlights

  • Visit Santiago Island, known for its unique spear-like pinnacle
  • Observe large schools of hammerhead sharks & Galapagos sharks
  • Discover one of the most famed diving sites is “Darwin’s Arch”
  • Admire Cape Douglas' marine life, above and under the water

Ship

Aqua

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 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 are welcomed by the crew. Lunch will be served, then the adventure begins!

In the afternoon visit North East Baltra, this is the perfect spot to start your adventure with moderate currents. This dive site is more for the adventurous divers out there, looking to see fascinating lava and rock formations as well as an incredible number of marine species. At the depth of around 20 m (60 ft), we might see white-tip reef sharks, pelagic fish, reef fish, rays, and turtles. Galapagos Penguins are the only penguin to exist north of the equator. Sea lions will be your companions upon entry and on the safety stops. Occasionally even the first hammerhead sharks can be spotted swimming nearby. After this first dive, your chef awaits with an amazing breakfast.

Day 2 Bartolome

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located east of Santiago Island, this small island is known for its unique spear-like pinnacle. Beneath the waves we dive over, we will go around a rocky platform and float around underwater cliffs that start at 15m and disappear into the sea bed, giving us a good chance to see pelagic animals.
You can expect to see some of the following Marine Life: seahorses, white tip reef sharks, reef fish (including large schools of hunting yellow tailed surgeonfish), barracudas, turtles, mobula rays, sting rays, scorpion stonefish, and various invertebrates.

Cousins rock is located north-east of Santiago island, near Bartolome. This site has a unique and stunning topography of jagged rocky shelves where animals, both big and small, can be found resting and feeding. It is one of the few places where you can see endemic black coral amongst the riot of colorful clams, algae, flora and fauna that cover the rocks like splashes of paint. During your surface interval, look out for penguins that inhabit the surrounding area.
You can expect to see some of the following Marine Life: sea lions, Galapagos sharks, white tip reef sharks, turtles, seahorses, barracudas, stingrays, eagle rays, manta rays and reef fish (including large schools of floating bullseye pufferfish).

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
A volcano that reaches 165m (490ft) above sea level was named in honor of naturalist Charles Darwin. It is amongst the smallest island within the Galapagos Archipelago and like Wolf Island, no land visits are permitted.

One of the most famed diving sites is “Darwin’s Arch”, which provides an amazing drift dive along the wall at an average depth of just 9m. Medium to strong currents are to be expected, but you bring with them many hammerheads, black tips, silky and Galapagos sharks!

Schools of jacks are a common sight, along with turtles, angelfish and moray eels. Occasional sightings of tiger sharks, manta rays and bottlenose dolphins make for a thrilling time. Whale sharks may also be seen between May – November.

Day 5 Wolf Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Named after the German geologist Theodor Wolf, this extinct volcano reaches 253m (780ft) above sea level and lies around 160km (100m) northwest of Isabela Island. Land visits are not permitted, however, bird life such as red-footed boobies and vampire finches may be spotted from the boat.

For your dives, you choose from a selection of reefs and walls, most have medium to strong currents, where the use of gloves and reef hooks is advised. Schooling pelagics are the main attraction, but you can also see hammerheads, white tips and Galapagos sharks in the sites (May-November).

Day 6 Vicente Roca Point | Cape Douglas

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Whilst having lunch cross the Bolivar Channel for the last time to Vicente Roca Point, just at the mouth of Isabela’s seahorse-shape. While entering a dark cave below a spectacular arch, roaring echoes of the waves will accompany you. Just around the corner the collapsed amphitheater of Volcan Ecuador offers another impressive view.

The calmer waters of the coves are well-protected against the ocean swell and are a fairly cold, but a great place for snorkeling amongst various species of shark, penguins, puffer fish and even seahorses!

Cape Douglas is sure to provide you with amazing opportunities to observe a large amount of marine life, above and under the water! As you prepare for your dive you can see Galapagos Penguins, Galapagos Flightless Cormorants, and Galapagos Marine Iguanas- animals only found exclusively on the Islands.

A sure sight is incredible marine iguanas swimming and feeding on the rocks under the surface. Some marine life you may see are Red-lipped Batfish, Horn Sharks, Mola Mola, and possibly Baleen Whales!

Day 7 Roca Blanca | Pinzon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
For divers, Roca Blanca is a mecca for sea life. Located on the South East coast of Isabela Island, it’s one of the best diving sites the central islands offer. Due to the cooler and waters in the central islands, this increases the diversity of marine life. You will get to see amazing life here, such as shark, manta & eagle rays, sea lions, moray eels, lobsters, and a vast population of tropical fish.

It is a small island located off the western coast of Santa Cruz, about 1 hour from Puerto Ayora. It is a great spot for beginners and experienced divers, offering many playful sea lions, turtles, and red-lipped batfish. The deep drop off wall is for more experienced divers and is a great spot to see seahorses, rays, different species of sharks, and lobster. In the warmer months, Pinzon is a favorite site for the Manta Rays and pods of dolphins.
 

Day 8 Highlands of Santa Cruz- Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
The road to the highlands leaves from Bellavista, a small village located a 15-minute drive from Puerto Ayora, and passes through the agricultural zone, near the National Park boundary, the Miconia Zone, and then goes to the Fern and Sedge zone.  With clear weather, this area boasts beautiful scenes of rolling hills and extinct volcanic cones covered with grass and lush greenery all year round. Here you will visit the Twin Craters, which are two pit craters, as well as a local ranch where we can observe the giant tortoise of Santa Cruz Island in its natural habitat.

After this excursion, you will be escorted to the airport for your flight to Quito or Guayaquil.

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5 lower deck cabins with single lower and a single upper bed
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Child Discount

20% discount for children under age of 12 at time of Galapagos cruise.

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

Included

  • Accommodations on board Aqua 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
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Wetsuit rental charges should be paid aboard the yacht in cash (US Dollar).
  • Use of kayaks (at permitted sites) is included.
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

  • Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $530 - $675
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $620

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