Galapagos Islands 2020: Diving  Program

3 Days/2 Nights

When arriving at the Galapagos airport, you must first pass through the Galapagos National Park entrance and then onto baggage claim.  Continuing through the airport with your baggage you will scan your belongings once more and then finally pass through.

The following are rates based in US dollars, per person in double accommodation:

DIVING PROGRAM 2020

HOTELS

DBL

SGL Suppl.

Galapagos Habitat by Eco Luxury Group (2n) - Standard

$ 2.112

$ 555

Galapagos Habitat by Eco Luxury Group (2n) - Superior

$ 2.187

$ 705

Galapagos Habitat by Eco Luxury Group (2n) - Suite

$ 2.382

$ 1.095

Day 1: Galapagos Islands.
Welcome to the Galapagos Islands. Your guide will meet you at the airport where you will take a shuttle to the end of Baltra Island to take a ferry to Santa Cruz. Once at Santa Cruz another shuttle will be waiting to take you to visit the highlands. In the highlands, Giant Tortoises can be seen in their natural habitat. While visiting this area you will visit a local ranch where lunch will be provided. Afterwards, the shuttle will take you to the Charles Darwin Research Station. The Charles Darwin Research Station is one of the most important sites for visitors. It is a research facility that has an extensive collection of Galapagos plant life specimens carefully preserved and also acts as a biological research station and active breeding center operated by the Charles Darwin Foundation. Their biggest conservation efforts are to one day eliminate all invasive and non-native plants and animals destroying endemic species within the islands. After the visit to the Research Station, you will be brought to the Galapagos Habitat Eco Luxury Hotel. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon/evening at the hotel in your accommodation and the services provided by the hotel. (Lunch, Dinner)
Day 2 : Diving Tours (according to experience and availabilities)
(Breakfast, box lunch, dinner) BARTOLOMÉ Location: Located east of Santiago Island. A small island with the famous Bartolomé pinnacle, 2 dive sites located at 1,5 hours from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz Island). Site Conditions: Moderate currents. A platform is found at approximately 10 meters where a variety of reef fishes reside. On the edge of this platform there are underwater cliffs which start at about 15 meters depth with good probabilities to observe pelagic species. Activity: White tip reef shark, reef fishes, barracudas, turtles, mobulas, sting rays, variety of invertebrates.
BEAGLE
Location: South of Santiago Island. 3 exposed rocks, 2 dives sites located at 1,5 hours from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz Island). Site Conditions: Normally there are no strong currents at this site, reef dive with many corals and sponges. Activity: Cleaning station, sea lions, Galapagos sharks, turtles, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, barracudas, manta rays, variety of invertebrates and probably solitary hammerhead sharks.
COUSINS
Location: North-east of Santiago Island near Bartolomé Island. 1 Islet, 2 dive sites located at 1,5 hours from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz Island). Site Conditions: Normally there are no strong currents at this site; this is partly a reef dive, partly a wall dive where the endemic black coral is found. Activity: Cleaning station, sea horses, barracudas, sea lions, Galapagos sharks, white tip reef shark, turtles, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, variety of invertebrates. At surface interval penguins can be observed.
DAPHNE
Location: North of Santa Cruz Island, an exposed rock, one dive site located 30 minutes from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz Island). Site Conditions: Normally there are no strong currents at this site, rocky and sandy bottom. Activity: Here we find a small cave (this is NOT a cave dive) where white tip reef sharks rest, additionally there is a pinnacle where we can find a diversity of rays, Galápagos sharks, turtles, reef fishes, barracudas, black coral walls and variety of invertebrates.
FLOREANA
Location: South of Santa Cruz Island. 3 possible dive sites: Punta Cormorant, Champion and Enderby. It is 1,5 hours away from our base. Site Conditions: Normally this site does not present strong currents. This is a reef dive where corals and sponges can be found. Activity: Cleaning station, sea lions, Galapagos sharks, white tip reef shark, turtles, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, barracudas, variety of invertebrates, big schools of salemas, endemic species like batfish or sea robins, etc.
GORDON ROCKS
(mínimum experience to participate: 25 logged dives or the previous evaluation of our dive guides at another site) Location: North-east of Santa Cruz Island. 2 dive sites located 30 minutes from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz Island). Site Conditions: This rock formation is a world renowned site. For intermediate and advanced divers due to the strong currents and surge. Activity: Hammerhead shark, Cleaning station, Galapagos sharks, white tip reef shark, mobulas, turtles, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, Galapagos eel, barracudas, variety of invertebrates.
GUY FAWKES
