Galapagos Diving Cruise

  • Destination: Ecuador, Galapagos
  • Price from: $5765
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Class: First-class
  • Level: Challenging
  • Group tour (16)

This is the ultimate live aboard diving experience in the Galapagos Islands. Galapagos is a thrilling diving destination for experienced divers and this itinerary will give you the chance to dive with sea lions, hammerhead sharks, reef sharks, clouds of tuna and, if you’re really lucky, even a killer whale.


Diving in the Galapagos gives the rare opportunity to spot both warm and cold-water creatures, many of which can be found nowhere else on earth. You’ll have the chance to spot schools of Hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, bullhead sharks, reef sharks, whale sharks, whales, marlin, dolphins and orcas. Other creatures to be seen include sea lions, mantas, penguins, flightless cormorants, sting rays, eagle rays, turtles, moray eels, sea horses and marine iguanas.
This tour has had fabulous recommendations from experienced divers visiting from around the world. The team on board knows how to ensure a comfortable diving experience. Diving in the Galapagos can be challenging, due to currents and surge, varying water temperatures, limited visibility and diving from dinghies. We recommend that only intermediate and advanced divers take part. We don’t recommend this tour for children.

This tour includes

· A bilingual (English/Spanish) diving guide
· All diving excursions
· Compressed air tanks, weights and belts
· Accommodation on board based on double occupancy rates (single supplements apply)
· All meals while onboard
· Transfers to and from the airport when in the Galapagos Islands

This tour does not include

· Airline ticket to/from mainland Ecuador
· Entrance fee to Galapagos National Park ($100 for adults / $50 for under-12s)
· Tourist Transit Card TCT ($20)
· Alcoholic beverages
· Travel insurance (make sure it covers diving)
· Equipment rentals and nitrox fills
· Certification or specialty courses
· Dinner on final evening
· Tips
· Fuel surcharge
· Any other service not mentioned herein

Sample Itinerary (January – May)

Day 1 (Thursday) - Arrival & Santa Cruz Island
Arrival and transfer to yacht. Welcome and orientation dive at Punta Carrion at Itabaca Channel. Punta Carrion, near the eastern mouth of the Itabaca Channel, is a great introduction dive for your Galapagos experience giving you the chance to see ever-present underwater creatures such as sea lions, creole fish, blue striped sea slugs, white tip reef sharks, Galapagos sharks, hammerheads and mobula rays. Meals included: -/L/D
Day 2 (Friday) - Santa Cruz & Bartolome Islands
Start off the day with two morning dives at Punta Carrion (Santa Cruz Island) and Bartolome Punta. Afternoon dive at Bartolome Punta and hike to Bartolome Summit. Bartolomé punta (20 ft. – 90 ft. dive) will give you the chance to see groupers, creole fish, white-tipped sharks, barracudas, scorpion fish, sea turtles, guinea puffer fish, red-lipped batfish, reef corals and occasionally hammerheads and bottlenose dolphins. Meals included: B/L/D
Day 3 (Saturday) - Wolf Island
You’ll enjoy four dives at Wolf Island (40 ft. – 90 ft.): two in the morning and two in the afternoon. Wolf island is one of the best dive sites in the world. There are no visitor landing sites. There are several protected anchorages and a variety of dive sites that include drift dives with big animals, cave dives, pinnacle and wall dives. This is not a destination for beginner divers as some of the dive sites have strong currents and undersurge. This dive site will give you the chance to dive with schooling scalloped hammerhead sharks, eagle rays, marble rays, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, eagle rays, green turtles, octopus, sea lions, schools of bonitos tuna, yellow fin tuna, snappers, groupers, wahoo, barracudas, alma jack, moray eels, parrot fish, dolphins, Galapagos reef coral, sea lions and fur seals. Occasionally divers get the chance to see whale sharks and orcas. Meals included: B/L/D
Day 4 (Sunday) - Darwin & Wolf Islands
Two morning dives around Darwin Island (1 to 3 knot current; 40 ft. – 90 ft. dive). Some argue that this is the best dive site in the Galapagos Islands and one of the best in the world. Dive sites are located around Darwin’s Arch. These dives can be overwhelming and divers often return to the boat completely awed by their experience. At this dive site you’ll have the chance to dive with schooling scalloped hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, silky sharks, eagle rays, green turtles, alma jack, snappers, groupers, wahoo, hawksbill turtles and whale sharks. Occasionally you might spot manta rays and orcas. In the afternoon you’ll take part in two dives at Wolf Island (1 to 3 knot current; 40 ft. – 90 ft. dive). Meals included: B/L/D
Day 5 (Monday) - Isabela Island
A diving-filled day with five dives at Cape Marshall (20 ft. – 100 ft. dive), off the northeastern shore of Isabela Island, below the Wolf Volcano. This dive site offers drift diving on a reef, as well as the walls. Here you’ll have the chance to dive with giant manta rays, creole fish, barracudas, white-tipped reef sharks, sea lions, fur sea lions, yellow fin tunas, groupers, snappers and salemas. Meals included: B/L/D
Day 6 (Tuesday) - Fernandina & Isabela Islands
Two morning dives at Cabo Douglas (20 ft. – 90 ft. dive) for your chance to see Galapagos penguins, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, sea lions, seahorses, sea turtles, horn sharks, red-lipped batfish, groupers, snappers and creole fish. Two afternoon dives at Punta Vicente Roca (20 ft. – 90 ft. dive), located on the northwestern side of Isabela Island. This is a wall dive where visibility can be challenging in shallow waters. This is one of the best wall dives in the Galapagos and is home to a completely different landscape. The wall is host to invertebrates, sea horses, frog fish and other species. This is your chance to see Galapagos horn sharks, red-lipped batfish, sting rays, marbled rays, mola moll or Pacific Ocean fish, seahorses, Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants, shrimp, large schools of salema, king angel fish, slipper lobsters, blue-footed boobies, frigate birds and brown pelicans. Meals included: B/L/D
Day 7 (Wednesday) - Santiago/Bartolomé & Santa Cruz Islands
Start the day with a morning dive at Cousins Rock (20 ft. – 100 ft. dive), one of the most famous dive sites in the Galapagos located northeast of the coast of Santiago Island and north of Bartolomé Island. Here you’ll have the chance to see eagle rays, jacks, sea lions, green turtles, barracudas, fur seals, king angel fish, snappers, puffer fish, groupers, marble rays, sting rays, creole fish and black coral. You’ll then head for Itabaca Channel. After lunch you’ll get to go ashore for a visit to the Santa Cruz highlands, including Los Gemelos, the Scalesia forest where you’ll get to enjoy fabulous views over Santa Cruz, a tortoise reserve and the lava tubes. After this hike, you’ll have some time to stroll through town, do some shopping and visit the Fausto Llerena tortoise-breeding center at the Charles Darwin Research Station. At night you’ll be able to have dinner ashore in a local restaurant (not included in the tour). Meals included: B/L/-
Day 8 (Thursday) - Lobos Island & departure
Departure for Baltra Airport after breakfast. Meals included: B/-/-

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