This tour combines budget accommodation, diving and land tours on and around Santa Cruz Island. The specific dive sites you’ll visit depend on your traveling dates (ask your travel specialist as there is a set schedule in place). This tour can be extended for any number of days, but at TerraDiversa we recommend a minimum of six.
You must have a recognized dive certificate to take part in this tour, though we can also arrange PADI courses for those without a dive certificate. Ask your travel specialist for more information.
This tour includes
· Accommodation in Hotel La Peregrina or similar (double room with breakfast)
· Breakfast at hotel and both snack and lunch during diving excursions
· Guided tour included in itinerary
· Two immersions a day on days 2, 3 and 4 with bilingual dive guide
· Transfers to and from the airport
· Diving equipment
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
· Any other service not mentioned herein
Day 1 - Monday - Arrival & Santa Cruz Island
Arrival and transfer to hotel in Puerto Ayora. On the way you’ll visit Santa Cruz highlands to see Los Gemelos (The Twins), two enormous collapsed lava chambers teeming with endemic flora and fauna, and the lava tunnels. Meals included: -/-/-
Day 2 - Tuesday - Diving at Gordon Rocks
After breakfast you’ll head to Gordon Rocks for two separate dives. Located to the northeast of Santa Cruz Island, there are two very special dive sites about 30 minutes from Itabaca Channel. This site is for intermediate and advanced divers, due to strong currents and surge, and diving at Gordon requires that you have at least 30 logged dives to date. The rock formations at this world-renowned dive site are home to hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, white-tipped reef sharks, mobiles, turtles, reef fish, sting rays, eagle rays, Galapagos eels, barracudas and a variety of invertebrates. Meals included: B/L/-
Day 3 - Wednesday - Diving at Seymour Canal
After breakfast you’ll head to Seymour Canal, north of Santa Cruz Island and only 30 minutes from Itabaca Channel. Here you’ll have the chance to dive with sea lions, Galapagos sharks, white-tipped reef sharks, hammerhead sharks, turtles, sting rays and more. Meals included: B/L/-
Day 4 - Thursday - Diving at Cousins
Northeast of Santiago Island, and near Bartholomew Island, Cousins is home to two dive sites about an hour and a half from the Itabaca Channel. This is a part reef and part wall dive, home to endemic black coral. Here you’ll get to dive with sea horses, barracudas, sea lions, Galapagos sharks, white-tipped reef sharks, turtles, sting rays and eagle rays. At the surface you can do some penguin spotting. Meals included: B/L/-
Day 5 - Friday - Santa Cruz Island
On your penultimate day, you’ll first visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, only twenty minutes from the center of Puerto Ayora and home to an interpretation center which teaches visitors about geology, climate, conservation and other aspects about the Galapagos Islands. There are also tortoise-rearing pens from where a tortoise repopulation program is ongoing. You’ll then visit Tortuga Bay, a marvelous and perfectly-preserved beach where you’ll see marine iguanas, Galapagos crabs and birds resting along the volcanic rocks. While you can’t swim at Tortuga Bay, you’ll get to swim with white-tipped reef sharks in another cove. Meals included: B/L/-
Day 6 - Departure
Transfer to airport for flight to mainland. Meals included: B/-/-
Please read the packing tips included in our Galapagos travel guide
and contact us for detailed information about what to take on this diving tour. Don’t forget your divers certification (PADI, NAUI, CMAS or other).
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