Daily Galapagos Land Tours

See the best of the Galapagos from Santa Cruz!

Galapagos Day Tours from Santa Cruz

Our Galapagos land tours take you from beautiful Santa Cruz Island to a variety of fantastic destinations across the archipelago. Whether you’re looking for Galapagos Island snorkeling with sea lions or to marvel at massive bird colonies, we can take you to the places that best suit your interests.

If you’re coming for some Galapagos diving, be sure to check out our Galapagos Scuba Diving Day Trips instead! There is so much to see on any of our tours, but keep reading to learn more about our Galapagos land tours.

Get in touch if you have any questions about your trip planning or any of our Galapagos day tours. We’re here to help you plan your dream visit to the Galapagos Islands!

Explore Day Trips from Santa Cruz, Galapagos

Academy Bay Day Tour

Academy Bay
Shark Channel and Lovers Channel are both lovely snorkelling sites

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Bartolome Day Tour

Wild and unearthly moon looking lava landscape, penguins and Pinnacle Rock

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Floreana Day Tour

The snorkeling around the Floreana island is some of best in Galapagos.

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Santa Cruz Highlands Day Tour

Highlands of Santa Cruz
A beautiful place to take in the greenery of Galapagos

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Isabela Day Tour

Giant Tortoise Breeding Center, Flamingo Lagoon, marine iguanas…

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North Seymour Day Tour

North Seymour
Site of one of the largest and most active sea bird breeding colonies in the islands

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Santa Fe Day Tour

Santa Fe
Towering forest of giant cacti and land iguanas

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Plazas Day Tour

Sea lion colonies, swallow tailed gulls and other nesting species

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Galapagos Islands Snorkeling Tours

Pinzon & La Fe beach Snorkel Day Tour

Pinzon & La Fe beach
Snorkel at Pinzon and La Fe Islands and swim at the beach

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Santa Fe & Playa Escondida Snorkel Day Tour

Santa Fe & Playa Escondida
Snorkel at Santa Fe Island and swim at Playa Escondida (hidden beach)

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Galapagos Day Tours from Santa Cruz vs Cruises

Which Galapagos tour should I do?

At Academy Bay Diving, we hear this question numerous times a week from people arriving in the Galapagos Islands not knowing if they should spend their savings on an 8-day Galapagos cruise or take the more economical option to stay on the islands and take day tours.Though they are different experiences, both options have a lot to offer.

One thing to consider is if you don’t do too well on boats. There’s no point in feeling awful during your whole trip! The positive of Galapagos cruise boats is that they will take you to islands that you cannot visit on one-day tours. They also take you to different and often more exclusive sites than those on some of the daily tours.

Having said that, some of the daily tours are exactly the same as the day on the cruise. Typically, you will visit 2 land sites and 2 snorkel sites per day, and have all your meals catered and generally be with the same guide (and same group of people, for better or for worse!) for the whole trip. Day tours, on the other hand, are done by 5pm, so you can go back to your hotel, stroll around the town, take dinner wherever you like, and still have seen an amazing amount of flora and fauna!

Due to time constraints of transport to and from the islands, the daily tours offer 1 land site and 1 snorkel site for the day. The decision really depends on your budget, how much you like boats, and how much you like to gamble. After all, you can’t choose the other 15 passengers who will be on your boat!

Remember, you can always get in touch if you have any questions during the trip planning process.


Please contact us for rates. Seasonal discounts and group discounts can apply.

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