Galapagos Diving Cruise Nortada (8)

Tour from Santa Cruz Island to Baltra Island, Ecuador

About this activity

Cruise with the Dive Yacht through Wolf, Darwin, Santiago, Isabela and Santa Cruz Islands

Your Travel Experience with Galapagos PRO

Day 1

Transfer to the Yacht

Transfer from Puerto Ayora to the yacht. A check dive in Academy Bay will give you the chance to make a proper weight check and practice a few of the basic and most used skills.

Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island

Afternoon: After the check dive, there will be time for ATM visits, souvenir shopping and sightseeing of the beautiful town of Puerto Ayora. A welcome cocktail and dinner will be served on board the Nortada, then we will depart for Punta Carrión at midnight.

Day 2

Punta Carrión, Isabela Island

Morning: Punta Carrión is considered a warm-up dive. Devices are again checked and adjusted if necessary. In good conditions, you can see white tip reef sharks, seahorses and various types of reef fish in this area. With luck, divers may also spot the strange and fantastic mola-mola fish here.

Cousin Rock, Santiago Island

Afternoon: Cousin Rock is one of the most popular dive sites in the central islands. The islet is formed by volcanic tuff. Cousins and other dive sites in the area are characterised for their eroded surfaces covered by sea fans and soft corals. Highlights include nudibranchs, frogfish, seahorses, sea lions, and the beautiful spotted eagle rays.

Day 3

Shark Bay and Landslide, Wolf Island

Morning: Wolf Island is known as “The Mecca of sharks” and considered one of the best dive sites in the world. Divers at Wolf are usually lucky enough to swim alongside several species of sharks, dolphins, turtles, eagle rays and colorful schools of fish. Wolf also offers an opportunity to explore the eroded underwater caverns and tunnels. At 40 meters deep, the anchorage is a well known spot for night diving.

At Landslide, the big schools of hammerhead sharks make for an amazing sight. Landslide is the best place to swim with razor surgeonfish, moray eels, barracudas as well as sea turtles.

The Pinnacle Wolf Island

Afternoon: Wolf Island is a small, remote and uninhabited island that is only accessible by liveaboard boat. In many diving communities, Wolf and Darwin are considered the peak of any diver's diving career. Indeed, Wolf and Darwin are considered some of the best dive sites in the world. Countless seabirds made their home in the high cliffs, and sea lions sunbathe on the wave-worn rocks below. Beneath the treacherous shoreline, the true beauty of Wolf Island reveals itself, offering both cave and wall dives.

Due to the difficult conditions, these sites are not recommended for inexpereinced divers. However, experienced divers will be rewarded with a magnificent view of underwater caverns, a large population of marbled electric rays and white tip reef sharks.

Large schools of hammerhead sharks and dolphins are all but guaranteed at these sites. The tropical corals host countless rare, beautiful and interesting species, including various rays, sharks and fish. Lucky divers may even be able to spot Humpbacks.

Day 4

Darwin Island

Morning and Afternoon: Darwin Island is a small, remote and uninhabited island that is only accessible by liveaboard boat. In many diving communities, Wolf and Darwin are considered a peak of any diver's diving career. In fact, Darwin is considered one of the best dive sites in the world. Encounters with whale sharks, hammerhead sharks and Galapagos sharks are possible depending on the season. The main diving spot at Darwin Island is Darwin’s Arch, nicknamed ‘the theatre’. It is an irregular bridge-like submerged plateau with a ‘viewing platform' at 18 metres deep.

The famous Darwin’s Arch is the epicenter of all dives at Darwin Island. As you roll out from the yacht, you will enter directly in to the swirling masses of schooling sharks and rays, with dolphin pods also making an appearance here. With luck, you may also catch the whale shark, searching for a meal in these rich waters. Humpbacks can also be spotted here, attracted by the same tasty meals as the whale shark.

Day 5

Wolf Island

Morning: Wolf Island is a small, remote and uninhabited island that is only accessible by liveaboard boat. Wolf is considered one of the best dive sites in the world. Countless seabirds made their home in the high cliffs, and sea lions sunbathe on the wave-worn rocks below. Beneath the treacherous shoreline, the true beauty of Wolf Island reveals itself, offering both cave and wall dives. Due to the difficult conditions, these sites are not recommended for inexpereinced divers. However, experienced divers will be rewarded with a magnificent view of underwater caverns, a large population of marble rays and white tip reef sharks.

Large schools of hammerhead sharks and dolphins are all but guaranteed at these sites. The tropical corals host countless rare, beautiful and interesting species, including various rays, sharks and fish. Lucky divers may even be able to spot Humpbacks.

Wolf Island

Afternoon: Wolf Island is known as “The Mecca of sharks”. Divers at Wolf are usually lucky enough to swim alongside several species of sharks, dolphins, turtles, eagle rays, electric rays and colourful schools of fish. Wolf also offers an opportunity to explore the eroded underwater caverns and tunnels. At 40 meters deep, the anchorage is a well known spot for night diving.

At Landslide, the big schools of hammerhead sharks make for an amazing sight. Landslide is the best place to swim with razor surgeonfish, moray eels, barracudas as well as sea turtles.

Day 6

Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela Island

Morning: Galapagos penguins, marine iguanas and several other endemic species join divers in the beautiful waters of Punta Vicente Roca.

Punta Vicente Roca is one of the best wall dives in the Galapagos and offers a completely different underwater landscape to other dives in the archipelago. The wall hosts invertebrates, sea horses, frog fish and other species. Outside of the wall you can watch as the strange and wonderful mola-mola fish emerge from the deep to freshen up in the cleaning stations.

Cape Douglas, Fernandina Island

Afternoon: As flightless cormorants watch out from the shore, divers have the oportunity to explore the waters around the youngest island of the archipelago. The highlight in Cape Douglas are the marine iguanas feeding underwater. Red lipped batfish, horn sharks and mola-mola and various types of Baleen Whales are usually sighted during dives around Fernandina.

Day 7

Cape Marshall, Isabela Island

Morning: Located in the northeast coast of Isabela, these volcanic walls are covered with black coral. Between January and May, divers can encounter giant manta rays, shoals of fish and even endemic black-striped salema. White tip reef sharks, Galapagos sharks and hammerhead sharks are also commonly spotted in these waters

Puerto Coca, Isabela Island

Afternoon: The dive spots Puerto Coca and Manta Ray City are also located northeast of the coast of Isabela. Here you can also be lucky enough to spot giant manta rays, Galapagos sharks and various shoals of fish.

Day 8

Charles Darwin Station, Santa Cruz Island

Morning: Breakfast and check-out followed by a visit to the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center and the Charles Darwin Station.

The Fausto Llerena Breeding Center gives you the opportunity to learn more about the breeding programs for the endangered endemic species, giant tortoises and land iguanas.

You will also visit the Charles Darwin Station. Here, scientists from around the world explore the diverse turtle subspecies of the Galapagos Islands. One of the highlights of the research center is the breeding station, where baby turtles complete a training course over rocks, branches and sandy steps in preparation for their realease into the wilderness in the coming days.

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