Galapagos Diving Cruise Blue Spirit (8)

Tour/Activity in Baltra Island, Ecuador

About this activity

Experience the wonder of the underwater world aboard the Blue Spirit

Your Travel Experience with Galapagos PRO

Day 1

Arrival in Baltra

Morning: You will arrive in Baltra after flying in from Quito of Guayaquil, where your tour guide will greet you. The crew will take care of your luggage and you will be guided to a bus which drives you to Itabaka canal. From there, a ferry will bring you to Santa Cruz Island. Upon arrival, you will embark on a tour in the highlands of Santa Cruz, where you will visit a ranch with the tour guide.

The highlands of Santa Cruz

Afternoon: After visiting the ranch, you will have the opportunity to see giant tortoises wandering around in the open.

Day 2

First dive at Marchena Island

You will have the opportunity to snorkel in one of the areas with the most abundant marine life in the Galapagos Islands. This site is reserved for snorkeling and diving only and is known to be the best in the archipelago. Dolphins and hammerhead sharks frequent this spot, and the area is graced by a large number of colorful corals. Two snorkeling activities will take place in the morning for more time and opportunity to relish the beauty of the Galapagos underwater world. After snorkeling, you will return to the yacht for an in-depth briefing about the ocean currents and their effect on the archipelago’s flora and fauna.

Day 3

Diving session at Wolf Island - La Banana / Punta Shark bay

Morning: Today, we will travel to one of the two most popular islands known for diving - Wolf island. 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.

Maximum depth up to 20 meters/ Visibility up to 30 meters/ Water temperature between 18°C and 30°C/ Currents up to 3 knots or more

Diving session at Wolf Island - Islote La Ventana / El Derrumbe / Night Dive

Afternoon: After lunch, you will once again head below the water surface for another dive. Before you look for humpback whales, which occasionally swim past and show up here, you should explore the waters of the small La Ventana island and the El Derrube dive site. Here you can see hammerhead sharks, rays, Galapagos sharks and many other fascinating sea creatures. You will also be doing a night dive, tonight.

Maximum depth up to 20 meters/ Visibility up to 30 meters/ Water temperature between 18°C and 30°C/ Currents up to 3 knots or more

Day 4

Diving session at Darwin Island - El Arco

Morning: 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 meters 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 into 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.

Maximum depth up to 40 meters/ Visibility up to 12 - 24 meters/ Water temperature between 20°C and 28°C/ Current ranges from medium to strong

Diving session at Darwin Island - El Arenal

Afternoon: The second dive will take place after lunch in the area of El Arenal. Here you can swim alongside whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, rays, dolphins and many different species of fish.

Maximum depth up to 40 meters/ Visibility up to 12 - 24 meters/ Water temperature between 20°C and 28°C/ Current ranges from medium to strong

Day 5

Wolf Island and its corals

In order to make the most out of your time at Wolf and Darwin island, you will proceed with another dive today in the waters close to Wolf Island. During this dive, you will get to see the beautiful coral reefs up close. More than eight types of corals are found here with a massive variety of fishes. You will surely get to meet other sea creatures during this dive which you may not have encountered during your previous dives.

Maximum depth up to 20 meters / Visibility up to 30 meters / Water temperature between 18°C and 30°C / Currents up to 3 knots or more.

Day 6

Diving off the shores of Fernandina/Isabela Islands

Morning: Activities in the morning depend on which season you are traveling.

January to May If you are traveling between January and May, you will be diving at Marchall Cape, located northeast of Isabela Island. Some of the many sea creatures you will get to see here include Manta rays, Barracudas, Galapagos shark, sea lions and many more. Flightless cormorants can be sighted at the shore.

May to December If you are traveling between May and December, you will be diving at Douglas cape, located off the shores of Fernandina Island. Here you get to watch sea lions, sea horses and marine iguanas in their natural habitat. Your dive will last for about 30 to 60 minutes and you can warm yourself in the sun after resurfacing.

Water temperature between 16°C and 20°C

Diving at Isabela Island - Punta Vicente Rocha

Afternoon: After a rejuvenating break and lunch, you will continue to dive at Punta Vicente Rocha. This is one of the rare spots where you get to meet Mola Mola - the biggest bony fish in the ocean. You will also get swim with turtles, sea lions, penguins, sea lions, octopuses, sharks, dolphins, tuna and schools of seahorses. Blue-footed boobies, pelicans and other birds await you on shore!

Water temperature between 16°C and 20°C

Day 7

Diving at Santiago Island - Cousin Rock

Morning: Today you will be diving around Cousins Rock. This is a small islet that is made up of black corals. Hammerhead sharks, reef sharks, eagle rays and manta rays are frequent in this area.

Maximum depth up to 35 meters / Visibility up to 30 meters / Water temperature between 18°C and 25°C / Currents can be rather strong

Dive and land activity at Bartolomé Island

Afternoon: After a refreshing break and lunch, you will head to Bartolomé Island. From there, you will take a short walk to the highest point on the island at 114 meters. The pinnacle rock is a gives you a great view of the surrounding islands of the archipelago and you can also see a few nesting penguins. You will also get to see rays, sea turtles, sea lions, sharks, and various fish and other sea creatures in this area.

Day 8

Return to Baltra island

After breakfast, the crew and the tour guide will accompany you to the airport where you will take a flight back to Ecuador or proceed with other programs in the Galapagos Islands.

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