Galapagos Cruise Humboldt Explorer - Diving Safari (8)

Tour/Activity in Baltra Island, Ecuador

About this activity

Discover the unique underwater world of the Galapagos Islands

Your Travel Experience with Galapagos PRO

Day 1

Arrival to Baltra Island

The dive guides will pick you up at the airport between 11:30am and 12pm and accompany you to the Humboldt Explorer. You will board the ship, have lunch and listen to a first briefing.

Dive off Santa Cruz Island - Punta CarriĆ³n

Afternoon: After the briefing, guests will make a check-out dive (1 dive) at Punta Carrion. Here you can see schools of hammerhead sharks, whitetip reef sharks, green sea turtles, schools of barracudas, schools of golden rays, mobulas rays, reef fish, etc. After dinner the ship departs for the next planned destination.

Day 2

Dive off Baltra Island

Morning: 6:30 and 9:30 dives (2 dives). Rays and schools of fish are sighted.

Shore leave on the island of North Seymour

Afternoon: North Seymour shore visit. Walk the trail around North Seymour to see the large colonies of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds. North Seymour Island is a lava platform. It was formed undersea over millions of years and was uplifted out of the sea. Therefore, it has a characteristic flat shape (plate-shaped) and numerous fossils of marine life can be found on the island. Nevertheless, this is one of the hotspots for bird watching. Walking around North Seymour for about 1.4 km, one visits the southwestern part of the island. At the beginning you see some sea lions sunning and fishing on the stony cliff. Afterwards, the path leads along the coast where you can find nests of blue-footed boobies. In the central part of the island, which is covered with bushes, you can find the nests of frigate birds and land iguanas. North Seymour is home to the largest colony of frigate birds in the Galapagos. Sea lions and marine iguanas are also frequently sighted. Depart for the northern islands. (16+ hours transit)

Day 3

Dive off Wolf Island - La Banana / Punta Sharkbay

Today you will go to one of the two most famous islands for diving, Wolf Island. Diving here can be dangerous due to strong currents, but the sight of the underwater world is worth a small risk. The beauty in the waters here is incredible, you will see hundreds of hammerhead sharks, eagle rays, Galapagos sharks, countless schools of fish, tuna and sea turtles. You will not necessarily see dolphins, but you will be able to hear their clicking sounds.

6:30, 10:30, 14:00 and 16:30 dives. (4 dives). Night dive possible. Hammerheads, whale sharks, eagle rays, sea lions, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks are frequently sighted. Night anchor at Wolf Island.

Depth up to 25 meters / visibility often 30 meters / current can be very strong

Day 4

Dive off Wolf Island - Islote La Ventana / El Derrumbe

After breakfast you will already go under the sea surface. Before that, however, you can keep a lookout for humpback whales, which occasionally swim by here and show themselves. You will explore the waters of the small island La Ventana and the dive site El Derrube. Here you will also see hammerhead sharks, rays, Galapagos sharks and many other marine life. Furthermore you will do another dive in the evening.

Wolf 6:30 and 9:30 dives (2 dives) Transit to Darwin Island 14:00 and 16:30 dives (2 dives) Hammerhead sharks, red-lipped batfish, eagle rays, sea lions, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks are frequently sighted.

Depth up to 25 meters / Visibility often 30 meters / Current can be very strong

Day 5

Dive off Darwin Island - El Arco

Morning: Darwin Island and its dive sites is one of the two most popular in the Galapagos archipelago. Like Wolf Island, it is located a bit away from the other islands and offers fantastic views of the underwater world. The goal here is to secure yourself to the rock face with a current hook after a quick descent and wait out the large schools of hammerhead sharks. El Arco is the best dive site of the uninhabited island of Darwin, here you will see not only a large number of and manta rays but perhaps a few dolphins a little far from the reef. Many of the fish that live here can only be found here and with a little luck you will only see whale sharks here.

Dives at 6:30, 10:30. Hammerheads, whale sharks (in season), eagle rays, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks are often sighted.

Depth up to 40 meters / Visibility between 12 - 24 meters / Currents are medium to strong / Wall

Dive off Darwin Island - El Arenal

Afternoon: The further dives off Darwin Island today will be in the El Arenal dive site. Here you can also discover whale sharks, hammerheads, rays, dolphins and many different species of fish. Be sure that your dive guide will take you to the best places and you will surely see all the variety of big fish.

Dives at 14:00 and 16:30. Crossing to Wolf Island.

Depth up to 40 meters / visibility between 12 - 24 meters / currents are medium to strong

Day 6

Dive off Wolf Island - coral reef

To really take advantage of all three allowed days near Wolf and Darwin Islands, you will dive one more time today in the waters of Wolf Island. During these dives you will have the chance to take a closer look at the many corals of the reef and admire the small tropical ecosystem. There are more than eight species of corals and an incredible variety of fish. Of course, during these dives you might also catch a glimpse of some of the marine life you didn't see during the first two dives.

Dives at 6:30, 9:00 and 11:00 am (3 dives) Frequent sightings include hammerhead sharks, whale sharks (in season), eagle rays, Galapagos sharks and silky sharks. Long crossing to Cousin's Rock (20+ hours).

Depth up to 20 meters / visibility often 30 meters / current can be strong

Day 7

Dive off Santiago Island - Cousins Rock

Morning: This morning is all about diving at Cousins Rock. This small island is formed from a few slabs of black coral and not only many barracudas but also sea lions, hammerheads, reef sharks, manta rays, eagle rays and a variety of small marine life await you here.

6:30 and 9:30 dives (number of dives depends on travel time from Wolf Island) This is a great macro dive with an excellent chance of seeing seahorses, sea lions and eagle rays.

Depth up to 35 meters / Visibility up to 30 meters / Current can be strong / Reef

Highlands of Santa Cruz

Morning: As the only island that makes all vegetation zones accessible to visitors, it is a great place for a short trip to the highlands. Already from the beach you will be greeted by great flora and fauna that will follow you up to the highest point of the island. The bus trip will take you along the island's agriculture and will smoothly transition into the green, mist-covered forests. Here you will experience a stark contrast to the other islands, which have less altitude and more aridity. Together with your guide, visit different places here in the highlands, such as the giant tortoise reserve and the famous lava tubes. Look forward to breathtaking scenery and a short walk with unforgettable phenomena. Lunch will be served on the drive to Santa Cruz (3 hours). Travel by bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz to visit the giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Visit to the town of Puerto Ayora and the Darwin Center on your own. Dinner on your own in Puerto Ayora. Return to the Humboldt Explorer at 8:30 pm.

Day 8

Departure from Baltra Island

You will reach Baltra. From there, you will either transfer to the airport for your return flight to the mainland or continue with your individual Galapagos program.

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