Your Travel Experience with Galapagos PRO
Arrival in Baltra
You will arrive at Baltra airport in the morning where you will be welcomed by the crew. Your guide will then accompany you to the ship and you will be informed about the coming days and be shown to your cabins. Diving equipment and spots will also be shared and people with their own equipment can stow it away.
Diving at Baltra Island - Punta Carrion
Afternoon: Today the first dive will take place directly off the shores of Baltra island. Punta Carrion is often used as the starting point of a diving cruise through the archipelago, as it is a good starting point for delving deep into the underwater world. Here you will get to dive along a reef with boulders, as well as sandy areas. Between boulders and in the reef you can discover a wide variety of marine life, including sea snails and tropical fish in various colors. Also, with a bit of luck, you may even get to meet the 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
Diving at Baltra Island
Morning: Today you will continue exploring the reefs and dive sites near Baltra Island before heading to North Seymour Island. The north of Baltra Island is sandy and not very deep, just like the day before. At this dive site, you can see a variety of marine life such as sea lions, Galapagos sharks, white/blacktip reef sharks, hammerheads, Mobula rays, turtles, reef fish, and rays.
Depth up to 15 meters / visibility between 10 - 20 meters / currents: calm to medium
Island Tour in North Seymour Island
Afternoon: 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 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. The island was formed underwater and later lifted up through plate movements. While hiking here, you can be sure to find many evidence of fossils and interesting geological materials.
Diving at Wolf Island - La Banana and Shark Bay
Today there will be four dives spread and if the weather conditions are good, there will also be a night dive. You will dive at the most famous dive site in the Galapagos Islands - Wolf Island. Diving here can be dangerous due to strong currents, but the view of the underwater world is worth a small risk. The beauty you will witness underwater here is incredible, as you dive into the natural habitat of hammerhead sharks, eagle rays, Galapagos sharks, countless schools of fish, tunas and sea turtles.
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. At 40 meters deep, the anchorage is a well-known spot for night diving.
Depth up to 25 meters/visibility often 30 meters/currents can be very strong
Diving at Wolf Island - La Ventana Inselt and El Derrumbe
After lunch and having a short break, we will head back underwater. However, you can keep an eye out for humpback whales, which occasionally swim by here. You will explore the waters of La Ventana inslet and the famous El Derrube dive site. You will also see hammerhead sharks, rays, Galapagos sharks and many other marine life. If the weather permits, another dive in the evening will take place.
Depth up to 25 meters/visibility often 30 meters/currents can be very strong
Diving at Darwin Island - El Arenal
One of the best spots away from other cruises can be found in the El Arenal diving area. Here is one of the few places where you can spot whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, rays, dolphins and many different types of fish.
Depth up to 40 meters / visibility between 12 - 24 meters / currents are medium to strong
Diving at Darwin Island - El Arco
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.
Diving at Wolf Island
Today is a chance for you to explore the waters at Wolf Island better. To really make the most of all three permitted days near the islands of Wolf and Darwin, you will dive today once again in the waters of Wolf Island. During these dives you have the chance to get a closer look at the many corals of the reef and to admire the small tropical ecosystem. There are more than eight species of corals and an incredible variety of fish. Of course, you might also see some marine life that you have not seen during other dives.
Depth up to 20 meters/visibility often 30 meters/currents can be strong
Diving at Fernandina Island - Cabo Douglas
In the morning: Cabo Douglas dive site is located on the northwest side of Fernandina Island in the center of the Galapagos Islands, where volcanoes have created a rich underwater world. Many of the species in Fernandina are endemic to the Galapagos Islands alone, such as flightless cormorants and marine iguanas. Although you are unlikely to encounter many deep-sea species here, the sea bats, seahorses and marine iguanas are very worth seeing.
Depth up to 33 meters / visibility between 15 - 20 meters / currents are medium to strong / wall
Diving at Isabela Island - Punta Vincente Roca
Afternoon: The sea-horse-shaped island of Isabela is the largest of the archipelago and the most volcanically active. Punta Vicente Roca is considered one of the most impressive and spectacular places of the enchanted Galapagos Islands with high cliffs and tuff stone giving this area a majestic feel.
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 (sunfish) coming from the deep to cleaning stations.
Diving at Santiago Island - Cousins Rock
Morning: This is a famous site thanks to the wide variety of marine life you can encounter in just one dive, but it is for moderate to advanced divers only. Depths range from 10 to 90ft, with visibility between 30 and 60ft depending on the season. Currents here are moderate, and surges will be experienced in the shallows.
In the water, you'll encounter sloping rock plate formations and a fantastic wall that drops far down out of sight. These rocky formations are home to seahorses, Galapagos black coral, octopus, a wide range of tropical fish and Galapagos sharks and hammerheads.
When you add to this the friendly sea lions who almost always come to play with divers and the elegant green turtles that cruise past, this dive site really does have it all.
Depth up to 35 meters/visibility up to 30 meters/current can be strong
Island Tour in Santa Cruz Highlands
Afternoon: After lunch, you will visit the highlands of Santa Cruz. As you venture into Santa Cruz's higher altitude areas, you will notice the changes in the vegetation as the climate becomes wetter and warmer. The earth in the upper altitudes is rich in minerals. Coffee plantations and fruit orchards line the streets and giant tortoises roam around at ease in their natural environment.
The Scalesia forests in this area offer the opportunity to discover endemic species of the Galapagos Islands, as well as giant cacti and a variety of deciduous trees and edible fruits.
Here you can also visit the twin 'craters' Los Gemelos. While they are not craters in the technical sense, these 70-meter vertical gullies with a carpet of lush vegetation are an impressive sight to behold.
Departure from Baltra Island
The diving adventure will come to an end, but the memories you have created will not. You will leave the ship at 9:00 a.m giving you the opportunity to visit the beach or the interpretation center on your own. The transfer from the port to the airport then begins.