Galapagos Dive Safari Calipso (8)

Tour/Activity in Baltra Island, Ecuador

About this activity

Explore the best diving spots in the Galapagos onboard the Calipso

Your Travel Experience with Galapagos PRO

Day 1

Transfer from airport to boat

Upon arrival at the airport of Baltra, you will be transferred to the boat waiting at the harbor.

Punta Carrion, Insel Santa Cruz

Afternoon: Check dive will be at Carrion Point where you may see white tip sharks, sea turtles, rays, and schools of reef fish.

Day 2

North of Baltra

Morning: This morning, you will have a check dive in Baltra NE where you will have ideal conditions to feel comfortable with the equipment and get ready for diving in Wolf and Darwin areas. You may see some white tip sharks, Galapagos sharks, hammerhead sharks, school of reef fish, rays, eels, and barracudas.

Mejia Point, Marchena Island

Afternoon: You will continue to dive at Marchena Island in the afternoon at Mejia Point. Possible sightings during your dive include schools of rays, a myriad of tropical & coral fish, Morden & Garden Eels, sea turtles, Galapagos & Hammerhead Sharks among many more!

Day 3

La Ventana Islet / La Banana, Wolf Island

Morning: Wolf Island is located in the extreme northern part of the archipelago. There are no land visits to this island and is only visited by live-aboard dive ships. This is a dive site only for experienced divers. The surge is heavy, currents can be quite strong, and visibility is often limited. However, you will be rewarded with some very impressive sightings of large animals such as whale sharks, hammerheads and dolphins here. 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. Here you can see hammerhead sharks, rays, Galapagos sharks and many other fascinating sea creatures.

Shark Bay, Wolf Island

Afternoon: After lunch, you will once again head below the water surface for another dive. 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.

Day 4

Darwin's Arch

Morning: Darwin Island is the northernmost island in the archipelago. Encounters with whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, and the 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 that is around 50 to 78 feet deep. The shape is a result of erosion and it has a ‘viewing’ platform 18 meters deep. It is the most famous dive site in the Galapagos Islands and is recognized as one of the best dive sites in the world! Whale sharks and schools of hammerheads often frequent this area

El Arenal, Darwin Island

Afternoon: El Arenal is an underwater sloping sand “driveway” of Darwin's Arch teeming with amazing marine life. Stick with your expert guide who can show you the safest and best routes in the currents.

Day 5

Darwin's Arch and El Arenal

Morning: You will spend your morning taking a last dive at Darwin island to hopefully catch a glimpse of the animals you've missed before or to relive the wonderful experience from the day before.

La Banana/ Shark Bay Point/ Anchor Point, Wolf Island

Afternoon: You will return to Wolf Island to enjoy another dive at this fascinating island before leaving this area of the archipelago.

Day 6

Coka Port, Isabela Island

Morning:

(Jan-May) Coka Port: Coka Port is also known as the city of Mantas. Enjoy diving with schools of majestic rays.

(Jun-Dec) Cape Douglas: Here you will get to interact with both the Galapagos sea lions and the fur sea lions. Marine Iguanas can also be found leisurely snacking on seaweed while penguins perform their impressive 'zooms' by your side.

Cape Marshall

Afternoon:

(Jan-May) Cape Marshall: Not only is the topography of this site distinct and fascinating, but so is the marine life! A near-vertical wall of volcanic rock that plummets to the bottom of the sea, this dive site boasts the big stuff: manta rays, hammerheads, sunfish (Mola mola), and sometimes huge schools of the endemic Salema. The "usual" sea turtles and sea lions swim along with you and you may also be joined by Chevron barracuda, yellowfin tuna, marbled rays, Mobula rays, snappers, and more! The red-lipped batfish can be found here, although no night diving is permitted in Galapagos, so it will be tricky to find them!

(June-Dec) Vicente Roca Point: 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, frogfish, and other species. From the outside of the wall, you may watch deep mola mola (sunfish) coming from the deep to cleaning stations.

Tauchgang vor der Insel Isabela – Punta Vicente Roca

Nachmittags: Nach einer Erholungspause und dem Mittagessen geht es auch schon weiter und Sie ertauchen Punta Vicente Rocha. Es ist einer der wenigen Tauchorte, an dem Sie auch Mola Mola's treffen können, dem größten Knochenfisch der See. Zudem können Sie hier auch Meeresschildkröten, Seelöwen, Pinguine, Seelöwen, Oktopusse, Stierkopfhaie, Delfine, Tunfische und vielleicht auch Seepferdchen Schwärme begegnen. Oberhalb der Wasseroberfläche haben Sie die Chance Blaufuß Tölpel, Pelikane oder andere Vogelarten am Ufer zu erblicken.

Tiefe bis zu 25 Meter / Sicht zwischen 15 – 20 Meter / Strömungen sind mittel bis stark

Day 7

Cousins Rocks

Morning: Just one of the many islets that help form the archipelago, this dive has a great deal to offer the advanced diver. With sloping rock plate formations and a wall that drops farther than the eye can see, divers will come across hidden sea horses, octopuses, Galapagos black coral, frogfish, hammerheads, and Galapagos sharks

Charles Darwin Research Station

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 into 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

Transfer from boat to airport

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

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