Galapagos Diving Exploration – 8 days
Discover the enchanted Galapagos Islands through this island-hopping diving excursion! The islands offer endless opportunities to witness a unique abundance of wildlife in a setting unlike any other on the planet. This is one of the few places on earth that allows such close and intimate contact with the wildlife. It is such a magical place, travelers often have to be reminded to stay on their guard because the animals allow such intimate contact with them. The Galapagos form a natural sanctuary that preserves species, this allowed them to evolve their unique features for countless millennia. The tour also provides many benefits to local communities and is socially and environmentally responsible. Be part of an educational and inspirational journey of a lifetime in one of the most fiercely protected marine wilderness’ in the world!
- VISIT THE TWIN CRATERS
- ENCOUNTER WITH WILD GIANT TORTOISES
- CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION
- SCUBA DIVING WITH RIFE SHARKS SEA TURTLES, MANTARAYS AND SEA LIONS.
- SCUBA DIVING WITH HAMMERHEAD SHARKS IN GORDON ROCKS
- SCUBA DIVING WITH ENDLESS MARINE WILDLIFE IN SEYMOUR & MOSQUERA
- RELAX ON THE WHITE SAND BEACHES IN SAN CRISTOBAL
- OUR AJ EXPERT DIVE INSTRUCTORS AND NATURALIST GUIDES
Day 1: Quito
Accommodation: Swissôtel Quito or similar.
Day 2: GALAPAGOS ISLANDS FIRST EXPLORATION
Accommodation: Hotel Fiesta or similar.
DAY 3: DIVING NORT SEYMOUR AND MOSQUERA
Travel Time: Approx 1 hour car and boat travel from Puerto Ayora.
DAY 4: DIVING GORDON ROCKS
Gordon Rocks is an extinct volcanic crater with a sandy bottom at 32 meters, and a wall drop off around the outside of around 65 meters. It has 3 exposed rocks that surround the crater and 3 pinnacles ranging from 5-6 meters under the surface along the northern edge of the crater, with one larger pinnacle approximately 21 meters below the surface in the center. The strong currents that frequent Gordon Rocks make it the most accessible home to schools of the famous hammerhead sharks. Schools of up to 50 sharks (or more if you are lucky) can be found circling the rocks through the current giving repeated views of the amazing creatures. White and black tip reef sharks also frequent the area as well as green sea turtles, sea lions, sting rays, eagle rays, large schools of barracuda and snapper and the occasional majestic manta ray or Mola Mola.
Travel Time: 45 min – 1 hour from Puerto Ayora.
Dive Difficulty: Though Gordon Rocks can be a calm and easy dive at times, it is famous for it’s currents that carry the hammerhead sharks. Therefore, it is best suited to advanced divers. Please ask for advice on booking if you have less than 30 dives experience.
Accommodation: Hotel Fiesta or similar
DAY 5: DIVING KICKER ROCK
Leon Dormido is one of the well-known attractions not only local but also international, if you come to Galapagos you have to pass through Leon Dormido or popular with its scientific name Kicker Rock. This is the remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea, two vertical rocks rising 500 ft (150 m) above the ocean form a small channel that is navigable by small boats. This Galapagos Island’s natural monument has become a spectacular site due to the many tropic birds, frigate birds and boobies that fill the sky in this area. It has some of the greatest diversity of marine life, located just one hour from the port. It has a depth in the channel of 14 meters to 18 meters. And to it’s sides, is it more than 40 meters. A very ideal place for diving with different kinds of sharks, including hammer heads, many kinds of fish, sea lions, rays, turtles and other marine life etc.
Travel Time: 40 min – from Puerto Puerto vaquerizo
Dive Difficulty: Easy to intermediate due to the walls of Kicker Rock, The dive is not too deep, but you have to watch your depth. Sometimes there can be a bit of current, but most of the time there is good visibility.
Accommodation: Blue Marlin Hotel or similar
DAY 6: ISLA LOBOS
This morning, after breakfast, you will be met and transferred to a dock where you will take a quick boat ride to the nearby Isla Lobos. During this boat trip, you will observe a lot of sea life before even setting foot on the island. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided tour where you will have the chance to observe frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, manta rays, sea lions and sometimes sharks that all inhabit the island. The white coral beaches of San Cristobal are great to walk around, relax and swim in the shallow waters before you came back to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno.Accommodation: Blue Marlin Hotel or similar
DAY 7: QUITO
Accommodation: Swissôtel Quito or similar.
DAY 8: DEPARTURE & END OF SERVICES
Transportation: Comfortable land transportation. Fast public boat to move in between islands.
