Trip Style
7 – 8 Hours
Santa Fe Island
Trip Type

Santa Fe Galapagos Snorkeling Day Trip and Playa Escondida | Day-Tour from Santa Cruz


  • Take a snorkeling-focused trip to uninhabited Santa Fe Island and Playa Escondida
  • Take a boat ride towards one of the prettiest landscapes in Galapagos
  • Observe Galapagos iconic birdlife from your boat.
  • Take a refreshing dip in the waters of Santa Fe beach and snorkel next to sea lions and sea turtles
DEPARTURE LOCATION Hotel in Santa Cruz (Puerto Ayora) or meeting point.
RETURN LOCATION Hotel in Santa Cruz (Puerto Ayora) or meeting point.
DEPARTURE TIME Around 08:00 am
DURATION  7 – 8 hours approximately
WEAR Light clothing, swimming suit, hat, sunscreen, sandals or water shoes, wetsuit, mosquito repellent.
INCLUDED Bilingual Professional Guide.
Transportation – pick up/ drop off at hotel.
Snorkeling equipment.
Tips & Gratuities (optional)

Tour Description Santa Fe Galapagos Snorkeling Day Trip

The trip begins at 8:00 am from Pueto Ayora Dock after the guide picks you up from your hotel of stay in Santa Cruz. Get ready 1 hour navigation (approx.) towards the snorkeling site of Santa Fe Island. A short 10 minute stop will allow you to observe the northern cliffs and beach of Santa Fe, and catch sigh of Blue Footed Boobies from the boat.

Afterwards, you will move on to the first snorkeling area on the east side of the island. This spot Is filled with colorful fish and sea lions are also common o the area. The rocky cliffs and the clear water of Santa Fe are a lovely submarine view of Galapagos wildlife. Rays, tuna, several large schools of fish and reef shark are also common to the area. After this fist dip in the water, you will get back on the boat for lunch.

After lunch, you will be on your way back to Santa Cruz Island and stop at Hidden Beach. This beautiful isolated spot can only be accessed by boat. This is the perfect spot to observe Galapagos marine iguanas, Blue Footed Boobies, Marine iguanas and Sally light foot crabs. You will start this part of the visit snorkeling on the water on Playa Escondida. Spotted eagle rays, golden rays, sea turtles and even white tipped sharks inhabit this area. You will then have some time to just relax or explore the beach before returning to Puerto Ayora.

IMPORTANT  NOTE: In order to fulfill this tour, you must be at Santa Cruz Island (Puerto Ayora) one day prior to departure.

What to Expect:
Location: Santa Fe lies in the centre of the Galapagos archipelago, to the south west of Santa Cruz Island. Playa Escondida is located south-west of Playa El Garrapatero in Santa Cruz Island.
Wildlife to See: Galapagos Blue Footed Boobies, sea turtles, white tipped sharks, rays, land iguanas.
Difficulty Level: Moderate – Open water snorkeling.
Activities: snorkeling, swimming, beach time.
What to Birng: water sandals, water, hat, sunscreen, snorkeling gear, bathing suit/ dry clothes.

santa fe galapagos snorkeling day trip

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