Galapagos Diving Cruise Danubio Azul (8)

Tour/Activity in Baltra Island, Ecuador

About this activity

Discover the islands of Wolf, Darwin, Isabela, Seymour, Bartolomé and Santiago

Your Travel Experience with Galapagos PRO

Day 1

Arrival in Baltra and Punta Carrion, Santa Cruz

Once you arrive to the airport our transportation will be ready to transfer you to our great diving vessel Danubio Azul

PM: Punta Carrion, Santa Cruz Island Punta Carrion is known for its white tip sharks, and also hosts sea turtles and various colorful tropical fish. Oceanic sunfish (mola mola) have also been sighted here!

Day 2

Bartolomé and Cousins Rock

AM: Bartolomé Island PM: Cousins Rock

Cousins Rock, Santiago: Cousins Rock is famous for its amazing seahorses which love to cling to the black corals. This wall dive is also known for the bloody frogfish. Here you can also find abundance of species such as the white-tip sharks, hammerhead sharks, manta rays, squid, barracudas and colourful schools of tropical fish.

On this place you will be able to do diving, panga ride and snorkeling.

Day 3

Wolf Island

AM: Wolf Island, Punta Shark Bay PM: Wolf Island, El Derrumbe

The island of Wolf is located in the northwest of the archipelago and is known as the "Mecca of the sharks". Divers swim next to several species of sharks, dolphins, turtles, eagle rays and colorful shoals of fish. Wolf also offers the opportunity to explore underwater caves and tunnels. At El Derrumbe you can see large schools of hammerhead sharks, said to be "thick enough to block out the sun". You can also observe Galapagos sharks and other species such as the Hawksbill turtle and green turtles. With a little luck, you will also see great whale sharks, manta rays, eagle rays, moray eels, scorpion fish and dozens of other species.

Day 4 - 5

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 6

Wolf Island

Return to the magical Wolf Island, with several dive sites to choose from. If you want to see sharks, you are at the right spot. This is a place for schooling hammerhead sharks, large aggregations of Galapagos sharks, and occasionally whale sharks. Seeing dolphins, large schools of tuna, spotted eagle rays, barracudas, sea lions and sea turtles is common. The bottom is littered with hundreds of moray eels, many of them free swimming. Being several degrees warmer than the central islands, you can look for many representatives of the Indo-Pacific underwater fauna.

Day 7

Isabela Island & Santiago Island

AM: Isabela Island, Cabo 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, sun fish (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, yellow fin 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!

PM: Santiago Island, Puerto Egas

After landing on the black sand beach of Puerto Egas, Santiago Island hike along a 2km long coastal area boasting sea lions, Sally Lightfoot crabs, lava lizards, Galapagos hawks and lava herons. The rugged lava coast with natural pools, where sea lions bathe and herons play marks the end of your hike.

An excursion to Santiago Island is also one of the rare chances to see Galápagos fur seals in the wild, though not in large numbers.

Day 8

North Seymour

AM: North Seymour Island

The small island of North Seymour is one of the most diverse islands in the Galapagos archipelago. It is only about two square kilometers in size and above all known for of the intensive courtship rituals of many magnificent frigatebirds, taking place here during mating season. The island is also home to large colonies of land iguanas, marine iguanas and sea lions. The characteristic bush landscape features diverse species of animals amongst the aromatic endemic balsa trees.

We will be back on board for breakfast at 8:00 and we have to be ready to check out at 9:00. It is always a good idea to do most of your packing the previous night so you can have a pleasant last early morning visit and a relaxed breakfast. Afterwards you go back to Baltra harbor and from there you are either taken to the airport or you continue your individual Galapagos program.

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