- Accommodation (based on double occupancy): 2 nights in 5 stars Hotel in Quito, 5 nights in 3 and 4 stars hotel in Galapagos
- Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 3 box lunches provide in the boat in between dives
- Single supplement $680
- International air (also applied to trans-border flights)
- International airport transfers
- Domestic Flights: Quito-Galapagos-Quito
- Extra meals no described in the program, drinks, estimate budget 200 USD
- INGALA transit card: USD 20
- Galapagos National Park fee (USD 100 per person).
- Mandatory Travel Insurance
- Airport taxes
- Tips or gratuities (recommended $10 per trip leader and dive master $2 for drivers NOTE: keep in mind that this is all per day per traveller)
- Optional tours or optional admissions not listed above
- Diving license PADI or similar
- Travel insurance,
- Airline tickets,
- Credit or debit card (see personal spending money),
- Pocket knife,
- Fleece top,
- 4 shirts/t-shirts,
- 1 pair of short,
- 2 pairs of long trousers,
- 1 pair hiking pants/track pants,
- Sport sandals,
- Toiletries (biodegradable),
- Watch or alarm clock,
- Quick dry clothing,
- Rain coat,
- Waterproof binoculars,
- Bug spray,
- Sun cream,
- Sun Hat,
- Waterproof camera if possible,
- Swimming suit,
- Diving licra
- Waterproof back pack,
- Water bottle,
- Tennis shoes,
- Hiking shoes,
- Money belt,
- First-aid kit(should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
- Dry bag for all your belongings
It is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described; however, due to our travel style, on occasions, it may be necessary or desirable to make small changes. Weather conditions and unpredictable local circumstances may lead us to make alterations to the route and/or travel times. Hotels and flight schedules might change according to availability. Any mention of specific wildlife in the itinerary or trip details is not a guarantee that it will be seen during the trip.
2:45 hours each way
2 – 3 hours
30 to 45 minutes avarage
December to May: 80ºF to 90ºF / 25ºC to 30ºC. June to September: 60ºF to 70ºF / 15ºC to 20ºC. October to December: 70ºF to 80ºF/ 15ºC to 25ºC
The waters of the Galapagos Islands are a unique mixture of warm and cold water, ranging between 65ºF and 85ºF
From sea level to 600m (1900ft)
Day 15-34ºC / 59-93ºF - Night 12-17ºC / 53-62ºF
Moderate to Challenge. This program is located in The Galapagos Islands, includes scuva diving activities that request PADI certification, Open water or Advance.
BCD, diving Suit 5 mil, Mask & Snorkel, scuba fins, tanks for each dive.
All prices are based on double-occupancy. If you are traveling solo, you will be matched with another participant of your same sex. If you prefer to have a single room, please contact AJ prior to your departure to arrange your accommodation at an extra cost.
Traveling with Adventure Journeys you will have the possibility to experience and taste local food and snacks. Your guide will help you identify typical food and suggest the best places to enjoy it. Some meals are not included in order to give you some flexibility about where, what and with whom to eat. You have the option to share these meals with the group, however there is no obligation to do this. If you have any allergies or food restrictions, please inform AJ prior to your departure.Vegetarians, Vegans and Gluten Free people are very welcome in our trip, our guides are always ready to coordinate with chefs and restaurants for substitute meals for them, as Ecuador is very well known for its great diversity of gastronomy.
All AJ guides and trip leaders are highly experienced, licensed from the Tourism University to operate in Ecuador and certified as Wilderness Adventure First Aid respondents. They all have approved several extra training courses for kayaking, rafting, biking and horse riding, besides this they all are Ecuadorian and have a fantastic personality. We always carry a complete first aid kit in our trips. In some locations and for some activities, local guides join the trip leaders to provide an added service and make sure we practice sustainable tourism involving local indigenous people in our operation.
In the Galapagos Islands, minimum 4 participants for the AJ trip leader service are required.
Clients receive interpretation and education about the ecology and conservation of the Andes, Amazon Rainforest, and Galapagos Islands, and learn about the factors that threaten it. We aim to promote long-term conservation of both local people cultural identity and the environment. We transport out and recycle all non-organic garbage and we prefer to work with local suppliers. Your visit will encourage the local communities to support responsible eco-tourism as a sustainable alternative for their living.
Please inform AJ of any existing medical conditions (i.e. pregnancy, diabetes, etc). Yellow fever, Hepatitis B vaccination and Malaria Medication are recommended when traveling to the tropics. Please ask your doctor for advice.