Galapagos Diving Safari Aqua (8)

Tour/Activity in Baltra Island, Ecuador

About this activity

A diving safari through the islands of Bartolomé, Wolf, Darwin, Pinzon and Santa Cruz

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Day 1

Transfer

After arrival to the airport on the Island Baltra, transfer to the harbour to board the Aqua.

Baltra Island

Afternoon: After lunch, you will receive a briefing on the dive platform with general instructions about the use of equipment on board. Afterwards, the trial dive will take place northeast of Baltra. Here we will check the weights and conditions of the equipment accompanied by rays, sharks and sea lions!

Day 2

Bartolomé Island

Morning: Bartolomé is an ideal place to start the adventure! The current is moderate and allows diving to a maximum depth of 20 meters. Deep in the ocean you can observe white sharks, green turtles, different types of rays, tropical fish and the comical red-lipped batfish, which is endemic to the Galapagos. Occasionally you can find hammerhead sharks. At the end of this dive, a delicious breakfast prepared by the chef awaits you.

Cousins Rock

Afternoon: Rocas Cousin. The second dive is at an island 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 has many holes and small caves, which offer perfect refuge for eels, octopuses and lobsters. This seascape is framed with black corals and different sponge species.

After lunch, you will dive in this area again before setting sail for the exclusive Wolf Island.

Day 3

El Derrumbe, Wolf Island

Morning: 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.

La Cueva, Wolf Island

Afternoon: 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's Arch, Darwin Island

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 blot 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

El Derrumbe on Wolf Island

Return to the magnificent El Derrumbe, well-known among divers for its diverse and abundant marine wildlife.

Day 6

Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela Island

The first dive starts very early today at Punta Vicente Roca. Down below you will find large sea horses, living in pairs scattered throughout the coral. You may also find catfish, red-lipped batfish and the highlight of the day: the oceanic sunfish. This area is home to many sea turtles. After the dive you be taken to the shoreline to see the penguins, flightless cormorants and marine iguanas.

Day 7

Pinzón Island

Morning: At this small island located in the center of the Archipelago, you will have your last dives of the trip. You can see the red lipped batfish, giant manta rays up to six meters long, marble rays, eagle rays and a large number of marine turtles.

Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island

Afternoon: At Charles Darwin Station, scientists from around the world research the many tortoise subspecies that are endemic to the Galapagos islands. The highlight of the research center is the breeding station, Fausto Llerena, where baby turtles take a training course over rocks, branches and sandy stairs in preparation for their upcoming release in to the wilderness.

Visitors leave the station with a stronger understanding of the tortoises, iguanas and much of the flora native to the islands. You'll be impressed by the tiny tortoises, often only the size of your hand, who will grow over the next 100 years to become as large as 400kg!

Day 8

Highlands of Santa Cruz Island

Morning: As you venture into Santa Cruz's higher altitude areas, you will notice the changes in the vegetation as the climate becomes wetter and warmer. The earth in the upper altitudes is rich in minerals. Coffee plantations and fruit orchards line the streets. Here you can observe the famous Galapagos giant tortoises in the wild, using the new knowledge you gained at Charles Darwin Station in the morning.

The Scalesia forests in this area offer the opportunity to discover endemic species of the Galapagos Islands, as well as giant cacti and a variety of deciduous trees and edible fruits.

Here you can also visit the twin 'craters' Los Gemelos. While they are not craters in the technical sense, these 70 meter vertical gullies with a carpet of lush vegetation are an impressive sight to behold.

Return to the Baltra Harbour

You will return to 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.

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