Every Day
Departures
Land-based Diving Tour
Trip Style
8
Immersions
Meals not included
Lunch & Dinner

8 – Days Diving in Galapagos Islands Land Tour

Our Galapagos Scuba Diving Tours Experience is the ultimate diving and hiking tour. This 8-day Galapagos Scuba Diving tour will take you through the most amazing diving spots in San Cristobal and Santa Cruz.

Enjoy an exploration of Galapagos marine and land wildlife with 4 full scuba diving days plus additional hikes and snorkel activities in the most remarkable landscapes. Make it the best combination exploring all sides of Galapagos beauties. Customize this trip – ask for more possibilities!

Start Date:         Every day.
Visiting:             
San Cristobal and Santa Cruz – 4 Full-Day Diving Destinations.
Activities:
          Diving, Hiking, Snorkelling and Wildlife Viewing
Trip Style:          Landbased Diving Trip.

Diving Level:     Certified Beginners – Intermediate – Advanced

Short Itinerary

Day 1: Am: Arrive in San Cristobal Island Airport (SCY).
Day 2: San Cristobal Island: FULL DAY DIVING (2 immersions).
Day 3:San Cristobal Island: FULL DAY DIVING (2 immersions).
Day 4: AM: Transfer to Santa Cruz Island – PM: Higlands
Day 5:
Santa Cruz Island: FULL DAY DIVING (2 immersions).

Day 6: Santa Cruz Island: FULL DAY DIVING (2 immersions).
Day 7: Santa Cruz Island: Free day OR Full-guided tour (EXTRA COST).
Day 8: Am: Transfer out to Baltra Island airport (GPS).

For the complete itinerary click on the tab Itinerary above .


Essential Trip Information

 
Important Remarks
DIVING SITES
  Santa Cruz Island San Cristobal Island
 DAY BOAT 1 BOAT 2 BOAT 1
Monday Santa Fe Gordon Rocks ** Kicker Rock + Puerto Grande (hike)
Tuesday Gordon Rocks ** Bartolome – Cousins Kicker Rock + Cerro Brujo (hike)
Wednesday North Mosquera – Daphne Seymour Point – South Mosquera Punta Pitt + Cero Pitt (hike)
Thursday Bartolome – Cousins Beagle – Guy Fawkes Kicker Rock + Cerro Brujo (hike)
Friday South Mosquera – Seymour Point North Mosquera – Daphne Kicker Rock + Cerro Brujo + Pt. Grande (hike)
Saturday Guy Fawkes – Daphne Punta Carrion – Gordon Rocks **  Kicker Rock + Cerro Brujo + Pt. Grande (hike)
Sunday Seymour Channel – Gordon Rocks ** Floreana  Punta Pitt + Cerro Pitt (hike)
** MINIMUM OF 25 LOGGED DIVES OR THE EVALUATIONS FROM OUR GUIDES

 * Sites and visiting dates as regulated by the Galapagos National Park * *NOTE: Diving sites are fixed daily and depend on availability.  Itinerary subject to change due to National Park dispositions or to circumstances beyond our control (force majeure).

 

DEPARTURE LOCATION San Cristobal Island Airport (SCY)
RETURN LOCATION Baltra Island Airport. (GPS)
DEPARTURE TIME You must arrive before 11:00 AM. *Ask for more details.
RETURN TIME Approximately 10:00 AM. *Ask for more details.
WEAR Comfortable clothing, hiking shoes, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
INCLUDED Accommodation in selected class hotels – double rooms
Breakfasts.
Box Lunch (ONLY during diving excursions).
4 Full-Day diving excursions (4 immersions)
Complete Dive Gear: 7mm wetsuit, Regulator, BCD, mask, fins, hood, gloves, weight belt and tanks (does not include dive computer
All land and sea transportation within the Galapagos during the program.
Transfer-in from San Cristobal Airport by truck or by bus depending on group size.
Transfer between San Cristobal and Santa Cruz by public speedboat.
Transfer Puerto Ayora – Baltra by truck or by bus depending on group size.
NOT INCLUDED  Air Ticket
Lunch and Dinner.
Galapagos National Park Entry Fee – USD $100.0
Water taxi from dock to speedboat (Santa Cruz Islands – depending on the tide) USD $ 1 per person (Per Ride)
 Migratory Control Card – USD $20.00
Transportation Baltra Airport – Itabaca Channel – USD 5,00 per person (subject to change).
Transportation Itabaca Channel – Baltra Airport – USD 5,00 per person (subject to change)
Extra meals
Soft-drinks and alcoholic beverages
Tips and single supplement (in case of solo travelers – ask for rates)

*NOTE: Diving sites are fixed daily and depend on availability. Itinerary subject to change due to National Park dispositions or to circumstances beyond our control (force major).

