Isabela & Galapagos

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Isabela & Galapagos

Let’s go to Isabela

During this tour you will certainly have time to explore Isabela, but Galapagos as well. Isabela is a beautiful island with excellent snorkelling, and your trip to Los Tunules is sure to blow your mind. On arrival back to Santa Cruz you will take 2 more day tours to other islands to finish off your Galapagos experience and leave with unforgettable memories.

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.

Academy Bay Tour – please be at the Acdemy Bay office at 8.50am for the 9am departure.
Return: approx. 12.30pm
Includes: snorkel equipment & guide

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.

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 favorite 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 flippers you may catch a glimpse of the penguins under water too.

AM: Take a guided bus trip and then walk 2 hours up to the second largest crater in the world.

VolcanSierra 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.

PM: Free time.

Take an hour boat ride east along the Isabela coast to a breathtaking area called Los Tunules.

As the name suggests, the area is a maze of tunnels and bridges formed by the lava millions of years ago. This maze with it’s crystal clear blue waters is the home to penguins, sea turtles,sea lions, white tipped reek sharks and a multitude of birds, including the Blue Footed Boobie which frequently can be seen resting on the rocks with the penguins. After a boat ride through Los Tuneles you will be taken to a snorkel site where you can get up close and personal with the local residents.

A box lunch and snorkel equipment are included.
Ferry to Santa Cruz at 3pm – arrive approx. 5pm

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 Academy Bay snorkel tour for non divers
  • PM: Free time to visit Tortuga Bay
  • Day 3
  • Day Tour Santa Fe or Pinzon snorkel
  • Day 4
  • Day Tour North Seymour, Bartolome, Plazas or Santa Fe*
  • Day 5
  • AM: Depart for Isla Isabela 7am
  • PM: Bay Tour (Tinitoreras & snorkel)
  • Day 6
  • AM: Tour Volcan Sierra Negra
  • PM: Free time
  • Day 7
  • AM: Tour Los Tunules (snorkel)
  • PM: Depart Isabela 3pm/ Arrive Puerto Ayora
  • 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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