Location: Off NW coast of Santa Cruz Site Conditions: Guy Fawkes is the remains of two adjacent tuff cones protruding above the water. The crescent / shaped edges face into the current, which comes from the south; so the walls on the leeward sides are protected. This dive is suitable for beginning to intermediate divers. Visibility is usually pretty good and the site is almost always protected from currents and heavy seas. The back side of the eastern crescent is a sheer to steeply sloping wall adorned with black coral. Activity: Although the marine life is varied, there are rarely any pelagics because of the lack of currents. Divers will see schools of grunts, yellowtail surgeonfish and yellowtail snapper. Rays, whitetip reef sharks, green turtles and moray eels are fairly common, too. Sea lions join divers on their visit and bottom fishes, such as king angelfish, puffers, creolefish, damsels, butterflyfish, blennies, and parrotfish are all common. However, overfishing has reduced the number of many other fish commonly encountered in other sites in the Galapagos.
MOSQUERA (NORTH)
Location: North of Santa Cruz Island between Seymour Island and Baltra Island. This is an Islet that emerges from the sea (sand bar). One dive site located 25 minutes from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz Island). Site Conditions: Normally there are no strong currents at this site. Sandy bottom between 15 and 18 meters with garden eels and pelagic species. There is also a wall that starts at 18 meters depth, where we also find black corals and variety of invertebrates. Activity: Hammer head sharks, black tip reef shark, white tip reef shark, sea lions, turtles, barracudas, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, mobulas, Galápagos eel, variety of invertebrates.
MOSQUERA (SOUTH)
Location: North of Santa Cruz Island between Seymour Island and Baltra Island. This is an Islet that emerges from the sea (sand bar). One dive site located 25 minutes from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz Island). Site Conditions: There are no strong currents. Pre dominates a reef of 5 meters with an inclination ravine of 18m with black coral and mollusks invertebrates. There is also a submarine canyon starting at 18m depth with pelagic species. Activity: Hammer head sharks, black tip reef shark, white tip reef shark, sea lions, turtles, barracudas, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, mobulas, Galápagos eel, variety of invertebrates.
PUNTA CARRION
Location: This is the most prominent point in the northeast of Santa Cruz. The dive site is an outer part of the east point of Santa Cruz. It is a cliff that drops to over 30m depth, formed by fallen stones due to erosion. The inside of the north side is a channel that separates Santa Cruz Island and Baltra Island. This channel is between 12 and 14 m deep. It is a mostly quiet and protected diving. Site Conditions: The east side (depending on the wind) can be a bit choppy and the currents can be mild to intermediate. It is a good place to find thermoclines that have many nutrients. Activity: Whitetip shark, sting rays and eagle rays and marbled, scorpion fish, turtles and sea lions; shoals of reef fish such as grunts and ojones.
SANTA FÉ
Location: South east of Santa Cruz. There are 2 dive sites located 1h by boat from our base. Site conditions: It is clear and, with calm currents, generally ideal for beginners, although the topography and fauna can be interesting for intermediate divers. Activity: Cleaning station, reef fish, stingrays, eagle rays, turtles, eels, sea lions, white tip reef sharks and variety of invertebrates.
SEYMOUR (CHANNEL)
Location: North of Santa Cruz Island. 2 dive sites located 25 minutes from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz Island). Site Conditions: For all levels of divers, although sometimes there can be strong currents. Platform reefs with a diversity of species; has sandy bottom with a 10 m reef where there is a lot of sharks and fish cleaning station. Activity: Cleaning station, sea lions, Galapagos sharks, white/ black tip reef shark, hammerhead shark, mobulas, turtles, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, Galapagos eel, barracudas, variety of invertebrates. SEYMOUR (POINT) Location: North of Santa Cruz Island. 2 dive sites located 30 minutes from Itabaca Channel (North side of Santa Cruz Island). Site Conditions: This point is a little bit more difficult compared to Channel Seymour. Rocky bottom with small caves. 12 m where you can find turtles or sharks resting stripes. The currents can occur a little strong. Diving is mixed; this means that the dive is in the coast and then goes into the blue to look for pelagic animals. At the end of the diving there is a platform where sharks are playing with the flow and cleaning station. Activity: Cleaning station, sea lions, Galapagos sharks, white tip reef shark, hammerhead shark, mobulas, turtles, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, Galapagos eel, barracudas, variety of invertebrates.
Day 3: Transfer Out
After a complete breakfast at the Red Mangrove, you will be transferred to the ferry that will take you back to Baltra airport for your flight back to mainland Ecuador. (Breakfast Only)
PROGRAM INCLUDES:
-Transfers in / out and to / from Baltra airport. -Visits as specified within itinerary. -Bilingual guide English / Spanish. -Mentioned meals on the program -Transportation throughout program. -Accommodation for 2 nights at Galapagos Habitat Hotel (breakfast included). -Complete diving equipment (less the computer).
PROGRAM DOES NOT INCLUDE:
-Galapagos flight ticket. -Entrance to the GPS National Park ($ 100). -Ingala Transit Card ($ 20). -Lunch on the 3rd day and dinners -Drinks and alcoholic beverages. -Tips and personal expenses.
IMPORTANT NOTES:
-Rates are per person in US dollars. -Round trip transportation to and from the airport. -Pickups for day tours are scheduled from 6:45 am to 7:30 am. -The return or departure schedule of the tours is an estimated timeframe. There are no exact timetables due to weather, logistic, or park authorizations that could vary.

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