Day 1

Arrive at San Cristobal's Airport - Visit Cerro Tijeretas

 

You can arrive to the Galapagos only by flight from either Quito or Guayaquil (air ticket not included). Our guide will be waiting for you at the airport on San Cristobal Island Airport. From the airport you will be taken to the hotel to check in to your rooms and leave your bags.

After a rest in the hotel – visit the San Cristobal Interpretation Centre where our guide will explain how the Galapagos Islands were formed, the evolution of species, the migration of the animals, and the human settlements within the Galapagos.After visiting the Interpretation Center, we will make our way to “Cerro Tijeretas”, or “Frigate Hill”. Here we can encounter marine animals and also do some snorkelling to see colourful fish species, starfish, sea urchins, or to simply enjoy the crystal clear waters.

The afternoon continues with a visit to Playa Carola, where you will have time to enjoy the beautiful beach before returning to the hotel. The guide will leave you at the Dive Center to try on your diving gear and hear some instructions for the first diving the next day. Overnight.

Accommodations in the hotel class of your choice.

 

Day 2

San Cristobal Island: Full Day Diving (2 Immersions)

 

The Galapagos diving sites depend of the day of the week.

These sites are officially assigned as diving places in the island. These are located 1 hour far from San Cristobal by marine transportation (speed boats). Those places are well known for its scuba diving activities. However, people are also invited to do snorkel as well and you all together will enjoy the trip.

In this full-day diving trip, after the “check dive”, you will have the chance to do 2 immersions, the first one in the morning and the other one prior to the return. You will have lunch on board after the first diving and also, you will have the chance to go to a nearby beach for relaxing. Average hour to return is at 16:00 pm. After that, the guide will pick you up to the hotel to rest.

Accommodations in the hotel class of your choice

 

Day 3

San Cristobal Island: Full Day Diving (2 Immersions)

 

The Galapagos diving sites depend of the day of the week.

These sites are officially assigned as diving places in the island. These are located 1 hour far from San Cristobal by marine transportation (speed boats). Those places are well known for its scuba diving activities. However, people are also invited to do snorkel as well and you all together will enjoy the trip.

In this full-day diving trip, after the “check dive”, you will have the chance to do 2 immersions, the first one in the morning and the other one prior to the return. You will have lunch on board after the first diving and also, you will have the chance to go to a nearby beach for relaxing. Average hour to return is at 16:00 pm. After that, the guide will pick you up to the hotel to rest.

Accommodations in the hotel class of your choice

 

Day 4

Transfer to Santa Cruz Island: Free morning - Highlands (Tortoise)

 

At 6:00 a.m. get ready to go to the dock (wake-up at 5:00 AM). We will take the Public speedboat, which leaves at 7:00 a.m. (subject to change), to Puerto Ayora (2 hour estimated travel time).

Upon arrival the guide will take us to eat breakfast, after which you will have the morning free to relax. After lunch (not included in the cost of the trip), take a short rest before making our way to the Highlands of Santa Cruz. Here we will have the amazing opportunity to observe the famous Giant Galapagos Tortoises in their natural environment, which also known as Galapagos, it is from that the Islands get their name. We will also be able to see the famous Galapagos Finches, Bird Wizards, as well as endemic vegetation such as Escelacias forests and Matazarnos.

After this close encounter with the Giant Tortoises, return to the hotel to rest before heading to the Scuba Diving center where you will also try on your diving gear for next days.

Accommodations in the hotel class of your choice.

 

Day 5

Santa Cruz Island: Full Day Diving (2 Immersions)

 

The Galapagos diving sites depend of the day of the week.

After breakfast, meet at Scuba Dive Center at 7:20AM or the hour established the day before. You will hear some last instructions before departing via sea and land to the diving site.

After a weight check you will go for the first immersion (20 – 25 m deep). A surface interval for one hour is scheduled to have snack-lunch and enough energy for the second immersion (depth 15 -23 m).

