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

You will be welcomed at the airport by your dive guide and the crew will accompany you to the boat. Once on board you will have time to settle in and a briefing awaits you. You will also be explained what to expect during the next days and the rules on board.

Baltra Island

Afternoon: Today the first dive will be taking place, directly in front of the arrival island Baltra. Punta Carrion is often used as the starting point of a diving cruise through the archipelago, as it is a good starting point for a nice introduction to the underwater world of the nature park. Here you will dive along a reef with a mix of rocky and sandy areas. In between the boulders and in the reef you can discover a wide variety of marine life, including marine snails and tropical fish in a variety of colors. With a bit of luck you can also see mobula rays, hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, sea lions, penguins and marine iguanas.

Depth up to 18 meters / visibility between 15 - 20 meters / currents are medium.

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.

Depth up to 20 meters / visibility up to 20 meters / currents are weak to moderate.

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.

Depth up to 35 meters / visibility up to 30 meters / current can be strong / reef.

Day 3

La Cueva, Wolf Island

Afternoon: Named after the German geologist Theodor Wolf, this extinct volcano reaches 253m (780ft) above sea level and lies around 160km (100m) northwest of Isabela Island. Land visits are not permitted, however, bird life such as: red-footed boobies and vampire finches may be spotted from the boat.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Tauchgang vor der Insel Darwin - El Arenal

A volcano that reaches 165m (490ft) above sea level was named in honour of naturalist Charles Darwin. It is amongst the smallest island within the Galapagos Archipelago and like Wolf Island, no land visits are permitted. One of the most famed diving sites is “Darwin’s Arch”, which provides an amazing drift dive along the wall at an average depth of just 9m. Medium to strong currents are to be expected, but you bring with them many hammerheads, black tips, silky and Galapagos sharks! Schools of jacks are a common sight, along with turtles, angelfish and moray eels. Occasional sightings of tiger sharks, manta rays and bottlenose dolphins make for a thrilling time. Whale sharks may also be seen between May – November.

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

Day 5

El Derrumbe on Wolf Island

Return to the magnificent El Derrumbe, well-known among divers for its diverse and abundant marine wildlife. For our dives, we choose from a selection of reefs and walls, most have medium to strong currents, where the use of gloves and reef hooks is advised. Schooling pelagics are the main attraction, but you can also see hammerheads, white tips and Galapagos sharks in the sites (May-November).

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

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.

Depth up to 25 meters / visibility between 15 - 20 meters / currents are medium to strong.

Dive off the island Fernandina - Cabo Douglas

Afternoon: Cape Douglas is sure to provide you amazing opportunities to observe a large amount of marine life, above and under the water! As you prepare for your dive, you can see Galapagos Penguins, Galapagos Flightless Cormorants, and Galapagos Marine Iguanas- animals only found exclusively on the Islands. A sure sight is incredible marine iguanas swimming and feeding on the rocks under the surface. Some marine life you may see are: Red-lipped Batfish, Horn Sharks, Mola Mola, and possibly Baleen Whales!

Depth up to 33 meters / visibility between 15 - 20 meters / currents are medium to strong.

Day 7

Dive off the island Isabela - Roca Blanca

Morning: For divers, Roca Blanca is a mecca for sea life. Located on the South East coast of Isabela Island, it’s one of the best diving sites the central islands offer. Due to the cooler and waters in the central islands, this increases the diversity of marine life. You will get to see amazing life here, such as: shark, manta & eagle rays, sea lions, moray eels, lobsters, and a vast population of tropical fish.

Depth up to 25 meters / visibility between 15 - 20 meters / currents are medium to strong.

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.

Depth up to 20 meters / visibility between 10 - 20 meters / currents are medium / wall.

Day 8

Highlands of Santa Cruz

Morning: As the only island that makes all vegetation zones accessible to visitors, it is a great place for a little trip to the highlands. Already from the beach you will be welcomed by a magnificent flora and fauna that will follow you up to the highest point of the island. The bus tour takes you along the island's agricultural land and flows smoothly into the green, fog-covered forests. Here you will experience a strong contrast to the other islands, which have less altitude and more aridity. Together with your guide you will visit different places here in the highlands, like the giant tortoise reserve and the famous lava tunnels. Look forward to a breathtaking landscape and a short walk with unforgettable phenomena.

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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