Galapagos Cruise Majestic Explorer Dive Safari (8)

Tour/Activity in Baltra Island, Ecuador

About this activity

Experience the incredible wildlife and world-class diving in the Galapagos Islands

Your Travel Experience with Galapagos PRO

Day 1

Transfer to the Majestic Explorer

After arriving at the airport at Baltra, transfer to the harbour to board the Majestic Explorer. When everyone is on board, you will receive an introduction to the ship and mandatory safety briefings.

Punta Carrion Check Dive

Before setting off further in to the archipelago, divers will have an opportunity to check their equipment in the beautiful, calm waters of Punta Carrion.

Day 2

Baltra North and North Seymour Island

Enjoy two dives in the north of Baltra. Here, divers often see rays and large schools of colourful fish.

After lunch, head ashore on the small island of North Seymour - one of the most diverse islands in the Galapagos archipelago. It is only about two square kilometers in size and above all known for of the intensive courtship rituals of many magnificent frigatebirds, taking place here during mating season. The island is also home to large colonies of land iguanas, marine iguanas and sea lions. The characteristic bush landscape features diverse species of animals amongst the aromatic endemic balsa trees.

Day 2 - 3

Wolf Island

El Derrumbe is the main dive attraction on Wolf Island. It is well-known among divers for its diverse and abundant marine wildlife. Thanks to the cold currents, the great spotted whale shark, various species of whales, and hammerhead, as well as white-tipped, and Galapagos sharks are often seen. While many seabirds frequent the cliffs of the island, the most famous flying resident is the vampire finch.

You must carry a personal flashlight with you to dive in La Cuevas. This large underwater tunnel has many entrances to various caves worth exploring. You can observe lobsters, scorpion fish, nudibranchs and more species. The turtles swim through schools of fish, and moray eels wind their way through the tunnel.

Day 4

Darwin Island

Darwin Island offers several dive sites depending on where you enter, currents, etc. Darwins Arch is considered "the jewel on the Galapagos's diving crown".

If it’s big animals you crave, then Darwin’s Arch is quite possibly the best dive in the world. Massive whale sharks, sea turtles, burly sharks of many varieties, moray eels, eagle rays hammerhead schools thick enough to block out the sun. Darwin's arch has earned it's place at the top of the bucket lists for many divers.

From June to November, it is not uncommon to encounter whale sharks in multiple numbers in one single dive. The presence of tiger sharks, black and blue marlin, and killer whales add to this amazing diving experience. If you still have time to look for smaller things, you’ll find octopus, flounders, and an enormous variety and abundance of tropical fish.

Day 5

Return to Wolf Island

Return to the magical Wolf Island, with several dive sites to choose from. If you want to see sharks, you are at the right spot. This is the destination for schooling hammerhead sharks, large aggregations of Galapagos sharks, and occasionally whale sharks. Seeing dolphins, large schools of tuna, spotted eagle rays, barracudas, sea lions and sea turtles is common. The seabed is littered with hundreds of moray eels, many of them free swimming. Being several degrees warmer than the central islands, you can look for many representatives of the Indo-Pacific underwater fauna.

Day 6

Cabo Douglas and Punta Vicente Roca

The highlight in Cape Douglas is the underwater feeding of sea-snakes as well as the encounter with red-lipped batfish, horn sharks and mola-mola-fish, as well as various other kinds of fish.

Punta Vicente Roca offers one of the best wall dives in the Galapagos and allows a completely different landscape. The wall hosts invertebrates, sea horses, frog fish and other species. From the outside of the wall, you may watch deep mola mola (sun fish) coming from the deep to cleaning stations. On the sandy sea floor at Punta Vicente Roca, large sea horses live in pairs scattered throughout the coral. You can also find catfish, red lipped bat fish. This area is home to many marine turtles. All of these species stay in the area year round.

Day 7

Cousins Rock

Cousins Rock is set off Santiago Island, and is located 15 minutes by boat from the island Bartolomé. Cousins Rock has moderate currents, and offers excellent opportunities to see seahorses, schools of eagle rays, sea lions and fur seals.

The steep slope of the seascape has many holes and small caves, which offer perfect refuge for eels, octopuses and lobster. This setting is framed with black corals and different species of sponges.

Day 8

Conclude in Baltra

The cruise will conclude in the harbor of Baltra. From there, transfer to Baltra Airport in time for your return flight to the mainland, or continue with your planned route through the Galapagos.

Wildlife & Nature
Outdoor & Sports