Discover Galapagos

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Discover Galapagos

Endemic Galapagos

This Discover Galapagos package gives you a taste of everything the islands have to offer. During your 8 days you will have the opportunity to explore above and below the water and come up close and personal with many of the endemic species of Galapagos. From your first day with the giant tortoises to your last with the boobies at Seymour or the volcanic landscapes that are Bartolome, you will not stop being amazed and wondered by these enchanted islands.

Itinerary

Transfer from Baltra airport to hotel with Highland Tour – guided.

This tour consists of visiting 3 sites: El Chato, Lava tunnels and Los Gemelos. El Chato Tortoise Reserve is near Santa Rosa, approx 19km from Puerto Ayora. This is one of the only places where you can observe the ancient creatures up close in the wild. They look old, they smell old and they even sound old when they suck in their necks and heads and let out a hiss of air, like an old leather cushion. The reserve is also a great place to see the short eared owls, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers and paint billed crakes.

After you return to the current century you will be taken to the lava tubes, where you can walk more than 1km underground. They were formed by the solidifying of the outside skin of molten lava flow. When the lava flow ceased, the molten lava inside the flow kept moving, emptying out of the solidified skin thus leaving tunnels.

Lastly a visit to Las Gemelos, the twin craters that are actually sink holes surrounded by Scalesia forest. Vermillion flycatchers and often seen here, as well as short eared owls on occasion. It is a beautiful place to take in the greenery of Galapagos and walk along the small paths around the craters to spot some of the bird life.

At the conclusion of the tour you will be transported back to Puerto Ayora and your hotel.

Depart 7am for a 2 tank dive trip. The site will depend on your experience and our itinerary.
Includes: light breakfast, 2 tanks, all equipment, guide, towels and photos of your dive.

Santa Fe departure: 8am – 4.30pm
Includes: lunch, guide & snorkel equipment

Ferry to Isabela departing at 7am. You will need to collect your tickets the evening before from the agency and be in the main passenger pier at 6.40am to have your name ticked off and board the boat.

On arrival to Isbaela you will be picked up by a representative from the hotel and given your itinerary briefing.

You will have some free today and then join the Las Tintoreras Snorkel tour. The tour takes you first to Las Tintoreras, a small volcanic island where you cruise through shark channel spotting White tip reef sharks resting in the shallow water. You can snorkel in the mouth of the channel here to get a closer look. The second stop is a White Sandy beach covered with lazing sea lions and iguanas, a great photo opportunity. Back on the boat you float past the mangrove forest, a favourite hang out of the blue footed boobies, the masked boobies, pelicans and frigate birds, then on to a protected bay where a colony of Galápagos penguins live where you can snorkel with turtles, white tip reef sharks, rays and many varieties of reef fish. If you are fast with your fins you may catch a glimpse of the penguins under water too.

Sierra Negra Volcano Tour: 7.30am
AM: Take a guided bus trip and then walk 2 hours up to the second largest crater in the world. Volcan Sierra Negra rises 1490 meters above the sea level and last erupted in October 2005 sending volcanic ash and smoke 20 km in the air. An 8km trail leads around the east side of the volcano to some active fumaroles.

Box lunch is provided on the tour but you will need to take extra drinking water, walking shoes and hot and sunscreen.

AM: Return to Santa Cruz.
The ferry departs Isabela at 6am or 3pm if you would like some extra time in Isabela.
Spend the rest of the day at Tortuga Bay with the Marine Iguanas or visit Las Grietas to join the locals jumping off the cliffs into the crystal clear water .

Departure: 8am – you will need to be at the Academy Bay office at 7.50am
Travel time: 1.5-2 hours depending on sea conditions in a speed boat with on board toilet.

Floreana – The tour includes a 2-3 hour stay on the island to visit the pirate caves created by pirates seeking water and shelter, the giant tortoises and Larga de Aqui, a beautiful lookout over Floreana and the bay.

Lunch is then in a restaurant in the port town of Puerto Velasco Ibarra.
In the afternoon the tour is back to the beach where you will have time to swim and snorkel at a beautiful black sand bay that is the home to many sea lions and green sea turtles. It is a breeding area for the sea lions so don’t be surprised if you see a big male protecting his babies.

Return: Approx 5pm depending on sea conditions.
Included: lunch, water, snorkel equipment (mask, snorkel) fins & wetsuits available at an extra charge.

Pinzon – The tour includes 3 different snorkel/ swimming sites to see many sea lions, turtles, reef sharks, reef fish. There is also a short fishing time and a beach visit.

Lunch is included on board.

Return: Approx 4.30pm
Included: lunch, snorkel equipment & guide. Wetsuits available at an extra charge.

Departure: 6am – 8am
Return: Approx 4-5pm
Includes: breakfast (for Bartolome tour only), lunch, water, snorkelling equipment (mask, snorkel and fins) wetsuits available at an extra charge.

Please send us your preference for this day. Tours are subject to available spaces.

Includes:

  • All meals mentioned in tour below
  • Hotel in Santa Cruz & Isabela (7 nights)
  • All transfers in Galapagos
  • Snorkel equipment and dive equipment on all tours
  • All tours mentioned in itinerary above

Does not include:

  • Flights unless organised with Academy Bay Diving
  • National park entrance fee ($100 payable on arrival)
  • Tourist card ($10 payable in airport in Quito or Guayaquil)
  • Meals not stated in tour itinerary
  • Day 1

  • AM: Baltra – airport. Transfer to hotel with Highland Tour
  • PM: Visit, Los Gemelos, Tortoise Reserve & Lava Tunules with guide
  • Day 2
  • AM: Scuba Diving or Santa Fe snorkel tour for non divers
  • PM: Free time to visit Tortuga Bay
  • Day 3
  • AM: Depart for Isla Isabela 7am ferry
  • PM: Bay Tour (Tinitoreras & snorkel)
  • Day 4
  • AM: Tour Volcan Sierra Negra
  • PM: Free time
  • Day 5
  • AM: Depart Isabela 6am or 3pm/ Arrive Puerto Ayora
  • PM: Free Time to visit Charles Darwin Center
  • Day 6
  • Day Tour Floreana or Pinzon snorkel tour
  • Day 7
  • Day Tour North Seymour, Bartolome, Plazas or Santa Fe*
  • Day 8
  • Transfer to airport

* Depending on available spaces

Accommodation Type

This package is run for anyone and every budget

We have 3 levels of hotel for you to choose. If you are backpacking, honeymooning or can’t stand the thought of a hostel and would like a little more comfort or would like to go all out and have the best, we’ve got you covered!

  1. Tourist Class – Private rooms, private bathrooms, hot water, TV and WiFi, some have cooking facilities.
  2. Tourist Plus – Private rooms, private bathrooms, hot water, air con, TV, WiFi, telephone, breakfast, swimming pool.
  3. Tourist Superior – Private rooms, hot water, WiFi, telephone, TV, air con, breakfast, swimming pool.

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