See the best of the Galapagos from Santa Cruz!
Our Galapagos day tours take you from beautiful Santa Cruz Island to a variety of fantastic destinations across the archipelago. Whether you want to snorkel with sea lions or marvel at massive bird colonies, we can take you to the places that best suit your interests.
Get in touch if you have any questions about your trip planning. We’re here to help you plan your dream visit to the Galapagos Islands!
Shark Channel and Lovers Channel are both lovely snorkelling sites
Wild and unearthly moon looking lava landscape, penguins and Pinnacle Rock
The snorkeling around the Floreana island is some of best in Galapagos.
Site of one of the largest and most active sea bird breeding colonies in the islands
Which 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.