Depending on the dive site, you will be able to observe: sea lions, Galapagos sharks, white tip reef shark, hammerhead shark, mobulas, turtles, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, Galapagos eel, barracudas, sea horses, barracudas, sea lions, variety of invertebrates and coral walls.

Some wildlife can be observed during surface interval as well. We will have a snack before returning to Puerto Ayora around 16:30pm to get ready for our diving next day.

Accommodations in the hotel class of your choice.

 

Day 6

Santa Cruz Island: Full Day Diving (2 Immersions)

 

The Galapagos diving sites depend of the day of the week.

After breakfast, meet at Scuba Dive Center at 7:20AM or the hour established the day before. You will hear some last instructions before departing via sea and land to the diving site. 

After a weight check you will go for the first immersion (20 – 25 m deep). A surface interval for one hour is scheduled to have snack-lunch and enough energy for the second immersion (depth 15 -23 m). 

Depending on the dive site, you will be able to observe: sea lions, Galapagos sharks, white tip reef shark, hammerhead shark, mobulas, turtles, reef fishes, sting rays, eagle rays, Galapagos eel, barracudas, sea horses, barracudas, sea lions, variety of invertebrates and coral walls

Some wildlife can be observed during surface interval as well. We will have a snack before returning to Puerto Ayora around 16:30pm to get ready for our diving next day.

Accommodations in the hotel class of your choice.

 

Day 7

Santa Cruz Island: Free day

 

For your last day you can either choose a FREE DAY or ask us to arrange for a guided visit to Charles Darwin Station in the morning and Tortuga Bay in the afternoon or a navigable tour, for an extra cost.

Option 1: In the Charles Darwin Research Station you will find a large variety of tortoise’s species coming from each island on the archipelago. You can also listen about the ongoing conservation efforts directed at preserving the Giant Tortoises, as well as the environment of the archipelago as a whole. The afternoon hike to Tortuga Bay beach could be the perfect ending to your trip. Abundant wildlife inhabits the place and the view is astounding as it is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Galapagos.

Option 2: A full-day navigable tour. The destination can be Santa Fe, South Plazas, North Seymour or Bartolomé Island. The activities will include hiking, snorkeling, swimming and breathtaking sightseeing. After land and sea excursions, we will return back to the hotel in Santa Cruz.

Accommodations in the hotel class of your choice

** Note ** If you choose either Option 1 or 2, please let us know before booking your trip. This way we can arrange and check availability in order to arrange your itinerary in the best way possible.

 

Day 8

Transfer out Baltra airport

 

After Breakfast, the guide will pick you up to take you to Baltra Island airport for your flight back to mainland to either Quito or Guayaquil. Goodbye Galapagos!

 

*NOTE: Diving sites are fixed daily and depend on availability.  Itinerary subject to change due to National Park dispositions or to circumstances beyond our control (force majeure).The Galapagos diving sites depend of the day of the week.

NOTE: Hotels depend on availability, we may not always use hotels listed below, but we will always stick to the class you selected.

First Class Hotels

Swimming pool and jacuzzi on terrace.
Air-conditioning and hot water.
Wireless internet.
Located new Charles Darwin Research Station.
Completely remodeled in 2006.
Private bathroom.

Tourist Superior Hotels

Swimming pool and jacuzzi.
Air-conditioning and hot water.
Internet.
Relaxing garden.
Private bathroom.

Tourist Class Hotels

Swimming pool and jacuzzi.
Air-conditioning and hot water.
Internet.
Relaxing garden.
Private bathroom.

Economy Class Hotels

Private rooms.
Private bathrooms.
Hot water and air-conditioning.
Centrally located with a charming garden area.

Diving in Galapagos Islands
Diving on Gordon Rocks Galapagos - Tour View
Navigation - Tour View
Twins Galapagos - Tour View
Charles Darwin Station Galapagos - Tour View

Please be aware that the prices vary consistently due to promotions and Galapagos last minute deals, so in order to GET THE BEST PRICE for the dates you desire please fill out the request form below. After doing so, we will send you the absolute best prices for the dates that you indicate.

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
August 2, 2016

Excellent experience on our Galapagos tour! Appreciated the flexibility in planning the itinerary. Great quality of service. from Carlos, Randy, Caroline, Caesar, Carmen, Wilbur, Dario and Ricardo. Hotels are very clean, food is excellent, schedules are followed, we saw lots of wildlife and guides are passionate about what they do. Thank you for the memories!

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